SPUI wrote:Eh. If you go to http://www.earlpleasants.com/search_1.asp and type in 'docks connecting', you get:
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From this it's obvious that there was only one line, at least in 1940. Was the separate Weehawken Branch built later?
1. RAILROAD: Docks Connecting Railway
2. LINE_OF_RD: See Memo.
4. CURRENT: Erie Railroad
5. SUCCESSORS: (1942) Erie Railroad (Dis 1942)
6. TEXT: M1940 From East portal of Bergen Tunnel to a connection with the New Jersey Junction Railroad, over which the Erie Railroad has trackage rights for a distance of 2.09 miles to Weehawken, New Jersey. This company is controlled by the Erie Railroad through ownership of all their stock, and operated by the Erie Railroad through stock control alone:
Page 2 of the 1974 Sheppard Diagram of Erie-Lackawanna clearly shows two, side by side, tracks passing under the Lackawanna by Grove tower. The nearer track is marked Erie Weehawken branch, the farther (from the river) is marked PennCentral.
The Erie track has south end points of Croxton and North yard (Monmouth Street coach yard? maybe), and a north directional of Hoboken Shore interchange. The PC track has an endpoint of TU on the north.
I didn't get to the Trackside Diagrams of Tidewater terminals, but my recollection is it shows the two tracks parallel to the south end of the Lincoln Tunnel helix at Willow Ave. The NYC continues north to Kings Bluff yard. The Erie interchanged with Hoboken Shore near 17th and Willow, then continued north, alongside the Central, to a point 600 feet north of Baldwin Avenue where it entered the yard. A separate Erie spur continued from the HS interchange to Todd shipyard / Seatrain, etc.
Page 1067 of the 1951 Moodys Manual describes the NYC line as "New Jersey Junction Railroad" leased by the Central in 1914, and operated by the Central, with two main tracks of 4.33 miles each, and one of 4.20 miles. One longer track was leased to the Erie. The phrasing is "Company also owns 4.33 miles of other main track which is leased to, and operated by, the Erie."
The NJJ line is described as connecting with the West Shore on the noth, and the DL&W, Erie, and PRR to the south. My recollection is two tracks in the 1970s, going to one track around the time Conrail came in. The Erie right of way became the dirt road used by CR cops in the "war zone" of west Hoboken in the 1980s.
Hoboken Shore, which was controlled by the Zeckendorf real estate interests, served shipping interests and warehouses along a line from Fifth Street Hoboken to Seventeenth Street Hoboken, where it interchanged with the Erie. The Lincoln Harbor development and the fashionable 14th street restaurant row were once part of this line's grimy business.
Over the years, the railroads changed names on a regular basis. Hoboken Connecting, Hoboken Manufacturers, etc.