• Toms River Industrial Track!

  • Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New Jersey
Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New Jersey

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  by David
 
Nice pictures! I like pictures on here.
  by Bracdude181
 
@David Thanks. Very strange to do such a good repair job for a line with no trains on it. I’m now wondering if re-activation is on the table...
  by JohnFromJersey
 
Bracdude181 wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 1:31 pm @David Thanks. Very strange to do such a good repair job for a line with no trains on it. I’m now wondering if re-activation is on the table...
It's been discussed in the grant and SOUS threads that there are one or two potential customers on the TRIT, with the (highly speculative) possibility that the Ceiba-Geigy site could become some sort of transloading/yard facility.

I don't know if the TRIT would fall under the agreement with D&D for them to take over.
  by Bracdude181
 
@JohnFromJersey Technically there’s four if you can get ABC Supply Co and L&W Supply Co on board, the latter of which needs a siding built while the former already has one.
  by CJPat
 
@ Bracdude181,
if you are referring to ABC Supply that was at 1221 Highway 37 , Toms River; I believe it was torn down several years ago. Nothing but a flat concrete slab left.
  by Bracdude181
 
@CJPat ABC is still there. Drove past it last night. Satellite imagery shows they have a track they can use.
  by CJPat
 
My Bad. I thought ABC was the property to the west adjacent to the jughandle.
  by Bracdude181
 
@CJPat That’s okay. Isn’t that the property with the old loading platform out there? There’s a for sale sign up at the entrance and it says “Commercially Zoned” so maybe something needing rail service can go up there. Decent plot of land there...
  by CJPat
 
I think I remember seeing a sign that just said "SHEETROCK" on the front wall before they tore it down. I gather all those building supply places popped up during the development of the entire area (like Pine Lake Park as it was being developed around Toms River Chemical (before Ceiba-Geigy bought it) to make it easier to go to work and then later for building of all those retirement villages in the Manchester/Toms River areas.

Originally, Toms River Chemical was relatively off by itself and posed no threat to anyone. It was the developers and people who built up against it who were eventually endangered by the contaminant plume from all the buried drums (which was a perfectly legal method of disposal) before the environmental laws were changed in the 1970's.

A lot of rail traffic back then.
  by Bracdude181
 
Back in the 70s they still ran trains to Lacey! Wish they still did, then I wouldn’t need to drive anywhere to see a train lol.

The drums weren’t the only problem. They dumped their hazardous waste in the nearby river and they are still cleaning the groundwater to this day. They came in and took all the drums out of the ground in the early 2000s and did topsoil cleaning. This helped, but they will be cleaning the water there for at least two more decades.

Really hoping that someone can do transloading out there. The Toms River Zoning Board shows the entire Toms River Chemical Property as an industrial zone. With proper rail access there could be a major industrial zone put in there if it’s done right.
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