• Yard on NEC near Trenton, NJ station.

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

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  by carajul
Anyone know what the yard was just a smidge east of the Trenton, NJ station on the NEC was? It was located at the wye for the Bel-Del. The catenary poles are still there today in the jungle. The areials show a pretty big operation until the late 1970s. The 1979 image the yard and Bel-Del are still there but empty. Was this freight or pax M.U.? I'm going to assume it was freight for local traffic when Trenton had factories or to make up trains headed north on Bel-Del.

Also there was a building just to the north of this yard along the tracks with about 8 tracks going thru it. Looks like a rail warehouse of sorts. Torn town today but foudnation there. Was this a mail or REA building?
  by R36 Combine Coach
Barracks Yard. Freight terminal to the north side (platforms still there), on the south side of the NEC was a small passenger yard, which remained in use until 2003-04 when Morrisville opened. It was really a set of electrified sidings.
  by ExCon90
I'm not completely sure, but Trenton was a busy transfer point for LCL (less-than-carload) shipments, and the building mentioned in the second paragraph fits the description of an LCL freight station. Individual shipments were wheeled on handcarts from one boxcar to another for onward movement with other shipments having the same destination. In function it was like a classification yard for LCL shipments of so many boxes, bundles, crates, etc. Today such shipments move by truck (often with a line haul in rail piggyback), and the LCL stations are long gone.