carajul wrote:Just doing some research on the Washington NJ pax station demolition. I noticed that the tracks that went past the station to the north are now gone. In the early 1980s photos the rails are in good shape and shiny. When/why/who removed the rails going to the north and where did they go? Also does anything use the 4 tracks in front of where the station was located? I see a few cars spotted there but in the 1980s photos they are packed.
There was just a lot more carload traffic on the old E-L east of Washington in that time -- especially in the Totowa area. Many, many industries have gone down since then, or switched to trucks -- some not all that long ago.
As I understand it, those tracks are still used. A local (H65?) brings cars from Allentown to Washington, where they are left for another local (H02) to take up to the DRR and M&E interchanges, along with customers between Washington and Totowa. Those cars are left in the yard between locals (or were last time I checked).