• Trackage Through Swedesboro

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

Moderator: David

  by JJMDiMunno
 
Those tracks are Conrail's Salem Running Track, which sees trains 2-3 days per week. Movements over this line contain cars that are destined for interchange with SRNJ at Swedesboro.

Movements are at 10MPH.

Mike DiMunno
  by EDM5970
 
I don't know what reporting marks they are using, but the interchange at Swedesboro is now with US Rail, NOT with SRNJ. Has been since, what, December?
  by JJMDiMunno
 
Oops - brain fart. You're absolutely correct of course :)

Got so used to referring to SRNJ over the years down there.

Mike DiMunno
SJRA / SJRail.com
  by RailVet
 
A week ago today I drove through Swedesboro on my way to Cape May and noticed the tracks were rusty and very overgrown with brush. Is rail service still active on this line?
  by riffian
 
Bridge work north of Swedesboro has the line shut down for several months. Since Anchor Glass in Salem shut down there is hardly any traffic left - a couple of cars of telephone poles a week and occasional loads to the feed mill at Woodstown .
  by von schlieffen
 
What bridge, out of curiosity? I'm guessing we will see this line abandoned in the near future. Industry in Salem is gone and never coming back, unfortunately.
  by riffian
 
Presumably the bridge over Mantua Creek, about 3 or 4 miles south of Woodbury. This was mentioned in a piece by Steve Barry in Railfan and Railroad magazine. I think you are probably right about the dismal future of this line.
  by von schlieffen
 
No work occuring on the Mantua Creek bridge visible from Kings Hwy. I live right up the street. It must be the one just south of US 322 and North of downtown Swedesboro. I think that's the Racoon Creek? That's the only other waterway crossing on the Conrail-owned section. I agree, this line will see abandonment shortly.
  by rr503
 
I just saw the SRNJ GP9(?) parked north of the turnpike bridge. The last time I was by there (Thursday) it wasn't there. Anyone know anything about this?
  by glennk419
 
If you look at the Google Maps view of the intersection of Kings Hwy. and Ogden Road ( actually Ogden Rd and the RR crossing ), the Geep can be seen spotted adjacent to Grasso Foods in a shot from July 2016.
  by rr503
 
Whoops! Must have missed it on the way down.
  by riffian
 
Steve Barry has a blurb in this month's "Railfan and Railroad" about this line. He noted there is only one remaining customer on this line, that being the feed mill in Woodstown and they only get a couple of cars per month ("a couple of dozen cars annually"). The State of New Jersey has provided a $3.5 million grant to improve the trackage down to the port in Salem for potential new business. The State Assemblyman for the area is quoted (with extreme optimism) that there is a big future for the line, both in freight and weekend scenic rides. South Jersey is not noted for its scenic beauty and Salem, although with some nice downtown architecture, is essentially a small town ghetto. I guess you have to wish them luck, but it appears to me that it is another case of throwing good money after bad.
  by von schlieffen
 
I'm not sure if the pole treatment plant receives cars anymore, it's been a while. The glass plant is shuttered and so is rail service to Mannington. The Salem port operation only services one large ship, a weekly freighter to Bermuda and back.

There is one additional customer on the conrail-owned portion of the line, just north of route 322. It's called Garmar Industries and they build specialty pallets and shipping crates. The old stick rail was recently torn up in the Woodbury area on this line and replaced with welded.

Salem county is unfortunately a very economically depressed part of the state; however I disagree that it is lacking in scenic beauty.
  by rr503
 
StreetView shows some of the track work at the Port of Salem. Wouldn't be surprised if none of it is ever used, though...

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.577016, ... 312!8i6656" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Of note, they seem to have reinstalled the lead track to whatever this facility ( https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5773909 ... a=!3m1!1e3" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ) is.