pdtrains wrote:Stations in NJ are also very close together. a result of the towns being developed in the area over 150 years ago. Many stations are a mile or less apart, so there is no space to speed up, and stopping every mile...my goodness...22 mph is about right for a local.That's the case on the NJ Coast Line south (west) of Long Branch. This rail line brought settlement to the Jersey Shore, towns incorporating around 1880-1890. These little mile-square kingdoms each demanded a station, and at one time, there were 16 stations below Long Branch. (Nine open as of today). Closed were Hollywood, Deal, North Asbury, Avon, Como, Sea Girt, and Brielle.
When the NY&LB extended south/west below Long Branch to Belmar (then Ocean Beach) in 1876, there were nine stations over an 8.3 mile line.
I paced a westbound NJT trains from Bradley Beach to Belmar along Memorial Drive and the train hit almost 40 mph before slowing for the Shark River Draw and Belmar, about a two mile run. Good acceleration for an eight-car ML, but not really much in making any time.
Imagine back to the time when all these stations were open. Tough schedules to keep.
They tell me to act my age. I don't know how to do that. I've never been this old before.