Funny thing about Jersey politics. The local government in Ocean City has zero---zero---interest in the train ever returning to their fair city. They actively ripped out the rail infrastructure all along Haven Avenue. NJT has no interest in resuming service, and the line was not officially abandoned. So the Ocean City segment died a slow and painful death. There is nothing worse than the "little by little" treatment, where the pro-rail advocates and praying and hoping the the line might have a chance, going back to visit the remnants whenever possible only to see another piece of history ruined.
Wildwood was cut and dry. Outright abandoned and dismantled in 1976 (I believe) under the final days of the Penn Central.
Cape May is the sole holdout. And poor Tony Macrie has had his hands full dealing with a line owned by NJT (who does absolutely nothing to help him), a local government who wants his trains gone, and a bridge that, as he once quipped, is his "worst nightmare." At least the line is running at all. For that, we should be thankful. If NJT had a brain in their head, they would offer to do a joint venture with Macrie and bring the trains back from Winslow Junction to Cape May. Or, if thety have no interest, sell the line to Macrie outright from Tuckahoe down. Instead, they watch from the outside looking in.
Three different branches: one outright gone, one removed in bits and pieces, and one trying to make something for itself. This could be a book, a movie, you name it. The funniest thing? PATCO still had old maps on display at Woodcrest Station until recently showing the three branches as active, run by NJ-DOT!
Only in Jersey.
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"A train running once a week is better than no train at all." - Me