From: "Gary Kazin (PBMA)" 
Subject: Freight on NEC (was: I-95 Maryland Train Watching Spot) (fwd)
To: Multiple recipients of list RAILROAD 

Mark appears to have gotten a little confused among the highway and railroad
spaghetti north of Newark Airport.  The ex Lehigh Valley line that CR used
(oops) USES across northern NJ goes directly to Oak Island and Greenville
yards.  There is a connecting track at Hunter tower under US 1&9 for the
NJT Raritan Valley Line trains (ex CNJ) that once was used by B&O passenger
trains from Penn Station, NYC to Washington (1920's).  The LV line is also
connected to the ex CNJ at Aldene by a single track ramp for the commuter
trains (1968?) which allowed the CNJ to close the Jersey City terminal and
shut down the ferry, with all trains running to Newark connections for the
PATH and NEC trains to/from NYC.  The LV generally parallels the CNJ but
runs to the south of it, even east of Bound Brook, to Cranford (Aldene) where
the lines cross.  The Passaic & Harsimus Branch leaves Oak Island northward
and connects to Meadows Yard, Marion Junction, and the ex NYC West Shore Line
("River Line") through a new track connection, avoiding the National Docks Br.
The LV's passenger services went to the CNJ terminal through Oak Island and
a connection just west of Greenville (the LV had leased the Morris Canal to
control the canal's coal traffic and the riverfront access next to the CNJ
terminal.).  So, fortunately, CR DOES NOT have to operate on the NEC between
Hunter and Kearny except for local freight.  Could you imagine the Tropicana
train (orange juice) running through Newark's Penn Station in rush hour???


From: "William Gripp (908) 704-4256" Subject: Re: Freight on NEC (was: I-95 Maryland Train Watching Spot) (fwd) To: Multiple recipients of list RAILROAD >The ex Lehigh Valley line that CR used >(oops) USES across northern NJ goes directly to Oak Island and Greenville >yards. There is a connecting track at Hunter tower under US 1&9 Actually this is the south end of Rt 21, just before it ends/starts at 1&9. >The LV's passenger services went to the CNJ terminal through Oak Island and >a connection just west of Greenville (the LV had leased the Morris Canal to >control the canal's coal traffic and the riverfront access next to the CNJ >terminal.). The LV maintained a small yard for car float operations on the north side of Communipaw Ave in Jersey City right up until ConRail (CNJ's terminal was on the south side of C'Paw Ave). Could the crossover have been closer to C'Paw than at Greenville? >So, fortunately, CR DOES NOT have to operate on the NEC between >Hunter and Kearny except for local freight. Could you imagine the Tropicana >train (orange juice) running through Newark's Penn Station in rush hour??? It NEVER did (except perhaps in emergencies). Freight left the NEC a couple of miles south of Hunter at Lane(?). There is/was a yard there just east of the NEC. The freight line continued east from there running just north of Oak Island on an embankment. When the line met US 1&9 it turned north and paralleled 1&9 just west of it, crossed the Passaic River near the base of the Pulaski Skyway, and turned east and entered the west end of Meadows Yard. There is a ramp to/from the NEC near here, but it is rather steep and probably not suitable for general freight traffic.
From: Gary Kazin (PBMA) To: Mark D Bej Subject: Freight on NEC (was: I-95 Maryland Train Watching Spot) (fwd) Chemical Coast Sec is all ex CNJ, as far as I know. The line comes out of yards north of Oak Island, passes the Airport, meets the (now totally demolished) passenger line from the Jersey City terminal and the big Newark Bay Drawbridge (also demolished) at a 4-way junction, and continues south to Woodbridge where it meets the ex PRR line from Rahway with the NJ Coast Line trains. My Port Authority map calls it the Newark Branch on the north of oops Newark & Elizabeth Br north of Elizabethport (the junction and engine terminal) and Perth Amboy branch south of there. The Perth Amboy Br is the way the CNJ trains from the New York & Long Branch got to Jersey City. Raritan, High Bridge, and Allentown trains came into E'port from the west. Aldene is a neighborhood in Cranford. The LV had a junction point just west of the Garden State Parkway "Cranford Jct" for the Staten Island line and also a small yard for interchange with the Rahway Valley up to Summit and the DLW. The Aldene connecting track is just east of the Parkway (so is the Rahway Valley connection, but it's gone now).
From: "William Gripp (908) 704-4256" Subject: Passaic & Harismus Branch??? To: Multiple recipients of list RAILROAD >This is very interesting. Can you be more specific about the "Passaic & >Harismus Branch"? Who built it, and when was it built? Does it cross the >Passaic River, or does it travel up the Bayonne/Jersey City peninsula? I'm curious about this myself. The LV line from Greenville north is part of the National Docks Branch I believe. The poster said the P&H ran from Oak Island which is on the opposite side of Newark Bay from the peninsula. > Where exactly is Marion? Was that a station on the former Pennsy (to Jersey >City) or on the West Shore (to Weehawken) or on the Erie?? Marion Jct is in Jersey City where the PRR (going east from Meadows) crossed the DL&W and/or ERIE. Originally this crossing was at grade. Later on it was rebuilt so the PRR went over (don't know if they raised the PRR or lowered the DL&W/ERIE).
From: Subject: Marion Junction To: Multiple recipients of list RAILROAD Pardon my ignorance, again, but did the Pennsylvania's line to Jersey City (Exchange Place) cross the Erie or the Lackawanna? weren't the latter two NORTH of the Pennsy's Exchange Place line? And since Hoboken (for the Lackawanna) and Pavonia Avenue (for the Erie) are both north of Exchange Place, why would the lines need to cross at Marion? Erie ____NEWARK___\_______Marion______Hoboken DL&W Broad St ___________________Exchange Place / Pennsy NEWARK Penn Sta >>>From: O=PMDF; DDA.TYPE=RFC-822;DDA.VALUE=(a)CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU:owner-railroad(a)CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU >>>To: Multiple recipients of list RAILROAD; RobinsA >>>Subject: Re: Passaic & Harismus Branch??? >>>>This is very interesting. Can you be more specific about the "Passaic & >>>>Harismus Branch"? Who built it, and when was it built? Does it cross the >>>>Passaic River, or does it travel up the Bayonne/Jersey City peninsula? >>> >>>I'm curious about this myself. The LV line from Greenville north is part >>>of the National Docks Branch I believe. The poster said the P&H ran from >>>Oak Island which is on the opposite side of Newark Bay from the peninsula. >>> >>> >>>> Where exactly is Marion? Was that a station on the former Pennsy (to Jersey >>>>City) or on the West Shore (to Weehawken) or on the Erie?? >>> >>>Marion Jct is in Jersey City where the PRR (going east from Meadows) crossed >>>the DL&W and/or ERIE. Originally this crossing was at grade. Later on it >>>was rebuilt so the PRR went over (don't know if they raised the PRR or lowered >>>the DL&W/ERIE).
From: "Gary Kazin (PBMA)" Subject: Marion Jct, P&H Br, etc To: Multiple recipients of list RAILROAD Well, I got this one started and have to answer the queries: Passaic & Harsimus Br = PRR freight bypass around Newark passenger station from approximately North Elizabeth to Kearney yard, runs next to US 1&9 on the west side then across the Passaic River to the yard. Marion: I can't work on the map. The Ex DLW is on top, it carries all of the original DLW lines from Hoboken: Morristown, Montclair Br, Gladstone Br, and the former Boonton line now connected to the Erie side as the Main line at Paterson via the Erie's Newark Branch. The lines on the lower level are the CR (ex NYC West Shore) River line, NYSW (used to go to Erie terminal this way) and interchanged with the PRR at "Marion" which is just west of the PATH Journal Square station, Erie (going into the tunnels and archways to Jersey City, now only one track used occasionally). The NYSW built the connecting track and I think the NYO&W even had some rights down here (below the tracks going to Weehawken) for freight interchange. The Erie Northern Br and NYC ran next to each other and may have operated jointly as did the O&W and NYC (officially the O&W had an ownership of part of the 4 track line). The PRR passenger line from Newark to Jersey City did not cross here. Croxton Yard was Erie. A connecting track was built from north of the yard to reach the original Boonton line for Bergen County Line trains to reach the DLW terminal in the late 50's (Erie started using Hoboken before the merger) at "Swamp Switch". The Boonton Line used Secaucus yard (as did the Morristown line with freight taking the "Kingsland Branch" across the Meadows from Harrison or going around West End's wye track at 10 MPH) and there were passenger car and engine facilities there also - one track was electrified for MU's to reach their shop. The PRR yard was Kearny. There is still a CR yard in the area: Meadows, east of where Kearny was. Kearny is now the NJT maintenance facility site. I have requested several copies of a map from the Port Authority of NY &NJ that shows the rails and have promised one to Mark already. I'll give out any extras if you e-mail me OFF LIST today (there are only going to be 2 or 3 of these available).
From: "William Gripp (908) 704-4256" Subject: Marion Jct - II To: Multiple recipients of list RAILROAD >Marion: I can't work on the map. The Ex DLW is on top, it carries all of the >original DLW lines from Hoboken: Morristown, Montclair Br, Gladstone Br, and >the former Boonton line now connected to the Erie side as the Main line at >Paterson via the Erie's Newark Branch. The lines on the lower level are the >CR (ex NYC West Shore) River line, NYSW (used to go to Erie terminal this way) >and interchanged with the PRR at "Marion" which is just west of the PATH >Journal Square station, Erie (going into the tunnels and archways to Jersey >City, now only one track used occasionally). The NYSW built the connecting >track and I think the NYO&W even had some rights down here (below the tracks >going to Weehawken) for freight interchange. The Erie Northern Br and NYC >ran next to each other and may have operated jointly as did the O&W and NYC >(officially the O&W had an ownership of part of the 4 track line). The NYC West Shore line runs parallel to the NYS&W from Bogota south. In Ridgefield Park the two have side by side right of ways (they shared the Ridgefield Park passenger station). In Ridgefield, the Northern RR (ERIE) joins in with the NYSW being the western most, the Northern in the middle, and the West Shore crossing over the Northern on a bridge to become the eastern most. The three head south together. There is a ConRail (ex NYC) yard in North Bergen. The NYC did not go under the DL&W at West End. Upon exiting the south end of North Bergen Yard, the NYC heads east through a tunnel and off to Weehauken. The NYSW and ERIE continue south to Marion. The NYC from Weehauken connected to the PRR in Jersey City via the "National Docks" branch which still exists along the west side of Hoboken at the base of the cliffs. In Jersey City the "National Docks" has a connection to the PRR westbound between Exchange Place and Journal Square. It also continues south to the CNJ and LV at Communipaw. I don't believe that there were any joint ERIE/NYC operations between Ridgefield and North Bergen. I have read that there were joint ERIE/NYSW operations between Ridgefield and Marion. If the NYOW had any trackage rights, it most likely was over the National Docks, not the the ERIE/NYSW line to Marion. |NYC |ERIE __NYSW________________ | | \ | | \ \ | \ \ | \ \ | \ \ | \ \ | \ \v \ \ \ ^\ \| \ | | | | | | | |North Bergen | | | \__[ ]_ | \ NYSW/ERIE| |NYC | | | | | |Weehauken | | _____PRR___________________[ Tunnel to | / | NY Penn Sta | / | | / | | __ | | | \__ | | / \_)|(_ | / | \__ | / _______)| \__ Croxton | / |(__ \__ | | | \__ \__ |NYS&W/ERIE | | \__ | \__ | |"National Docks" | \ | \__ /|*"Marion"* | R | \|DL&W \ / | | RR | \_ )| | | RRR | \_ PRR|(| | RRR | \_ \ \ | RRR | \_ \ \ERIE | RRRR|RRRRRRRRRRR \_ \ \ *West End | RRR|RRRRRRRRRRRRR \__ ) ) | | RRR *\_______________________________DL&W__ Hoboken / RRR _____/ ( ( | / _____/ \ \_________________________ERIE__ Pavonia _____)/(_____________/RRR \ | _____/_________________________________\______________/__________PRR___ Exchange Meadows RRR Journal | Place Square | To CNJ/LV
From: "William Gripp (908) 704-4256" Subject: Marion Jct To: Multiple recipients of list RAILROAD >>> Where exactly is Marion? Was that a station on the former Pennsy (to Jersey >>>City) or on the West Shore (to Weehawken) or on the Erie?? >>Marion Jct is in Jersey City where the PRR (going east from Meadows) crossed >>the DL&W and/or ERIE. Originally this crossing was at grade. Later on it >>was rebuilt so the PRR went over (don't know if they raised the PRR or lowered >>the DL&W/ERIE). >Pardon my ignorance, again, but did the Pennsylvania's line to Jersey City >(Exchange Place) cross the Erie or the Lackawanna? weren't the latter two >NORTH of the Pennsy's Exchange Place line? And since Hoboken (for the >Lackawanna) and Pavonia Avenue (for the Erie) are both north of Exchange >Place, why would the lines need to cross at Marion? > > Erie >____NEWARK___\_______Marion______Hoboken >DL&W Broad St ___________________Exchange Place > / Pennsy > NEWARK > Penn Sta Here's a VERY ascii drawing of the area. If I can find any additional information on Marion Jct in any of my DL&W, ERIE, or NYS&W books I'll post it. There was once a CNJ branch not too far south of Marion in Jersey City. Remnants remain here and there along Rt 440. It could be that the ERIE and/or DL&W crossed the PRR to connect to that branch. The lead from Croxton is still used. I've seen ConRail freights between the DL&W West End and the PRR as recently as 3 years ago (haven't been there much lately). \ \ RRR | \ \ RRR | \___\__ERIE_\ RRR ____________________________PRR___[ Tunnel to Rutherford \RRR / | NY Penn Sta \RR / | R\R / | RR\__ | | RRR \__ | | RRR \_)|(_ | RRR | \__ | __DL&W________________)| \__ Croxton | Kingsland RRR |(__ \__ |ERIE/NYS&W RRR | \__ \__ | RRR | \__ | \__ | RRR | \ | \__ | RRR | \|DL&W \__ | RRR | \_ \| RRR | \_ | RRR | \_ | RRR RRR | \_ |ERIE RRR RRRR|RRRRRRRRRRR \_ \ RRR RRR|RRRRRRRRRRRRR \__ ) _DL&W_______ | RRR *\____________DL&W__ Hoboken Broad RRR \ / RRR _____/ ( St RRR \ / _____/ \________ERIE__ Pavonia RRR \______)/(_____________/RRR \ RRR _______________/_________________________________\______PRR___ Exchange RRR/ Harrison Meadows RRR **Marion** Place RRR RRR /RRRRRRR RRR *West End / RRRRRRR-Passaic River RRR / RRR /Newark Penn Sta RRR-Hackensack River
From: "William Gripp (908) 704-4256" Subject: Marion Jct To: Multiple recipients of list RAILROAD >>> Where exactly is Marion? Was that a station on the former Pennsy (to Jersey >>>City) or on the West Shore (to Weehawken) or on the Erie?? >>Marion Jct is in Jersey City where the PRR (going east from Meadows) crossed >>the DL&W and/or ERIE. Originally this crossing was at grade. Later on it >>was rebuilt so the PRR went over (don't know if they raised the PRR or lowered >>the DL&W/ERIE). I believe I confused the DL&W crossing the PRR branch to Marion at West End as this grade crossing which was later separated by raising the DL&W. >Pardon my ignorance, again, but did the Pennsylvania's line to Jersey City >(Exchange Place) cross the Erie or the Lackawanna? weren't the latter two >NORTH of the Pennsy's Exchange Place line? And since Hoboken (for the >Lackawanna) and Pavonia Avenue (for the Erie) are both north of Exchange >Place, why would the lines need to cross at Marion? > > Erie >____NEWARK___\_______Marion______Hoboken >DL&W Broad St ___________________Exchange Place > / Pennsy > NEWARK > Penn Sta Well I searched several books. Marion was the location where the NYS&W interchanged with the PRR in Jersey City. It's not completely clear whether Marion is at the PRR line to Exchange Place or just east/south of Croxton yard. These locations are only a couple of miles apart so the name "Marion" may have been losely used to describe either place. The line from "Croxton" to the PRR apparently was built by the NYS&W and then sold to the PRR (at least the bridge over the ERIE was). Since the NYS&W ran from Marion, I suspect that near the southeast end of Croxton Yard was the actual location of Marion Jct. \ \ RRR | \ \ RRR | \___\__ERIE_\ RRR ____________________________PRR___[ Tunnel to Rutherford \RRR / | NY Penn Sta \RR / | R\R / | RR\__ | | RRR \__ | | RRR \_)|(_ | RRR | \__ | __DL&W________________)| \__ Croxton | Kingsland RRR |(__ \__ |ERIE/NYS&W RRR | \__ \__ | RRR | \__ | \__ | RRR | \ | \__ /|**"Marion"** RRR | \|DL&W \ / | RRR | \_ )| | RRR | \_ PRR|(| RRR | \_ \ \ RRR RRR | \_ \ \ERIE RRR RRRR|RRRRRRRRRRR \_ \ \ *West End RRR RRR|RRRRRRRRRRRRR \__ ) ) _DL&W_______ | RRR *\____________DL&W__ Hoboken Broad RRR \ / RRR _____/ ( ( St RRR \ / _____/ \ \______ERIE__ Pavonia RRR \______)/(_____________/RRR \ RRR _______________/_________________________________\______PRR___ Exchange RRR/ Harrison Meadows RRR Place RRR RRR /RRRRRRR RRR / RRRRRRR-Passaic River RRR / RRR /Newark Penn Sta RRR-Hackensack River >Ah!! So it was the LACKAWANNA that crossed at Marion (from its Boonton Line, >which is now New Jersey Transit's "Main Line"). But wait a second, wasn't >Croxton an ERIE yard? I thought the Lackawanna Boonton Line went through >Secaucus Yard? And what was the PRR's yard in this area called, Kearny? >Meadows? Croxton was an ERIE yard, but there is a connecting track from the Booton Line to Croxton. The PRR yard in Kearny is known as Meadows (now site of NJT's new shop facilities).
From: A&J Friedmann Subject: Marion Jct - II To: Multiple recipients of list RAILROAD The message below is correct as to the location of "Marion," (the name was subsequently relocated and reused by CR" but "Marion Junction" is where the Erie came down to junction with the PRR just to the left of the "Journal Square" Location on the map below and also how the NYS&W connected with the PRR. The 1948 Port Authority map I am working from labels Marion Junction, but also inserts the label "West End NYSW." This label is far enough away that it would not be confused with the West End of DL&W repute, but aside from that I have no more info on the NYS&W label. BTW, the Port Authority Map is the direct ancestor of today's Port Authority Map (Font and layout are the same, and some more airports are added and many railyards are deleted.) I strong recommend the current version as the most accurate current NY area rail map. >The NYC West Shore line runs parallel to the NYS&W from Bogota south. >In Ridgefield Park the two have side by side right of ways (they shared >the Ridgefield Park passenger station). In Ridgefield, the Northern RR >(ERIE) joins in with the NYSW being the western most, the Northern in >the middle, and the West Shore crossing over the Northern on a bridge >to become the eastern most. The three head south together. There is >a ConRail (ex NYC) yard in North Bergen. > >The NYC did not go under the DL&W at West End. Upon exiting the south >end of North Bergen Yard, the NYC heads east through a tunnel and off >to Weehauken. The NYSW and ERIE continue south to Marion. The NYC from >Weehauken connected to the PRR in Jersey City via the "National Docks" >branch which still exists along the west side of Hoboken at the base of >the cliffs. In Jersey City the "National Docks" has a connection to the >PRR westbound between Exchange Place and Journal Square. It also continues >south to the CNJ and LV at Communipaw. > >I don't believe that there were any joint ERIE/NYC operations between >Ridgefield and North Bergen. I have read that there were joint >ERIE/NYSW operations between Ridgefield and Marion. > >If the NYOW had any trackage rights, it most likely was over the >National Docks, not the the ERIE/NYSW line to Marion. > > |NYC |ERIE > __NYSW________________ | | > \ | | > \ \ | > \ \ | > \ \ | > \ \ | > \ \ | > \ \v > \ \ > \ ^\ > \| \ > | | > | | > | | > | |North Bergen > | | > | \__[ ]_ > | \ > NYSW/ERIE| |NYC > | | > | | > | |Weehauken > | | > _____PRR___________________[ Tunnel to | > / | NY Penn Sta | > / | | > / | | >__ | | | > \__ | | / > \_)|(_ | / > | \__ | / >_______)| \__ Croxton | / > |(__ \__ | | > | \__ \__ |NYS&W/ERIE | > | \__ | \__ | |"National Docks" > | \ | \__ /|*"Marion"* | >R | \|DL&W \ / | | >RR | \_ )| | | >RRR | \_ PRR|(| | > RRR | \_ \ \ | > RRR | \_ \ \ERIE | > RRRR|RRRRRRRRRRR \_ \ \ *West End | > RRR|RRRRRRRRRRRRR \__ ) ) | > | RRR *\_______________________________DL&W__ Hoboken > / RRR _____/ ( ( | > / _____/ \ \_________________________ERIE__ Pavonia >_____)/(_____________/RRR \ | >_____/_________________________________\______________/__________PRR___ Exchange > Meadows RRR Journal | Place > Square | > To CNJ/LV > >
From: RobinsA Subject: Camden & Amboy, Trenton questions To: Multiple recipients of list RAILROAD Wow! This is terrific stuff!! I wish I could find half the books you mentioned. Quite a fascinating story about what was and what might have been in that vast coastal plain that became the nation's premier rail corridor for passengers and freight. If I may, I just have a FEW more questions.... >>>The Camden & Amboy finished their route from South Amboy to Bordentown in >>>1832; the Delaware & Raritan >>>from Bordentown to New Brunswick was in operation in 1834. In a mutual >>>effort to stymie competition, >>>the two companies joined their financial interests as the "Joint >>>Companies". The charter for the Joint >>>Companies required the C&A to build a branch line to New Brunswick to >>>connect with the New Jersey Railroad >>>which was then being built from Jersey City to New Brunswick. Did they ever build this line? Where did it leave the Camden & Amboy line, and where did it connect to the New Jersey RR? Which railroad bridged the Raritan River at New Brunswick? What became of this connecting line (if in fact it was ever built)? >>>The eastern end of the >>>Rocky Hill branch was realigned >>>to meet the main stem at Monmouth Junction at the time the Jamesburg and >>>Freehold branch was built from >>>Jamesburg to Monmouth Junction. How was it "realigned" at Monmouth Junction? Did it meet the original Camden & Amboy in a different place than the Jamesburg & Freehold line came in? >>>Next, the Millstone branch. I'm assuming the M&NB you talk about later was the Millstone & New Bruswick, a seperate corporate entity before being taken over by the Joint Companies and becoming the "Millstone Branch"? >>>was connected to the Mercer and >>>Somerset, which connected with the Belvidere-Delaware just north of >>>Trenton (Somerset Junction) and ran >>>through Pennington and Hopewell, before swinging east to Millstone. The >>>Mercer and Somerset was one of >>>New Jersey's shortest lived lines, being abandoned in 1879. It is not >>>even mentioned in Burgess and >>>Kennedy, whose book includes about every foot of PRR corporate structures. >>> The M & NB shows as >>>completed to Millstone, and the M & S shows as projected, in an 1860 New >>>Jersey railroad map (Alexander, >>>1957, p. 42). The combined route shows on the PRR system map, c.1876, >>>which is in both of Alexander's >>>books (1957, p. 38; 1971, endpapers). The Mercer & Someset figured in the >>>"Hopewell Frog War", when the >>>Delaware & Bound Brook (being built by the Northern Pennsylvania) >>>attempted to cross the PRR at Hopewell. I'm wondering who the players were in the "Hopewell Frog War". Had the Mercer & Somerset already been abandoned? Or had it merely been taken over by the United Railroads of NJ (or the PRR) by that time? What exactly was the relationship between the Reading and the Northern Pennsylvania, regarding the construction of the Delaware & Bound Brook? Looking at a map of the area, its hard for me to see how TWO railroads could have gone through Pennington and Hopewell, and crossed somewhere in Hopewell. What was the route of the Mercer & Somerset between Hopewell and Millstone? >>>The second attempt was >>>one by the Raritan River in 1903 to use the Millstone branch as the >>>beginning of a line which would go >>>from Millstone up the Raritan to White House station on the Jersey >>>Central, and connect with the New Jersey >>>& Pennsylvania (Rockaway Valley) What was the "New Jersey & Pennsylvania's" original intended destination? I suppose this would be answered by that book by Thomas Taber on the Rockaway Valley. I've always thought "Rockaway Valley" was a strange name for that line, since the river by that name seems to be located north and east of the railroad, or is there yet another Rockaway River/Creek/Brook in the White House area? >>>The Reading to Princeton. >>> >>>The New Jersey and Pennsylvania Traction Company built standard gauge >>>lines from Trenton to Doylestown (PA), >>>Lambertville (NJ) and Princeton. >>>The Princeton line continued passenger >>>service until 1940; the Reading >>>used the line for freight service, primarily to service the Lawrenceville >>>school heating plant. After passenger >>>service ended, the Reading cut >>>back the line to Lawrenceville, but it was not abandoned until nearly >>>1960. A bit of the line remains >>>near the Reading Trenton station. I have a recent railroad map that shows this branch as "TPT (Reading subsidiary)" and defines TPT as the Trenton Philadelphia Traction Company. Was this related to the New Jersey & Pennsylvania Traction Company? Just TWO more questions. I have a fairly recent street map of Trenton/Mercer County which shows a line branching south off the former Reading Line towards Trenton labeled "Delaware & Bound Brook RR - Trenton Branch". Was this one of those traction company lines the Reading took over, or was it constructed as part of the Delaware & Bound Brook (and I assume later absorbed into the Reading System)? This same map shows a railroad branching off the aforementioned line, then heading east, and ending at a junction with what would have been the old "Joint Companies" line from Trenton to Princeton alongside the Delaware & Raritan Canal. This line is labeled "East Trenton RR", was this also one of the traction company lines? Or was it constructed by the Reading?