Ocean County Railroad Buff
Welcome to my personal
homage to the steam and diesel giants that rode the
rails of Ocean County. The site will provide some historical, pictorial and
personal insight of railroading by the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Central
Railroad of New Jersey, Conrail and New Jersey Transit. Ocean County has a
rich railroad history and many of the towns we call home owe their origin to
the railroads. Many miles of rails have been removed or abandoned , and often
a county's rail history would be greatly abbreviated when it should not be.
There will also be photos from around the state, New York and Pennsylvania.
There's also photos of the C&O 614 excursion, as well as Juniata Terminal's
E8A excursions and others.
I also want to give an acknowledgment to the Central
Jersey Rail Coalition who has been very vocal in pushing for restored
passenger service on the former Jersey Central Southern Division Main
Line and PRR Freehold Branch. Formed in 1996, their mission was to get public
and political support for rail service for western Ocean and Monmouth Counties.
It took four years, but it appears as their message has finally been heard as
New Jersey Transit has finally stopped their "studies" to determine ridership
and is willing to restore the line. The plans are not complete, but at least
some forward movement has occurred.
Table of Contents
What is new
History of rail in Ocean County
The Blue Comet
Effects of Conrail
Jersey Central locomotives transferred to Conrail
Enter New Jersey Transit
Other Railroad Web Links
Railroads in the News
I also want to
give a very special thank you to my
wife, who not only helped me with this site,
but also supports my hobby. It is not always easy to
spot Conrail, and sometimes you feel like you are on a wild
goose chase. She has been extremely supportive of my
quests to photograph Big Blue, and even helped on several
occasions. To that, I thank you.
site will be constantly updated,
so check back often!!
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