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Date: 03/13/18 12:10
CR's WJOI on the Raritan Valley Line
Author: Pattenburg

CR's WJOI trailing freight cars gives a good idea as to how many companies utilized railroad deliveries along what is now NJT's Raritan Valley Line. It is seen here passing through the Readington Road grade crossing in Branchburg (NJ), a location that once had two sidings going out to companies on each side of the tracks in this September 1, 1985 scene. Currently only one company continues the use of delivery by rail.




Date: 03/13/18 13:31
Re: CR's WJOI on the Raritan Valley Line
Author: bluesboyst

Pattenburg Wrote:
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> CR's WJOI trailing freight cars gives a good idea
> as to how many companies utilized railroad
> deliveries along what is now NJT's Raritan Valley
> Line. It is seen here passing through the
> Readington Road grade crossing in Branchburg (NJ),
> a location that once had two sidings going out to
> companies on each side of the tracks in this
> September 1, 1985 scene. Currently only one
> company continues the use of delivery by rail.

Did the companies go out of business or just switch to trucks?



Date: 03/13/18 16:46
Re: CR's WJOI on the Raritan Valley Line
Author: Pattenburg

It was more of the existing companies going out of business.



Date: 03/13/18 17:13
Re: CR's WJOI on the Raritan Valley Line
Author: Lackawanna484

Thanks for the pictures.

The General Services Agency was a major shipper on the Lehigh Line, too. I don't recall if they were still using much rail in 1985.

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Date: 03/14/18 04:45
Re: CR's WJOI on the Raritan Valley Line
Author: RGDave

Neat to see this, I cross this twice daily on weekdays and my in-laws live about 4 miles south off Readington Road.

Thanks for sharing!
~RGDave



Date: 03/14/18 10:32
Re: CR's WJOI on the Raritan Valley Line
Author: ctjacks

Are you sure this isn't a photo of a through freight? CR did occasionally use the ex-CNJ line for through trains when the ex-LV line was down for maintenance. By 1985 the amount of freight service left on the ex-CNJ was small, as I recall from growing up in Westfield.



Date: 03/15/18 04:11
Re: CR's WJOI on the Raritan Valley Line
Author: Pattenburg

ctjacks Wrote:
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> Are you sure this isn't a photo of a through
> freight? CR did occasionally use the ex-CNJ line
> for through trains when the ex-LV line was down
> for maintenance. By 1985 the amount of freight
> service left on the ex-CNJ was small, as I recall
> from growing up in Westfield.

It definitely wasn't a through freight as this train had worked Fisher Scientific that same day.




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