Jersey Central Steam in Color by Bert Pennypacker Morning Sun Books
Jersey Central Steam in Color by Bert Pennypacker Morning Sun Books
Jersey Central Steam in Color by Bert Pennypacker Morning Sun Books
Jersey Central Steam in Color by Bert Pennypacker Morning Sun Books
Jersey Central Steam in Color by Bert Pennypacker Morning Sun Books

Jersey Central Steam in Color by Bert Pennypacker Morning Sun Books

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Jersey Central Steam in Color by Bert Pennypacker Morning Sun Books
 
Jersey Central Steam in Color by Bert Pennypacker Morning Sun Books
Hard cover with dust jacket
Copyright 2000 FIRST PRINTING
128 pages
THE SIX-WHEELED MINUTIA 6
THOSE HUSKY OCTOPODS 15
SUBURBAN TANKERS 20
FAST FLYING ATLANTICS 21
THE CONSOLIDATION MINORITY ...22
COMMUTER TEN-WHEELERS
EXTRAORDINAIRE 24
THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFICS 43
HEAVY DUTY FREIGHTERS 62
ON THE MAIN LINE - JERSEY CITY 6
ELIZABETHPORT
ALDENE
CRANFORD
WESTFIELD
FANWOOD
PLAINFIELD
DUNELLEN
BOUND BROOK
BOUND BROOK JUNCTION
RARITAN
WEST OF RARITAN 106
BETHLEHEM 112
ALLENTOWN 116
WHITE HAVEN 117
ASHLEY 118
WILKES-BARRE 119
MO AND HUDSON 121
WORKING IN THE STEAM ERA ....123
FAREWELL 128
Recalling a pleasant Sunday of more than five decades ago out along the four-tracked main line of the Jersey Central at Plainfield, N.J., a 2-8-2-powered freight train eased to a stop on track 3, the outside westbound main iron. The stop signal indication was caused by the imminent arrival of a Philadelphia-bound express on track 1, the inside westbound express track. Such was the operation of Jersey Central's busy, 30 miles of multiple-tracked main line between Jersey City and Bound Brook, where commuter locals and freights usually occupied the outside tracks, while express passenger trains used the two inside tracks.
All of this was indicative of the grand weekday show of commuter trains that took homebound patrons, by the thousands, out to their bedroom communities in the green foliaged suburbia. So it was that, each afternoon under the eight acre expanse of the Bush trainshed of the Jersey City ferry terminal passenger station, 15 (of 20) stub-end tracks would be occupied by commuter and faster express trains, awaiting the arrivals of their 13-minute ferryboat connections from the Liberty Street wharf located at the tip of Manhattan (the West 23rd Street wharf had been abandoned in 1941). Double-decked ferryboats such as the Wilkes-Barre, Elizabeth, Bound Brook and Raritan crossed the broad Hudson River and disgorged hurrying commuters as the station concourse became alive with crowds of people who broke into separate groups, each finding their way to the train gate posted for their destination. One by one, each train departed, threading its way over a maze of interlocking switches and rounding a sweeping lefthand curve under the towering skeleton work of Communipaw Avenue bridge.
Main line commuter train destinations included Cranford (16.1 miles), Dunellen (25.9 miles), Raritan (35.8 miles) and Hampton (56.5 miles). Occasional longer distance express trains each afternoon were No. 107 to Mauch Chunk (later renamed Jim Thorpe, in honor of the famous American Indian athlete), located 117.7 miles west of Jersey City. Then too


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