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Central Railroad of New Jersey, freight trains

By | June 14, 2021

The Central Railroad of New Jersey is Classic Trains Railroad of the Month for June 2021

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Box-cab diesel locomotive with freight cars
Steam locomotive with freight train

Mikado at Fanwood


Jersey Central heavy 2-8-2 872 rolls a 79-car general freight west on the main line at Fanwood, N.J., in April 1946.

Photograph by R. R. Malinoski
Steam locomotive with freight train
Road-switcher diesel locomotives passing station

Westbound at Jim Thorpe


SD40 3061 and a GP7 lead an Allentown–Wilkes-Barre freight past the landmark station at Jim Thorpe, Pa., in the early 1970s, not long before Jersey Central ended its operations in Pennsylvania. Today, Reading & Northern tourist trains call here.

Photograph by Peter Rickershauser
Road-switcher diesel locomotives passing station
Streamlined diesel locomotives with freight train

Baldwins on the High Bridge Branch


Green-and-yellow “Babyface” Baldwins switch cars at High Bridge, N.J., before heading up the branch with cars for the Erie Lackawanna interchange at Lake Junction on June 22, 1962. This job was the last stand for Jersey Central’s Babyfaces.

Photograph by Robert E. Gabbey
Streamlined diesel locomotives with freight train
Box-cab diesel locomotive with freight cars

Bronx freight yard


Carfloats plying New York Harbor enabled Jersey Central to serve points not physically connected to its rail network. Box-cab No. 1000, considered the first commercially successful U.S. diesel, switches at CNJ’s cramped freight terminal in the Bronx.

Frank DiFalco collection
Box-cab diesel locomotive with freight cars
Road-switcher diesel locomotives with freight train

Freight on the NY&LB


GP7s 1532 and 1528 approach South Amboy, N.J., with sand hoppers from south Jersey in August 1956. This is the New York & Long Branch Railroad, a joint operation of Jersey Central, which held freight rights on the line, and PRR, whose catenary from New York ended here.

Photograph by Bob Krone
Road-switcher diesel locomotives with freight train
Steam locomotive with freight train

Hoppers in the Lehigh Gorge


Wide-fireboxed Jersey Central 2-8-2 835 leads empty coal hoppers west at Penn Haven Junction, Pa., several miles up the Lehigh Gorge from Mauch Chunk (since renamed Jim Thorpe), in the 1940s. At right and in the foreground is the Lehigh Valley’s main line, also double track.

Photograph by Wayne Brumbaugh
Steam locomotive with freight train
Road-switcher diesel locomotives with freight train

Eastbound at Bethlehem


Two SD35s lead eastbound tonnage past the Jersey Central station at Bethlehem, Pa., on December 21, 1970. Though it looks prosperous enough here, within two years CNJ would retreat from the Keystone State.

Photograph by Peter Rickershauser
Road-switcher diesel locomotives with freight train
Road-switcher diesel locomotive with freight cars

Switching at Cranford


Jersey Central engine 1501, a Fairbanks-Morse H15-44, switches cars in the small yard along the main line at Cranford, N.J., on April 26, 1958. In the background, other F-M road-switchers wait out the weekend with commuter-train consists.

Photograph by Gene Collora
Road-switcher diesel locomotive with freight cars
Freight cars on inclined plane

Ashley Planes


Two cars of coal ascend the topmost of the three inclined planes that lifted freight out of the Susquehanna River valley at Ashley, Pa., on October 5, 1941. The steam in the distance is from a hoisting engine at the top of the middle plane. The planes, 2½ miles long in total, with a maximum grade of nearly 15 percent, closed in 1948 after 90 years of operation.

Photograph by C. A. Schrade
Freight cars on inclined plane
Road-switcher diesel locomotives with freight train

Southern Division freight


Former Baltimore & Ohio SD40s 3062 and 3068 and RS3 1701 stand in the siding at Lakehurst, N.J., with 60-car Elizabethport–Bridgeton freight JS-1 on April 4, 1975. Thirty-five years earlier, this line carried the Blue Comet.

Photograph by William T. Morgan
Road-switcher diesel locomotives with freight train

 

All through June 2021, Classic Trains editors are celebrating the history, grit, and glory of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. Please enjoy this Jersey Central freight train photo gallery selected from the archive files of Kalmbach Media’s David P. Morgan Library.

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