Little Silver, New Jersey

Abandoned Industrial Spur

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This photo was taken sometime in the 1990s. A centerbeam flatcar, in the background to the left, is located on the now-abandoned siding. This is the only known photo of a freight car on the siding. Photo by Eric Kreszl.

This short spur once served Builders General, a lumber yard in Little Silver, New Jersey. This particular customer was the last one on NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line, south of Red Bank. Originally served by Conrail, the yard would receive shipments at least once or twice a week. However, after Conrail was divided between CSX and Norfolk Southern, Builders General ceased their rail dependency here and at their location on Route 37 in Toms River, and began shipping by truck (freight would continue to be shipped by rail at the company's Freehold, NJ location).

Though not officially abandoned, NJ Transit considers this siding "Out Of Service" -- the tracks have not seen a freight car in over 10 years.

Thanks to Eric Kreszl for contributing information about this route.

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