Elmer to Riddleton

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Greg Harrison

(Forwarded from the Salem Railroad)

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This shows the rail from an abandoned siding at a shuttered feed mill in Elmer; this location was just a little bit west of where the junction would have been. Photo by Mike Palmer, May 2004.

This railway was built in 1863 by the Salem Railroad (incorporated in March of 1856), and extended from Elmer (and a connection with the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore's Glassboro-Bridgeton line) westward to Salem. On January 1, 1868, the Salem Railroad was absorbed into the P-RSL (itself a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad), who continued operation over it.

A full history of the abandoned portion of the line between Elmer and Riddleton (at Riddleton Junction) is not known. The line is shown intact in atlases from the 1930s. Richard C. Carpenter's 1946 atlas shows the western portion of the line abandoned, between Riddleton and Daretown. Hammond's atlas from 1959 shows the entire line gone.

Today, even with detailed topographical maps, the right-of-way is difficult to locate west of Elmer.

Thanks to Mike Palmer for contributing information about this route.

This was the original line to Salem from Elmer until the line from Swedesboro through Woodstown was built to connect at Riddleton. I have a 1927 ETT showing one round trip a day.

John Peters
Flemington, NJ


I have an old South Jersey Magazine (spring 1986) with an article about West Jersey short line, including this line, saying it was taken up in 1943. So I guess it's safe to assume this line never saw any diesel action!! The best way to try to trace the path is to do an aerial view, along the tree lines.

Millville, NJ


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