Abandoned Rails of Toms River

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This is the Toms River Industral track, currently out of service; they have not seen a train in the past 4 years. The track ends about 4.6 miles away at the Ciba Giegy Chemical Plant siding. Photo by Eric Kreszl.

The Barnegat branch served the Toms River area, along with several other towns, including Forked River, Pinewald and Waretown. Train frequency on the line diminished greatly in the 1970s, but the tracks remained intact for infrequent service to the Oyster Creek nuclear facility. By the late 1970s, Conrail had abandoned the southern portion of it up to Pinewald.

It is reported that while the tracks have been dormant since 1981, a train did pass through Toms River in 1988 using the tracks, making that the train the first since 1981, and last train to run in 20 years. It is believed to have been carrying sand.

These pictures come from the northern section in Toms River, and show the spur that once served the Ciba Geigy chemical plant, which was shut down due to ground water contamination.

Thanks to Roy Spellman for contributing information about this route.

Much of the line below Toms River is being converted to Rail-Trails. The trestles are still in place though.

Pam Herbert
Waretown, NJ
1/14/2012

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they should open it back up

kevin
toms river nj, NJ
6/24/2013

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They should, but they won't-the politicians are too busy using our tax money to buy votes than investing in infrastructure (or anything else, for that matter).

Albert
Manahawkin, NJ
12/12/2013

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Was there an old railroad that used to be near Wranglebrook that used to cross Southampton Road in Silver Ridge park?

Mike
Spotswood, NJ
6/19/2016

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Mike, that is the Barnegat Branch.

Andy S
Toms River, NJ
6/23/2016

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