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.
Much of the line below Toms River is being converted to Rail-Trails. The trestles are still in place though.
they should open it back up
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).
Was there an old railroad that used to be near Wranglebrook that used to cross Southampton Road in Silver Ridge park?
Mike, that is the Barnegat Branch.
Why can't something be done? Can't the metal signs be recycled? All of the roads leading into Holiday City are a disgrace. We travel over every crossing almost daily, there is no way around them. Someone should look into this.