Wildwood Junction to Wildwood
— ICC Abandonment Filings —
|Docket: 9759||12/17/1932||Section: 1|
|App. of West Jersey and Seashore RR. Co., Pennsylvania RR. Co., lessee, and Atlantic City RR. Co., prospective lessee, for certificate to abandon those portions of the West Jersey and Seashore RR. extending from Mile Post 60 (2.5 miles east of Woodbine Junction) to Cape May; between Wildwood Junction and Wildwood; between Sea Isle Junction and Sea Isle City; between 51st Street and end of line in Ocean City; and between Sea Isle City and Stone Harbor; a total distance of 45.5 miles, all in Cape May County, New Jersey.|
|Length: 45.500 miles||Citation: 193 ICC 183|
— User Comments —
I think this line is active as an excursion line
this was completely abandoned with the creation of conrail. it was not conveyed to anyone.
This branch was not part of the 1932 abandonment. It was abandoned around 1973
During the late 1980s, on my way to Cape May, I remember seeing rails on this line passing underneath the Garden State Parkway. They were not being used by then. Last time I saw them was around 1990, and by 1994, they were gone. The station at Wildwood Jct. still exists, but is in very poor shape.
There is now a train ride from Tuckahoe to the Wildwood Depot running as a tourist attraction, A semi modern conveyance is used with controls at each end, never rode it, bug saw it depot an old origin Depot. So much history in that area. It blows the explorers mind even at my age, 78 years old
This was abandoned in 1972.
This was actually ceded to New Jersey Transit who in turn lease the rails that are still there to the Cape May Seashore Lines Railroad. Due to vandalism the train has not run down this far in many years. The rails that still exist were the Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines. The West Jersey & Seashore Lines rails were ripped up back in the 1930's. Many portions of the former WJ&SRR rail bed are now bicycle paths.
The line curved right at Wildwood Station Oak Avenue and went south along New Jersey Avenue to Cold Spring Harbor or what is know today as "Two Mile Landing." This Wildwood-Crest portion was removed sometime in late 1950's but did see RDC service. There originally was a large loop in the present day Diamond Beach area for the steam and diesel trains to turn around. This was unique as Ocean City and Cape May both had a wye for turning equipment around.
I found an old employee timetable from the 1950's and noticed that the balloon loop in the Crest had five block stations around the loop for staging trains. Pretty much all of that area was manual block or later the PRR's "Controlled Manual Block" There was a temporary block station at West Wildwood (passing siding there) just east of the canal bridge open in the summer and a block station in the Oak Avenue station itself.
You can see the remains of the Crest Wye by bring up a map service that can show satellite views (like Bing or Google Earth) .. look for "Two Mile Landing" and you can easily make out what looks like a balloon in the marsh that would eventually ride along New Jersey Avenue going north.
Passenger service to Wildwood ended in early 1970's, last freight train was June, 1974. Track came up a few years later. Curiously, they stopped right at the wye switch along Route 9. The grassy sound canal bridge was a rolling lift, not a swing bridge. I remember seeing it in the summer of 1974 a week or so after the last train ran -- it eventually collapsed if I remember right. Those lines were in rotten shape towards the end.
There was another rail line into the Wildwoods as well, this from the north. The old Anglesea Railroad. Station were at 1st and New Jersey and 17th and New Jersey. I'm not sure but I think it connected with the Crest line at Oak Avenue at one point. This line didn't survive the 1933 PRSL merger but you can see remains of it along Route 147 -- look for a row of bushes to the right paralleling Route 147 when going out of North Wildwood. This line apparently had some short and low concrete bridges which have fallen but can be seen. The Wildwood historical societies have some good pictures of the Anglesea Station.
The wye at Cape May is still intact north of the station. Ocean City had two wyes -- one at 4th Street in the Gardens and another out by 55th Street where the line over to Strathmere was. I found remains of it in the mid-1980's still intact but development has now obliterated it.