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ABOVE: On May 7, 1994, both of West Jersey’s ex-Lamoille Valley Alco RS3s worked a train from Salem to Swedesboro and return. The train is approaching the open country east of Woodstown at Porches Mill, N.J. RIGHT: South of Seven Stars, N.J., is this wooden trestle over Oldmans Creek. On February 25, 1997, South- ern Railroad of New Jersey’s “Rock Island” EMD F7 No. 727 pauses briefly on the trestle, allowing this view of the westbound train.


Woodstown, along with a caboose and a pair of RDC1’s, also owned by the same group. This entire set of equipment was later passed along to the Cape May Sea- shore Lines. On August 17, 1991, the CMSL moved the equipment it had in storage at Woodstown off the West Jer- sey in a special train. The third RS3m, the 93, was repainted


yellow but not lettered and was renum- bered 7802 in the number boards only. The 7802 ran briefly on the West Jersey before migrating west to Missouri to be- come the main power on the Wabash & Grand River Railroad, which Pioneer started on April 1, 1990. After the RS3ms departed, just the


two yellow and black former LVCR RS3s were left to work the line. While this area of South Jersey is mostly flat and normal operations had the West Jersey using only one RS3, there is a grade lo- cated south of Swedesboro which some- times resulted in doubling the hill or using both RS3s. It didn’t happen often, but when it did, the chop-nosed Alcos would put on quite a show.


The Southern Railroad of New Jersey The Southern Railroad of New Jersey


started in December 1991, when it took over operations and assets of the Shore Fast Line Railroad which had operating rights over 15 miles of track between Winslow and Vineland, on trackage


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