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ABOVE: After the turn of the century, F-unit operation on the Salem Branch became rare. On May 8, 2001, a westbound SRNJ train has stopped in Woodstown to spot a couple of cars, enabling this view of the 728 appearing to be leading the train. LEFT: On March 22, 1997, the pair of SRNJ covered wagons has just de- parted the Conrail interchange at Swedes- boro. The units had been turned previously, which afforded new southbound views of the NYO&W-painted diesel.


ed from the Shore Fast Line were used, with one of those painted in similar fashion to CNJ’s “Red Baron” red paint scheme. With the end of service on the Cape May Branch the SW1200 was no longer needed. The switcher was sold and replaced by a more useful GP9 from the Huron & Eastern. Soon it was also painted into the CNJ “Red Baron” colors and became SRNJ No. 100. In the summer of 1993, the SRNJ pur-


AMTK - Amtrak CR - Conrail NJT - NJ Transit PRR - Pennsylvania Railroad PRSL - Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines CNJ - Central Railroad of New Jersey. SRNJ - Southern Railroad of New Jersey WW - Winchester & Western


NEW JERSEY TRENTON PHILADELPHIA CAMDEN Swedesboro Salem Bridgeton Cape May Court House Cape May Winslow Jct. Vineland Pleasantville Atlantic City Tuckahoe NEWARK


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owned by New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and operat- ing rights over NJ Transit’s Atlantic City Line between Winslow and Atlan- tic City, a distance of 30 miles, plus the short branch to Pleasantville from At- lantic City. The Pleasantville Branch had most of the customer base for the SRNJ and previous SFL and was one of the little pieces of track actually owned by the SRNJ. Additionally, the railroad had operating rights on the Cape May branch, but there was only one customer located at Cape May Court House. To get to the Cape May Branch involved oper- ating over another part of NJDOT track from Winslow Junction to Tuckahoe. This was a long distance for two or three boxcars of lumber a week, and after a couple years this operation was discon- tinued. SRNJ established its headquar- ters at Winslow Junction. In the early years of operation, an SW1200 and a trio of GE U30Bs inherit-


chased a pair of well-known F7’s, former Bessemer & Lake Erie Nos. 727 and 728. Both of these coal-hauling veterans had been rebuilt by the B&LE in the mid- dle ’70s to work the Western Allegheny Branch. By the fall of 1992, time finally caught up with the units and they were retired. The next year both units were purchased by SRNJ. In 1994 former B&LE No. 727 was repainted into a Rock Island-style black and red paint scheme, with the SRNJ name spelled out on the side of the unit. The railroad had leftover red and black paint, so the Rock Island design was an easy choice. In 1995 the 728 received entirely new


steel side panels and was repainted into the light gray, yellow, and orange col- ors of the defunct New York, Ontario & Western. The owner of the SRNJ, Joe Petaccio, was a huge O&W fan, and the railroad did have a fleet of similar F3s before it was shut down and abandoned in March 1957.


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Illustration by Otto M. Vondrak. Not all railroads and stations shown. Not an official map. ©2015 White River Productions


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