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The SRNJ Takes Over for the West Jersey Salem County put operation of the Sa-


lem Branch out for bids in 1995, and Pi- oneer bowed out. SRNJ won the contract and on May 1, 1995, started operations on what it calls the “Salem Division.” SRNJ sent over privately owned former Washington Terminal RS1 59 along with GP9 101 and F7 727. SRNJ 101 was purchased from Omni-


Trax and it arrived in SRNJ red, white, and black paint. The 101 was placed into service, but while it looked great on the outside, things weren’t well internally. OmniTrax was contracted to remanufac- ture the GP9, but what SRNJ got was just a nicely painted unit. After a couple of months, the 101 was returned. With the Geep gone, the SRNJ was


in a bind, since the 728 was still at Winslow Junction getting engine work and repainted into O&W colors. Since


there weren’t turning facilities on the Swedesboro end of the line, the SRNJ wasn’t able use the 727 alone on the Sa- lem Division.


CNJ F3s Return to Life In the mid-’80s, the last fleet of F3s


in the nation was about to be retired. Maine’s venerable Bangor & Aroostook operated a fleet of six unrebuilt F3s, complete with “chicken wire” grills. The Tri-State Chapter NRHS decided it would be a good idea to try and acquire


one of these units for preservation, since once they were gone, there wouldn’t be another chance. Thinking along the same lines was the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society (ARHS). By the time the groups started explor-


ing the possibility, three of the units had already been parted out. The BAR decid- ed to hold on to the 42, so Tri-State pur- chased No. 44, which was still complete. The ARHS purchased the 46, which the BAR had mostly stripped of usable parts. Both units were shipped south to


June 26, 1996, was one of the truly special days on the SRNJ’s Salem Division, when the CNJ F3s teamed up on a round trip between Salem and Swedesboro. The restored units worked together only a handful of times during their brief stay on the SRNJ. RIGHT: A solo CNJ 57 switches the Anchor Glass Container Corp. plant in Salem. BELOW: The CNJ sisters roll north through Woodstown on their way to the Conrail interchange at Swedesboro.


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