Light Rail in a Ghost Shadow of Terminal Trackage.

  • Sometimes I wonder if I’m living in the wrong century.
  • Lumix LX7 photo at Harboside in Jersey, New Jersey.
    Lumix LX7 photo at Harboside in Jersey, New Jersey.

    On June 26, 2015, I exposed this digital image at Harborside of an NJ Transit light rail train destined for Hoboken.

    Although there’s virtually no evidence today, decades ago this was the site of intensive Pennsylvania Railroad waterfront terminal trackage.

    More than a century ago PRR’s vast arched shed was located at Exchange Place (a few blocks to the south) while the entire area was blanketed with tracks.

    See: http://furnesque.tumblr.com/post/34850191832/jersey-city-ferry-terminal-pennsylvania-railroad

    My father photographed PRR MP54 electrics at Exchange Place in the early 1960s, and I recall watching a Conrail NW2 work freight trackage here in the early 1980s.

    Today, the area is covered in towering office blocks.

    It is similar to modern waterfront development at Dublin’s North Wall but on a larger scale. In Dublin, as in Jersey City, light rail crosses the site of heavy rail trackage against the back-drop of geometric office-block architecture.

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