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PSNJ: the last years........
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is (was?) also a former private PSNJ row in Jersey City Heights, which skirted through Washington Park (we locals called it "First Street Park")

Until 1949, cars of the "UNION CITY" line used this short stretch of line, which gave the route a sort of an "interurban" feel.

When I was growing up in the 1960's, we walked this old ROW many times; many people walking from one part of the park to the other used this old trackbed.

Here and there, an old line pole still remained.

DPW trucks, as well as other park service vehicles also used this old, long-disused ROW........

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This single-truck convertible seen here operated for one of the many companies which PS absorbed in the 1900's; this car ran for the BERGEN COUNTRY TRACTION COMPANY, whose lines later became part of PS's BERGEN Division.

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/odds/nj/htm/bctc01.htm

Cars like these were replaced with new double-truck cars not long after the PS takeover; some were scrapped, some sold, some converted into work cars.

PS, itself, never built nor purchased convertibles; however, they did operate several series of double-truck semis, the last of which being retired in 1937......

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(photo courtesy of davesrailpix)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As mentioned earlier, ROSEVILLE was the largest car house on the ESSEX Division, after the Plank Road facility was closed to streetcars after 1938.

This huge facility (which also housed a waiting room and a luncheonnette/newsstand) was flanked by two large yards; all the subway-surface car lines (excepting the #29) were based here, as well as ASV's and buses.

By 1952, the only remaining streetcars being based here were those of the "#7 CITY SUBWAY"; these cars deadheaded to and from the Subway via the trackage on Orange St., previously used by cars of the "#21 ORANGE".

When the City of Newark ordered PS to remove the tracks from Orange Street, a new repair facility was built at Penn Station, utilizing the area formerly used by the subway-surface cars......

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https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/psct/htm/psct073.htm *

(courtesy: davesrailpix)

*Note the "SUBWAY CAR-SAVE TIME & PARKING" legend on the side of the streetcar on the far right; all cars that served the City Subway and its connecting lines bore this legend.

The replacement buses, of course, could not boast such a time-saving message, as now, unlike the streetcars, the buses had to deal with traffic lights and motor traffic downtown, which the underground streetcars did not have to contend with.

Progress......... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PSNJ's BERGEN Division had the distinction of being the only division that did not see the conversion of streetcar lines to ASV's; all conversions on the BERGEN Division went over to motor buses.

The only ASV line to operate into BERGEN Division territory was the "#21"; this line replaced the "PALISADE" car line in September of 1938 (like the "PALISADE" car line, the #21" ASV route was a HUDSON Division line)

Though its route was much different than the former car line, it, nonetheless, "replaced" the "PALISADE" line.

Its southern terminal was also switched; instead of running to the West Shore terminal in Weehawken, the new ASV line ran to the DL&W terminal at Hoboken.

The "#21" (which I commuted on for a number of years, beginning in the 1970's) became a bus line in 1948, when PSNJ pulled the plug on the remaining ASV lines........

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "heart" of the system......

Though PS, of course, had a tremendous presence in Hudson County (especially in Jersey City), it was Newark that was, without a doubt, the very heart of the PS system.

Several PS bus (and ASV) routes served Penn Station; the streetcars of the City Subway (and its connecting lines) ran underground, making connections with not only PS bus lines, but also, with private carriers, as well as the H&M tubes and main-line PRR and LV trains.

At the massive PS terminal, streetcars (until 1938), ASV's (until 1948), and buses (until the 1960's) made for a busy and important transportation hub.

PS headquarters were also housed within the offices of the PS Terminal building, which was also handsomely decorated for Christmas.

After the riots of the late 1960's, it was clear that Newark was greatly changing; the PS terminal was then in its last years of serving buses, and the only streetcars running through the Subway were those of the #7.

Yes, without a doubt, Newark was indeed the always-pumping "heart" of the vast PS network.......

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In this snowy early 1952 photo, taken at the new Franklin Avenue loop, we see a fantrip in progress.

One of the last Compromise roof cars is seen here leading an ex-TCRT PCC, being used for operator training, prior to entering regular service.

In the background, one of the elderly 3200-series deck roof cars is visible.

This loop terminal changed little over the decades; in the early 1980's, a new station replaced the one seen here.

Today, the trains of the Newark Light Rail pass through this former station site; nothing seen here remains today........

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/psct/htm/psct013.htm

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

About 1950, we see a Compromise roof car on the #29, making a station stop at Franklin Avenue; this car was on an outbound run to Caldwell.

Just out of the photo are the switches which were used not only by the "#21 ORANGE" cars (main line), but also, deadheading cars to and from the ROSEVILLE carhouse.

The "#21" subway-surface line was converted to buses in early 1952, as was the the #29........

http://www.newdavesrailpix.com/psct/htm/psct088.htm

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Though this long-in-the-tooth 3200-series deck roof car is signed for the "#23 CENTRAL", this car was obviously on a special run, seen here near the outer end of the #7 line.

The very last deck roof (and Compromise roof) cars in New Jersey served on the City Subway until early 1954, when the second-hand PCC's arrived.

The "#23" was, also, the first of the subway-surface lines to be replaced by buses (December, 1947)..........

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/psct/htm/psct046.htm

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another photo of deck-roof car #3212*, circa-1947; though signed "SPECIAL", the car (displaying a "#23" route number) is seen at the end of the #23 line, about to head back into downtown Newark, via the ramps at the Norfolk Street station.......

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/psct/htm/psct069.htm

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*(I am VERY fortunate to have one of the metal "PAY AS YOU ENTER" signs, seen here displayed in #3212's front window, in my collection today)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is an interesting page on today's Newark Light Rail; there are also several vintage photos showing the PCC's when PSNJ was still operating the line.

Note, also, that there were proposals to build a streetcar subway in Newark a number of years prior to WW1.

There is also an interesting historical timeline on this page; it is interesting that while NJT owns the Newark Light Rail within the Newark city limits, Norfolk Southern owns it in Belleville and Bloomfield.......

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newark_Light_Rail
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recalling the once-busy (and stately) Public Service Terminal in Newark; there is a sharp contrast, indeed, between the 1917 photo, and the modern-day view, taken of the same location.

In its prime, the Terminal was known as "The Eighth Wonder Of The Traction World".......

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newark_Public_Service_Terminal
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

During the summer months, PS ran special buses on weekends between Newark (PS Terminal) and Palisades Amusement Park.

Until the 1960's, local (Newark) PS lines also served the long-gone "OLYMPIC PARK" in Irvington.

Through the 1960's, Newark was also an important destination to other bus companies, such as DE CAMP and SOMERSET; both of these companies had runs that started/terminated in Newark.

The long-defunct #144, operated by MOUNTAIN COACHES ("Trackless Transit") ran between Penn Station and the Caldwell loop (PS's #29 also terminated at the Caldwell loop, as did the old DE CAMP #22, which ran out of Journal Square)

At the City Subway station at Franklin Avenue, several PS bus routes connected with the streetcars; after the last subway-surface cars ran in early 1952, the City Subway, basically, was now reduced to a "feeder" line, connecting the bus lines at Franklin Avenue with downtown, and no longer a "conduit" for connecting surface lines......

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In this circa-1953 scene, we see an elderly inbound deck roof "#7" car at Orange Street; note that the switches and trackage (on Orange St.) formerly used by both the "#21" cars and deadheading "#7 cars" (heading to/from the ROSEVILLE car house) have been removed....

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/psct/htm/psct010.htm

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an early view of one of the 3500-series cars, with a proud-looking crew posing for the camera.

The 3500 and 3600-series cars were also used on the "Fast Line" between Newark (PS Terminal) and Trenton.

On this line, these cars could run at speeds up to 70 MPH; note, too, the receptacles for MU plugs.

In later years, the 3500's were the backbone of the "HUDSON RIVER" line (BERGEN Division); PS stripped the cars of their MU hardware sometime around 1925.......

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/psct/htm/psct154.htm

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a rare photo of an MU train of 3500's on the "HUDSON RIVER" line, circa-1920; few photos exist of MU operation on any of the PS lines that utilized the concept.......

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/psct/htm/psct147.htm

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