Date: 12/5/1953 Road #:
Location: Jersey City, NJ more... Builder/Model:  

A view of the CNJ-BO engine terminal


By: Don Reeves on 9/13/2012
Good day to you, I too am fast approaching 80 but I fondly remember Communipaw engine terminal in Jersey City. My father Edward Reeves worked there servicing both steam and diesel locomotives. I was born in Long Branch, N.J., and enjoyed listening to my father speak about which steam locomotives would steam more freely than others and how fast the B&O Pacifics (4-6-2) or the diesels hauling the Royal Blue came into the terminal. I briefly went to the teachers college in Jersey City and I took the Pt Pleasant Express home to Long Branch Monday to Friday and those CNJ Pacifics pulled out of JC at 3:52pm and arrived in Long Branch at 4:52pm. One hour flat. An admiral display of steam power in 1951. I too, remember the fast service railroads provided the riding public before people developed a love affair with their personal automobiles. How I miss steam locomotives with their wonderful chime whistles. The main reason steam lost out to the diesel is because it required 8 men to service a steam engine and only 2 men per diesel engine. Labor will always be Corporate America's problem child. Thanks for listening. Don Reeves

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