Date: 10/7/1950 Road #: RDG 903
Location: Jersey City, NJ more... Builder/Model:  FP7 more...  

Reading power is hostled at Communipaw.


By: John on 5/4/2014
Until the closure of the CNJ's echoing Jersey City Ferry Terminal at the foot of Johnston Avenue, RDG passenger power was commonplace sight here.

Until 1963, RDG also operated through service between Jersey City and Harrisburg. The last two RDG trains to operate out of Jersey City were the Crusader and the Wall Street; these two long-haul commuter trains catered to the well-heeled businessmen who commuted daily between Philadelphia and New York. Beverage and food service was also available on these trains.
After the CNJ terminal closed in 1967, the RDG trains were also rerouted to Newark; until they were finally discontinued years later (Conrail), they operated with RDC cars, as, after the closure of the CNJ terminal, there would no longer be turning facilities for non push-pull consists.

Today, at Jersey City, the trains and the tracks have long since vanished, and the vast bush trainsheds are crumbling and decaying, a mute testimony to the hustle and bustle of what was once one of the busiest passenger terminals in the nation.

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