Date: 10/15/1950 Road #: LV 108
Location: Jersey City, NJ more... Builder/Model:  SW1 more...  

Working the carfloats with NYC in the distance across the river.


By: John on 4/24/2014
Located directly across the street (Johnston Ave.) from the CNJ's Jersey City ferry terminal, the LV's float yard and slips remained in operation until Conrail took over in 1976.

This scene, taken in 1950, easily could have been snapped in 1964; so little had changed during these years. Interestingly, until the late 1940's, LV "doodlebugs" continued to carry a small contingent of die-hard commuters, running from Jersey City to South Plainfield. These runs terminated alongside the float bridges on a stub track, and commuters had to dash across the street to make a connection with a CNJ ferry to complete their journey to Manhattan.

A number of lighterage piers were also adjacent to this yard, but, by the late 60's/early 70's, they were virtually abandoned.

Today, not surprisingly, not a trace remains of the LV float bridges, or of the float yard itself, now part of Liberty State Park.

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