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thanks for the link on this story.

there was another set of tracks around to the east at the point of the Cape. many, many years ago there was a community in the area where the Cape May lighthouse stands. as the coastline eroded away from the point, a number of buildings were moved or fell victim to the sea, including a trolley line that ran back to Cape May City.

 

My wife owns a summer home in Cape May and we are very familiar with the railroading history in the area. We were there just this past weekend. The recently uncovered trackage is at the Cape May Point (West Cape May) . A rail line ran to the point up until 1982 when the Harbeson Walker Magnesite plant there closed. There was also the trolley line that ran on the South side (now underwater). The Pennsylvania and Reading lines ran from Camden to Cape May City and the PRR fisherman's special/ fish trains  ran to Schellenger's landing by the Lobster House. Sadly, today trains no longer run to Cape May but the former mainline line there still exists. Several years back the Cape May Seashore lines tourist train ran there until vandals destroyed track between Tuckahoe and Woodbine. It now faces an uncertain future.

@RICKC posted:

That was pretty cool.  I just hope that the local authorities don't get ambitious and decide to remove them.



Rick

Well, they could be a liablity hazard. People could trip or get injured on them. From what I read, they appear to be on a public beach. If (non-railroad) old wood and scrap metal suddenly started appearing on public beaches, I know I would want it removed.

@BenLMaggi posted:

Well, they could be a liablity hazard. People could trip or get injured on them. From what I read, they appear to be on a public beach. If (non-railroad) old wood and scrap metal suddenly started appearing on public beaches, I know I would want it removed.

If they’re dumb enough to climb all over them, get themselves injured,..then they’re the liability …..not the tracks ……the tracks are part of some history,….

Pat

@BenLMaggi posted:

Well, they could be a liablity hazard. People could trip or get injured on them. From what I read, they appear to be on a public beach. If (non-railroad) old wood and scrap metal suddenly started appearing on public beaches, I know I would want it removed.

Not to worry. Mother Nature will once again bury them in sand, this happens, the unearthing, after major storms.

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