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Aerial Photos

1930s - 2002

 

A then and now perspective of the Raritan River Railroad as seen from Aerial Photographs from the 1930s to the present.

A new web site named www.HistoricAerials.com has aerial photographs available from the following years:

1940, 1947, 1957, 1963, 1970, 1972, 1995, 2002, 2006

By zooming in to a scale of 1200:1 a great amount of detail can be seen in how the
Raritan, her customers, and the towns she pasted through, changed over the years.

 

 

Version 1.0

10/10/2008

 

 

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South Amboy Roundhouse

 

 

 

 

The shops and roundhouse were built in 1919, shortly after WWI.

 

 

 

1940

This view from 1940 shows the 21 year old 12 stall roundhouse with the turntable and the shops below it.

 

 

1947
This shot from 1947 shows the roundhouse was cut back to only 7 stalls.

 

 

 

 

 

1957

10 years later, by 1957, the roundhouse was quickly demolished after the EMD SW900 Diesels replaced all the steam engines in 1954.
The blah blah building was also removed to make a little room for the shops expansion.

 

 

 

 

1972
This shot in 1972 shows a clearing where the roundhouse and turntable used to be.  Eventually, the blah blah building was built here.

 

 

2002


By 1995 only the blah blah building is still standing, but doesnít look used. The shops had all been demolished in the early 80s after Conrail first abandoned them, then they caught fire in 1983?

By 2002, everything is gone except traces of the roundhouse foundation and the foundation of the burnt out blah blah building which also burned.

 

 

Shops Fire Photos:

 

Before the fire in 1983

 

After the Fire in 1983

 

 

 

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South Amboy Roundhouse

 

 

 

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