Tom’s Raritan River
Through out the years
the RRRR had an assortment of freight
cars. Here is a small sample. In the early years the Raritan
had many open top wooden gondolas for moving sand and clay for the many sand,
clay, and brick industries that opened along the line. These industries were the “bread and butter”
of the little Raritan River. After the depression, most of these industries
closed, and most of the gondolas were scrapped shortly after. A few survived as MOW cars, and the last one
lasted into the late 1960s.
Gon110b.jpg 44 of these 50 ton gondolas were ordered
about 1910 to service the many sand and clay industries in the area
amazing shot was taken of the last 50 ton gondola that literally disintegrated
in the South Amboy Shops area in 1966.
Box Cars - Leased
Box Car – Owned
Box100.jpg RRRR Box
Car 100 when owned by Conrail was moved to Lancaster,
PA where it was used as a
storage shed. Picture
probably taken in late 80’s or early 90’s.
I was driving by Quakertown,
PA in August of 2002. My wife was driving, with me and our kids in
the car, as I passed the Quakertown Station.
I couldn’t believe my eyes as I saw what just couldn’t be! I screamed at her to pull over (she was very
freaked out) as I jumped out of the car and ran back to the station. In front of me was this rusty old Raritan
River Box Car! I couldn’t believe my
eyes. I purchased a disposable camera,
and took as many photos as I could. How could it be? Why was it here? Was it real?