From: "Paul R DOT Tupaczewski" paultup AT comcast DOT net
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:53:56 -0500
Subject: Netcong - much has changed, much has not
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Running around doing New Year's Eve errands today, I decided to try and catch NJ Transit's mid-day train from Hackettstown to
Hoboken. My daughters and I arrived at the Netcong, NJ station with minutes to spare and I took a short video of the train departing
with an ALP45DM dual-mode diesel pushing.
It made me realize that a LOT has changed in Netcong since DL&W and EL years, but that surprisingly some things haven't changed at
all. The two attached photos demonstrate this to a degree. The cab car shot is at the same location I'm at (the tree is still
there, a bit out of frame in my video to the right, but looking much more scraggly today). The Bob Pennisi view of the 1406
arriving on May 17, 1966 is comparable to the going away portion of my video (note the Shop Rite sign visible in both for
comparison). A lot of the infrastructure in the 1406 shot is gone - the entire Sussex Branch trackage, Netcong Coal and Lumber,
the semaphores, the sign for the traffic circle on Route 46 (it was just removed) - but trains still make their way to Netcong every
weekday. And the station is in better shape than it's been in for at least 60 years.
It's uplifting to a degree, ain't it?
Enjoy my final train of 2013! And Happy New Year to all!