Tuckerton Railroad Explored at Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum

Nov 01, 2017
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Ocean County naturalist German Georgief from Wells Mills County Park will give a PowerPoint presentation on the Tuckerton Railroad on Saturday Nov. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Giffordtwon Schoolhouse Museum.

Georgief said the presentation is an “armchair” version of a van tour the county gives from time to time, tracing the remnants of the Tuckerton railroad route from Tuckerton to Whiting.

“I’m not an expert, but I’m a recent railroad buff thanks to the research I did on local railroads,” he said. “It touched something in me.”

The Tuckerton Railroad ran from 1871 to 1936. Its first job was delivering tourists to the seashore via Tuckerton where they would take a spur from the station on Railroad Avenue to Edge Cove at the bay and embark on a steamboat, the Pohatcong, for a trip across the bay to Beach Haven and the hotels there. The Baldwin Hotel was named for the Baldwin steam engine company that built the railroad engines.

Later, the railroad company built the trestle across the bay at Manahawkin.

The railroad carried oysters, clams, eelgrass and salt hay from the seashore plus cranberries and blueberries.

Georgief’s presentation will include historical photos of the railroad and also the remnants of what is left of the railroad route. Stations are still standing in Barnegat and Manahawkin. “There is no station left in Tuckerton, but there are two coal bins, one behind the Kangeroo Court day care center on Route 9 that used to service a coal company there and another behind the Greenwood Cemetery. There is also a metal framework that held tanks from an oil company that the railroad may have serviced. Georgief will also explain where the engine turntable and the engine sheds were located.

The Tuckerton Historical Society presents the free event at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Boulevard in Little Egg Harbor. Call 609 294-1547 for information.  —P.J. 




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