Lower Township in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Atlantic City Railroad - Cape May Division
The Cape May Division of the Atlantic City (Philadelphia & Reading) Railroad ran from Winslow Junction to Cape May City with branches to Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, and Wildwood. This railroad was initially instrumental in the development of many Cape May County resorts but later became significant in the development of industry and strategic defense. Within the ACRR-Cape May Division Historic District are resources from the railroads most historically significant years, 1893 to 1942. There are timber trestle and metal bridges; semaphore signals; the Rio Grande Station and Signal and Interlocking Tower (now at Cold Spring Village); the Cape May Court House Station; the Ocean City Station; and the Tuckahoe Station and Interlocking Tower.
In 1942, the moveable bridge carrying a branch over the Cape May Canal was reconstructed to better serve the magnesite plant at Cape May Point. Magnesite, a critical material in the manufacture of firebrick for steel production during WWII, was shipped by rail to Pittsburgh, making the plant a defense production facility. It was the largest customer for railroad freight
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
Location. 38° 58.889′ N, 74° 54.384′ W. Marker is in Lower Township, New Jersey, in Cape May County. Marker is at the intersection of Seashore Road (County Route 626) and Earl Drive, on the right when traveling north on Seashore Road. Marker is located on the Cold Spring Bike Path, about 1/2 mile north of Historic Cold Spring Village. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 703 Seashore Road, Cape May NJ 08204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cold Spring Grange Hall (approx. half a mile away); Historic Cold Spring Village (approx. half a mile away); Welcome to the Nature Trail at Bradner's Trail (approx. half a mile away); Pitch Pine (approx. half a mile away); Southern Red Oak (approx. half a mile away); Tulip Poplar (approx. half a mile away); Southern Arrowwood (approx. half a mile away); Sweetbay Magnolia (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lower Township.
More about this marker. Marker is also visible left of Shore Road (US Highway 9), which runs parallel to Seashore Road on the opposite (east) side of the bike path.
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1. What held up the railroad?.
While plans for a rail line seemed to be marching along, talk of War Between the States threatened to bring all commerce outside of Cape May to a screeching halt. Cape May County, sits below the Mason-Dixon Line and pro-North (Submitted on March 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines.
Competition was fierce and by its height in the 1920s competition between the West Jersey and Seashore Railroad (WJ&S, owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad) and the Atlantic City Railroad (owned by the Philadelphia and Reading Railway) was so intense that at one time both lines boasted some of the fastest trains in the world. Trains often raced one another so as to be the first to arrive at their destination. Racing was encouraged by the fact that in many areas, the two lines were only several hundred feet apart. On the Cape May lines, the trains were in sight of each other for 11 miles between Cape May Court House and Cape May. Over the last 5 miles into Cape May, the tracks were only 50 feet apart. (Submitted on March 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Cape May Seashore Lines.
The line to Cape May was built in 1863 by the Tuckahoe and Cape May Railroad, and operated by the Philadelphia and Reading Railway's Atlantic City Railroad and later Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines (PRSL). At one time, the rail line was known as "The Steel Speedway To The Shore”. Eventually it became part of Conrail, which ended passenger service on the line in 1981, ended freight service on October 10, 1983 and sold the line to New Jersey Transit as their Cape May Branch. (Submitted on March 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 475 times since then and 223 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.