Ducking the signal bridge, an Amtrak Regional Express led by ACS-64 No. 643 sprints south (Amtrak west) through North Elizabeth, NJ.
The smokestack to the far left belonged to Burry Biscuit, established in 1936, and the tenant of the building from 1971 through 2006. The building was destroyed in a fire in 2011. Amazingly, long before Burry's, and the likely strip center stores and housing units to come, the building, built in 1917, was home to Duesenberg Motors which built it to provide the first mass produced aircraft engines to the US Army and Navy during World War I. The factory later built Willy's Automobiles. When the 1920 recession hit, the Willys Corp.’s assets were sold at auction to William C. Durant, one of the founders of General Motors, who expanded the site to 40 acres and built New Jersey’s first assembly line. It later became home to Big Bear Supermarket - one of the first large discount supermarkets. Today, only the smokestack remains. And the rails of the former PRR railroad, now part of Amtrak's NEC.