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» South Amboy, New Jersey, USA (more..)
» June 06, 2020
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EL By SA. Conrail Shared Assets OI-16 is a daily freight that brings cars from Oak Island Yard in Newark, New Jersey to Browns yard in Sayreville, New Jersey. Its round trip is usually the only freight that this trackage will see. On June 6, 2020 Norfolk Southern 1700 (ex-Conrail 6654, née EL 3669, SD45-2, Erie Lackawanna Tribute) leads as the train has passed SA Tower and turned on to the Amboy Secondary. This locomotive was assigned to this job and its variants for many years, but it was not equipped wit the proper PTC equipment to lead over the Newark Division of New Jersey Transit and has since found other work.

An Essay On SA. A piece of New Jersey Railroad history was removed on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 when the former SA Tower was demolished. While called the interlocking is called "Essay" under NJ Transit, the origin of the name is from South Amboy, the location of the tower. Built in 1927, this tower controlled where the PRR/Pennsylvania Railroad's Amboy Branch (today's Conrail Shared Assets Amboy Secondary) joined the New York & Long Branch (then jointly owned with CNJ/Central Railroad Of New Jersey) to go over the Raritan River Bridge, closed on July 2, 1986. The area has seen a lot of change since the NY&LB years, as the last engine change here was in 1988, and the South Amboy engine house and facilities are now long gone. The SA Tower structure was removed as part of the construction of the new Raritan River Draw Bridge, which is planned to open in 2026.
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