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Re: PC: Question, PRSL
- Subject: Re: PC: Question, PRSL
- From: "Evil Mike" <evillmike@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 08:18:49 PST
PRSL Is my hometown RR and it operated as PRSL right up untill April 1976.
In the days of PC the PRSL had a desent freight bussiness and major money
loosing passenger operation mandated and funded by the state. Major freight
custoners included farms and sand pits around Millvile, Vineland and Salem,
power plants in Deep Water and near Ocean City and Refineries and Chemical
plants along the delaware river that included Du Pont, Costal and some
others. Traffic was so high on the Penn's Grove branch that served all
those places, 3 local freights were run plus the extras to the power plant.
In 1969 the PATCO transit line was built and the water front facilities in
Camden were moved to Pavonia yard, the current hub of Conrail operations.
Some of the AS-16 and S-# Baldwins worked right un untill the end and were
incorporated into Conrail where they were scrapped. Other power included 10
GP-38's. They meant to buy 15 but the PC backed out on the deal and kept
them for its self. The RDC passerger operation was mainly funded by the
state. At one point it would have been cheaper for the state to buy every
one of the regular train passengers a new car than to continue to fund the
railroad. PC owned 2/3 of the PRSL and the RGD owned 1/3 and with both of
them going bankrupt it meant bad times for the PRSL.
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