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Allaire State Park - Allaire, NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member 94RedRover
N 40° 09.728 W 074° 07.876
18T E 573979 N 4446114
Quick Description: In Allaire State Park, is the Pine Creek Railroad, an exhibit at the New Jersey Museum of Transportation, and one of the oldest continually operating narrow gauge steam preservation railway exhibits in the country.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 3/12/2009 3:32:43 AM
Waymark Code: WM60J0
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
Views: 6

Long Description:
The New Jersey Museum of Transportation, Inc. has many rare vintage pieces of railway equipment and exhibits. The displays increase as the museum acquires and restores more projects continually. The museum began it's operations in 1951, and depends on donations and extensive volunteer hours to remain running.

Just inside the Village The railway sits to the left. The Pine Creek Railroad is one of the oldest continually operating narrow gauge steam preservation railway exhibits in the country. A 1/2 hour train ride through the woods of Allaire State Park, is both romantic and fun for kids. The rails here were once part of a network of rails that carried goods and passengers quickly and safely through the swamps and barrens of south Jersey. Once the bog iron industry declined, many of the villages in the area became ghost towns, and the trains stopped running.

The Railway runs a loop through the Historic Allaire Village. Take a seat trackside by the ticket station. The platform sits in front of the yard, so you can see the other vintage cars, and even a bare engine, on display. It won't be long before you get a chance to see this train in action. The Railroad also offers special Fall Foliage Tours, Great Train Robbery Re-enactments, and Haunted Night Runs.

Some History about Allaire Village:

In the 1800s, it was found that the iron ore in the central Jersey bogs was strong enough and plentiful enough to manufacture much needed cannonballs and other iron products. James Allaire, a manufacturer of marine engines in New York purchased the property in 1822 to process the ores needed for manufacturing. Due to the long hours of strenuous work, the employees brought their families to the site of the company. This brought a need for other industries to offer services. So, soon enough, a village emerged, with a mill to make flour, a bakery to make the bread, an inn to make guests and travelers comfortable, a general store for groceries and a chapel for spiritual health. Employees worked at extracting the ore from the creek, sending it through the blast furnace and into the iron works. So Allaire, a mini city, grew, based around the industry.

The men would work the iron, their payment would be offset by the company for their lodging. The rest of their pay would be spent in the company's general strore, the company's bakery, the company's carpenters, etc... Great business.

Later in the 1800s, a stronger iron was found in Pennsylvania, and the iron bogs in Jersey were abandoned. By 1850, Allaire had become a ghost town.
What Best Describes This Location: Railyard

If there is a fee how much?: 3.00 (listed in local currency)

Is this rail location handicap accessible?: Yes. Platfrom is right off parking lot.

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