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Tracks of the Camden and Amboy Railroad
April 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Explore Tracks of the Camden and Amboy Railroad with retired geologist Pierre Lacombe. The first section of the Camden & Amboy Railroad (C&A RR) was built through the hamlet of Bordentown and across Crosswicks Creek during 1831. Hear the fascinating story of its construction, and explore the stone sleepers, stone bridge abutments, Crosswicks Creek crib wharf, and railroad right-of-way from retired geologist Pierre Lacombe. He will explain construction methods and the source for the stones essential to the work.
The C&A RR was the first trans-state railroad in America, and the first to use the inverted T-rail, now used worldwide. Wear sturdy walking shoes; part of the walk will be adjacent to the rail line. About 30 stone sleepers can be seen close to the Acme parking lot. The main part of the walk to the C&A RR causeways, crib wharf, stone sleepers, and railroad trestle abutments for crossing Crosswicks Creek wetlands will be ~ 1 mile.
Meet: Acme parking lot, 4400 South Broad Street, Trenton/ Yardville. If coming from, Tulpehaking Nature Center and West Park Ave., turn right onto S. Broad St. At the Whitehorse Circle, continue on South Broad Street toward Yardville. At the junction with the interstate, stay right toward Yardville on South Broad. Immediately past the rail line, turn left into the Acme parking lot and stay to the left. (If you go past Rt 130, you’ve gone too far).
No registration needed. Free of charge. Donations appreciated.