METUCHEN, N.J. – A new web site features pictures of trains speeding through Metuchen along the Northeast Corridor.
Also included on the site – http://railfanning.org/trackside/metuchen – is a brief history of railroads in Metuchen.
Clarksville, Tenn., resident Todd DeFeo took the photos included on the site on Aug. 15, 2003, the day after the great blackout struck northern New Jersey, New York City and other parts of the country. DeFeo, a former Metuchen resident, also wrote the brief history detailing railroads in Metuchen.
“The Northeast Corridor is a railfan’s dream,” DeFeo said. “As a former resident, I remember standing on the station’s platforms and watching trains. It was great to return to Metuchen and again watch some train action.”
Metuchen was a part of Woodbridge Township until 1878 and the first trains passed through the town in 1836 when the New Jersey Railroad was completed. The historical depot was built in 1888 and rededicated on Dec. 13, 1979.
Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor runs through Metuchen. It is one of the busiest stretches of track in the country with Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and freight trains run over the Corridor everyday.
Railfanning.org launched in September 2002 and offers up information about several cities nationwide, including Marietta, Ga., Nashville, Tenn., and St. Louis, Mo. The site also includes information about railroad safety, rolling stock seen on the rails today and general railroad information.
For more, log onto http://railfanning.org.