On July 1, 1854, the first trans-New Jersey train left Coopers Ferry Terminal in Camden and arrived on the then-bare Absecon Island in Atlantic City.
As part of Atlantic City’s 150th birthday celebration, the “ghost” of Dr. Jonathan Pitney — regarded as the Father of Atlantic City — boarded a N.J. Transit train on July 1 to re-enact the first Camden-Atlantic Railroad train ride into the City by the Sea.
On July 1, 2004, N.J. Transit Train 4611 left 30th Street Station in Philadelphia at 9:30 a.m. to begin
the re-enactment with the “ghost” of Dr. Jonathan Pitney, played by Michael Doyle.
The first train carried 600 dignitaries, politicians and members of the press.