The Ghost Tracks Are Back

After a three-day snowstorm battered the northeast corridor, the Jersey shore beaches were succumbed to massive erosion. A result of the storm uncovered something rarely seen there anymore: the Cape May ghost tracks.

Abandoned century-old railroad tracks on the beach in Cape May, known as ghost tracks, were visible during shifting tides in the hours before the storm arrived. Images of the rails were posted at about 2 p.m. Sunday on the Sunset Beach Facebook page.

The tracks were spotted for the first time in nearly 80 years in November 2014. They were used in the early to mid-1900s to support sand mining and munitions testing during World War I.

The rusted, weather and water-worn tracks on a remote stretch of shoreline near Sunset and Higbee beaches were used by the Cape May Sand Company, which from 1905 to 1936, removed sand from the beach or dredged it from the ocean and pulverized it to make glass or cement.

I’ve heard stories about the ghost tracks, but since Cape May is a very expensive place to rent a beach house, I’ve never seen them. It’s a pretty cool story, and I always wanted to be a train engineer. I wonder if a freight train company would hire a 55-year old former cop who wants to ride the rails?

7 thoughts on “The Ghost Tracks Are Back

  1. ” I wonder if a freight train company would hire a 55-year old former cop who wants to ride the rails?”
    Find a line that still runs steam engines. They’re mostly run by amateurs who volunteer to do the work.
    You may have to apprentice with one and work your way up!
    A friend of mine back in Ohio volunteers as a steam engineer.


  2. This is a seriously cool story. Glad you posted it. There are all sorts of excursion type private train lines all over the place. I think Proof is right about volunteering.

    My daughter-in-law has a brother who hired on with the Burlington Northern. He is a “fireman” though I don’t really get what a fireman does on diesel trains. He is hoping to be an engineer eventually. I know he rides in the engine with the engineer, so I guess the fireman is kind of like a co-pilot in a plane. Sounds like fun, but I think the whole union thing would put me off when it comes to all the seniority you would need.

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