Allaire Park in Howell New Jersey

wks

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Hello my name is Richard and I joined today.
I enjoy your forum and wish to contribute worthwhile info.
I start with Allaire Park near Farmingdale and Howell.
I use mass transit so the walk from Spring Lake to Allaire is five miles each way.

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My photo from 1998 shows southbound NJ Transit train in Spring Lake.
 
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wks

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My photos from last May.

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NJ Transit train departs Spring Lake and heads southbound to Bay Head.

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NJ Transit rail station.

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I head west to start my five mile walk each way.

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Nice scenes along the route.

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I enjoy this every time I visit.

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Peaceful setting.

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One of two tranquil pond views during my hike.

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Very relaxing to see.

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Almost at Allaire.

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I enter the trail to Allaire.

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The gateway to Allaire Park.
 
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wks

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Thank you. Now entering Allaire State Park.

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Welcome to tranquility.

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Country church.

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Almost a mile loop of narrow gauge track.

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Runs on weekends during the season.

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Inactive during May due to the pandemic.

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Still there were a few of us enjoying the day.

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The station area for arrivals and departures.

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Water tower for the steam engines.

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Cute shanty next to it.

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Country station.

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Good sun angle of the building.

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I visited the site on a weekday with no train service.

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No problem since I like to photograph the site.
 
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wks

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I have more photos but I need to know if there is a forum limit.
I only have twenty or so left to post if it is ok to do so.
 

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Ben and I were just discussing, and he has plenty of disk space free on the NJPB server. Keeping the files to a reasonable pixel-dimension and saving them as .jpg files helps keep size down and lets the page load more quickly. I see that you're already doing that, so go ahead and show us what you've got. :)
 
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wks

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Train equipment on The Pine Creek Railroad.

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Inactive steam engine.

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Hopper car.

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Tank car.

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Maintenance building.

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Combine passenger car.

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Another view of the car.

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Track loop looking east.

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Track loop looking west.

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Field in the middle of the loop track.

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Nice row of pine trees.

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Another view of them.

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Ready to leave.

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Heading east toward the road which will bring me back to Spring Lake.
Five miles and two hour walk to NJ Transit train.
 
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wks

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Near the end of my photos showing a small part of Allaire Park.

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Back in the late 1990s when they ran steam engines.

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Another view of operating engine in service over 20 years ago.

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Over half way around the almost one mile long loop track.

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This engine has not run recently. At least I have the photos and memories.

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Another steam engine that has not run in years. Good thing I went there back in the day.
 
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wks

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I have a few more photos to post.

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From September 2007 during a railfans event.

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I used an older digital camera.

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Some photos have their pine trees in the background.

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Nice view of the row of pine trees.

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Their colorful little red caboose.

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Ready to depart with happy customers aboard.

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Water tower for the steam engines when they return to service.

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They may restore her to working condition in the future.
 
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wks

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It is a wonderful park to visit Ben.
I have hiked many times in the past from a NJ Transit rail station.
Mainly to look at the railroad.
Was not interested in the historical structures nearby.
This year though I plan to look and photograph them.
To contribute in a productive way on this forum.
Will go in early May when the foliage is colorful.

These are the last of my photos of the Pine Creek Railroad from years ago.

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Their Shay style engine around 2001 when I last saw steam engine operations there.

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Not many of those style of engines running today.

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Another view of the engine.

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On the loop heading for the next curve.

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Looks cool in action.

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People enjoy the leisure ride around the nearly one mile loop track.
 
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I remember seeing the last steam engine pictured, #117, sitting for a long time in the field next to Blackbeard's Cave in Bayville, along with several wooden coaches. It was one of the stops on a van tour I ran for the Ocean County Parks Dept. on local railroad history. That engine was used in the 1970 film The Molly Maguires, which depicted the story of 19th century striking coal miners in Pennsylvania. It featured Sean Connery and Richard Harris. The coaches were used in the film as well. The full history of the equipment is on the NJ Museum of Transportation's website.

I'm also reminded, on this Valentine's Day, that my first date back in the mid-80s with the girl who would become my wife was at Allaire. It even included a train ride!
 

wks

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Very nice Mr.German. I read about 117's history and there are internet photos of 117 in that movie.
Perhaps one day she will run at Allaire along with the other steam engines.
Will take years and a lot of money for that to occur.
 
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I am not a train buff, however, viewing all the train pictures this caught my attention. This was posted on another site I frequent which normally has nothing to do with trains. Up until now I have never heard nor seen this. Not local but thought it's interesting it ever existed.
 
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Nice Facebook article about trains.
Today I went to Allaire for some relaxation.

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Pleasant town of Manasquan New Jersey.

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Nice scenes minutes past the railroad station in Manasquan.
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Near the NJ Transit Manasquan train station is the start of the hiking trail.

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Former railroad branch line which served the Allaire Iron Works.

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Now a bike and hike trail called The Edgar Felix Bikeway.

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Relaxing walk with no steep grades.

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Plenty of colorful pine trees along this five mile route.

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Former Freehold and Jamesburg Railroad line.

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Short distance from the bridges over the Garden State Parkway.

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Pleasant day to hike or bike your troubles away.

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Nice bike and hike trail from Manasquan.

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Five miles each way.

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Many trails to investigate in Allaire Park.

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Easily need a whole day to discover new wonders.

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Red caboose at the Pine Creek Railroad.

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Another view of the caboose.

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Water tower and shanty.

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Row of pine trees.

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Well manicured railroad track and roadbed.

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Time to leave Allaire.
 
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wks

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My photos from the Allaire Village history museum.

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I have been to Allaire many times in the past.
To look and photograph the rail equipment.
I hardly looked at the nearby buildings while visiting.
Until this year when I joined this forum.
The information and history compelled me to revisit this area to view it in a new light.
I did enjoy the extra walk checking the historical structures still standing.

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Another view of the shanty and water tower.

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Quaint train station for the railroad.

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Heading back to Manasquan and NJ Transit.

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More pine trees to see on my way home.
 
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wks

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Important information if you use the Edgar Felix Bikeway.
The bikeway passes under route 34.
There is ongoing construction being done on the tunnel for the bikeway which goes under route 34.

You would have to detour to nearby Atlantic Avenue and cross route 34 to bypass the construction site.
Construction is being done during the week from Monday thru Friday.
No construction on Sunday. Maybe Saturday as well.
I was able to walk thru the construction site on Sunday.
There was no activity and no workers.
 
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