Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 pm: Railroad Historian Michael McCann presents “…there used to be a railroad”

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – On Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm) Michael McCann presents “…there used to be a railroad.”  McCann’s talk  explores the State’s once-extensive network of Fallen Flag Railroads (including the Central and its Atlantic Highlands ferry terminal).”

McCann’s work with the New Jersey Green Acres program necessitated examining thousands of frames of historical aerial photography. Those photographs sparked his interest in the lost treasures of NJ history, from amusement parks and industries to railroads and more.   He has created historical talks on several subjects, including “…there used to be a railroad”, exploring the network of “Fallen Flag” railroads in New Jersey.

 “…there used to be a railroad” captures steam engines en route to Morris County’s Mount Hope iron mines; hauling coal and freight on the Central of New Jersey and Lehigh Valley Lines; the railroad whose route was sanctioned by President Lincoln over the objection of the U.S. Army, and the tracks laid overnight to bring a dying President Garfield to the one-time summer capital by the sea, Long Branch, NJ! From the New York Susquehanna & Western’s crossing of the Delaware from Pahaquarry Township, Warren County to Experiment Mills, PA, to the Pennsylvania Railroad’s terminus at Cape May Point’s Northwest Magnesite Plant, there used to be a railroad.

“…there used to be a railroad” will be presented at the Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle in Atlantic Highlands on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm


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  The talk is sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society, and is free and open to the public. 

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...