Central Railroad of NJ

by Jack Keegan


I think that the ambition of all young men of my age, was to drive a real steam locomotive. My Father's foundry shared a rail siding with the Dryfus scrap yard. I spent many hours watching the railroad deliver sand and pig iron to the foundry.

I got to know the engineers and fireman on the train. It was a great surprise, when I was invited to be in the cab with the engineer. The locos were known as camelbacks, as the cab was built over the boiler. Here I was driving a real steam locomotive with the engineers help, of course. We drilled freight cars in the yard that went up to St. Charles St. along Ferry Street.

A real thrill for a twelve year old.


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