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Twin Star Rocket

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Two weeks ago I tagged along with my wife as she attended a conference in Atlantic City.
Since I had a rental car I drove to Cape May one day. Excellent beachcombing near the
lighthouse. You can watch the car ferry to Delaware come and go.
I found the visitor center which is housed in a relocated railroad depot. There are photos of other
depots in the display case. The staff person said there were once three railroads which served
Cape May. Which ones were they?
There are still tracks in place but long since out of service.
On another day I rode NJT from Atlantic City to Philly (30th St Station) and return. Fast running on most of that line--- 79 mph? Arrow III cars are used on that line. I did see some of the newer bi-level cars in service on other NJT lines.
 

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Perhaps I'm mistaken! Could it be the new bi-level cars are replacing Arrow III cars?
I might have misread a NJT ad at a station.
 

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Arrow IIIs are EMUs which are highly unlikely to ever show up on a non-electrified route like Atlantic City. Maybe you meant the single level Comet cars?
 

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"Regularly scheduled service on the Atlantic City Line consists mainly of rebuilt ex-Penn Central EMD GP40PH-2A and 2B diesel locomotives pushing or pulling primarily four-car Comet IV trains. When Amtrak had regular service on this line, power was provided by now-retired EMD F40PH locomotives, with 2 or 3 Amfleet cars and a Metroliner cab control car on the opposite end to provide push-pull operation. All trains run with the locomotive on the west end and the cab control car on the east end to facilitate boarding and reduce noise and exhaust issues at the Atlantic City Terminal."

I misunderstood a poster at one of the NJT stations concerning Arrow III cars.
 

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The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is a fantastic experience. It carries cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians, and bikes and has a small grab-and-go restaurant inside each ship. I believe you aren't allowed to stay in your car. There is bench, chair, and lounge chair seating outside as well as booth & chair seating inside. Reservations are required for cars and due to COVID, also required for pedestrians & bikes. Crossing the 17-mile route takes 85 minutes. Parts of the ferry are accessible with an elevator and skywalk at each terminal. Otherwise, it's a steep and fairly narrow 24-stair walk up from where the cars & trucks load. Please let me know if you have questions as I have traveled on it several times or visit the website above.
 

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The three railroads that served Cape May over the years were:

1. WJSR - West Jersey and Seashore Railroad, a PRR subsidiary
2. PRSL - Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines - essentially WJSR after PRR reorganized it into jointly owned subsidiary with Reading Lines.
3. CMSL - Cape May Seashore Lines

At present the railroad properties around Cape May are owned by NJDOT and the few pieces that are still operated from time to time, are handled by CMSL.
 

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With sports betting now legal in New Jersey, I made a small amount of money in Atlantic City last year by signing up at any online sports book that offered a free bet to new customers. The Reds and Phillies were playing, so I used the free bets to bet on the Reds on a couple of apps and the Phillies on the others. I watched the game in the sports betting area of Resorts Casino, knowing I'd win money no matter the result. After the game I withdrew my winnings via the apps, and they hit my bank account a few days later. Recently all the sports books deactivated my accounts because I hadn't bet in a year, so I suppose I'd be considered a new customer of those same sports books and could beat the casinos again if I go back.
 
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