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- Aug 24, 2003
The so called "Bayonne Scoot" ran till some time in 1978. It was an RDC service between Bayonne and Cranford. It ran across the Newark Bay Drawbridge, which was taken out of service soon thereafter and dismantled by 1982.I believe and someone can correct me if I'm wrong but even after the Aldene Plan the Central Railway of New Jersey still ran a commuter service to Bayone, NJ. But even though I've read about it I can't find any reference in the Official Guide from 1970 about it and I think it lasted up until the mid to late 70s.
Given that Conrail took over CNJ in 1976, it would appear that the Bayonne Scoot ran under Conrail for the last two years. Eventually of course NJTransit took over all passenger operation from Conrail within NJ that was not already under Amtrak.
Incidentally the CNJ trackage between Aldene and Elizabethport remained in operation to provide access to the CNJ Elizabethport Shops that continued to be used by NJT. That finally ended when the Meadows Maintenance Complex came on line in 1992 and all NJT maintenance and major storage was consolidated there, thus rendering Elizabethport redundant and thus shut down. Most of the Elizabethport Shops buildings were demolished, but a few including the 1901 locomotive shops survived. Incidentally the CNJ Mainline ROW at least upto Elizabethport was apparently placed on the National Historic Register in 1995, thus saving it from encroachment by real estate development and preserving it for possible future use.
The CNJ ROW from Bayonne to CNJ Jersey City Terminal (now Liberty State Park) is substantially used by the HBLRT system today. HBLRT then continues on a mix of exclusive and shared with roads routing to Exchange Place, Pavonia and then on to Hoboken Terminal and beyond to its northern terminus at Tonnelle Ave, soon to be extended into Bergen County.