Remembering The Past

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Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrison

SAYREVILLE-The bridge in this picture, located in the Parlin section of Sayreville, is set for demolition starting on April 23, with the intersection of Ernston Road and Bordentown Avenue being closed for 45 days. It will be replaced with a new bridge during this time.

Former Morgan resident Verne James sent me some information on this bridge:

“This is the track of what was the Camden & Amboy RR which was the first railroad in New Jersey and nearly the first completed one in the US (B&O RR won the race). The John Bull locomotive, which …used to run on the C&A, is in the Smithsonian. One of the passenger cars pulled by the John Bull in the early 1800s (Coach #3) is located in the RR Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg along with a replica of the John Bull. It is a very historic piece of property. In the early 1900s, Ernston Station used to be located at the intersection of Bordentown and Ernston. A few hundred feet north of the bridge used to be the track which lead into the T. A. Gillespie Loading Plant which blew up in November 1918.”

Be sure to check out his wonderful website for more on the past of the Morgan section of Sayreville.

If anyone has past information on Morgan to be used in my column and to pass on to Verne, please email me.

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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