|Roster shot at the General Foods and Lipton facilities in the yard at about 15th Street. (Photo from Webb & Knapp's Hoboken Shore Railroad real estate brochure, collection of the author)|
It pays to keep an ear to the ground - or in my case an eye to eBay. I stumbled upon a gold mine of information in one of my weekly fishing expeditions at eBay. I have a set of terms I regularly search for on eBay having to do with railroading and other research interests, and they will sometimes turn up an amazing item.
The photos alone were worth the price of acquisition, as they provide so many details for modeling the yard and surrounding buildings. An interesting item is the tank car at the center of the overview photo and left foreground of the roster shot. Notice that the rails leading to the track it is sitting on have been removed. This guy has been put into service as a fuel tank, and I guess they have no plans to move it - ever.You bet he will show up on the layout, as well as the operating requirement to refuel before beginning the day's work.
|A fold out map of the entire property and trackage. Too bad it is small, but it still is extremely useful! (map from Webb & Knapp's Hoboken Shore Railroad real estate brochure, collection of the author)|
At some point I will scan the entire contents and post, as well as offer a copy to the Hoboken Historical Museum. I also managed to get a similar document for the 16th Street Pier from the same source that I will scan and post at some point, too.
Happy, happy research geek am I this month!