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 Post subject: Last Days of an Active 1918 PRR Station
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:36 am 

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Built in 1918 and active on the shortest regularly-scheduled commuter rail line in the country, the former Pennsylvania Railroad station in Princeton, NJ on the Princeton University campus may be coming to an end in active service this weekend, if an emergency injunction is not granted. The station, which serves the former PRR Princeton Branch, operates New Jersey Transit commuter trains (either one or two cars paired together) over 2.9 miles of track on a 5 minute trip from the Princeton campus to the Princeton Junction NJT/Amtrak station.

The station in Princeton is slated to be taken out of operation after this coming Friday, as the University wants to expand and build a new arts center, however, a "Save The Dinky" group of citizens has filed an emergency petition to stop the abandonment of the Princeton station. For now, however, this may be your last chance to experience a PRR station in active service - so get out and see it while you can!

News article about the arts center/move: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/0 ... enter.html

News article from yesterday about the emergency petition: http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2013 ... ition.html

My video taken this past weekend of the Dinky's operation, including views of/from the station:
http://youtu.be/33BcM4wHERs

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 Post subject: Re: Last Days of an Active 1918 PRR Station
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:27 am 

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You would think that the University would want to maintain this operation. Quiet, clean, eco-friendly. What's not clear to me from the article is what happens to the station? Will it be demolished or remain in place, but not in service. Hard to believe they could demo such a historic structure? Why can't they build the new structure in a manner that allows the tracks to remain?

If they were building it instead of junking it, they'd be all over the news shouting about how they were saving the planet and using renewable resources. Guess that only matters when it doesn't interfere with their goals.

Ever notice how "Going Green" is only a good option when it saves the company that's doing it money?

I bought some "eco friendly" rechargeable batteries recently, they claim to be 25% better for the environment. How can they do such a miracle? Simple, the batter has 25% less chemicals inside. The downside, it only holds 2/3 the charge of the old version. Amazing how they can shortchange you and brag about it!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:58 am 

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That is the whole idea of the new "green economy", to sell inferior products at higher prices while making consumers feel smarter and more responsible for making the purchases.

Going "green" is just a marketing gimmick.

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