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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

West Chunk: 1900

West Chunk: 1900

New Jersey circa 1900. "West end of tunnel, Manunka Chunk." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Bel Del

That line going down the side of the hill to the right is the PRR's Bel Del branch.

RRRRRRR!!!!!

Down in the lower right you can see a flowerbed in the shape of an R. It probably spelled out D&LWRR at the platform.

No Way

There isn't a model railroader in the world who would have place a tunnel entrance that close to buildings like that! It's not realistic.

Little People

There IS a little person sitting on the handrail in the lower right corner.

When in Buttzville

Brenda, it looks like you can take Route 46 there (unlabeled red road line on map). And if you waited until 1944, you could have had a great hot dog and a frosted mug of birch beer at Hot Dog Johnny's. The train may be gone, but HDJ's is still there and still one of the best hot dogs around.

http://www.hotdogjohnny.com/shop/

Just try to ignore the fact you're eating hot dogs in a town called Buttzville.

Onomatopoeia

"Manunka-chunk, manunka-chunk, manunka-chunk" followed by a "whoosh" of compressed air escaping as the brakes engage

Looks like a model railroad layout

It has a tunnel, little houses, little phone poles, lots of switches and small hills. All it needs is some small people.

Railway Express

Adams Express, and probably United States Express along with five or six other freight companies, were merged by the government into the Railway Express Company. This was done on 1918 to make sure the railroads and the freight carriers would run smoothly during our participation in WWI.

The train has left the station

This station, built shortly after the previous one burned down, was closed in 1912 when the line was bypassed. And then the very next year it was swept away in a flood!

A short history of Manunka Chunk:

http://dlw-oldmain.tripod.com/manunka.html

Next stop Buttzville

How else are you going to get to Buttzville if you don't take the Manunka Chunk spur?

1942 USGS map:

Nowadays:

The tracks were removed in 1942. But the tunnels are still there. Take a look:

http://www.stuofdoom.com/manunka.html

 
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