History Brief: Hopewell Valley Railroad Lines, 14 pp.
In the 1870s the Hopewell Valley saw two rival railroad lines running north through Pennington and Hopewell – Mercer and Somerset (M&S) and the Delaware and Bound Brook (D&BB). After the “Frog War” of 1876, the M&S declined, and the D&BB remained as our current railbed and stations.
This brief provides a summary background of this competition, and the resulting heyday and then decline of local railroad service in the area, including an extensive chronologies with references for these and other local transportation services.
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File – 2021-Hw-Valley-Railroad-Lines-Brief-HvHist.pdf