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Trolleys in Railroad Square, Asbury Park, New Jersey

Coast Cities Railway Co. Historical Pictures

The Coast Cities Railway was the final manifestation of trolley service between Long Branch and Sea Girt, New Jersey. The electric trolley era in these coast cities began in 1888 and ended in 1931. The story is told in Joseph Eid’s book Trolleys in the Coast Cities (self-published in 1979). Nearly all of the photos here are from the from the collection of the North Jersey Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society and are reproduced here with permission. Prints are for sale at Pebbles Train Store.

For many other railway historical websites, visit Railserve.

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Prologue: A Bradley Beach horsecar

A borrowed Bradley Beach horsecar in Neptune


Sea Shore Electric Railway cars

Cookman Avenue and Main Street, Asbury Park; the car on the right is going to Belmar, the one on the left to the beach via the outer belt

The Bridge over Sunset Lake, Asbury Park

Main Street, Asbury Park

Railroad Square, Asbury Park

Cookman & Mattison Avenues, Asbury Park

Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park

8th Avenue, Asbury Park

More Scenes

Shark River

The Deal Lake bridge

Trolleys at the south end of the Deal Lake bridge

The Deal Lake bridge closed

An Asbury Park street scene

Car vs. trolley in Spring Lake


Coast Cities Ry. no. 406

“New cars, better service”

Coast Cities Ry. no. 47

Car 67 and crew

Atlantic Coast Electric Ry. no. 27

Atlantic Coast Electric Ry. no. 15

Derelict 706

Another view of 706 derelict

Work car in the shops

Atlantic Coast Electric Ry. no. 210

Car 406

Open car 135

Car 102 at 16th Ave. in Belmar

Car 703 at North Long Branch

Car 304

Car 206 and crew

Open car 154

Postscript: Early Coast Cities Coaches (buses)

Bound for Fitkin Hospital and Corlies Avenue in Neptune City.

Bound for Belmar.

Double-deck bus no. 605 headed for Sea Girt.

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