Snug Harbor

The rail line ran along the coast of Kill van Kull in front of Snug Harbor and into the neighborhood of Livingston. The topography of the area necessitated running the line directly along the coastline and large portions of the ROW have eroded. The erosion in the 1980s made the line impassible just prior to abandonment in 1990.

The coastline just west of Atlantic Salt was home to a skate park that had long been abandoned when I visited in 2009. There was a complex array of wooden boardwalks in various states of disrepair that presented a curious juxtaposition of abandoned rail, wooden structures, and plant growth.

The Sailor's Snug Harbor station was on the coastline, accessed from ornate stone stairways at the west and east ends of the platform. The east end is near the front entry archway to Snug Harbor, with the rear end at Snug Harbor Road. Only the westbound track remains, with the eastbound track presumably on piers out over the coastline. The approximate length of the platform had been covered with an asphalt pathway when I visited in 2009. Reconstruction plans could relocate the station up closer to Richmond Terrace, leaving the coastline for a riverside park.

The line west of Snug Harbor was built on a wooden trestle that was then enclosed with a wooden retaining wall and backfilled with gravel. As the retaining decayed and collapsed, the rail line followed, leaving rails hanging precariously over what is left of the trestle.

A creek that runs through the west part of Snug Harbor empties into Kill van Kull through a culvert that still holds the track intact above it.

A maintained but forlorn memorial to the residents of Livingston that made the supreme sacrifice in WW-II sits just above the track along Richmond Terrace near Snug Harbor Road. Ironically, the memorial's now-remote location demonstrates how the geographic changes of time often lead us to forget things we should remember.

R.H. Tugs is an incongruously nice restaurant between the coast and Richmond Terrace at Snug Harbor Road. A portion of the eastbound track was restored behind the restaurant when the coastline was shored up to prevent the restaurant from falling into the water. However, rail buffs immediately realize it is a fake from the thin, pressure-treated ornamental wooden ties. Whatever was holding up the westbound track long ago eroded into the water.

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Abandoned skate park
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Abandoned skate park
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Vestigial rail in skate park
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Abandoned skate park
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Vestigial rail in skate park
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Abandoned wrecked car
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Overgrown pathway into park
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Homeless encampment
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Vestigial rail
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Wooden boardwalks
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Park entrance
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Broken park sign
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Abandoned park
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Abandoned park
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East entrance to Sailor's Snug Harbor station
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Sailor's Snug Harbor station
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Stairway down to Snug Harbor station
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Stairway down to Snug Harbor station
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Snug Harbor entry arch on Richmond Terrace above the Snug Harbor station
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Dock on Kill van Kull
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Dock on Kill van Kull
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Single track to the west of Snug Harbor station
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Coastline to the east of Snug Harbor station
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Single track headed east into abandoned park
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Single track headed east into abandoned park
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Track joint
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Track headed west with new waterside path
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Retaining wall along track
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Track headed west
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Path down to water
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Passing tugboat
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Flotsam on the shoreline
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Path to shoreline
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Pier remnant on shoreline
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Pipe to something
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West entrance to Sailor's Snug Harbor station
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Vestigial bluestone path to westbound track?
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Pier remnant
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West entrance to Sailor's Snug Harbor station
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West entrance to Sailor's Snug Harbor station
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Pathway to the east
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Already ADA compliant!
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Track headed west
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Vestigial concrete base of something
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Single track headed west from Snug Harbor
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Eroded track
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Eroded track
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Eroded track
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Track and tie closeup
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Track closeup
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Eroded gravel fill
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Eroded gravel fill
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Hanging track
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Decayed retaining wall
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Eroded track and flotsam
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Track and stump
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Rusted track joint
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Eroded track
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Eroded track
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Track headed over drain
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Eroded track
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Drain tunnel
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Track west of drain tunnel
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Decayed retaining wall looking east
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Under the rails
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Track over drain tunnel
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Drain tunnel
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Track headed east from drain tunnel
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Eroded Track headed west from drain tunnel
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Creek headed north to Snug Harbor
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Livingston WW-II memorial
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Livingston WW-II memorial
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Livingston WW-II memorial
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R.H. Tugs
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Tracks behind R.H. Tugs
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Tracks behind R.H. Tugs
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Track closeup
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Tracks headed east into oblivion
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Recoonstructed shoreline
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Track behind R.H. Tugs
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Track headed west from R.H. Tugs

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