Sunday, March 11, 2018

After storms, Cape May's "ghost tracks" reappear

The "ghost tracks" at Higbee Beach first reemerged in November 2014.

In the aftermath of the back-to-back Nor'easters that recently battered the coastline, Cape May's famous "ghost tracks" have reappeared.

Remnants of the century-old rail line are visible along the Delaware Bay at Higbee Beach, a remote stretch north of Sunset Beach (home of the S.S. Atlantus sunken ship wreck and World War II bunker).

The tracks are presently visible only at low tide. There is no telling for certain whether the next storm - or the natural shifting of the tides - will bury them once more or reveal even more of what was once lost.

The rail line was used for a variety of purposes during the early to mid-1900s, including support for mining facilities and munitions testing during World War I.

It was eventually discontinued and covered by the tides, hidden away for decades.

The tracks reemerged in November 2014, drawing immediate local and national attention.

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