Passenger Train Service between Philadelphia Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, New Jersey
In the 1920s it was clear to both railroads that the competition and duplication were ruinous,for the
railroads, particularly for traffic, both freight and passenger. That traffic could easily be diverted to the
On March 4, 1931, New Jersey's public utility regulators ordered the two railroad companies, The Pennsylvania
Railroad and The Reading Railroad Lines, to join their southern New Jersey railroad lines into one company,
The Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines
The Consolidation Agreement had decreed that the Pennsylvania Railroad had two-thirds ownership, and the
Reading Company had one-third ownership of PRSL.
PRSL's business was largely Passenger Trains and dwindled to a handful of Camden-Atlantic City and
Camden-Wildwood/Ocean City/Cape May RDC runs, and they eventually terminated their runs at Lindenwold, end of
the PATCO rapid transit line, instead of Camden.
On July 1, 1982, the last of those Passenger Train runs, by then operated by Conrail, were replaced by buses
because of a federally imposed track speed limit of 15 mph.
PRSL properties were conveyed to Conrail on April 1, 1976.
In 1965 after the building of the Atlantic City Expressway, Atlantic City Union Station was torn down.
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