Here is a beautiful addition to your postcard collection! It includes Real Photo postcards, artist signed, auto racing, motorcycles, circus sideshow cards, Halloween and more! Be sure to check out my other auctions for some unique cards! It is a RP Real Photo RPPC. It shows a rare image of a railroad disaster in New Jersey.
This is the DL&W RR and Pennsylvania RR tracks near Belvidere, Oxford and Mount Bethel. A flood has washed out not only the RR tracks but also the tower! Men stand above and survey the damage. Card back is handwritten and reads Manunka Chunk NJ, West End Of Van Gap Tunnel, Aug 1 1913.
The Manunka Chunk Tunnel was first constructed part of the Warren Railroad through White Township NJ. The tunnel itself first began construction in 1854 and was bore through soft shale. The tunnel at Manunka Chunk opened in 1856, taking a quarter of the time it took to construct Van Nest Gap Tunnel on the same line. It received a 2nd track and bore in 1869.The tunnel was one of the problems with the main line for the now Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. Its facing on the eastbound portal had a significant design flaw as the natural structures around the two portals sagged. However, the western portal was constructed of fine masonry design of stones and bricks. The tunnel remained active for many years, although service dwindled once the New Jersey Cut-Off Line was completed to the north in nearby Columbia NJ in 1911. In 1913 a heavy rain storm washed out many rail lines in the area, including the Manunka Chunk. The ensuing flood obliterated the station tower by knocking it over. Those structures were never rebuilt. Later the eastbound tracks were ripped up from the old main line, leaving Manunka Chunk as a single track line. In April 1970, the now Erie Lackawanna Railway severed any train service past Washington, and closing down Manunka Chunk Tunnel for good.
Card back is is divided and is postally unused. Condition is very good as shown. T he watermark shown here is not on the authentic postcard you will receive. The item "Real Photo Manunka Chunk NJ DL&W RR Wash Out Warren Cty New Jersey RPPC RP D247" is in sale since Tuesday, June 22, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Postcards\Real Photo".
The seller is "postcardguyantiques" and is located in Brick, New Jersey. This item can be shipped worldwide.