Lost Haddonfield: Railroads

The past comes alive in pictures.

"In 1881, the Philadelphia Medford and Marlton Railroad was completed and began offering freight and passenger service," said Cliff Brunker, of the Historical Society of Haddonfield. "Products from farms and orchards were shipped through Haddonfield, and to markets in Philadelphia. Passenger service continued until 1927. All service ended in 1931."

Mrs. Silance Nogud January 27, 2013 at 01:45 PM
What a shame that meddling "do gooders" in the 60's forced PATCO to move the tracks underground. Part of the unique "blue collar"character of Haddonfield was the trains rolling through town on a regular basis. The existing tracks could have easily been utilized without the significant additional expense of building the underground station. This isn't the Haddonfield I grew up in a knew about.
Maryann Campling January 27, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Mrs.SH: They call it "progress"....and I hate it. And using the words "blue collar" and Haddonfield in the same sentence?!!! Heads will be exploding all over town when they read that....keep up the good work.
Brian Kelly January 27, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Great points from above. That's a part of Haddonfield I loved while growing up too. But aren't the pictures great?
Mike January 27, 2013 at 02:58 PM
So you saying you would rather see the High Speedline with its dangerous 3rd rail racing back and forth across Kings Highway and Lincoln Ave.?? Or maybe they could have built that elevated concrete eyesore like they did in Collingswood... I think they did just fine.
Brian Kelly January 27, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Mike, With the amount of traffic that crosses Kings Highway nowadays it wouldn't be feasible too. I remember former Mayor Bill Reynolds explaining to me why the decision was made to bury it. I can't recall the the details except that he made perfect sense. I guess it's that childhood nostalgia of Haddonfield I like to remember.
Mrs. Silance Nogud January 27, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I guess if makes sense to Brian Kelly, than that should be good enough. Too bad "Kommisar" Bill Reynolds and his troika didn't put it up to a popular vote to let the people decide.
Mike January 27, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Brian, that was implied in my above post. Nor would it be feasible along any other intersection north or south of Kings. Let's not even get into the safety issues with speeding trains and 750 volts surging through the exposed 3rd rail. So no, there would never be a vote. The only decision was would it run over downtown or under. The train needs to run as level as possible which another reason for running below our downtown. But you are right, the old picts are very cool.
Sallie Semler Roth January 28, 2013 at 12:24 AM
I loved Mrs. Nogud's comment "blue Collar" character, that's the Haddonfield I remember. My Grandfather Pappy Semler & Uncle Cal Semler were some of those blue collar people, they wouldn't want to live in the Haddonfield of today. I realize things change but please,the powers to be & most residents place themselves so far above us old-timers it is awful, almost like they are ashamed to admit Haddonfield was once a town for the" common man"
Maryann Campling January 28, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Ms Roth: I am so grateful for my "blue collar" Mom and Dad. Solid people were they, whose word was their bond and who judged people by their character, not their bank account and their address. I hope that a little bit of them rubbed off on me. And, I get a kick out of some folks in town...living large and forgetting (or are ashamed to admit) that just a generation or two ago, their family was blue collar. Shame on them.
Jim January 28, 2013 at 04:37 AM
are you adding value with these comments
Sallie Semler Roth January 28, 2013 at 06:54 AM
I think the comments here are adding value by pointing out the solid"blue Collar" Haddonfield people who made Haddonfield what it is today had & have just as much value as those who think Haddonfield is only for the "upper class". I will never understand the reason why just because you belong to Tavistock CC you think you are better than the gardener that mows the greens. My Grandparents Mr&Mrs G.W.A Kappel were members of Tavistock & they made sure to instill in me that no one class is better than another. We must all work to make Haddonfield a town for everyone to enjoy.
Sue Martin January 28, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Yes, they are. Our town has a long history and we need to know and value all of it. Even more important--what goes up can come down--and we all need friends to catch us.
Peggy Armano April 30, 2013 at 03:10 AM
My dad grew up in Upstate NY and we lived in Haddonfield and Dad got such a laugh about the "rich" of Haddonfield. In Upstate NY where there are Estates and Mansions...he would say rich is when you get to the front gate and have to travel miles to get to the front door.
Maryann Campling April 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Your Dad was a wise man, Peggy, as was mine. One of the many pearls of wisdom he imparted on me while growing up is "money can buy you everything but class." Some folks in our town...and in this world....need to learn that lesson!


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