Salem County Announces Celebration for Short Rail Line

SALEM COUNTY, N.J. – The Salem County Freeholder Board has announced a celebration for the Salem County Short Line, which runs from Swedesboro to Salem City Port.

“This has been a cooperative project over the past few years, requiring the dedication of freeholders and local government officials, past and present,” Freeholder Director Ben Laury said. “It is a great thing for our County to celebrate together.”

The Salem Railroad was incorporated in 1856, the line was built to meet the Swedesboro to Woodbury rail and in 1883 freight first passed up to Salem City. The County has owned the line since 1985.

Upgrades to the Salem City portion of the line were finished in November of 2018, according to a press release about the line, there will now be “easy passage from Swedesboro and points north, all the way to the Port of Salem, a Foreign Trade Zone and ocean port.”

The celebration will be held on Tuesday, May 14th at 10 a.m., at First and Ward streets.

“We are excited to celebrate the rail and the additional business asset this brings to Salem County,” Charles V. Hassler, freeholder liaison for Economic Development.