Railroad tracks surface on Lower Township beach

LOWER TWP. – Shifting sands have helped reveal a piece of history on the beach in Cape May County.

More than 100 feet of rusted, weathered, yet surprisingly preserved train tracks suddenly appeared in the sand here along Sunset Beach in Lower Township this week.

In the early 1900’s the tracks led to the Cape May Sand Plant but shifting sand from storms covered them up decades ago.

Lauren McPhearson’s great-great uncle Bud Sayre worked there.

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“That’s why we came down. I had to stand where he may have stood because I never got to meet him. Just to know he was here and right by the beach it’s such a special feeling it’s really neat.  I had to touch them. I’ve photographed them from every angle. What a neat thing to be standing here right now. I feel very blessed,” said McPhearson.

According to historians here in Cape May County, the last time these railroad tracks were exposed on Sunset Beach was way back in the 1930’s.

“The last time I know of was about 1935, someone said briefly a small section after Sandy, but this is the first time I have ever seen these tracks,” said Sharon Bloom, owner of the Sunset Beach Gift Shop.

Bloom says since word spread about the track’s appearance, hundreds of folks have come to the beach to grab a look.

“Don’t try to take a piece home. We have seen people with a piece in their hand. And that’s history once it’s gone, it’s gone,” added Bloom.

The best time to view the tracks is around low tide, but just remember it could only take one more storm for this piece of history to vanish once again.

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