A Storm Just Unearthed These 'Ghost Tracks' at the Jersey Shore

Cape May's resurfaced train tracks were laid over 100 years ago.

Photo by Liz Goldsmith

Intense storms that pummeled the Jersey Shore last week led to significant beach erosion. While this is a big problem for towns getting ready for an influx of summer visitors, it did lead to the resurfacing of a little piece of history.

A set of century-old railroad tracks often referred to as the "ghost tracks," emerged from the sand in Cape May for the first time in more than a year. After first resurfacing in 2014, the tracks occasionally become visible after major storms before being buried again by the shifting sands. 

As NJ.com notes, these tracks the Cape May Sand Company first laid these tracks in the early 1900s. The company used the tracks to extract sand from the beaches and ocean to support its cement- and glass-making operations. They were also used to test munitions around World War I.

Photo by Liz Goldsmith

The tracks are between Sunset Beach and Highbee Beach in the Highbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on Cape May's western side.  But if you want to see them, hurry. The tracks are typically only unearthed briefly before being covered once again as sand is re-deposited on the beach.

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