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April 14, 2005

NEW!!!  Pictures of the Van Ness Plastics property with a siding off of the old Erie Lackawanna mainline (circa 1970's) or the Susquehanna at Brighton Avenue, Clifton, NJ ?? Anybody know for sure?? The list below is in mile order on the mainline.  Go to the Milepost 12.2 to see the pictures.
 
 

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The Right Of Way


This page contains the pictures of the "right of way" of the Erie, the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western and Erie Lackawanna Railroads/Railways from the 1960's through to the present day.

Occasionally an engine or car will appear in the pictures, occasionally a picture from another place on this web site or someone else's web site will appear on this page (even though the picture maybe mine),  but this page is meant to examine and record the trackage, buildings, stations, towers and adjacent properties of the above railroads R-O-W.  I will strive to put them in order from East to West starting with the Hoboken, New Jersey Terminal and moving west throughout New Jersey and into New York state, USA.  So that this page and the pictures download quick, I have used the same format as the other pages separating the pictures so they come up when you click on the underlined areas of the description.  You can email here.

April 6, 2003-
As opposed to the below statement about the stations lined up by Milepost locations, Bruce Leemann sent us a bunch of pictures of stations in the early 1900's and we really don't know where all of them were located.  Yes, we do know some of them, but we're going to let you guess.  So we are just going to put up the pictures and let "youse guys" figure out where they belong.  These are all supposed to be Erie stations, but are some of them on the NYS&W?  When you send us an email about them, include the line they are on and the milepost if you know it.  Thanks.
THIS IS NOT A CONTEST AND YOU DON'T WIN Nuttin' except a thank you.  Just guess for fun!!

All pictures supplied by Bruce Leemann
Closter, NJ - Northern Branch mp 19
Eden Valley
Erwins
Essex
Girard
Greenvillepicture 2
Greycourtpicture 2
Hale's Eddy    picture 2picture 3
Hancock, New York  picture 2  picture 3
Lodi, New Jersey
North Newark, New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
Orchard Street
Otisville, NY
Oxford, NY
Passaic, NJ
Paterson, NJ
Pine Bush, NY
South Nyack, NY
Tioga Junction
Verona, NJ
Woodside
Wyckoff, NJ
Since putting up the pictures of the "Unknown" stations, I realized that they the unknowns from our original contest.  I have changed these to the new three unknown stations which should have been put up originally.  Sorry 'bout that.  -JJ

6-5-03 Some more stations from Bruce Leemann
Monsey, NY
Newburgh, NY
Nutley, NJ
Piermont, NY

Unknown #2        UNKNOWN #2 is the Elmira, NY station before they elevated the track.  There is a similar photo on page 59 of Bill Caloroso's book on the PRR Elmira Branch that shows the station from the front (trackside) about the same era...Todd Sullivan

Unknown #3        Joe,   The closest I can nail this station location is with this postcard  from Maplewood, PA. However a quick count of the vertical boards between the two bottom windows shows that the Maplewood station seems to be wider than the one in your mystery #3 photo.
My hat is off to whoever can pin it down, I would think it must be somewhere on this line in Pennsylvania.     Randy Lambertus

Joe,
...From what I can determine, I think Unknown #3 is a shot of the depot at Wimmers.
The Maplewood depot doesn't show a semaphore whereas a semaphore is in the Wimmers shot and it looks as though it's in the same spot as in Unknown #3. In addition, the two small windows near the roof peak don't appear to be as defined in the Maplewood shot. That could be the light and camera angle. However, the windows in the Wimmers shot are identical to those in Unknown #3. The thing that I can't see in the Maplewood and Wimmers shots is the little shack-like structure behind Unknown #3 Depot. Again, perhaps the camera angle...
From what I'm looking at, I'll go with Unknown #3 being Wimmers, PA. Wimmers was where the Avoca-Port Jervis coal drags would take on much needed water after having climbed the ten-mile, 1% grade from Dunmore.
I grew up in that area and unfortunately was born too late to have experienced those coal drags. My grandfather was luckier. He worked the mines there.
Sure hope this helps.   - Rick Sedlisky
 
 

Below pictures supplied by Terence Foxon. Here is his commentary:
March 21, 2003
...I was looking on the internet for information about the Lower Hack lift bridge and I came across your web page. A most interesting visit I can tell you..........it's good that people like you are around to record a little of the history of the the "disappearing" railroads! I saw your note saying you'd exhausted your supply of pictures (which is a pity) so I am attaching a copy of a couple of pictures I took recently as part of my job.
My field of engineering is electrified railroads.........my expertise is inengineering and design of electric traction and signal facilities. Recent projects of mine include the new electrification of the Montclair Connection which is a 6 mile (approx) extension of NJT's Montclair Branch catenary
system to Great Notch. Attached (below) is a picture of the new station at Bay St., Montclair. As a matter of interest, in 1979-82 I worked on the design for the conversion of the old M&E catenary system from 1500C DC to 27.6kV AC. Among the many projects I have at the moment is the Newark Broad St, Station Improvements Project, which includes reconstruction of the old M&E lines station on the viaduct and provision of high level platforms - one new platform being an island platform to replace the existing Track 3 low level platform which, in turn, necessitates the demolition of the small station building on the north side.  Attached (below) is a picture of the station and clock tower looking from the east to the west. Catenary/Signal Bridge No. D7-74 is in the foreground.

"Terence Foxon"

Great Notch, NJ Yard 8-8-02
Broad Street under wire

Back to our normal format-
Lets start at Hoboken Terminal with tracks under the shed in numerical order.
(MP 0.0)
All pictures were taken in January of 1973 unless otherwise noted.
Tracks 1 & 2 with the REA building to the right.   Track 1 was a shortest of the "under the shed" tracks
and doesn't go deep into the terminal.
Tracks 3 & 4 looking out towards the Hoboken Terminal Tower.
From tracks 5 & 6 looking south across the tracks  and under the wire.
Tracks 9 &10 with the Hill Yard in the background with MU sets stored there.
Tracks 13 & 14 from outside of the shed.
Here's the track 15 view, only the date is September 19, 1998.  Note the ties now appear to be concrete.
Looking back at the terminal, track 15 is occupied with NJT #4116 in 1998.
Track 16 just at the southern edge of the extended shed in 1998.
Tracks 17 & 18 where most of the varnish was stored in 1973.
Dark picture in foreground (apartment house in background) of the 3 story
Hoboken Terminal Tower taken in 1998 from a moving train.
Terminal Tower leaving Hoboken in the mid afternoon. -  2001
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The Hoboken Engine Facilities  (MP 1.5)
Along side of the engine facilities at Hoboken with U34CH #3360
U34CH's and their push-pull sets awaiting their call in the Day Yard.
The Multiple Unit (MU) Shed at Hoboken used mostly for quick repairs.
E8A's, GP-7's and U34CH's parked near the turntable at Hoboken next to the MU shed.
 GP-7 #1404 parked near the MU Shed at Hoboken.
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The Mainline
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The mainline is a composite of the parts of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western's Boonton Line and  the Erie mainline.  From Croxton (an Erie facility) into Secaucus Yard (a DL&W facility) westbound to Kingsland and through to Paterson is a part of the DL&W's Boonton Line where in the late 60's was connected to the Erie mainline in Paterson.  This then became the Erie Lackawanna mainline.  The old DL&W mainline was a route from Hoboken via the EL's Morris & Essex (M&E) Division through Summit to Morristown and onward westbound.  For a while the Erie Lackawanna varnish passenger trains took that route to Chicago.  Some of the old Erie name trains still used their "new" mainline via the Bergen County Line for their trip to Chicago.  In 1964, the varnish trains were split across the two different mainlines.  Trains #1 & #2 (the Phoebe Snow) Chicago trains and Trains #5 & #6 Buffalo trains, went the M&E route.  Trains #7 & #8 (The Erie Lackawanna Limited)  Chicago trains, and trains #21 & #22, Binghamton trains, went via the old Erie.
Definitely merger confusion!

 2/2/03 - The tracks in this scene are going west on the DL&W mainline (Morris & Essex Division) and the route diveragence to the Erie Mainline and Bergen County Line.
Here is the Erie mainline at County Road in Secaucus, NJ with an eastbound train (we are looking westbound).  And here's a look at the same intersection only looking eastbound.  Up further on the divergence looking north (railroad westbound) towards the Harmon Cove station about a quarter of a mile past the second set of signals (around the bend and out of the picture).  These pictures were taken in November of 2002.
Here is the edited verbage from Joe Schill-

Good morning.
I just found your WEB Site and was very impressed.  My father took my brother and me to that site in the 1950s to watch the trains.

The site you see is on the Northwest side of Routes 1 & 9 (Tonnele Avenue) in Jersey City.  On that 1& 9 bridge are (now unsafe) stairs down to the area that your picture shows.  That is the roadbed where the Erie ran.  To the right is the "cut" (not shown) through Jersey City that led to the Pavonia Avenue terminal (now the site of Newport Mall).

Back to that picture, the Erie split at that point.  To the right (past the plywood warehouse) ran the Squanhanna Branch (edit. note - New York, Susquehanna & Western RR.).  That parrelled 1&9 through Hudson and into Bergen County.

To the left ran the mainline.  About 400 yards past that point, the Erie split off to the Greenwood Lake branch that ran underneath the mainline and ran past Snake Hill (aka Laurel Hill and aka Fraternity Rock) and over the Hackensack River.  That branch just stopped running a few months ago.  Damm.

The mainline continued Northwest paralleling Croxton Yard...  This view is the old Lackawanna (now the Erie Lackawanna) roadbed from the Routes 1&9 bridge looking West.  The switching to the right is the old Lackawanna route, with a crossover to the Erie mainline about half a mile North.

The tracks also continue straight (the Electrified Line) to Newark and beyond.

...Erie Mainline at County Road in Secaucus NJ.  This is an Eastbound Train heading to the Hoboken Terminal.

...Same site but looking Easbound.  The first bridge is the NJ Turnpike (Eastern spur).  The second bridge is the Penn mainline (aka, the northeast corridor).   ...Same as ...picture 2, but a different train. Signals are red-red and yellow-green.  The next signals are the crossovers to the Lackawanna.

...Erie mainline looking North.  Harmon Cove station is about a quarter mile past the second set of signals (around the bend).

...Jersey Central Terminal:  This is the old Jersey Central terminal at the foot of Johnson Avenue in Jersey City.  Thought you might be interested in this non Erie picture.

Finally, the Erie crossing  in pictures 1, 2, and 3 will be discontinued in a year or so.  They are building a new set of tracks from just West of Harmon Cove and just East of the Hackensack River bridge to the Lackawanna mainline
just east of that bridge...

Joe Schill  2-2-03
 
 

Croxton Yard (MP 3.6 )
Looking out over the eastern throat of the Croxton Yard from Routes 1 & 9 though a wire fence.  Can't read the sign on the large hanger type building.  Maybe someone out there knows what it is?
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 1999 10:48:47 -0400
From: Frank Garon    Subject: ELshot - east end of Croxton
"Hi Joe: That building in your shot at - I forget the name of it, ('maybe' Mid States???) but is a lumber/milling/plywood outfit. I used to drive a tractor trailer and picked up there several times.
Hope this helps!  -Frank Garon"  Thanks, Frank. -JJ

The big hangar building in Croxton is North American Plywood.  The same company is still there today...- Dan
Thank you Dan, mystery solved -JJ  Dan had clarification comments on other areas of this web page.

Rough picture of the Bergen Tunnel portal and bridge complex from the mainline in 1998.
Croxton roundhouse and turntable on a quiet January 1973 day.

The roundhouse in its full glory and apparently recently painted from Bruce Leemann.

On February 5, 2003 via email, Curtis Brookshire has identified most of the bridges and I've inserted his comments among the text for clarification. His remarks are in green.  Thank you, Curtis, for untangling some of the confusion.-JJ

Croxton coaling towers now dormant, but in use diesel fuel and sanding facilities are next to it.
Pushing cars over the hump in the Croxton yard.  Beyond Croxton Yard is the meadowlands.  An expansive, but shrinking wetlands separating Hudson County from Bergen County.  Now the home of the Giants Stadium, The Continental Airlines Arena and the Meadowlands Racetrack.  At one time the only thing out here was the Erie Lackawanna Railway.
Here are a bunch of pictures of various bridges over the meadowlands and Hackensack River.

Bridge here (above picture) is the Northeast Corridor (Amtrak, ex-PRR) over the Hackensack [river] at "Portal" Tower.  Of course, the bridge overhanging the foreground is the New Jersey Turnpike.

High in the background of this one is the Pulaski Skyway.

Lift bridges in the distance are of New Jersey Route 7, PATH and CSX (ex-PRR passenger & freight bridges to Jersey City) over the Hackensack [river].

This one is maybe (not sure) the bridge for the Erie Lackawanna mainline to Kingsland.

Lift bridge is the "Lower Hack", ex-DL&W mainline to Newark and Morristown.  "Upper Hack" is the single track lift bridge located just south of Erie's "HX" and carries the Main Line (ex-DL&W Boonton Line) going west towards Kingsland.  -CB

Out here are bridges for highways including the New Jersey Turnpike, Pulaski Skyway and a variety of the old railroads, CNJ, PRR, EL and others.

Kingsland (MP 7.6)
From the south side of Croxton Yard, the  Bergen County Line splits off from the mainline and before getting to the station, the main passes through a small tunnel in the ridge with 1903 engraved in it, at the end of the meadowlands. This is a picture of the ROW looking towards the Kingsland station from the top of the tunnel.  (See mystery picture below).   Above it is Orient Way in Lyndhurst.   This is a view looking east to the west end of the small tunnel where the mainline continues to Kingsland station (note industrial spur off main).    The mainline continues on toward Kingsland, the first station on the main from Hoboken.   Kingsland station is very unique as it spans the r-o-w, is built adjacent to the roadway (Route 17 a/k/a Ridge Road) and forms part of the bridge over the mainline.  Here's a look at the Kingsland station in 1973 from the street level in two pieces.  Windows are boarded up and some painted box car red and some are left their plywood color. The doors appear to be left open for commuters to walk thru and get down to the train level.  This is the Kingsland Stationin 1975.  Another picture of Kingsland, a stop on the Erie Streamliner tour on Sept. 19, 1998.  Not too much of a change over the years, but there are small differences in the facility.

  THIS IS THE MYSTERY PICTURE.  IT'S LABELED MARCH 1977 AND NOTHING ELSE.  I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE IT WAS TAKEN.  IT'S A  SHOT OF A WELL GROOMED AND BALLASTED TWO TRACK LINE WITH TELEPHONE POLES ON THE RIGHT, UNARMED TELEPHONE POLES ON THE LEFT, AND A WATER TOWER IN THE BACKGROUND.   THE DUMMY (ME) WHO TOOK IT FORGOT TO LABEL IT.  WHERE IS IT?  ANYBODY KNOW?

Date: Thu, 09 Nov 2000 17:20:33
From: Derek Fenton <drfenton@erols.com>
Subject: EL Mystery Picture

I don't know if this is old news, but I think your mystery picture on your EL webpage is Kingsland: Taken from atop the tunnel looking west.  The station is just a little further up the line. The industrial switch  to your left is pictured elsewhere on your page.  Sound Good?
Derek

Derek-
You are the first to respond to this "mystery picture question" and I'm pretty sure you are CORRECT.  Many years ago I took these pictures. They were not all labeled properly and out of order.  When I put up the web site, this one was a "mystery"???   Now it's "mystery solved".  Thanks for your email.
-Joe Jordan
 

Lyndhurst (MP 8.2)
These 1973 pictures are of the mainline leaving Kingsland and moving towards the Lyndhurst station.  Both stations are actually in the town of Lyndhurst.  Looking west at Lyndhurst from the track level.  Looking north and then south at the Lyndhurst station.  From Lyndhurst, the mainline traveled over the Passaic River over a center span alligned girder bridge leaving Bergen County and moving into Passaic County.
Delawanna (MP 9.3)
Delawanna is actually in Clifton, New Jersey and never really had a full station facility.  Here we see, looking east, the plywood shelter that stands as the Delawanna stop on the mainline.  Only a few trains were scheduled to stop here for passengers.  Overgrowth of nature shows how much action this station really saw in 1975.  This picture looks west toward the next station stop, Passaic.

Delawanna actually had two stations back in the early 1900's.  The second station was built when the line was expanded to four tracks.  Unsure of when they were demolished... - Dan

Passaic  (MP 10.6)
The Passaic station history is a varied one.  This station was one of three stations in Passaic on the DL&W and Erie that at one time was named "Passaic".  A major station was in downtown Passaic (pictures are taken about 1905 and are courtesy of  Nick Latzoni) but was abandoned as a active station when the Erie main was torn up in the late 60's.  Here are some more pictures of the Passaic Station.  The first is a winter scene in the 1920's or 30's.  The building right behind the station is the old Hygeia Brewing Company.  What could they brewing there if it is during prohibition?  Any thoughts?  This second one is looking westbound in May 1956.  Finally, here's the last train out of Passaic, headed for Hoboken in April 1963.  Note in the last picture that there is a crane ready to rip up the tracks through the center of town.  The last three photos of the Erie Passaic station were apparently taken from the top of the First National Bank of Passaic building, the tallest building in Passaic. Photos and question on the brewery courtesy of Dominic Scorziello 7/9/01 -Thanks, Dominic.

Here is a really old picture of the Passaic Station, WE BELEIVE is the downtown station around the turn of the century (1900) from Bruce Leemann.

  The old DL&W had a Passaic station which I thought was gone today (see below correction).   A fourth station called Passaic Park  (courtesy of Nick Latzoni)   was also abandoned when the old Erie main was torn up in Passaic. ...
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 13:33:24 -0400
PICTURES -The DLW Station in PASSAIC (further east is this underpass) has not be razed as you state and very much still standing and used by NJT Main Line trains 365 days a year. ...Erie Main Line station PASSAIC PARK is now a complex of apartments ... the grade north of there along Main Street is still there as is the concrete wall between ROW and Main Street.  Jerome
Thank you, Jerome.   I would welcome anyone with pictures of the Passaic stations for I have none.  Email me at jjordan@blast.net and let me know what you have.

7/3/01-
 Pictures from the Passaic county area.  Here we go again.  Again helping my friend survey properties in the area, we "wizzed" through and past a couple Erie Lackawanna historical sites.  Here's a picture as we flew by an overpass on Route 46 of the Erie Lackawanna Mainline below.  Then we went past the present "Clifton" station and the overpass to the east of the station. Another attempt (very blurred) to take a picture of what is thought to be the remnants of Lakeview station, now a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.  Anybody with better information, let me know at jjordan@blast.net
July 4, 2001 - The pictures of the Clifton Station and overpass are not in Clifton, but in Passaic Park.  The park adjacent to the station is Third Ward Park in Passaic.  Grew up there so I thought you'd like to know.  Enjoy the railfan website immensely. Regards from New Mexico.  - Steve

July 4, 2001 ...Your pictures of the "Clifton" station and overpass are actually of the DL&W Passaic Station and the bridge next to it at the corner of Van Houten and Passaic Avenues...  - Dan
Thanks  Steve & Dan  - appreciate the input.  I crossed the border and didn't know where I was. -JJ
Dan's comments on some other items are sprinkled throughout this page.  -JJ
 

Clifton (MP 12.2)
The Clifton station was originally a DL&W structure and is the survivor of three Clifton stations (except for Delawanna).  Being on the DL&W, it was called Athenia station for many years.  Athenia was a section of Clifton and the station stands on a fill high above the street and is adjacent to an overpass made of concrete.  The Lakeview station and old Erie Clifton station still remain (Ops,  long gone, see correction below) but not as railroad stations, one of them  is the site of a bank branch office (wrong again, it's the old Erie Athenia station).  They both are still on the Passaic Branch spur from the Paterson Yard. Here's some recent pictures in Clifton, New Jersey of interest.  A friend of mine is a professional engineer and land surveyor.  He asked me to assist him in surveying a property in Clifton.  We drove to the site, set up the equipment and then pulled out the survey documents.  Lo and behold, right on the old survey map was marked "Erie RR right of way".  It ran right through the parking lot area we were surveying.  Out came the camera and I took pictures of it as of Oct 2000 looking eastbound and looking westbound.  Just a parking lot now, but boy oh boy, fifty years ago it was THE Mainline.  This is the bridge carrying the mainline over Route 46 in Clifton.

May 14,  2003 - We were again doing some survey work in Clifton and came across this classic 1950's bus parked in a company parking lot near the NJT commuter line.  I took pictures of each side and the front.  It looked like it was in pretty good condition and I assume that someone has saved it to restore it to it's old glory.

Subject: Clifton (MP 12.2)
I love your site but having grown up Clifton and spent the better part of my youth on the rail lines in town I must offer these corrections. The Lakeview and Clifton stations on the old Erie main are long gone.  The station you mention as the bank was the Athenia station on the Newark Branch. For pictures, see pages 274, 341 and 365 of "Erie Power".   Lakeview was a wooden station that was off of Crooks Ave just across the border in Paterson. I vaguely remember it from when my mother would take us to Ed White's Meat Market across the tracks from the station. It was razed sometime in the '60s. The Clifton station was a red brick structure located on the embankment at Clifton Ave.   Again looking at "Erie Power" the photo at the top of page 289 shows the line crossing Clifton Ave. At the far left of the photo you can see the stairs that led up to the station. Alas, sometime in the '80s the bridge was removed, the embankment leveled and a strip mall built where the station was located. Finally, Paterson Junction is where the Newark Branch was linked to the old Boonton Line, not at XW as mentioned. I wish I had pictures, but for all the time I spent shooting trains I never thought to photograph the stations.
Regards, Dean Coupland Sparta, NJ
Thanks, Dean.  I appreciate your comments and corrections.

July 4, 2001 -...As far as Clifton goes, you confuse the two railroads in town.  Erie had three stations in Clifton, on two seperate lines.  Lakeview was located between Central and Getty Avenues off Clifton ave where the strip mall stands now.  It was located on a fill, which obviously, was taken away for the mall.  The other stations existed on the Erie's Newark Branch and were Athenia, located on Clifton ave (now a Doctors office) and Allwood, located off Bloomfield Ave. (now a VFW hall, behind the resteraunt.)    Hope this helps, - Dan

August 25, 2001   Hi - Great pictures as I am an EL fan.  The overpass looks like Broadway in Passaic.  It's taken from the viaduct looking towards Clifton and Garret Mountain in the background. I was also present for the last train out of Passaic.  The spikes were sold as a fund raiser for my friend's father.  I cried then and I'm crying today. Thank you for the memories.  ...editor's note: Kellie included pictures of the Athenia station for NJT as it appears in recent days.  It is now labeled as "Clifton".  We have put them up under the "Athenia" captions above.  She goes on..me again.  Here is a picture of the Clifton station on what is now the mainline between Passaic Park and South Paterson.  It is now called Clifton.  Athenia is a section of Clifton.  I grew up in that area. Passaic actually. This line did not connect to downtown Passaic.  I have two more pictures coming.  One is another view of this station and the other is the Athenia station on the Newark Branch... this is the Athenia Station from the Newark Branch.  I think it's still there next to the police station complex.  As I said, I was a tomboy and we followed every inch of the tracks in this area.  Any more questions you have, I might be able to answer.
-Kellie Jo

  March 14th, 2005
Pictures of the Van Ness Plastic Molding Company on Brighton Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey.

The rail siding looking east.  The rail siding looking further east. The rail siding looking west towards the Van Ness building. A look at the mainline? and how much lower is the siding to the plant. Pictures of the siding with the covered hoppers at the stub for unloading.

VN1   VN2   VN3   


The Passaic Branch
Old Lakeview station area - Here's some pictures of the Crooks Avenue crossing on July 11, 2001 of the Passaic Branch in Clifton.  A look east, a look west and some sites that possibly are rements of the old station location for Lakeview?  The "Roxxie's Gentlemen's Club" or the restaurant?  Where was it???

Dear Sir,

While surfing the net I came across you site regarding train stations in NJ. As it happens I worked at the Ed White meat market on Railway ave near Crooks Ave. in the late 1950's and early 1960's. I remember the train station well as it was directly across Railway Ave from Ed Whites. It had a siding which ended at the North end of the station. Every Monday a freight car from Rath Meats was pushed into the siding and we had to take an old truck over, back it to the RR car and unload untold numbers of beef forequarters and hindquarters. I was in my late teens at the time and it was tough work hauling 180 lb pieces of beef from the RR car to the truck. We usually stopped at the tavern (forget the name) on the far side of the tracks. It opened at 7 AM and the fellas did shots and beers before the work day began. I drank coffee.

One day in the around 1960, I was sweeping up the floor at Ed Whites when I looked out the window. A train was backing a load of freight cars onto the siding. Unfortunately, just prior to that a work crew had removed the "bumper" and before my eyes the freight cars plowed right into the station resulting in a tremendous crash and demolished the building.

I still can see it in slow motion today 43 years later. After the accident crews cleaned up the pile of timber and the station was never rebuilt as there was no passenger traffic anyway.
Hopefully, this will add to you collection of information.

Best Regards,
Edward Rafferty

It seems Ed has the answer to why we can't find the Lakeview Station.  Smashed by a switching move!! Thanks, Ed. -JJ

General Commentary-
 Well, it seems the Passaic-Clifton area is probably the most confusing area of the Erie, DL&W  and Erie Lackawanna as to the relationship of stations.  It appears there were two Athenia stations one on the old DL&W main and one on the Newark Branch. Then there was, not in any specific order, Delawanna, Lakeview, Prospect Street, Harrison Street and Passaic Park (now gone), Allwood, the Erie mainline Passaic station in downtown Passaic and two Clifton stations one on the DL&W and one on the old Erie mainline neither of these survived as the NJ Transit Clifton station which is now the old DL&W Athenia station.  I'm confused.  I've drawn some maps to reconcile all of this and put it up on this part of the web site so everybody can see the different stations and their placement along the lines old and new.  - JJ
 
 


This is the position of the stations in the Passaic-Clifton area in 1910 on the Old Erie mainline.


This is the position of the stations in the Passaic-Clifton area in 1974 on the Erie Lackawanna mainline.
Light colored stations and towers plus listing are abandoned .  Full color stations still in operation in 1974.


This is the position of the stations in the Passaic-Clifton area in 1974 on the Erie Lackawanna Newark Branch.
Well, enough on this subject.  Let's move on to:

Paterson Junction (MP 13.6)
Paterson Junction was built after the Erie Mainline was torn up in Passaic and linked the old DL&W branch line with the Old Erie mainline.  The trackage for the old DL&W runs on as the Boonton Line which cuts off this new mainline.  The trackage from the old DL&W came in about 20 feet higher than the tracks in the Paterson Yard line and dropped down to the old Erie main (see correction above) at XW tower (just beyond the Paterson yard).  This trackage then continued on as the new Erie Lackawanna mainline.
South Paterson (MP 14.4)
The first station in the City of Paterson heading westbound.  This was a small shelter type station for this was not a major stop even for commuter trains.
XW Tower (MP 14.9)
This is the site of the Paterson Yard and the XW tower was not far away.  This yard is still active and jammed with grain/pellet cars I assume some for Bay State Milling (as of 8/15/01, sorry no pictures).  It was also a very active exchange point for the Erie Lackawanna.  From here, as these 1973 pictures show, the Passaic branch with a multitude of industries in Paterson, Clifton and Passaic, the yard served to classify cars, had a turntable and usually two or three switchers assigned to it that were used daily for local drills.  In past steam years, it was used as the terminus for passenger trains and had a four track passenger yard.  In the 1960's & 70's, those tracks were used for freight as were a string of about nine other tracks in the Paterson yard.  Here in pictures from the south side (east end) of the yard, you can see how large a facility this really was in 1973.  The straight track coming right at you is the beginning of the Passaic Branch.

Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 11:06:52 EST
Subject: Paterson Yard

Joe,
Was browsing your EL main line tour and have a few comments about the yard in Paterson. In addition to the yard proper there more yard tracks on the east side of the old main called the Iron Hole. That is where the scale was located. Also access to a scrap yard. Also there was a motor car shop (where I worked as a repairman) a six track team track yard with ramp and crane. The crane was used to off load garbage truck bodies at the time. Also Air Products Inc. used the team tracks to transfer from rail to truck. The motor car shop was used for light/heavy repairs of the MofW truck fleet
in the area.  Also was base for repairmen that worked out of repair vans assigned to Hoboken/Croxton and Paterson/Suffern north. West of NJ was covered by the Port Jervis Repairman.
Hope this helps,
Regards, John Durant

Thanks John.  This is great information and helps everyone viewing these pictures understand the facilities better.  -JJ

Paterson (MP 15.6)
Paterson station is high above the street and is seen in these pictures from both sides of the fill through Paterson.Beyond the station was the freight house and the mainline continues westbound to River Street.
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 13:33:24 -0400   The DLW PATERSON "Marshall Street" station was razed in the late 70's when Route 19 was being built. Jerome Thank you again, Jerome - JJ

Here is a picture of the OLD Paterson City station.  Courtesy of Bruce A. Leemann.
 

River Street (MP 16.6)
River Street was a full size station on the mainline and apparently torn down in the 1980's.  Thanks Frank.  HELP!  No pictures here either.- JJ

Hawthorne (MP 17.7)
Hawthorne on the mainline was represented by a closed and boarded up station building and further down the line, a shelter that appears to be made basically of mason blocks and seems to be in use.  This picture was taken in February of 1976 as was the two below of Glen Rock.

Russ Panecki finally sent us a picture of better times at Hawthorne station when the station wasn't all boarded up in 1966.  Bonus is an RS in Erie Lackawanna paint pullin a commuter train.

Here is link to Steve Hodell's site where he is in an NYS&W GP-18 at Hawthorne.

Glen Rock (MP 19.4)
Glen Rock on the mainline was a stone faced station.  Here is the view looking west toward WJ Tower.  Most stations had a fence between the eastbound and westbound tracks for the safety of boarding passengers.  If you look back at some of the other stations this type of fence and the positioning of it was prevalant through out the New Jersey area even at Hoboken.
 

The Bergen County Line (BCL)
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The Bergen County Line is actually the old "Erie Mainline" up to Bergen Junction and through to the Carlton Hill Station. The Bergen County cut-off and allowed through freight trains to navigate a less populated area and a shorter route westbound.  This kept conflicts with many passenger movements to a minimum and gave freight trains a faster route.  The mainline in Passaic moved through the heart of that city and freight would have tied up the downtown area for hours.  There were as many as ten roadway crossings in Passaic alone.  Paterson was also a hard city to navigate.  The Bergen County Line allowed long freights to avoid these areas and save much frustration on everybodies part.
In the late 60's, the bridge over the Passaic River in Rutherford/East Rutherford to Passaic was taken out of service and Carlton Hill became the end of the old "Erie Mainline".  The Bergen County Line was left in tact, not only for the fast freight reason, but because commuter traffic could "express" to Hoboken on it.  The stations that were abandoned on the old Erie Main from being used by passenger trains, were Passaic Park (MP 10.3) just beyond the Passaic River from Carlton Hill; Prospect Street (MP 11.0) at the southern end of Passaic; the Passaic station (MP 11.5) itself which ended up close to the end of the Passaic Branch from the Paterson Yard;  Harrison Street (MP 11.9) in the northern part of Passaic; the Clifton station at MP 12.4; and Lakeview station in Clifton at MP 13.8.
Harmon Cove (MP 5.3) & the Hackensack River Bridge/HX Tower (MP 5.6)
In September 19, 1998, a picture of the shelter facilities and tall towers around the Harmon Cove station.   You can see the Hackensack River bridge in the background and then a look back toward Croxton yard.   Harmon Cove did not exist in 1973, so there are no pictures to compare this area in terms of eras.  In 1973, it was strictly meadowlands.
This is a 1973 picture of HX tower and the Hackensack River bridge in the Secaucus meadowlands.  Here the BCL passes under the Route 3 bridge in the meadowlands.  This used to be a highly well maintained 4 track mainline from Jersey City and is now, in 1973  reduced to 2 tracks.
Rutherford (MP 8.4)
Just prior to arriving at Rutherford, the New Jersey & New York Railroad cuts off of the BCL (at the signal bridge in the distance) and heads north at MP 7.4 to serve industries and also to provide commuter service to a more eastern portion of New Jersey.  A very rare Erie Railroad sign here painted on the underpass between Rutherford and East Rutherford survives to this day April 20, 2000.  Rutherford has a grand station on the BCL that dates back to 1898 as one of the first suburban commuting communities outside of New York City.   I was born and raised in Rutherford, lived there in two different homes in Rutherford for the first 25 years of my life.  Although the town was only a mile square, it was a busy borough of 17,000 people. From the station,
we look back towards the meadowlands.
Rutherford Junction/Bergen Junction (MP 8.9)
In East Rutherford, across the tracks, and about 3 tenths of a mile west was the East Rutherford Freight house with two team tracks on a concrete/gravel pad and a track leading to the freight house.  A little further west and back on the Rutherford side of the tracks was BJ Tower, the interlocking control for the Bergen or Rutherford Junction between the old Erie mainline and the Bergen County Line. In the foreground is the concrete building that held maintenance track speeders and tools.   A 'daily except Sunday' drill came here to switch, pick up and deliver usually with the  switcher EL#443 and caboose C-154.  The caboose was labeled "BJ Drill" and apparently had no other assignments save this drill operation.  Below are some more pictures from this area on the Carlton Hill spur.
Carlton Hill (MP 9.6)
The old Erie mainline became a stub ended spur after the tracks were torn up in Passaic and Carlton Hill became stranded on the spur.  For a while the Erie Lackawanna serviced passengers from Carlton Hill with two trains in the AM moving east and two returning trains in the afternoon, but soon gave up the ghost and terminated passenger service to Carlton Hill in the middle 1960's.  The pictures here show some of the industry on this siding and spur including Royce Chemical, Standard Bleachery, a paper box company as well as other industries in 1973.
Here are some pictures of the same area in 2003 from Michael Sullivan.    Mike has put up a web site that explores this area in recent days.  You can find it at:  Mike's Site

Garfield (MP 11.3)
The tracks of the Bergen County Line went north off toward Garfield.  Just outside of the Rutherford area were industrial sidings and spurs to Printers Ink, Sun Chemical Company and other industries in East Rutherford and Wallington.  Here we see the small mason block and wood shelter that stood as the Garfield station on the BCL.  After the station, the BCL traveled over the Main Street of Garfield through this girder bridge brightly painted with the local Chevrolet dealer's advertising.

Plauderville (MP 12.7)
Plauderville was a very small plywood shelter. Here we look back on the Bergen County Line toward Garfield and west towards Fair Lawn.

Coalberg Junction (MP 14.2) on the Erie/Erie Lackawanna = Passaic Junction (MP 17.4) on the New York, Susquehanna & Western
The following narration and pictures are courtesy of Howard Haines:

The right of way leaves Plauderville (in Saddle Brook) and crosses Passaic
Junction or Coalberg Junction along the Bergen County Line toward Fairlawn's
Broadway Station (Route 4).  Erie's Bergen County Railroad crosses over
 and interchanges with  the NYSW mainline.

Rush-hour autos cross the Bergen County Line (on the Saddle Brook and East
Paterson border) on Midland Ave in this September 1987 late afternoon view
 from the bridge area, looking back toward Plauderville and Hoboken (compass
south, railroad east). To the right of this picture was a printers, and tower (long
gone), and to the left of the mainline had been,at one time or other, a coal dealer,
a turkey farm, and more recently, ANZCO.

  More pictures at Midland Avenue, first looking westbound and then looking
eastbound on November 4, 2003.

Turning 180 degrees, the bridge carrying I-80 over the Bergen County line and
NJ Parkway (and billboards for I-80) can be seen in the distance by looking
toward Waldwick and Port Jervis (compass north, railroad west).  There had been
an Erie tower at almost this very location until the 1930s.

The namesake for Passaic Junction is the NYSW branch line that leaves the
NYSW main for Passaic, seen from the bridge here in the center-left (compass
west, NYSW railroad mainline north to Butler, NJ before dome cars).

The Erie Railroad listed this location as Coalberg Junction because of a yard
holding the mountains of coal stored for winter use during the late 19th and
early 20th centuries.  The junction was listed as Passaic Junction in the
1967 EL employee timetable No. 6.  The yard view  from the bridge (compass
east, railroad south) shows a small remnant of the Coalberg Yard in September
1987 (before the DO yard improvements of 1988).  Just past Midland Avenue
to the right of the tracks was the location of the commuter station razed in
the mid-1960s.

A few interesting locomotives are in the yard including an ALCO S-2 NYSW
#206, an EMD NW-2 O&W #112, and local EMD GP-18 NYSW #1800. They just came
back from the Hoboken Festival. I caught Bluebird U34CH NJT #4151 crossing
Midland Ave with S-2 NYSW #206 and NW-2 O&W 112  onthe track from the Bergen
County Line to the yard.  The two older switchers were coming back from the
Hoboken Festival and awaiting pickup. I was at the yard in the evening a few days
earlier when the S-2 and NW-2 were delivered.  The engineer touched the brake to
slow the train, and the brakes on the S-2 locked up and would not release right in
the middle of Midland Ave, stopping progress for a number of minutes.

From the yard, there is a spring switch on the main line just behind the
second Stillwell in this November 1968 view of EL Train #1117 out of Hoboken.
The RS-3 rushes to Fairlawn's Broadway Station from Plauderville in less than
3 minutes.  Time is about 5:30 PM, and Shaffer Beer is being advertised on the
billboard for I-80.  The photo was taken on Tri-X (ASA 400) into the sun with the
camera my Dad used in college--a Detrolla 127 half-frame f3.5 camera from the
late 1930s.   More on this little hamlet later.  For now, onto Fairlawn!

Here are some more Coalberg Junction area pictures from 2001. Some things change, others stay the same.  Midland Avenue, Saddle Brook crossing looking east and looking west.    A NJT commuter train crosses Midland Avenue. Here's the front, middle and rear of it from a distance.

These are pictures of the NYS&W Coalberg Yard from two blocks from Midland Avenue at the throat of the yard. Loaded with large covered hoppers.   Here is the other side as the NYS&W crosses the road.

Broadway-Fair Lawn (MP 15.3)
Broadway at Fair Lawn was just beyond the bridge over Route 4 and was a larger shelter on the tracks.
Radburn-Fair Lawn (MP 16.5)
Radburn at Fair Lawn was a large station almost barn like structure in appearance.
Glen Rock (MP 18.2)
The Glen Rock station on the Bergen County Line was less than a half a mile from the Glen Rock station on the mainline.  It also resembled slightly more than a shelter in February 1976.
 

We Join Up With the Mainline Again
Ridgewood Junction (MP 20.2)
Ridgewood Junction (WJ Tower) is the point of rejoining the Bergen County line with the Mainline.  This picture shows the junction and the small concrete maintenance shed that was there in 1971.  You can just see the tower beyond the 3 headed signal stantion.  The mainline here comes in as a four track main, two from each of the mainline and Bergen County Line.
Ridgewood (MP 20.9)
Ridgewood station not shown here in 1998 during the Erie Streamliner fan trip.  Sorry if the pictures of the trains get in the way as we look west.  Basically situated in the center of town, Ridgewood station sits slightly above the street level and has a roadway underpass just east of it.   Here's Ridgewood as it is in recent days 10/20/02
Ho-Ho-Kus (MP 22.1)
The Ho-Ho-Kus station on the Erie Lackawanna is composed of two station buildings.  On the westbound side was a large stone station facility (pictures are from August 1975) while on the eastbound side there was an elongated shelter with the main structure in the middle built into the side of the cliff.  The stations and tracks were built on a fill about 20 feet above street level.  Here is a more recent picture of both the shelter and the station on 10/20/02.
Waldwick (MP 23.2)
The Waldwick Station area was a major facility on the Erie Lackawanna mainline.  Tony Horn sent me black & white pictures of the Waldwick station both front and rear.  These look like they were taken in the 1960's.

I have an extensive collection of pictures of this station and the surrounding facilities. These are only a few of them. This first picture is from November 1971 looking westbound with the station on the right. The area around the station in that photo looks "grungy" in 1971.  The second picture is of the station from on top of the pedistrian bridge looking down at the back end of a push-pull in the failing light of evening in October 1972.  This third series is from Feb. 20, 1976 and essentially shows the station from a couple of angles.  Why did I do this?   Why is the front page of this web site marked "Train Nut Central"?  Actually I used these pictures to scratchbuild a model of this station for my model railroad.  Here you can see the pedistrian bridge in the distance looking from east to west.   The fourth series of pictures is from October 11, 1997 while I waited for the C&O #614 steam excursion to appear on the scene.  This is the pedistrian bridge over the three track mainline just east of the station and some views looking east and west from Waldwick station.  And the station itself east side, west side,  and from the top. Some changes to the station, the main one being the New Jersey Transit sign on the station and the general condition of the surrounding area is much improved and looks cleaner.  As we head trackside westbound we look at the signal bridge before the WC Tower.  I just really liked this station with all the gingerbread on the roof and the ornate edging and trusses.  It was a challenge to model and, of course, as usual, I have no really good pictures of the finished model.
  And finally a special picture of Waldwick on October 23, 1949, during the Erie steam days with a line up of Erie Pacific's ready for the morning run to Hoboken (photo courtesy of Walter J. Conklin IV).
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WC Tower (MP 23.5) and the commuter storage yard
Here is a visual of the aging of the WC Tower.  The first two pictures were taken on February 20, 1972 and shows some signs of disrepair but in operating condition.  This picture taken later on October 11, 1997 show it at its worst (so far) condition, totally boarded up and out of commission.  This is a picture of the Waldwick yard where anywhere from two to ten passenger trains were stored overnight for the commuter rush.  Two pictures of the wye for turning single ended engines for the return trip.  Again, sorry about the trains getting in the way.  And here is a host of pictures of the front end (east) of the yard with various motive power and commuter sets parked.  Looking back from the crossing near Allendale you can see the west end of the yard.
Allendale (MP 24.6)
The Allendale station was a long building with the usual gray and faded maroon (possibly box car red) treatment that most stations seem to get in this era  (Nov. 1971).
Ramsey (MP 26.5)
The Ramsey station shown here in two pieces from across the tracks, seemed to be a well kept structure which still functioned for passengers in these February 1976 pictures.  I took these two pictures, had them enlarged to HO scale and used them taped together as the Ramsey station on my Bridgewater layout.  There was no room for a model against the wall so the pictures took its place.
Mahwah (MP 29.1)
From Mahwah, we look back toward the Ramsey area.  The Mahwah Station shown here in three different views in 1965.  Pictures courtesy of Tony Horn (See below).
This appears to be the original station at Mahwah, NJ.
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 14:48:06   Joe:    Attached are photos of the original Mahwah station, which had been moved west(?) of the present station.  These pictures were taken in 1965.  The old station was just being renovated (check new roof) for use by the Historical Society.  Perhaps they will be of some use to you in your ROW page.  Pictures are JPEG.  Thought I had side 1, but it isn't on file.  If you're interested, I'll rescan it and send it to you.Tony Horn -  ELHS #2   Thanks, Tony.  Anybody else with photos of any stations on the ROW, please send them.
  In 1971 (trackside) and in 1973 (streetside), I took these pictures of a Mahwah station.  It's definately a different building.  The second station has/had a stuco covered finish on the outside (almost a California style to it) and a brick strip around it under the windows with what looks like a stone basement.  It also had an old Erie wood caboose on the west side of it (Sorry, no picture).
Don't know whether that's still there or not??  Lets look forward towards Suffern with two different views in Nov. 1971 and in 1973.
Suffern (MP 30.5)
Here's a picture of the Suffern station from across the tracks in 1976.  Suffern is the first station on the mainline outside of New Jersey and physically in the state of New York.  Here's a look back toward the preserved freight station from the entrance to the Hillburn yard.
SF Tower (MP 30.9)
The leaning tower of Suffern propped up with pieces of wood  just visable in both pictures behind the tower.  What a sight.  Tucked under the New York State Thruway, it proudly stood at the east end of the Suffern/Hillburn yard.  The yard stored passenger commuter sets (still does) and further west, freight storage mostly to be transferred into the Mahwah Ford plant slightly south and east of the yard.  From the top of the NYS Thruway, we look down on the yard and see some of its uses as well as a through freight with SD's on the head end.  The Ford plant is shut down and no longer a customer.  In recent days (April 1999) it had a large amount of grain cars parked in it.  The Paterson yard was overrun with grain cars for Bay State Milling and the overflow, I'm told, ended up here.  Here's the west end of the Hillburn yard.  There always was a lot of different motive power at Hillburn and here are some of the  engines found in the Hillburn yardat various times from 1971 to 1976.  And various passenger cars and sets of commuter trains.

 Chester Station (MP 54.2)
An old picture of the Chester, New York station.  Looks like a tool shed but really is the station that existed near the turn of the century (1900) courtesy of Bruce Leemann.

Middletown Station (MP 66.0)
Here is a picture of the Middletown, New York Station courtesy of Walter Conklin.

Otisville, New York (MP 73.8)
Some very old pictures of Otisville, NY on the mainline courtesy of Bruce A. Leemann

To see the ROW of the Port Jervis (MP 86.0 to  89.7) area that exists in its 1997state,
click here to go to our Port Jervis Photo Essay page.
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This is a signficant jump down the line to the old DL&W in Pennsylvania.
Here's  pictures of the Tunkhannock Viaduct in Nicholson, Pennsylvania.
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 Newark Branch

Newark (MP 8.0)
  A real old picture of the Newark station before it's expansion to today's station courtesy of Bruce Leeman.
Dear Joe:  Recently found your web site...However I'm a little confused about by the note about the Newark, NJ station. It says that it is a picture of the station before it's expansion to today's terminal.  Unless something remarkable has happened in recent times, the station pictured is the Erie 4th Street Station, not the Lackawanna Broad Street Station.  The old Erie station, I believe,  was razed some years ago.  The Broad Street station still is, of course, remarkably still used.  Hope this helps.
-Marty Humphrey
Editors Note:  Marty's right! Open mouth, insert foot.  I'm wrong again.  -JJ

North Newark (MP 8.6)
  A real old picture of the North Newark station before it's demise courtesy of Bruce Leemann.

Northern Branch
Some very old pictures of a station on the Northern Branch courtesy of Bruce A. Leemann

South Nyack station (MP 27.6)

The New Jersey & New York Railroad (Coming Soon)

The Old Road (Washington to Portland) MP 73.61
Oxford, New Jersey station from the past courtesy of Bruce Sterns
 

The Greenwood Lake Branch
Mountain Ave., Montclair (MP 14.0)
A very old picture of this ivy covered station courtesy of Bruce Leemann. Take a look at the picture on the New Jersey Train Station's web site and compare the difference in the station today.
 
 

The Boonton Line
Little Falls, NJ (MP 18.4)
Working in the Cedar Grove area, I came across the Little Falls Station and took a picture at Center Street  just west of the Little Falls station looking back towards the station.
 

The Caldwell Branch
Verona, New Jersey (MP 19.9)
A picture of the Verona, New Jersey station from olden days courtesy of Bruce Leemann.
 

The Gladstone (a/k/a Happy Rock) Branch
also one picture of the Hoboken terminal area approaching the terminal through all those double slip switches and crossings.  See MP 0.0

New Providence (MP 21.79)

Murray Hill (MP 23.38)

Berkeley Heights (MP 25.76)

Gillette (MP 27.14)

Stirling (MP 28.50)

Millington (MP 30.12)
Millington Station, now a lunch counter.  The black X on the right is
what's left of the semaphore trainorder board. Second picture is a shot
down the side of the train watching the platform as the conductor gives two on
the buzzer.

Lyons (MP 31.77)

Basking Ridge (MP 33.64)

Bernardsville (MP 34.80)

Mine Brook (MP 37.45)

Far Hills (MP 38.95)
West end of Far Hills Interlocking, which didn't come out to well. A meet on the Far Hills sidingwith a west bound train.  The Far Hills freight house is the structure on the right.   Approaching county route 512 and the Hog Back Bridge in the morning light going east.  Approaching Hogback bridge going west.   I think the dirty window caused the pictures to come out blurry/foggy like.
 

Peapack (MP 41.34)
Approaching and at Pea Pack Station.

Gladstone (MP 42.26)
Gladstone yard with NJT trains in storage. CP East Gladstone. At CP East Gladstone and entering the yard.    Gladstone Station.   More passenger station. Station platform.  Gladstone Freight house from a distance and close up.   Approaching CP east Gladstone westbound.  Shot of the train after it was tied down with a layover train next to the freight house for the Monday morning rush hour.  A host of pictures relating to Gladstone yard derails:  Track one pictures 1   23 4.   Track two pictures  1 2 .

 2-28-02

Tioga Branch/Division
Tioga Junction, PA (MP 23.4 from Elmira, New York)
The station at Tioga Junction. Very old picture from Bruce Leemann. Track abandonments:
Elmira - Tioga Junction 1942 (after 1942 the Erie used NYC trackage
                              rights from Corning to Lawrenceville)
Passenger service discontinued Corning - Blossburg 1932
                               Elmira - Tioga Jct. Aug. 11, 1942
New York Central had trackage rights from Lawrenceville to Blossburg.

Crawford Branch
Pine Bush (MP13.4 from Middletown, NY)
A picture of the old station at Pine Bush.  Courtesy of Bruce A. Leemann.
 

2-28-02
WOW! We did get some responses on the pictures below.  Save your emails.  The contest is over.  We have three winners.  Thank you for your overwhelming reponse to this contest.  We have replicated the correct answers to these Mystery Stations underneath each picture of them and identified the winners. We really have some great researchers out there and in all fairness Station #2 was the hardest.

Three mystery pictures of stations that we had no idea where or what they are.
All courtesy of Bruce A. Leemann.

Mystery station # 1 has been identified as the Newburgh, New York station which had been adjacent to the West Shore RR (NYC) and the structure/walkway above it  led to their station.  Here is the detail from the winner , Randy Lambertus:
Hello Joe,

 I believe I have identified one of the three "Mystery" pictures you
 posted,

 Here is my argument........

 I could make out some letters in the peak of the station, where the
 station name should exist. The letters were a distinct "E", and then two
 letters later something that looked like an "E", "F, or "B".

 I also spotted the sign at the bottom of the stairs, directing
 passengers to the West Shore Railroad. The sign points to the left and
 up.

 Checking connections with the West Shore RR along the river, I found the
 following points and railroads.

 Kingston        (NYOW)
 Highland        (New Haven)
 Newburgh        (Erie)
 Cornwall        (NYOW)
 West Haverstraw (Erie)
 Orangebrug      (Erie)

 Of the three Erie connections, the only one that matched letters in the
 correct order was "Newburgh". Staring at the picture again, you can make
 out the "W", "B" and "U", all in order. Not easy, but if you do it long
 enough it comes out.

 Now to verify, I searched for pictures. I did find this one of the West
 Shore RR station. Compare the aspect to your view. Especially the square
 chimney, which on the old photo, shows up in the white space over the
 platform at the top of the stairs.

 I believe the Erie station was below and east of the West Shore grade,
 hence the stairs visible, and the overhead bridge leading west, up, and
 out of the Erie station, and over to the other side of the West Shore
 tracks.

 Here is that aspect on George Elwood's web site.

 http://gelwood.railfan.net/other/nyc/nyc-ws-station.jpg

 He also has two other shots of the front of the West Shore RR station.

 http://gelwood.railfan.net/other/nyc/nyc-ws-station-b.jpg
 http://gelwood.railfan.net/other/nyc/nyc-ws-station-c.jpg

 Finally, another link, and here it is referred to as the "West Shore
 Station (Erie RR)" at URL http://www.newburgh-ny.com/savingnb/index.htm

 Perhaps the two railroads combined their stations into one new one? Here
 is that image:

 http://www.newburgh-ny.com/savingnb/erie.htm

 There is not much other information about the Erie station at Newburgh
 on the internet. I hope some others can corroborate it.

 Anyway, the other two are still a mystery, but I am still searching.

 Regards,
 Randy.
 

Mystery station # 2  has been identified as the Chester, New York station which had been built 3/4 of a mile west of Greycourt on the Erie.  Here is the detail from the winner, Joseph M. Ferris:
Joe,

I thought that I would share the information that I have on the station
so that you could have it for your web site, assuming that this is the
correct station:

The original station was built at the eastern end of the Village of
Chester in 1853, approximately 3/4 of a mile west of Greycourt.  It was
the first Erie station that was manned, along with the one in Goshen.
Chester became an important stop along the Erie because of the high
quality dairy products that were (and still are) produced there.

In late 1914, the new station was built about 100 feet to the west of
the original station (which is the one pictured).  The new Erie Depot
was completed and opened in 1915.  At that time, the original station
survived, being reclassified to a freight house.  It survived until the
1940's or 1950's, at which point it no longer showed on any maps of the
town.  It was also around this time that the spurs which ran off of the
main line into town - to a feed supply and various other business
located within 500 feet of the station - were removed.  (I do have the
names of the businesses that were served, as well - I just need to look
them up if you would like them).

Up until this time, I have never been able to locate a picture of this
station - so this picture might truly be a rarity.

Thanks,

Joseph
 

Mystery station # 3 has been identified as the Mountain Avenue Station in Montclair, New Jersey by Matt Klemchalk:

...And #3....

A very Ivy-covered Mountain Avenue, Montclair.  See the photo today.  It seems to be the same structure.

http://www.njtrainstations.com/existing/stations/mountainave.htm

Matt
 

The winners noted above have received a Branchline kit #1029
Erie #63201Berwick Boxcar 50' built 1956, delivery scheme, BCred,
Black ends & Roof, with white lettering and large diamond herald. These gentlemen have won because they had the first email with the correct answers!!!!!

Thanks to all participants for your reponse to this MYSTERY STATION CONTEST.
 
 

2-28-02 New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad

Wyckoff
An old picture of the Wyckoff, NJ station courtesy of Bruce Leemann.
 

7/3/01 - Morristown & Erie Right of Way
Here are a couple of pictures of the M&E right of way in East Hanover, NJ taken 4-14-01 while doing surveying work on an adjacent property.  Looking east and west.  Yes, those rippling lines are the rail.  Happy tracking!!!

In November of 2000, Tony Horn contacted me to put up this picture of the model of the Starrucca Viaduct.  His original email follows with a description of the kit and pricing.  Let me emphasize that 20th Century Hobbies, will NOT have this kit in stock so get in touch with the manufacturer directly at:
www.modelrailroadstoneworks.com

From Tony Horn

Specifics on kits:
#2001 Erie Starrucca Viaduct (5 arches, 2 tracks)  $149.95 plus  $14.95 s/h
Detailed plaster castings which assemble to make a compressed version of
the real bridge.  The completed bridge has the following scale feet (actual)
dimensions: 296' (40 3/4") long, 26' (3 3/4") wide, and 92' (12 3/4")
high.

#2002 Extension Kit $39.95  $11.95 s/h
Extra central arch, pier, and coping to increase the length by 56' (73/4").

Nice castings.  Requires sanding at all flat joints (ends of arches and
bottom of arch where it meets pier; top of pier.  Half arches for each end.
half arch-pier bottom-half arch sections; piers, coping for edges of top;
thin cut homosote pieces for roadbed between side coping pieces.
Separate pieces (delayed, but backordered) for the four extensions at the end of
each arch where they meet the piers.

Haven't started on the bridge yet.  It looks as though the sanding to make
close joints will be the most work.  Hope to finish the module base within
the next two weeks and start on assembling the bridge around Thanksgiving.
When I get the bridge assembled will take a picture and pass along a .jpeg
image for someone to post....

Made by the same company that does the PRR rock bridges.  Lackawanna fans,
eat your hearts out!!  (But contact them to see if they might do one for the
Lackawanna side.)

Model Railroad StoneWorks
PMB 13235 Summit Square Center
Rt. 413 & Doublewoods Road
Langhorne, PA 19047
215-321-1331 (voice)
215-321-1332 (fax)

Tony Horn
ELHS #2

Here are some links to augment the ROW page on other web sites.
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You can take a side trip up the Greenwood Lake Branch of the old ERIE courtesy of Fred Stratton if you click here.
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You can also see some of the sites along the ROW between Suffern and Port Jervis on this site of the Conrail Southern Tier/Middletown & New Jersey Railway Historical societies' joint
website
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Click here, for pictures of more stations of all railroads in New York State,
Click here, for more stations & structures of the Erie Lackawanna
To continue the Erie Lackawanna right of way travel, you can link to this on George Elwood's site. This is a combination of a variety of trips taken by Kevin DeGroff from Buffalo, New York to Hornell, New York and has pictures of the Right of Way on Conrail's Southern Tier from west to east including most of the old DL&W mainline to Buffalo, NY.
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Also on George Elwood's site is a combination of many trips, again from Kevin DeGroff, between the years of 1987 to 1999, from Sterling, Ohio along the Erie Lackawanna mainline to Almond, New York, west to east. This is a continuation of the
right of way from Chicago, IL.
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Still UnderConstruction
Sorry, that's it for now.   We also would like to note that we accept any comments, corrections or updates on our verbage to represent a fair and correct version of this presentation.
I've exhausted my pictures of the Right Of Way for the Erie Lackawanna, so
if you got 'em, send 'em. All are welcome. - Joe Jordan.



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