Port Jervis, New York, USA
The Old Erie Depot
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Railfans have viewed this page since July 9, 1999.

This is a pictorial essay of the facilities at Port Jervis, New York in 1997 and 1998.
Pictures were taken of the old engine facilities, former roundhouse area and turntable in 1997.
Pictures of the Port Jervis Depot and the REA Building were taken in May 1998.
The pictures tell the story, but to give you a little backgroud the Port Jervis area was a major facility for the Erie Railroad and it's successor the Erie Lackawanna Railway.  "Port" as it is still known to this day was a division point for the railroad(s) from the late 1800's through the 1970's.  It has now been relegated to a New York Metropolitain Transit Co. storage facility for its commuter trains.
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In its heyday, the area contained a passenger yard for commuter layover,  two large freight yards with car shops, a small yard for storage of freight and full engine facilities for both steam and diesel engines including a roundhouse and turntable.  Some of the relics from those days still exist today.  Remnents of the old coaling tower, a large six section concrete structure used in the steam days to coal steam tenders and the concrete base of the roundhouse can still be seen.  Today, those facilities have been scaled down to a small commuter yard, diesel refueling and a working turntable for excursion runs made by steam engines. The depot has been fully restored and upgraded by private interests and many small businesses as well as a museum reside in it now.
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The pictures revolve around the depot from the east side of the building moving down the front or north side,  to the west side, around the building to the track (south side) and finally around to the east side again.  Without further commentary, here are the pictures of the Port Jervis Depot.  Just click once on the links to see the pictures.

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PJ1    PJ2     PJ3     PJ4     PJ5     PJ6     PJ7       PJ8      PJ9      PJ10     PJ11    PJ 12
PJ13  PJ14    PJ15  PJ16     PJ17  PJ18    PJ19    PJ20      PJ21     PJ22    PJ23     PJ24
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PJ25 PJ26
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The last two pictures are of the trackage first looking east and then looking west in front of the depot.
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Next to the depot is an Railway Express Agency (REA) building used in the old days for baggage and parcel handling.  This too has been refurbished and looks like it might be used as a place for layover crews from the NYMTA trains.  Here are some pictures of the REA building with same orientation as the depot.

This is snipped from an email I received:   "The REA building is, indeed, a crews room, but for Conrail, who have leased and used it for several years. The MTA crews have their own building over by the storage tracks. Also, the turntable over in the engine/roundhousefacilities area has been fully restored and, most recently, re-motored, with new electric service and lighting; the controls are housed in the new shack, a duplicate of the original, from early pix. The table has been used to turn Ross Rowland's #614 and Susquehanna's Chinese-built #142. The motors are not visible at present, having been removed and stored in the DPW garage for security; ditto, the controls which disconnect and are similarly stored. Have you seen the semaphore signal recently erected at the west edge of the parking lot near the bulletin board -- it was given by Conrail after removal west of Binghamton in their signal updating . . .

Thanks again, and I renew my invitation to come see us at the museum . . .

                                               -Jim Browning"  "James Browning"
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REA1   REA2    REA3    REA4    REA5    REA6
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These are pictures of the 1997 engine facilities.  These are about 1 mile west of the depot area and adjacent to a small shopping center.
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PJEF1   PJEF2    PJEF3    PJEF4   PJEF5     PJEF6       PJEF7     PJEF8
The last picture in that group is looking eastbound from the 1997 yard.
In addition to the engine facilities, there is an area devoted to storage for the NYMTA trains.
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MTA1        MTA2        MTA3         MTA4      MTA5
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Here are some pictures of the Sparrowbush area at the end of the old Port Jervis freight yards.  Pictures  are of the trackage looking east, west and the mechanical housings marked "Sparrow"
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Here are three pictures of the Port Jervis Depot and REA Building in 1976 from the "Larry Berger" collection where it appears that the buildings are starting to go into renovation.
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