• EL 1963 realignment

  • Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New Jersey
Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New Jersey

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  by Steve F45
sure was a big bridge. Any idea on its height?
  by Roadgeek Adam
Steve F45 wrote:sure was a big bridge. Any idea on its height?
I can't say more than 100 feet high. It was your regular trestle over the Passaic River
  by Roadgeek Adam
On an semi-off topic note. I was at the former Mountain View DL&W station today. :) To say the least, I'm impressed for the amount of stuff that remains at Mountain View:

Platform was under snow, but you get the idea ;)

Stairs from Parish Drive to the station site.

Railroad ties and maybe the former station depot foundation? It looks like the DL&W's style.

Its hard to believe all this for a station that hasn't seen a passenger train in 48 years.
  by erie910
The point was made that the state of NJ would have allowed the E-L to retain one track from Paterson Junction to Mountain View instead of abandoning the line altogether. The E-L was desperate for money, and the option of retaining one track would have reduced what the state would have paid. By 1963, there was one track only remaining of the two from Paterson Junction to Mountain View.

Another question was asked regarding routing trains from Netcong over the Boonton Line to Paterson Junction and then via the Newark Branch. An April 1, 1963 New York Division timetable shows several trains to and from Netcong or Dover via the Boonton Line. Such trains would have proceeded east through Paterson Junction and, within a mile, past the junction with the Newark Branch. So, yes, trains to and from Netcong could have traveled via the Newark Branch and the Boonton Line. As I recall, the connection between the Newark Branch and the Boonton Line was completed before 1963--I was in high school in North Haledon from 1962-1966. We lived in Rutherford, and I recall my parents driving on Kuller Road to get to my school before 1963.

A minor point, but the Erie Main Line through Passaic was not street running. It was between Main Avenue and East Main Avenue. There were multiple crossings that were blocked when a train stopped at the Passaic station. In hindsight, it seems likely that the Passaic politicians were grasping at straws to save a dying downtown. The railroad was easy to blame, so it pulled its trains out. There was little parking at the Passaic station, and it was not near the center of a residential population which commuted by rail any more. The Lackawanna Passaic station had a slight bit more parking, but not very much.

By 1963, the Market Street, Paterson station Lower Level, which had been the origin and terminus of Newark Branch trains, had been abandoned. Newark Branch trains originated and terminated at Waldwick.

The biggest cuts in passenger service took effective on October 3, 1966.