I finally found the pictures I was looking for the connection of the DLW Paterson spur to the Erie Newark Branch, which then became the Erie Main Line ( 1963) when the former Erie main through downtown Passaic was abandoned. Thank you to Erie910 and others for the motivation to find them.
This is in the area between Hazel St (on the Clifton/Paterson border) and Main St in Paterson, about a half mile north of Hazel St. The DLW spur and Erie Newark branch ran north south next to each other, with Erie on the east side and the DLW on the west, both single tracks in 1963. Heading north was timetable West.
As mentioned earlier by erie910, as part of the project, the Erie Newark Branch was elevated for new bridges over Main St and Getty north of that. This first picture is looking north from the former Pacific St overpass. March 1963. From the ErieLack listserve: http://lists.railfan.net/erielackphoto. ... 31963a.jpg
" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The center track is the Erie Newark branch line, which you can see especially near the very top of the photo has begun its elevation up towards Main St. A new connection (now going downhill) to the siding for the lumber building between Atlantic and Main St has been cut in on the right. On the left is a new connection (with the ballast hoppers on it) from the Erie swinging to the left (west) to connect to what remains of the DLW spur into Paterson, which continues north to cross Main St at grade.
This is from 1980, from the same bridge looking north again at the same scene but a little more forward: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2979340
" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; There is a freight car on the siding on the right, and now you can see how the connection to the left swings over to join what is left from the DLW spur to Paterson (which used to hug the left side of the photo continuing south). And in the center is the ex-Erie main, with the new embankment more obvious, going up and over Main St in the distance. The small building left of the main is the former Erie South Paterson station, which was rebuilt on the new overpass over Main St in ~1963, only to be abandoned a few years later (1967?) when passenger service on the Newark branch was dropped. (I don't think Erie Main line trains, which now took this route, ever stopped at South Paterson once re-routed, but am not positive).
Now lets look south from same Pacific St bridge, the same day as the first picture in 1963. http://lists.railfan.net/erielackphoto. ... 031963.jpg
" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; You see an Erie engine there to shift the ballast cars, and can pick out a track car behind it. The bridge in the distance is the Hazel St, and the track you see there is the original DLW Paterson spur. In the field of view of this picture (between Pacific and Hazel Sts) is where the Erie Newark branch was tied into the DLW Paterson branch (which connected to the Boonton Line main about ½ mile south past the Hazel St Bridge. The Erie used to kept to the left, and curved around the slight embankment to go under its own underpass under Hazel, which is around the slight embankment on the left so you can't see it. ( http://www.historicaerials.com
" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; has a surprisingly sharp 1953 picture where you can see the pre-EL layout, and the 1979 view is a good one of the new layout, including the connections near the Pacific St bridge. What was the Erie ROW south of Hazel became Kuller St. THe empty space on far right in the foreground is where the DLW Paterson spur used to run. With the new layout, If EL wanted to use that spur, they had to come north under Hazel St on the ex-DLW, swing over to the ex-Erie Newark branch as shown in this photo, and then at Pacific street take the new connector going north back to what was left of the DLW spur as shown in the first 2 photos. Might have been simpler if they left in all of the original spur, but perhaps the DLW arch under Pacific St (see below) was shot or too small for modern cars, or there were significant tax issues even on the ½ mile of spur they took out.
Here's one last picture, looking north from Hazel St in 1965, towards Pacific St, also from the ErieLack list: http://lists.railfan.net/erielackphoto. ... ERIE-1.jpg
" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; That is the ex-DLW Paterson spur under the bridge where the photographer is (with ex Erie ROW on the right). Then the new track swings over to the ex-Erie Newark branch ROW which then goes under Pacific St in the distance, and up and over Main out of view. If you look carefully , on the left side of the Pacific St bridge, you can see the small arch under which (I think) the ex-DLW Paterson spur used to go through.
This whole section is now double tracked. I don't know when exactly that happened but I think the early 2000's, back when NJT had $$ . The Pacific St bridge is now gone - perhaps part of the double track project. Hope all those links work. Jim S
EDIT: not 100% sure about that last picture. One or two things bother me, like the tell tails on both sides of the pole in the foreground, which would suggest the DLW spur once was double tracked