The abandoned Rahway Valley Railroad: Part 2

At the top of the embankment... a service road. Not a rail in sight!

As I mentioned yesterday, the Rahway Valley Railroad operated only between Summit and Roselle Park, connecting the Morris & Essex Line to the Raritan Valley Line. It was formed in 1904 and finally closed in 1992 after a long decline.

Rahway Valley Railroad, shown in context of modern NJTransit lines

Morris & Essex in green; Raritan Valley in orange; Rahway Valley (defunct) in pink

But there are still remnants of it lying about.

Although the majority of those remnants (in Summit, anyway) are secured behind fences with daunting “NO TRESPASSING” signs, I did find an unofficial entrance near the Summit chapter of the Knights of Columbus. But after climbing to the top of the embankment (which I was SO SURE must have been for the railroad), all I found was a maintenance road, as seen in the top photo. No rail tracks, and it’s probably too curvy to be repaved tracks.

According to an old map, that area apparently used to be a quarry.

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After I got home and compared aerial photos to an old map of the region, I discovered that apparently I’d been walking all over the former railroad at the base of the embankment. If there are any tracks still there, they’re apparently either buried or so far off the beaten path as to be invisible.



For more information (and for where I got my sources), here are some links:

Cunningham, J.T.* (October 1950). “New Jersey’s Streak o’ Rust.” Trains Magazine.

King, R.J. (2009). “Rahway Valley Railroad History.” Trains are Fun {personal website}. and (to a lesser extent)

Wikipedia. (2012, last edit). “Rahway Valley Railroad.”



(This is part 2 in a series of posts on the Rahway Valley Railroad. Click here for Part 1, or click here for Part 3.)

11 Responses to “The abandoned Rahway Valley Railroad: Part 2”

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    I grew up in Springfiled and so did dad and his dad. So we all saw that train (RVRR) running thru town for years.
    Dad even had the opportunity to move the diesel #16 a few feet back during the 1980 US open.
    I wish I remember the Baltusrol station but I dont. Dad does though.

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