Morristown Train Station

that sure is the front of the Morristown train station

You know how I’m always talking about the Morris and Essex trains? This is the Morristown station, which is basically the entire reason my rail line exists at all.

NJ Transit, Morris-Essex Line + Gladstone Branch.

The Morris and Essex Railroad (now a current line in the NJTransit system) was chartered in 1835 to connect Morristown to Newark (and from Newark, to New York City); the connection between the cities was officially established by 1838 (Treese 2006, 112).

Original Morristown station, c.1840, at Maple and DeHart Streets, a few blocks southwest of the current location. From Williams 1996, 101.

Original Morristown station, c.1840, at Maple and DeHart Streets, a few blocks southwest of the current location. From Williams 1996, 101.

The wooden shelter was succeeded by a red brick building with a slate roof. I’m not sure when exactly it was built, or anything else about it, really.

Morristown railroad station, 1895. From Williams 1996, 102

Morristown railroad station, 1895. From Williams 1996, 102.

The current Italian-Villa-style station was built in 1913 by Frank J. Nies, after the Morris and Essex Railroad had been leased by the DL&W (NJ Hills 2012, para. 5; Wikipedia 2012, para. 1).

Current Morristown station, c.1920. From Williams 1996, 107.

Current Morristown station, c.1920. From Williams 1996, 107.

And for some more context of how the station appears today… here it is from the outside (I’m not sure whether this qualifies as the front or back; both sides of the building are lovely):
Current Morristown station, 2012.

…and from the interior. Apparently I wasn’t supposed to be inside, and some construction guys shooed me out immediately after I took this photo.
Inside the Morristown train station, 2012

For schedules, parking information, and more, check the New Jersey Transit website.



National Register of Historic Places. (n.d.). “Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad Station (added 1980 – – #80002514) Also known as Morristown Railroad Station.” New Jersey: Morris County.

New Jersey Hills Newspaper: Morris NewsBee. (January 20, 2012). “Morristown train station renovation almost complete.”

Wikipedia. (August 2012, last ed.). “Morristown (NJT station).”

Treese, L. (2006). Railroads of New Jersey: Fragments of the Past in the Garden State Landscape. Stackpole Books: Mechanicsburg, PA. ISBN 0811732606.

Williams, J.M. (1996). Images of America: Morristown. Arcadia Publishing: Dover, NH. ISBN 0752402072.


2 Comments to “Morristown Train Station”

  1. I love your railroad station histories, thanks!

    Lackawanna Morristown Station was also the site of a 1903 robbery:
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    Mysteriously Slip Into the Lackawanna Station
    atMorristown N J During the Tempor 1
    ary Absence of the Agent and Get Away t1
    with the Money Without Having Been Seek ie 2 I
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    They Found an Unusual Sum on UandBj
    cause Commuters Had ToDay Purchased
    and Paid Agent Flynn for Their RaiIoi f
    Tickets for the Month December C jii
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    Five thousand dollars was stolen this afternoon from the De jawarBV j t I
    Lnokawanna Western Railroad station in Morrlstown NJ TffiYrotnflfc
    men who have been committing robberies In the telegraph towersthrftu4li
    out New Jersey andjtPennsylvanla are Relieved to have committed thftheC4 t
    The Jobbery Wjs most mysterious Ticket Agent T1iomuJ11n1eII 1
    the depot for tWjjitnutea Wtoen be returned tho cazhlra w erathsce c
    were lootedand Uf e was not e cent left
    e7ar t ir
    i Flynnrun tm I station platformAnd ookod In every dlrcctUa He
    one wae In IghrSjor had any one been seen loitering In the vjciBityot l i
    tbeiUtlon The agent quickly communlcatod with Bloomfleld Phill h ii
    the Iorr1st own ntCflt1u railroadandthe police were called la
    notified the police otfl the lurrot1ndl stow118andtbepollc ofew YUCJ4
    11 cannot understand the robbery said Mr Philhower The fei
    alloftbjs cash was in hand today was thatlt la the first ofthifiaesf
    and commuters have been buying tickets all day I cant say exacthyeej a
    amount was taken but it was not loss than J5000
    According to Flynn he only went a few steps away from tiI i ii
    There was no one in sight and he left the cash drawer and safe open bath t Y
    being in the ageht private room which boarded off from the statfottpfd t fi
    per He carefully closed the door leading the private room thoughts 4j
    did not think this necessary at the time so deserted was the statjbnaBd 1f
    Jhe vicinity of the station ILi ti
    Flynn bonded for J3000 and will responsible for anuoutofth Y t
    loss It Is not known at this time what the railroad company willd l f
    ward recovering loss
    a 1 I 7l
    The gang of robbers who murdered
    tojrer operator Clendenln In Pennsylva
    nia arid held lip and robbed other oper
    ators along the Reading Railroad from
    all accounts have crossed Into New Jer
    sey and Are following the Reading Road
    to jJew York It became known todaV
    that the operator at Glen Moore three I
    miles from Trenton was attacked on
    Sunday morning after having flashed a
    menace for help and barricaded him
    self In his tower
    The door of the tower was smashed In
    and WlllUm De Haven the operator
    was forced to give up his watch and
    J1UO In money belonging to himself The
    company money he Is saId to have con
    Glen Moore Station like other places
    where there ore switches Is open al
    the night De Hn en was In the tower
    on Sunday morning heaa frelgn
    bound for Jersey City passed As It
    slotted down four men slid off the tops
    of < he cars and down the ladders
    AI first glance po Hiivon who was
    standing In the doorway thought they
    were railroad men He know ono
    reason why four men should leave the
    rain there as there were no orders
    to pick up anything
    Signal Lamp llevcals Slack 3InnU
    By the flash of the signal lamp that
    swung about as the train went out of
    the block De Haven saw a black marie
    Without waiting an Instant he closed
    and locked the door then threw two
    chairs against It His hand was on the
    key In <
    might be his last The do pitci r Lf
    otnce answered tnif help would bosfnti ti
    but no rroro was baird from DeHsvstC
    V tllceat Uw train sheet showed tait >
    t coal train was due at Qkul MdMeTln
    lye minutes and at the same tlmVor
    here were sent into the yard for aflv
    ngine otJ
    mgule N C v
    Menwere roundel up ahouttkirdjt
    and a couple of Constable > anfwII
    road watchman or two w r pula r S
    Wlthn pobde clinging to tht b
    and the lender the engineer
    andtheteertlen r wseonI r U
    to throw her wide Openfr GenMo S
    In the station At GlcnMooreDe11auet i
    no more time th nto send nit V
    message and read the one that caWv r
    back that hip would be rushed AS r JA
    coal train wan In Ihebl
    block The sexy b
    Instant there was a crashat thJSM
    It trembled Then another crash
    cams cracking in a nlanother 1Jed03d r
    Four I f J
    Men Attack Operator Zl
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    Dlek arlt revolvers De m wJI It
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    and Ihi cold blue Ilelmuiz otIJlten 1
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    his handlent up One ot the robs
    sent through him leisurely taking hH
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    truth UIPIV aos a whistle and tiphn tat t1 A
    nIck there showed Ilgren big wet
    coml headlight of the coal bIl tne >
    of the robbers Jilt the operator a Vo t
    on the head and all went down the stair r
    and Into the darkiioss otlllItal
    A mlnut later there was anntia
    whIstle and the fiicrlnr from ae r
    wtleand enlln < Trent bct
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    Chris Gray’s interesting piece (“No Need to Get Your Top Hat Wet” August 9, 2012) a few weeks ago on your photo subject: “The big iron and glass marquee is not just shelter, it’s like white tie and tails. Step under one, and the sunlight falling through the glass makes you stand taller, live higher, dance better. Very few have survived, but each one is a treat nearly unique to New York City. It’s peculiar that the marquee, or marquise, didn’t appear in quantity on city streets until the 1890s; iron and glass construction was common as early as the 1850s. Perhaps the impetus was the arrival from Paris of the Beaux-Arts style, with its free interplay of brick, stone, glass, and steel or iron.”

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