The abandoned Rahway Valley Railroad: Appendix A

When did you say the next train comes through here?

Last year, I had a brief obsession with trying to hunt down the abandoned tracks of the Rahway Valley Railroad (which used to connect two still-existing commuter rail lines). As it turns out, I didn’t need to spend nearly so much time worrying about trespassing, or how to get to the tracks.

There’s a well-marked built-up footpath from Summit’s Briant Park bike path to the railroad tracks, right in the back of the park. The tracks are about ten feet from the path.

Map of Briant Park, Hidden Valley Park/ Houdaille Quarry, and the Rahway Valley Railroad right-of-way

See, now, had I figured that out earlier, it would’ve made for some much easier explorations. But where would the fun be in that?

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