| Left: No! I was not
here tanning. This is pure history! Where my pickup is parked was
once where the RVRR Office Staff once parked their own cars and then
made their way into the Kenilworth Station for a day's work. My truck
is located approximately where Bob Clark's white car is located in
this photograph. Right:
Standing where countless photographers did before, the view is now
of the rear of a strip mall and not of a railroad station.
Compare to this
photo. 6/18/2013. Photos
taken by Richard J. King|
The heart of the Rahway Valley
Railroad was its yards, shops, and offices (Kenilworth
Yards) located at the corner of N. 31st Street
and Boulevard in Kenilworth. Today this area, from an
RVRR perspective, is completely unrecognizeable. The Kenilworth Station was razed in 1979 and
all of the remaining structures were removed not long after
the railroad's closing in 1992. This area remained vacant for a
period, but today a strip mall has been constructed at this location.
|This aerial view shows where
the RVRR's Kenilworth Yards were once located. The arrow points to
the strip mall which now occupies the site of the Kenilworth Station
and the Engine Sheds. The red line denotes the RVRR mainline.
Google Maps. |
|Perhaps the most unbelievable of all
the photos on this page is this one. Standing on the main track, I
stand where Mr. C. A. Schrade did on August 19, 1937.
6/18/2013. Photo taken by Richard J.
|Here we see reminders of the
attempted reactivation of the Rahway Valley Railroad, 2001-2007. The
Morristown & Erie Railway removed countless ties and rails from
this general area, stacking them here, to make way for new rails.
These old RVRR relics unfortunately never did have a successor, and
its unclear whether they ever will, the track bed on this stretch is
today mostly barren. Photos taken by Richard J.
|Beyond rotting ties and
rusting rails, the only other vestige of the Rahway Valley Railroad
is this lone concrete footing, once one of four, that once
supported the RVRR's Water Tower. The view on the right shows where
the tower would have stood, all those years ago. Compare to this view. 6/18/2013.
Photos taken by Richard J.