|The rails still
remain at W. Colfax Ave. on the old Lehigh Valley Branch. In the
photo on the left we look south towards the old Lehigh Valley
interchange. In the photo on the right, history emerges from the
asphalt. Interesting to note is what appears to railroad ties, laid
parallel in between the rails in the roadway.
6/18/2013. Photos taken by
Richard J. King.|
The Rahway Valley Railroad's Lehigh Valley
Branch crossed W. Colfax Ave.
the border of Kenilworth and Roselle Park, at grade. This shouldn't be confused with
the RVRR Mainline's crossing of W. Colfax Ave. on its way to Aldene). The
last movements over this crossing were made in 1988, the Delaware Otsego
Corporation subsequently closed the branch line. All of the rails were
removed, except for those in the roadways. Since then, road improvement
projects have claimed the rails at the Lehigh Valley Branch crossings on
Fairfield Ave. in Kenilworth and on W. Webster Ave. in Roselle Park. The
rails remain in place through W. Colfax Ave.
This modern day
aerial shows the exact location (arrow) of the W. Colfax grade
crossing, for anyone who is wondering where it is. The red line
denotes the location of the RVRR Lehigh Valley Branch. The athletic
fields of the Roselle Park High School can be seen on the right.
|Just over this red
fence, which crosses the RVRR right-of-way, can be seen the Roselle
Park High School's field with its tall stadium lights, just as they
were when the RVRR ran through here. The only thing that has changed
since RVRR days is the new home on the right, and its fence. See
what this location looked like back then. 6/18/2013.
Photos taken by Richard J.