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The Abandoned Rahway Valley Railroad


Looking westward towards Meisel Ave. 1/26/2013.
Photo taken by Richard J. King

Springfield Station. 1/26/2013.
Photo taken by Richard J. King


Summit/Springfield town line MP 6.31
Grade Crossing:Shunpike Road MP ?
Commonwealth Junction
(Switch Connection: Rahway Valley Co., Lessee)
MP ?
Bridges:Orchard Street MP 5.93
Horseshoe Curve
(2-5% grade up the Watchung Mtns.)
MP ?
Overpass: Interstate 78 MP 5.12 -
MP 5.07
Grade Crossing: Baltusrol Way MP 5.03
Station:Baltusrol MP 5.00
Grade Crossing:Mountain Ave. MP 4.42
Station:Springfield MP 4.40
Bridge: Van Winkle's Brook MP 4.20
Grade Crossing: Meisel Ave. MP 4.05
Bridge: Rahway River MP 3.98 -
MP 3.97
Springfield/Union town line MP 3.98
Rahway Valley Company, Lessee
(a.k.a. Baltusrol Railroad, spur to
Houdaille Stone Quarry)
Commonwealth Junction
(Switch Connection: Mainline)
MP 0
Robinson (end of track)
(Commonwealth Stone Quarry, later Houdaille)
MP 0.75


The I-78 overpass over (L-R) Briant Ave., the Rahway Valley Railroad, and Baltusrol Way. The two roads were realigned as part of the highway's construction. The rails of the Rahway Valley Railroad remained unchanged and have remained in the same location since as early as 1905. 1/26/2013. Photo taken by Richard J. King.

An aerial view of a portion of the abandoned Rahway Valley Railroad line through Springfield. 1) Van Winkle's Brook Bridge. 2) Meisel Avenue grade crossing. 3) Trestle over the Rahway River. Compare this to an aerial view of the same exact location from 1923.



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