|Looking towards Liberty Ave.
and the Rahway River Trestle. Photo taken by Richard J.
||Looking towards Liberty Ave.
and the Rahway River Trestle. Bed, Bath, & Beyond, which now
occupies both lots on either side of the ROW has backfilled a
portion of the RVRR Grade across the street. Photo
taken by Richard J. King.
||With Liberty Ave. at our
backs, looking towards Branch Junction and the Wye.
Photo taken by Richard J.
The Rahway Valley Railroad crossed Liberty
Avenue (formerly called Springfield Road) at grade in Union, NJ.
In the early days of passenger service there was a passenger "station" was
located here. Originally called Katemiller Station when
constructed c.1905, in 1907 the name changed to Arion
Station. Today at the Liberty Avenue grade you would hardly
know the railroad was ever there. Looking towards the Wye, you can see the
"new" rails that were laid down in 2005 during the attempted reactivation
of the railroad. On the other side of the road there are "new" rails as
well, but they are buried under a mound of fill put there by Bed, Bath,
and Beyond (new tenants of the former Western Electric and Breeze
buildings) in 2012.
|This aerial shows the exact
location (arrow) of the Liberty Avenue grade crossing. The red line
denotes the RVRR mainline. The large building located in the upper
portion of this aerial was once Breeze, while the large building to
the left was once Western Electric. Western Electric was once an
RVRR customer but Breeze was not. Both buildings are now occupied by
Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Google
|Seen here is a Morristown
& Erie Ry. Track Car on a rebuilt portion of the RVRR ROW.
During the attempted reactivation of the Rahway Valley Railroad
(c.2005-2007) the tracks between the Wye and the Rahway River
Trestle were torn up and rebuilt. This photo was taken 8/15/2005.
Photo taken by Marc