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(later known as Union)

"The next station is called Doty, chosen simply because it is a short word and easy for the conductors, who desire to save unnecessary wear on the organs" ("Second Gold Railroad in the United States"). Doty (sometimes referred to as Doty's) was a station stop for passenger trains of the Rahway Valley Railroad for several years. The RV commenced the construction of its line between New Orange and Summit in mid-1904. The first road crossing encountered on this new extension was Chester Road (sometimes referred to as Union Road or as the "toll road"). The railroad opted to establish a station stop here as Chester Road served as the major connecting thoroughfare between Union and points to the west such as Mountainside and Plainfield. The stop was named "Doty" after a local farmer. John McCoy indicates that the little depot was named after a Mr. John Doty, ". . . a local farmer, one John Doty, persuaded the railroad to erect a freight and passenger station to serve the area" (McCoy 7). Several Doty families lived in the area, so it is anyone's best guess as to which Doty the station was actually named after.

The little depot, whose dimensions of just 8' x 12' measured closer to that of a shed rather than those of a railroad station, had a posted station agent. One agent posted here was George I. Mitchell, possibly a relation to Matthias O. Mitchell who was the Kenilworth Station Agent.

In 1907, railroad management renamed the station "Union" for the town in which it was located - the Township of Union. Ironically, that same year witnessed the incorporation of the Borough of Kenilworth. The borders of the new borough, which were carved out of portions of Union and Cranford, extended just far enough to include the station. So the "Union" station ended up being located in Kenilworth. The newly altered border of Union, however, was just a few strides from the depot.

By 1914 the station had been relegated to a simple flag stop, but documents indicate the station continued to be in service as late as 1918. A passenger train schedule from 1921 omits Union as a stop for scheduled trains. A 1922 tax assessment notes the station as still being extant but a 1923 aerial view does now show any structure here.

Doty's location was somewhere along the tracks near what are now the eastbound lanes of Route 22 which were formerly the alignment of the old Chester Road.

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