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S. Michigan Ave.

Grade Crossing: S. Michigan Ave.

S. Michigan Ave., Kenilworth, in 1941. The Rahway Valley Railroad's grade crossing can be seen just down the road.
Kenilworth Police Department Files. Courtesy of Dr. Walter Boright.

Wm. Wyer & Co.
Report on Rahway Valley Railroad
August 1944

Michigan Ave., Kenilworth, N.J.

One track (Main)

Plank crossing
Road - Asphalt with concrete
Vehicular - Heavy
2 P.U. signs

The Rahway Valley Railroad mainline crossed S. Michigan Ave. (MP 0.89) in Kenilworth. When the New York & New Orange Railroad originally constructed through here, Michigan Avenue was not yet in existance. If you were travelling, by horse and wagon, in those days you would have taken Faitoute Avenue between Aldene (a part of Roselle Park) and New Orange (later Kenilworth). Michigan Avenue was put through to the Boulevard in c.1903 and a grade crossing was put in place here.

In the early years of the NY&NO there was a flagstop at the Faitoute Avenue grade crossing. Once Michigan Avenue was constructed the flagstop at Faitoute Ave. was switched to Michigan Avenue. This flagstop is mentioned on most passenger schedules between 1903 and 1922.

The Rahway River Branch made another crossing of N. Michigan Avenue on the north side of the Boulevard

Harry Williamson and George Davis ride #15's footboards as the engine backs towards S. Michigan Ave., coming off the curve from Market Street. Collection of Patty Clark Gilbride.
The "Old & Weary" on the "Streak 'o Rust?" After Delaware Otsego Corporation assumed operations of the Rahway Valley in 1986 a succession of at least three colorful diesels came to work on the RV. #116, originally built for the New York, Ontario, and Western, eventually became owned by Walter Rich (president of DO) and worked the RV in 1988. Here #116 is seen here heading eastbound, crossing the S. Michigan Ave. crossing, towards Aldene. 3/31/1988. Photo taken by Jeff Jargosch.


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