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Newark Heights

Newark Heights
(earlier known as Hilton)

Newark Heights (located at 363 Boyden Ave., Maplewood, NJ) was the station located at the end of the Rahway Valley Line in Maplewood. The RVL was completed into what is now Maplewood in 1918 and a terminus was established on Boyden Avenue, sometimes referred to as the "Boyden Avenue Terminal" in documentation. At the time what is now Maplewood was known as South Orange Township (not to be confused with today's South Orange). The several neighborhoods in South Orange Township each had their own name such as Maplewood and Jefferson. The area of South Orange Twp. that the RVL served was known as Hilton.

The station that the Rahway Valley established on Boyden Avenue was originally known as "Hilton." This name was altered to "Newark Heights" in 1921. Although the RV entered Maplewood, which it was officially renamed in 1922, the RV never named any of their stations "Maplewood," to avoid confusion with the DL&W station in town which bore that name.

Passenger service to Newark Heights is a matter of debate - if not confusion. The Rahway Valley Line, although established in 1914, was not completed until 1918. Troubles in acquiring the necessary right-of-way held up construction. Most passenger operations on the Rahway Valley were discontinued in 1919, a mere year after the branch's completion. Continuing, although limited, passenger operations persisted for a few years thereafter until as late as 1923.

William S. Young notes that turntables for the railbus(es) were located in Baltusrol, Kenilworth, and Hilton (a.k.a. Newark Heights). Passenger operations are known to of been carried out with, at least, one of the railbuses after 1919. Even mixed trains are mentioned. Perhaps contradictory to Young's statements of passenger service, a 1921 passenger train schedule notes no scheduled stops at Newark Heights although "labor trains" are noted on the RVL. Young expounds on this by stating labor trains were, ". . . there was little else of note save for “worker’s trains” on the Heights Branch. They consisted of the regular freight bedecked with men going to work, in the cab, on the tops of cars, and on the pilot" (Young). What we can infer from all of this is that any passenger service, if any, was very short lived to Newark Heights.

What we do, in fact, know and for certain is that Newark Heights was a freight agency station for several years. The RV also constructed wagon scales here to help facilitate that purpose.

The amount of business generated here apparently did not warrant the continued operation of the freight agency at Newark Heights. The station was closed and all operations previously handled at Newark Heights were consolidated with the freight agency at Unionbury. Tom Miller, the longtime agent at Unionbury, simultaneously handled business conducted at both Unionbury and Newark Heights from the station at Unionbury which also had a freight house, which the Newark Heights agency lacked.

The unused Newark Heights station, similar to the Baltusrol and Warren Street stations, was subsequently leased to the Carl Coal Co. which had taken over the RV's Boyden Avenue Terminal property. Carl Coal operated a coal yard on the property. The Carl Coal Co. used the Newark Heights station as office space.

At an unknown later date (after 1944) the building was razed.

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