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Baltusrol Station

Baltusrol Station


A very picturesque shot of the Baltusrol Station, when it was being occupied by the pesticide firm of Andrew Wilson. The Baltusrol station sign can be seen on the station as well as the small siding that was adjacent to the building. The small sign in the foreground reads "Do Not Park Here." Everything looks well kept and cared for. In this view we are looking towards Springfield Station. Springfield Public Library.

The RV's Baltusrol Station on April 8, 1950. Note the small siding and bump block to the left of the building, for Andrew Wilson which also leased the station. Photo taken by Edward Weber, courtesy of Don Maxton.


"Golfer's Station"

The Baltusrol Station (MP 5.00) often characterized as the Rahway Valley Railroad's picturesque “Golfer’s Station” was built for just that purpose, to serve the nearby Baltusrol Golf Club.


Louis Keller , chief promoter and financier of the Rahway Valley Railroad, had the railroad built to serve his Baltusrol Golf Club and therefore when the railroad was constructed through the area in 1905 Keller had the Baltusrol Station constructed. The depot was located roughly five hundred yards from the main entrance of the club. During the passenger service era many of Keller’s wealthy socialite friends would detrain here and then either take a stage or make the short walk along Baltusrol Way to the golf club.


After all passenger service was suspended over the rails of the Rahway Valley Railroad the Baltusrol Station was left without a purpose as far as being a passenger depot. There was too little freight generated here to warrant a full time freight agent to be posted here and what little freight there was could be handled at the nearby Springfield Station .


Being less than two decades old at the end of passenger service the Baltusrol Station was in good condition and well maintained. Roger A. Clark , President and General Manager of the railroad at the time, most likely thought it silly to let a good building to sit abandoned and unused. So in turn the railroad decided to lease out the station. By leasing out the station it provided the railroad with some extra change in its pocket while also giving the building a new lease on life. Over the years the station saw several tenants including the United States Postal Service who used the building as the “Baltusrol Post Office” and later on Andrew Wilson, a DDT wholesaler, leased space here.


During the height of the “freight hauling” days the Baltusrol Station was the site of interesting operations on the railroad. The depot was located at the foot of the horseshoe curve that ascended the Watchung Mountains. By being at the base of the horseshoe, crews would often cut long trains in half here and bring the first cut of cars up the mountain then “double-back” down the hill to retrieve the rest of the train. This was called “doubling the hill,” a very time consuming process. See the Grade up the Watchung Mountains .


Unfortunately the “Golfer’s Station” is no longer in existence today. The rumor that the station was demolished to make way for the construction of Interstate 78, is false. The building lay far enough to the southwest of the highway construction for it to escape being removed. However the Baltusrol Station suffered a far worse fate, the depot was the victim of a major fire that ravaged the entire building. The remains of building were subsequently removed.

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


Station, wood, 20'3"x35'4"x13' high. It is leased to Andrew Wilson, a dealer in insecticides and fertilizers, who pays for all repairs.

In these two views #15, with Caboose 102 in tow, rumbles past Baltusrol Station and onto the "Horseshoe Curve" and begin the ascent up the Watchung Mountains heading towards Summit. In the lower photo where #15 is located is now the present day I-78 overpass. Collection of Jeff Jargosch.

The Baltusrol Station as seen through the woods.

Click here to see a film clip of #15 rolling past the Baltusrol Station. c. 1950's. Sound dubbed.
Collection  of Jeff Jargosch.

Click here to see a film clip of either #13 or #14 working at the Baltusrol Station.
c. 1950's. In color! Sound dubbed.
Collection of Jeff Jargosch.


#14 at Baltusrol

Brand new #16 rolls past the Baltusrol Station

Baltusrol. April, 1963. Photo taken by Bruce Trampler, courtesy of Don Maxton.



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