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Meisel Avenue

Grade Crossing: Meisel Avenue

Looking westbound on Meisel Ave. 
Photo taken by Jeff Jargosch.

Looking eastbound on Meisel Ave. 
Photo taken by Jeff Jargosch.


After crossing the Rahway River, on its ways towards the Springfield Station, the Rahway Valley Railroad crossed Springfield's Meisel Avenue at grade. The railroad itself actually predated the roadway as the road and its grade crossing of the railroad were constructed well after the end of World War I.

Something to note about this crossing: it was the only one on the entire Rahway Valley Railroad to have automatic flashers. Although we don't know exactly when the flashers were installed the patent date stamped on the post is from 1937. As an aside, one of the battery boxes to activate the flashers were located halfway between Meisel Avenue and Liberty Avenue.

In 1956 when Meisel Avenue was being widened the Rahway Valley Railroad was required by the Union County Road Department to move their flashers and upgrade the crossing. Railroad President & General Manager, George A. Clark, charged George Davis with taking the RVRR Company truck to a crossing of the Morristown and Erie Railroad in Whippany, NJ and take note of its construction. (See letter)

See what remains of the Meisel Avenue grade crossing today.


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

Meisel Ave., Springfield, N.J.

One track (Main)

Plank crossing.
Macadam road
Vehicular - Heavy
2 A.R.A. flashers with P.U. sign attached


See a letter referencing Meisel Ave.


Looking westbound on Meisel Ave. c.1990. Photo taken by Peter Thornton, courtesy of Don Maxton.


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