Eastern Region - New Jersey Division
Main Line - New York to Philadelphia
The New York to Philadelphia Main Line was an extremely busy piece of railroad in the Penn Central days, and it remains very busy today as part of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. Where AEM7s and Acela Express trains run today was once the domain of Penn Central diesels and electrics, hauling both passengers and heavy freight tonnage.
Harrison, New Jersey
Harrison is across the Passaic River from Newark. For space reasons, Harrison has its own separate page.
Elizabeth was, and still is, a very popular train-watching location on the Northeast Corridor. Elizabeth has its own separate page.
Rahway is located on the Northeast Corridor about 20 miles out from Penn Station. The mainline here had the nickname "Six Roads", because the mainline is six tracks wide. The two outside tracks branch off of the mainline at Union Tower, located a quarter-mile to the west, and form the PA&W Branch, which leads to South Amboy and the New York & Long Branch.
Rahway, NJ, Station
These are pictures of the former PRR station in Rahway, NJ. These photos were taken by Andrea Vibbert and contributed by Jeff Jotz.
New Brunswick, NJ
Princeton Junction, NJ
A pair of Arrow-II MU cars make a station stop at Princeton Junction. At the station, a branch left that main line which ran two miles to the city of Princeton, home of Princeton University. A single MU car, called the "dinky", shuttled back and forth between Princeton and Princeton Junction. You can see the "dinky" behind the station on the branch to the left of the picture. Photo by Gary Stuebben, December 1975.
South Amboy, NJ (NY&LB)
South Amboy is located across the Raritan River from Perth Amboy, on the New York & Long Branch Railroad, the line jointly owned with the Jersey Central that provided commuter service to the north Jersey coast area. South Amboy has its own separate page.
Meadows Yard, Kearny, NJ (P&H Branch)
Meadows Yard was on the former PRR Passaic and Harsimus Branch, which came off of the PRR Philadelphia-New York main line at the Waverly Yards in Newark. (Interestingly, in their timetables, PRR and PC spelled Kearny as KARNY, its phonetic pronunciation.)