The Warwick Valley and Other Railroads West of the Hudson


Lehigh & Hudson River No 29 at Warwick
The Warwick Valley Rail Road Company became the Lehigh & Hudson River.
Shown above is Lehigh & Hudson River No 29 at Warwick.

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Our feature article is how the Warwick Valley became the Lehigh & Hudson River RR .

Find out about Switch Station XA: Where was it???

Why did the L&HR end?

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Find out about Lehigh & Hudson River "Firsts" , and learn about Campbell Hall .

We cover the New York, Susquehanna & Western , sometimes called New Jersey's Answer To Tehachapi .

We cover the NYS&W Hanford Branch , the Lehigh & New England Railroad , the Central New York Railroad , and the Rahway Valley RR

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Delaware Otsego took over the NYS&W in 1980

Shortly after Delaware Otsego took over the NYS&W in 1980, Walter Rich told the employees that he wanted to go to Allentown. That would have meant taking the NYS&W over the L&HR to Belvidere and then trackage rights beyond. I assume the goal was to interchange with the D&H for that coveted second interchange partner. As we know they ended up going north and connecting at Binghamton. Conrail quickly tore up the remaining L&HR track south of Sparta Jct. It would be nice if it had survived but can't we say that about a lot of lines now gone forever? Conrail was so afraid of competition they couldn't wait to get rid of trackage and put the track or ties somewhere else . By doing this also it was less tax they had to pay with the track not there . Conrail did the same with trackage from the Maybrook line to Maybrook yard and to the Poughkeepsie bridge .
The Central New England Railway (later New Haven RR) Maybrook Yard connected to other railroads: Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, New York Central, Lehigh & Hudson River, Lehigh & New England, Erie, Ontario & Western, Lehigh Valley

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The Maybrook Line across Dutchess County The "Maybrook Line" was important to New England before the advent of Penn Central and before the Poughkeepsie Bridge burned. This piece of the railroad carried freight from Maybrook Yard, across the Poughkeepsie Bridge to Hopewell Junction where it joined a line from Beacon. The railroad then went to Brewster, then Danbury, and finally to Cedar Hill Yard in New Haven.

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My Stock in the Warwick Valley Railroad


Recently a good friend of mine found a stock certificate for the Warwick Valley Rail Road Company. I knew a little bit about it and decided to investigate even further. The Lehigh & Hudson River began as a small line, the Warwick Valley Railroad that connected the town of Warwick, NY with the Erie Railroad at Greycourt, NY. The line expanded south into New Jersey, and in 1882 the Warwick Valley and its affiliates merged to become the L&HR. The line extended from Belvidere, NJ to Maybrook, NY where the New Haven Railroad provided a gateway to New England. The L&HR built a bridge between Phillipsburg, NJ and Easton, PA and ran via trackage rights on the Pennsylvania RR and the Jersey Central Railroad to Allentown, PA. The L&HR handled zinc traffic from the area around Franklin, NJ but mostly it was a bridge line carrying overhead freight. The mergers and abandonments of the 1960 did the L&HR harm, but the New York Central - PRR merger in 1968 caused much traffic to be diverted. The line went bankrupt in 1972 and inclusion in Conrail spelled the end in 1976. The line north of Sparta Jct. became part of the New York, Susquehanna & Western main line in 1982 and the line south of that point was abandoned by Conrail in 1986.

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Stations and Interchanges in 1964


Miles Stations Interchange Telegraph office calls Other details
0.0 Maybrook New Haven BK Station open days
Yard Limit board
1.1 Burnside


3.7 Girarde

112 car passing siding
9.4 Greycourt Erie Lackawanna

10.2 Hudson Junction

116 car passing siding
10.6 Chester
K Station open days except weekends
13.0 Sugar Loaf


14.5 Lake

109 car passing siding
16.2 State School


17.6 Wisner


19.5 Warwick
Q Station open day and night
Yard Limit board
22.4 New Milford


27.2 Vernon
RN Station open days except weekends
83 car passing siding
30.8 McAfee


33.7 Hamburg


35.7 Franklin
FJ Station open days
112 car passing siding
75 car passing siding
Yard Limit board
41.3 Woodruff's Gap


42.3 Sparta Junction New York, Susquehanna & Western
68 car passing siding
57 car passing siding
43.4 Lima Crest


48.6 Andover Erie Lackawanna AD Station open day and night
70 car passing siding
123 car passing siding
Yard Limit board
57.9 Port Morris Erie Lackawanna

52.9 Tranquility


54.5 Allamuchy


55.7 Long Bridge


59.8 Vienna

112 car passing siding
60.6 Great Meadows
MO Station open days except weekends
65.7 Pequest

112 car passing siding
69.6 Oxford

83 car passing siding
71.3 Mansfield St.


72.0 Belvidere
G Station open day and night
Yard Limit board
83.8 Hudson Yard


85.8 Easton Pennsylvania, Central RR of NJ, Lehigh Valley


TRAIN MOVEMENTS


5 -- Eastward trains are superior to westward trains of the same class.
N. Y. 0. & W. CROSSING AT BURNSIDE
23 -- An automatic interlocker is in service governing the crossing with the N. Y. 0. & W. at Burnside.
Should a train find the signal governing movement over this crossing at stop, a member of the crew must obtain permission from the N. Y. O. & W. train dispatcher, observe that no train is approaching on the N. Y. O. & W. crossing in either direction, then operate the push button located at the crossing. After three (3) minutes, the signal should clear. If the signal does not then clear, it must not be passed until authorized by both the N. Y. O. & W. and the L. & H. R. train dispatchers, and then only on hand signal from the trainman standing on the crossing.
Trains must not enter the main track of the N. Y. O. & W. without permission from the N. Y. O. & W. train dispatcher.

MAXIMUM SPEED RESTRICTIONS

29 -- Passenger trains must not exceed a speed of 50 miles per hour.
30 -- Freight trains must not exceed a speed of 45 miles per hour.
31 -- Trains hauling cars loaded with zinc ore must not exceed a speed of 30 miles per hour.
32 -- Trains must not exceed a speed of 10 miles per hour over the N. Y. S. & W. R. R. crossings at Sparta Junction and Franklin.
33 -- Regardless of the indication of the crossing signals, all trains carrying passengers must stop at the signals before proceeding over the N. Y. S. & W. R. R. crossings at Sparta Junction and Franklin.
34 -- Trains will not exceed a speed of 20 miles per hour over Elm, Main and South Streets and Forester Avenue crossings at Warwick, N. Y.
35 -- Trains handling steam derrick will not exceed a speed of 20 miles per hour.
36 -- Trains must not exceed a speed of 20 miles per hour upon the bridge over the Delaware River between Phillipsburg, N. J., and Easton, Pa.
37 -- Trains crossing from one track to another, entering or leaving main trades or sidings, or taking diverging routes, must not exceed a speed of 15 miles per hour.
Speed signs located on the right of track and 500 feet in advance of points of curve indicate maximum speed in miles per hour permitted on that curve.

MAXIMUM SPEEDS ON CURVES


Unless Otherwise Restricted
Location From To MPH
West of Maybrook ------------ 0.6 0.8 40
West of E. & J. Bridge ------ 2.4 2.6 40
East & West of Craigville --- 7.0 7.8 35
West of Greycourt ----------- 9.3 10.3 35
West of Chester ------------- 11.4 11.6 40
West of Sugar Loaf ---------- 13.3 13.8 40
East end Lake Siding -------- 14.1 14.3 40
West of Warwick ------------- 21.4 22.0 40
West of New Milford --------- 22.6 23.1 40
East & West of Hamburg ------ 33.3 34.2 35
Lake Grinnell --------------- 39.3 40.2 35
West of Great Meadows ------- 61.5 61.6 40
East & West of Townsbury ---- 62.6 63.1 30
West of Pequest Crossing ---- 66.1 66.3 30

CAR CAPACITY OF TRACKS


Other Than Passing Sidings

46 Ft. Per Car Cars
Burnside-


North wye -------------------------- 14

South wye -------------------------- 8

South wye siding ------------------- 7
Greycourt-


No. 1 ------------------------------- 17

Hill -------------------------------- 8
Chester-


Grange and Fuel Gas Co ------------ 10

Station ------------------------------ 4

Conklin Siding --------------------- 4
Sugar Loaf --------------------------------- 3
State School ------------------------------- 4
Wisner ---------------------------------- 6
Warwick-


No. 52 ------------------------------ 13

No. 54 ------------------------------ 4

No. 57 ----------------------------- 13

No. 1 ------------------------------ 73

No. 2 ------------------------------ 69

No. 3 ------------------------------- 65

No. 4 ------------------------------ 61

No. 5 ------------------------------ 57

No. 6 ------------------------------ 53

No. 7 ------------------------------ 48
Price's Creamery --------------------------- 2
Vernon Station ----------------------------- 7
McAfee - Team Track --------------------- 8
Hamburg - Commercial -------------------- 17
Franklin


Mine Hill -------------------------------- 20

No. 1 ------------------------------------ 23

No. 2 ------------------------------------ 20

No. 3 ------------------------------------ 11

West Commercial -------------------------- 50
Monroe Coal ------------------------------------ 11
Woodruff's Gap Station ------------------- 5
Sparta Jct - Interchange ---------------------- 20
Extension to Sparta 1 ------------------------ 23
Andover


No. 1 ---------------------------------- 29

No. 2 ---------------------------------- 25

Freight -------------------------------- 8

Miller's ------------------------------- 5
Tranquility Station ---------------------------- 5
Allamuchy


Station ------------------------------- 8

Creamery ------------------------------ 4

Freight House ------------------------- 10
Long Bridge -------------------------------- 3
Great Meadows


Gamma Chemical ----------------------- 3

Station ------------------------------ 31
Pequest Commercial ------------------- 21
Belvidere


Oxford 1 ------------------------------ 65

No. 1 --------------------------------- 27

No. 2 ---------------------------------- 30

No. 3 ---------------------------------- 26
Hudson Yard


No. 1 --------------------------------- 72

No. 2 ---------------------------------- 70

No. 3 ---------------------------------- 53

No. 4 ---------------------------------- 50

Tail Track ----------------------------- 69


Old Stations:


Lehigh & Hudson River at East Chester. Wooden station. Moved to site of original L&HR Sugar Loaf depot. Currently being restored.
Lehigh & Hudson River at Warwick. Stone station. In use Conrail/NYS

Alphabet Routes


The Central of New Jersey carried freight between the Midwest and New England. From Allentown two routes to New England were used:
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(2) CNJ to Wilkes-Barre, Delaware & Hudson RR to Schenectady and Boston & Maine RR. The D&H also reached Montreal and its connections to eastern Canada. Then too, Philadelphia was connected to these New England gateways via the Reading to Allentown. The Jersey Central's Allentown yard was a focal point in the expeditious movement of all these services.

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NYS&W Hanford Branch



The Hanford Branch of the NYS&W went from Beaver Lake through Franklin and Sussex to M&U Jct. at Hanford on the NJ - NY border. At that point it connected with the Middletown & Unionville RR then went to Middletown NY where it connected with the Erie RR and NYO&W Ry. The Hanford Branch was the original main line of the NYS&W until it opened on April 15, 1884 its westward extension (new) main line from Beaver Lake through the Delaware Water Gap to Stroudsburg, PA . At Stroudsburg it connected with the Wilkes-Barre & Eastern RR. The last passenger service on the Hanford Branch was, I believe, a mixed train operation that ended on Mar. 22, 1941. The Branch was abandoned in 1958 and the tracks removed by Hyman-Michaels Co. of Chicago except for about a 2 1/2+ mile section from Franklin Jct. to Ogdensburg, which was sold to the Lehigh & Hudson River Ry.

Rahway Valley Railroad


New Jersey's Rahway Valley Railroad, which connected the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Roselle Park and the Central Railroad of New Jersey in Cranford with the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western in Summit, was one of the most successful short lines in US history.

Customers went away, the Delaware-Otsego system tried to run it for a while; but it folded in 1992.

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