Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

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Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

Postby OCtrainguy » Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:07 am

I have the Jersey Central Railway Historical Society 2011 calendar as was going through the months for a project at work. I saw the photo of the two SD35s sandwiching a SD40 in Wilkes-Barre and it got me wondering about other CNJ stations in Pennsylvania. Aside from Bethlehem, Jim Thorpe and the freight station in Scranton, what other CNJ stations are still standing in Pennsylvania? I am not sure about the one in Allentown, as I forget if that's CNJ or LV.
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Re: Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

Postby 56-57 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:00 pm

The Allentown station still standing is the CNJ one. Also standing are Palmerton, Northampton and Siegfried (the other end of Northampton).

This brings us to (and I can think of no others standing in PA)

Bethlehem (freight and passenger both standing)
Allentown (passenger standing, freight house gone)
Siegfried
Northampton
Palmerton
Jim Thorpe (passenger standing, freight house gone)
Wilkes-Barre (passenger standing, freight house gone)
Scranton (freight house standing, passenger gone)

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Re: Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

Postby tgolanos » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:07 pm

Isnt't there a tourist railway that uses the CNJ station in Jim Thorpe, or did they build their own station?
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Re: Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

Postby 56-57 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:47 pm

The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway added a ticket booth under the station canopy in Jim Thorpe, however the property and trackage are owned by the county.

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Re: Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

Postby OCtrainguy » Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:02 pm

That's good to know. I have photos of the stations in Bethlehem, the one in Allentown, Jim Thorpe and Scranton. Will have to get photos of the others the next time I head to Jim Thorpe and Scranton.
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Re: Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

Postby OCtrainguy » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:41 am

56-57 wrote:The Allentown station still standing is the CNJ one. Also standing are Palmerton, Northampton and Siegfried (the other end of Northampton).

This brings us to (and I can think of no others standing in PA)

Bethlehem (freight and passenger both standing)
Allentown (passenger standing, freight house gone)
Siegfried
Northampton
Palmerton
Jim Thorpe (passenger standing, freight house gone)
Wilkes-Barre (passenger standing, freight house gone)
Scranton (freight house standing, passenger gone)

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I will be heading to Jim Thorpe the first weekend in July and up to Scranton over Labor Day weekend. I'd like to make time to see the stations in those areas during my trips. Not being familiar with some of the areas where a CNJ station still stands, I was wondering if you knew, or could help point me, to at least the street names where the stations are.
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Re: Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

Postby 56-57 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:58 pm

The station in Thorpe is smack-dab along route 209 downtown. You can't miss it.

The Scranton freight station is across the Lackawanna River from Steamtown. It's a an imposing rambling building with something of a conical front. You can't miss that one either. I do believe it still has 'Central Railroad of New Jersey (with New Jersey noticeably painted over 'Pennsylvania') painted on it. If you're accessing Steamtown from I-81, it'll be across the bridge and to your middle-right when you're about to make the left to the Steamtown access road/parking lot.

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Re: Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

Postby OCtrainguy » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:41 pm

Sorry, I wasn't more specific in I'd also like to see the Siegfried, Northampton, Palmerton and Wilkes-Barre stations as well. I figure since I'd be up the in the area, I could check out those stations in well. Again, sorry as I wasn't specific enough.
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Re: Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

Postby 56-57 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:37 pm

I can find them all. I just don't have streetnames down..

The WB station is right along Wilkes-Barre Blvd, which is on the cnj row through downtown Wilkes Barre.

The Palmerton station is private property, but from 248 coming into Palmerton, make the first left you can, you'll pass under the first of two NJ Zinc/Chestnut Ridge bridges. To the left will be a gate and/or fence. The station will be visible, but that's as close as you can legally get.

One of the other two, either Siegfried or Northampton, is within sight of where Route 329 crosses NS in Northampton. The other station is in the same town, just further south on the same piece of railroad.

If you can find the downtowns, you can usually find the stations.

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Re: Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

Postby OCtrainguy » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:59 am

56-57 wrote:I can find them all. I just don't have streetnames down..

The WB station is right along Wilkes-Barre Blvd, which is on the cnj row through downtown Wilkes Barre.

The Palmerton station is private property, but from 248 coming into Palmerton, make the first left you can, you'll pass under the first of two NJ Zinc/Chestnut Ridge bridges. To the left will be a gate and/or fence. The station will be visible, but that's as close as you can legally get.

One of the other two, either Siegfried or Northampton, is within sight of where Route 329 crosses NS in Northampton. The other station is in the same town, just further south on the same piece of railroad.

If you can find the downtowns, you can usually find the stations.

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Terrific, thank you very much Micah! This is a great help. I can take Route 248 on my from Jim Thorpe toward Allentown to get to I-78. I'll check on getting maps from the internet on the other station areas. Thanks again.

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Re: Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

Postby RDG126 » Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:03 pm

Is the Siegfried station the one over by the cement plant...or am I confusing that with a restaurant that (I think) went by the same name?
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Re: Remaining CNJ stations in Pennsylvania

Postby CNJ Fan 4evr » Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:02 pm

Siegrfried is on the western end of Northampton by the cement plant. The Northampton station is on the eastern end of town behind the VFW.
I was at both Wilkes-Barre and Scranton today. Both are empty. Wilkes Barre is getting hit by vandals pretty hard. The cars in back have had their windows smashed. The wooden caboose is literally falling apart. There are FOR SALE signs at the station. Really hope someone buys it and preserves it.
Really cool comparing old pictures to what is there now. Stegmaier brewery building is still across the street. The street (Wilkes Barre Blvd.) was actually the CNJ main.I haven't been to Wilkes Barre in probably almost 15 years but still remember my way around,even though so much has changed.
Scranton was another fun comparison.Using landmarks that are actually still there I could pinpoint where certain photos were taken. So much has changed though. Oh. to have seen it in its heyday. Quick stop at Steamtown to get 1554. Sitting idle hooked up to one o D-Ls RS 3s. Was hoping to see it possibly switching around the yard but not a train was moving. Big units were gone ,possibly headed east.
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