NYS&W Lodi branch line question...

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NYS&W Lodi branch line question...

Postby airman00 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:38 pm

Hi. Anyone know when lodi branch last had a train on it? Is it active or retired? Line runs across rt. 17 in northern NJ. Also saw there was once a station at end of line but couldn't find it. Did passengers get picked up there?
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Re: NYS&W Lodi branch line question...

Postby Otto Vondrak » Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:36 pm

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Re: NYS&W Lodi branch line question...

Postby CarterB » Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:44 pm

The original railroad to Lodi was the Lodi Branch Railroad, which ran off the NJ&NY (Erie) at Hasbrouck Heights.

http://historical.mytopo.com/getImage.a ... g&state=NJ

Much of the sunken ROW remains on the West side of Rt 17 (you can definitely see the old 'cut' right across from the Hilton)to Lodi between Garibaldi Ave and MacArthur Ave ending where the NYS&W 'took over' (with its route up to Hackensack) in the industrial park just S of Garibaldi @ Mill St. (the curve away from the NYS&W going East is still quite visible along the fence line. From that point the line went on into Lodi, crossing Main St where the ShopRite is now. The station used to be on the East side of Main, across from what is now the South Entrance of ShopRite.

The line served many many factories in Lodi where the Municipal Center and ShopRite and the Bank are now, and had several sidings, even one that crossed Saddle River just above Arnot St. Bridge. to I believe, a power plant.
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Re: NYS&W Lodi branch line question...

Postby brianc02 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:04 pm

The crossing at Essex St is open again, but the rail is missing still from where the ROW work took place. Looks like a good road bed was laid down in anticipation of new track. Any thoughts or ideas of what will become once all is completed?

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Re: NYS&W Lodi branch line question...

Postby Steve F45 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:17 pm

what do you mean again? its been open for a long time unless they recently closed it within the last few days.
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Re: NYS&W Lodi branch line question...

Postby waldwickrailfan » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:25 pm

i thought there was toxic soil they had to clean up before anything on the line before using it again. however i'm not sure if what i heard is true. if im wrong please correct me.
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Re: NYS&W Lodi branch line question...

Postby brianc02 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:27 am

I meant to say where the ROW meets Essex St. There had been orange barracade fence up for months. The last time I can recall something going down the line was in 2007. Empty dirt gons were stored on the other side of RT 17.
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Re: NYS&W Lodi branch line question...

Postby airman00 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:55 pm

Well, I sure hope they replace that rail. :)
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Re: NYS&W Lodi branch line question...

Postby Hawaiitiki » Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:44 pm

A thread on the Garfield Branch reminded me of the branch that I can still remember crossing on 17 at 60mph as a child and hitting the roof of my parents car.

I know they did a fair amount of rehab about 4-7 years ago, from a grant I believe, to use the line for storage of excess cars. But I haven't seen a movement here in years. Anybody know anything?
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