I'm sorry if this a dead thread, but as lifelong Rutherfordian (as you can tell by my screen name, though I see I misspelled it when registering) I thought I would add a little to this conversation. Not only am I a life long Rutherfordian, but so was my mother and my grandfather was born, raised and lived in Rutherford for most of his life.
My grandfather lived on Beach Street and worked for the Travelers Insurance Company in New York City. He would commute via train. Rather then use the main train station at Station Square he used the Carlton Hill Station as it would be no more then a three to five minute walk (dependent on your walking speed) from his home on Beech Street. He would have begun working for the Travelers at sometime in the 1920s through his retirement in the mid-60s.
The factory that has been mentioned started as the Standard Bleachery c 1880s and later became part of Royce Chemical Company. This factory was located on the north side of the tracks to the east of Jackson Avenue. Royce Chemical closed the plant I would say sometime in the early to mid-80s. Today the Carlton Hill Condominiums occupies this spot.
I grew up in this area during the 1970s and 80s and often saw trains pulling up to the factory. These trains consisted mostly tankers and hoppers. There may have been a few box cars as well. These trains would back-up traffic on Jackson Avenue as the trains would extend across the street.
The building directly across from the station to the north, which currently features a yellow sign with the black lettering of "Frommer", is scheduled for demolition in the fall of 2012 to make way for a park. This building apparently was originally part of the Standard Bleachery complex according to a local newspaper article discussing the demolition. I'm assuming that at some point this part of the complex was sold off to the "Frommer" Company.
http://www.northjersey.com/eastrutherfo ... _work.html
Here is a photo of a hopper car near the factory:
http://www.20thcenturyhobbies.com/train ... er1-77.JPG
Here is an image of the Standard Bleachery. Of special note you can see Carlton Hill Station on the left:
http://images.cloud.worthpoint.com/wpim ... 343a88.jpg
I few years ago I had found online a photo of a hopper in front of Royce Chemical taken from the far side of Erie Avenue but I can't find now.