Hi, Been a long time since I replied to you about a topic.
I can remember a lot of traffic on the Dundee Branch growing up in the 1970's.. At least a good 3 drills a week going down Monroe Street in Garfield. Even in the post EL years until 1980 before I moved to Bayville for a while you could see at least 2 grills a week.
With age comes loss of memory LOL I can't remember if the EL or Conrail built the newer steel and concrete bridge across the Passaic River on the Dundee but I do remember the old rickety wood trestle into Passaic. I would say about it was 1975 when I was 11 ( all those years ago ! ) when my friend and I saw an RS-3 crossing the old trestle with a load of tankers & center flows going to Panasote ( remember them ? ) and we thought WOW that is alot of weight !
Traffic here really died after the 8th Street Labor Day fire in 1985 ( I was living in Passaic at the time above Red & White's bar on the corner of 8th Street & Wall Street , 2 blocks from the fire ). It was steadily declining before that in the 1970's when companies like U.S. Rubber ( Uniroyal ) , Okanite and the mills on 8th Street closed. And then after Panasote closed there were only really a handfull of business in the old mills that burned in the 1985 fire they serviced.
And remember the NYS&W serviced alot of industries right next door basically, the other side of Monroe Street in Passaic actually with the old Botany Mills, Forstmann's Passaic Mills and the Whippany Paper Board and Universal Products along the Dundee Canal by Ackerman Avenue in Clifton. That whet bust when the old trestle across the Passaic River in Garfield fell during Hurricane Agnes ( actually Tropical Storm Agnes at the time it hit here ) in 1972. The trestle was behind Werner Ford now Elmwood Supply on River Road. I can remember being real young when I saw one of the NYS&W's GP-18's pulling a string of Pennsy hoppers going to the Paper Board across the trestle while sitting at Dairy Queen ( now that is gone too ) back about 1970.
Passaic Jct. in the mid-1970's I remember seeing a lot of interchanges with the EL & NYS&W. We use to ride our bikes there , watch and take pics with our Kodak 126 Instamatics back then. I wish I didn't lose all those pics in a fire back in 2002. Some great memories. Sometimes we get lucky and after the interchange the NYS&W use to drill the Garfield Branch the same day to GSP & another business in the old Forstmann Mill and then down to Presto Lock , American Packaging , Stull Engraving with some center flows and of course garfield Lumber.
I know this isn't the real "Heyday" of traffic here but this is what I remember growing up in Garfield during the 1970's.
You might remember me with the NYS&W topic about the Garfield Branch a few years ago on the Susquehanna Forum before my computer crapped itself LOL. I believe you were the one who didn't like Barcalona's Pizza LOL.
Well I hope this helps you out a little, Mark
Embrace the past !!!! Preserve what we have for the next generations !