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    This is the place to post photos, comments, or questions concerning Erie and DL&W stations that we remember.

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    There are still a number of old Erie stations of interest along the mainline in Bergen County. This is the one in Waldwick. I believe that it is on the National Register of Historic Places. There was a fairly active yard just north of this point. There is still a yard there, with what is left of a "Y" for turning engines, and a pretty beatup wood Interlocking Tower. I have pictures of both. Word has it that NJT will be using this yard more, now that the Suffern yard is about a full as it can get.


    Bruce

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    • #3
      Hey, Bruce...

      Although I had relatives in Waldwick when I was young, I don't recall the station. My father and I would take the train up to Tuxedo or Sloatsburg to go hiking in the Harriman State Park and passed through Waldwick, Hohokus, Suffern, etc. The Waldwick yard was used for staging the commuter trains and storing coaches. The reverse curve coming out of Waldwick was used for many photographs of Erie trains. Here's a postcard view of the Waldwick Curve with a steam-powered Stillwell coach commuter to Jersey City.


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      • #4
        This is what the Ridgewood station looked like in the '20s.


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        • #5
          This hopper was a recent visitor to the Suffern, NY yard. It seems to have survived Conrail and now NS without changing its reporting marks.


          Bruce

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Dutchman


            This hopper was a recent visitor to the Suffern, NY yard. It seems to have survived Conrail and now NS without changing its reporting marks.



            Bruce...Now THAT'S a survivor! [:-bigmouth] Suffern yard, eh? That was a pretty busy place years ago, especially when the Ford plant in Mahwah was still in operation.

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            • #7
              Russ,

              I've been taking some pictures of surviving stations along the line in Bergen County. I will post some soon.
              Bruce

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              • #8
                New Jersey Transit, who now operates the commuter service on the old Erie line, recently refurbished the Ramsey, NJ station. They did a great job of staying true to its original design, including putting on a new slate roof. Although the line is still double tracked, at one time it had four track going past the station (that is why the station looks set back a bit from the current tracks.) Here are a few pictures.








                Bruce

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                • #9
                  Here are two pictures of the inside of the newly renovated Ramsey Station. There is a second set of benches identical to these on the other side of the station.




                  Bruce

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                  • #10
                    The next station north of Ramsey is the Mahwah Station. This station replaced the original wood one at some point. It looks like it might be of the same vintage (and maybe the same designer) as the Ridgewood Station.



                    This is the view from the rear.


                    Bruce

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                    • #11
                      Bruce,

                      Nice pictures! I'm amazed at the architectural differences between the stations that are within a 10 mile stretch of the line. They did a nice job on the Ramsey station. The treatment at the top of the bay windows on the inside is interesting. Those benches are fabulous.

                      I think the Ramsey station was in kit form, at one time. So was the Ramsey Journal Building that was right on the other side of the tracks from the station.

                      Chuck

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                      • #12
                        Bruce...

                        I've never been to the Mahwah station, but was very familiar with the Ridgewood station...I used to ride my bike there all the way from Hawthorne. The architecture is the same...no telling who made the decision to build it like that. Stations built in the early 20th Century saw new building materials used like brick and concrete. Great job, Bruce! :up:

                        Russ

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                        • #13
                          Before I move north to the Suffern Station, I thought that I would post a picture of the old Mahwah Station. When the Erie made the current station, they moved the original about a block back from the right-of-way. It is used as a museum today.


                          Bruce

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                          • #14
                            Now THAT should be available as a kit!! [:-bigmouth] How old ya think, Bruce? Late 1800s?

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                            • #15
                              The Erie is a bit before my time, but it ran through my hometown of Hamburg, NY. We are a little south of Buffalo on the Lake Erie shore along the line from Buffalo to Salamanca/Dunkirk. The Erie station is still standing, and was a hobby shop untill about 2 years ago. The second owner(of 3)did some research into the history and found old newspapers hidden in the building from it's building in 1881. It's in really good shape for being almost 125 years old.

                              The WNYRHS stores PRR 2-10-0 #4483 on a siding at the back, and the James Strates Shows train parks there during August to provide the rides for the Erie county fair. I found the pic on http://ny.existingstations.com/

                              but I hope to get down there and get some better pics.



                              Cheers,

                              Steve

                              San Juan Lumber Company

                              Niagara Frontier Traction Company

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