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The Lackawanna Express

Central Railroad of New Jersey
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Here will be found a wealth of information about the Central Railroad of New Jersey, its freight and passenger operations, equipment, and the people who made it all work, despite a fourth and final bankruptcy that lasted nearly 10 years when Conrail rode to the rescue.

EVOLUTION OF THE CENTRAL RAILROAD OF NEW JERSEY
1.Elizabeth and Somerville, inc. 1831
a.opened between Elizabethport-Elizabeth
b.opened to Plainfield, January 1,1839
c.opened to Bound Brook,1840
d.Opened   to Somerville,January 2,1842
2.Somerville and Eastern, inc. 1847.
a.Opened to White House,February 25,1848
c.Purchases E&S,channges name to Central Railroad of New    Jersey on Aprill 23,1849.
d.Extended to Phillipsburg    in11852.
3.CNJ mainline completed 1864.
CENTRAL DIVISION COMPONENTS
1.South  Branch RR,  July 1,1864, merged with CNJ 1888
2.Newark and New York RR, August 2, 1869
3.Bayshore Connecting RR,, 1906
4.Constables  Hook RR, 1883
5.Middlebrook RR,1900
6.Perth Amboy  and Elizabeth,1871
7.Sound Shore Rr,1895.
8.Raritan North Shore RR,1896
9.Middle Valley RR,1897
10.Longwood Valley RR, 1876
11.Dover  and Rockaway RR,1881
12.Ogden Mine RR,1866
13.Lake Hopatcong Rr,1882
14.Wharton and Northern RR, 1917
SOUTHERN   DIVISION COMPONENTS
1.Raritan & Delaware  Bay RR  (1860-1866)
2.Vineland Railway, 1871.
3.Long Branch and Seashore RR,1865.
4.Freehold and Atlantic Highlands RR
5.Toms River RR
6.Toms River & Waretown RR, 1872
7.Toms River & Barnegat RR,1893
8.Bridgeton & Port Norris,1872
9.Cumberland & Maurice River,1887
10.Vineland Branch RR,1910
NEW YORK  AND LONG BRANCH RAILROAD
1.Perth Amboy-Long Branch,1875
2.Long Branch & Sea Girt,1880
3.Long Branch&Barnegat Bay RR,1881
Formed New York and Long Branch RR on    December 20,1881.
NOTE; NYLB   was a joint CNJ-PRR operation for many years.
COMPONENTS OF   THE LEHIGH & SUSQUEHANNA  DIVISION.
1.Lehigh  and Delaware  Water Gap RR
2.Nanticoke RR
3.Easton & Western
4.Nesquehoning RR
5.Allentown Terminal Railroad
6.Lehigh and New England Railway
Profile of the Central Railroad of New Jersey,1956
Mileage: 612.23
Locomotives:162
Freight Cars:9932
Passenger car: 454
Miscellaneous; 153
Profile of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, 1972
Mileage:592.miles
Locomotives:109 (62 road,47  switchers)
Freight cars:3483
Passenger cars: 80
PRINCIPAL  FREIGHT CONNECTIONS AND JUNCTION  POINTS
Bayonne: East Jersey RR and Terminal
Lake Jct;Erie  Lackawanna
Lehigh Valley: Bound Brook, Jersey City, Oak Island Jct. Perth Amboy,Phillipsburg.
Mount Hope Mineral; Mt. Hope Mineral Jct.
Penn Central; Perth Amboy, Farmingdale,Weehawken, Oak Island Jct.
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore  Lines: Bridgeton,Winslow.
Rahway Valley: Aldene
Raritan River: South Amboy
Reading: Bound Brook Jct.,Phillipsburg, Port Reading.
Staten Island Railroad: Cranford Jct.
Wharton and Northhern RR: Lake Jct.
FINAL  CNJ DIESEL ROSTER
EMD    SW1     600 hp   Nos.1009,1011-1012,8405,8405        5 units
EMD    NW2   1000 hp   Nos.1060-1061                                2 units
EMD    SW7   1200 hp   Nos.1080-1083                                4 units
EMD    SW9   1200 hp   Nos.1084-1094                              11 units
EMD    GP7    1500 hp  Nos. 1520-1532                              13 units
Alco    RS3     1600 hp Nos. 1540-1555,1562-1566
                                          1700-1709                                34 units
EMD   SD35    2500 hp Nos.. 2501-2512                               12 units,ex B&O
EMD   SD40    3000 hp Nos.  3061-3068                                 8 units,ex B&O
EMD   GP40P 3000 hp,Nos.3671-3683                                  13 units
Two of   the GP7s, 1526 and 1532 were built with GP9 carbodies as  replacements for the two original units of the same numbers  destroyed in  the 1958  Newark Bay Bridge  disaster. GP40Ps only now  are being retired from
NJ Transit commuter  service   after 37 years of service to commuters on the CNJ and other lines  these units have been  used on.
GENERAL OPERATIONS
The CNJ's east-west mainline was characterized by the fact that much of thatportion of the railroad went to many of the same places that the parallel Lehigh Valley Railroad did, particularly in the state of Pennsylvania and this fact turned out to be one of the factors in the undoing of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. Thus in the final  years of operations in  Pennsylvania, both the Lehigh Valley and the CNJ entered into a sort of pared track arrangement where they would use each others mainlines between selected pairs of points,particularly west of Allentown, whose CNJ Yard wound up in the Lehigh Valley system in 1972. The only other major terminal of consequence on  the CNJ after 1972  was the Elizabethport terminal, where the   system locomotive   and car shops were   also located as was the dispatcher's office for the entire system. In addition, the railroad was divided into three operating divisions until 1961 as follows: The Central,Southern, and Pennsylvania Divisions. The Central Division covered   the mainline from Jersey City to Phillipsburg, the Newark area branches, the South Branch, the High Bridge Branch,Wharton & Northern and Mount Hope Mineral railroads. The Pennsylvania Division covered all Central of New Jersey lines west of Phillipsburg up to Scranton, including branches and the portion of the Lehigh and New England Railway picked up when that railroad ceased operations in 1961. The Southern Division covered the CNJ between Red Bank, Vineland, Barnegat in the   southern half of New Jersey. Of   the  three divisions, it was the Central Division that handled the New York bound commuter  traffic with trains  from as far west as Phillipsburg  from 1974 until about 1983, plus the Wall Street  and Crusader trains interchanged with the Reading   at Bound Brook, which was also the interchange point   for interline  freight moving to and from the Reading and Baltimore and Ohio railroads.

This section is  where sample freight and  passenger  schedules will be found, along with mileage tables for the Central Railroad of New Jersey as taken from employee timetables in our collection.
Sample Passenger Schedules
Table 1. New York-Newark-Philadelphia   Service
5619.........5621...........Stations..............5600..........5602
1632.......1719  Lv New York P...Ar......0840.........0940
1648.......1725  Ar Newark Penn Lv....0825.........0925
1654.......1745  Lv Newark Penn Ar....0819.........0921
1651       -------        Cranford,NJ...........0830.........-------
1657       -------       Westfield,NJ...........0813.........-------
1709.......1752......Plainfield,NJ...........0814.........--------
1728.......1818.....Bound Brook..........0743............0847
1740.......1830....Belle Mead,NJ.........0732............0836
1749........1839...Hopewell,NJ............0723...........0828
1801.......1850....West Trenton,NJ....0712...........0817
1823.......1912....Jenkintown,PA.......0651...........0756
1826.......1915....Elkins Park,PA........0647...........-------
1828.......1917....Melrose Park,Pa.....0645...........-------
1833.......1922....Wayne Jct.,PA........0639...........0747
1827.......1926....N.Broad Street.......0634...........0742
1843.......1932 Ar. Reading Term.Lv0626..........0736
Trains 5600 and 5621 The Wall Street and 5619 and 5602,The Crusader.
Table2A.New York-Phillipsburg Westbound Psgr Trains
Stations...............5713............5703...............5707
New York   Lv....1115............1706..............1736
Newark......Ar.....1129............1721...............1751
Newark......Lv....1145............1730...............1800
Plainfield...........1214............,1755..............--------
Dunnellen........ 1219.............1800.............---------
Bound Brook...1226.............1807.............1836
Somerville........1232..............1814.............1843
Raritan..............1236..............1817.............1847
North Branch.--------..............1823.............1853
White House....1248.............1830.............1900
Lebanon.........F1254.............1836............1906
Annandale.......-------..............1842............1912
High Bridge.....1304.............1848.............1918
Glen Gardner..-------..............1855............1924
Hampton.........1316..............1901............1930
Bloomsbury..-------...............------..............------
Phillipsburg...1340..............1925............1955
Table 2B.Phillipsburg  to  New York.Eastbound Trains
Stations..................5708................5712...............5726
Phillipsburg..L.....0600................0640................1400
Hampton...............0625................0702................1422
Glen Gardner.......0630................0707................-------
High Bridge.........0635................0712................1431
Annandale...........0641................0718................-------
Lebanon..............0647................0724................f1437
White House......0653................0730..................1442
North Branch....0701................0738..................-------
Raritan................0707................0746..................1457
Somerville.........0710.................0749..................1501
Bound Brook...0717.................0756..................1507
Dunnellen........--------.................0802...................1513
Westfield.........---------.................0813..................1527
Newark......Ar..0755...................0819..................1552
Newark......Lv 0759....................0825..................1553
New York  Ar  0814...................0840..................1608
Service between Newark and New York Penn was via PRR/PC connecting trains at Newark Penn Station.
SAMPLE FREIGHT TRAIN SCHEDULES
Table3. SE98. Scranton to  Elizabethport
Lv Scranton.................1300
Ar Lake Jct...................1700
Lv Lake Jct..................1730
Ar Somerville (S/O)....1930
Ar Elizabethport(S/O)2100
Ar Jersey City............2230
Receive connections from:
EL PN98(from Chicago) Ar Scranton  1000
EL TCS4(From Buffalo) Ar Scranton 0645
D&H NE87                        Ar Scranton  0930
Table4.ES99 Elizabethport to  Scranton
Jersey City  Service Time 0900
Lv Jersey City......................1000
Lv Elizabethport(P/U)........1201
Ar Lake Junction................1600
Lv Lake Junction...............1630
Ar Scranton.........................2030
Connect to:
EL SC99 (to Chicago and west) Lv Scranton 2305
EL AP-1 (to Buffalo and via)        Lv Scranton0400
D&H WR1 (to Schenectady)       Lv Scranton0430
Chicago TOFC connected to PB99  at Meadville
St.Louis TOFC connectedto St. Louis Cannonball at Meadville the  following day. These schedules were placed in effect on January 3,1972 as the CNJ prepared to pull out of Pennsylvania.
Table5.JC-3 Jersey City  to  Scranton Manifest
Jersey City..................Lv........0350
Elizabethport..............Lv........0550   PU
Somerville...................Lv........0630   PU
Phillipsburg................Lv........0815   PU
Northampton..............Lv........1015   SO
Palmerton....................Lv.......1045    SO
Jim Thorpe..................Lv.......1201    SO/PU
Ashley..........................Lv........1510   SO
Wilkes Barre...............Lv........1555  SO
Taylor...........................Lv........1720   SO
Scranton.....................Ar.........1735
SO indicates Set Off.PU indicates Pickup
Blocking of JC3
1.Northampton
2.Palmerton
3.Jim Thorpe
4.Ashley-Wilkes Barre Local and LV delivery
5.Wilkes Barre-D&H
6.Taylor
Table 6.JC5 Jersey City to Scranton Manifest
Jersey City................Lv.......1900
Elizabethport...........Lv........2000  PU
Jim Thorpe...............Lv........0130  SO/PU
Ashley.......................Lv........0400  SO
Wilkes Barre............LV........0430  SO
Taylor........................LV........0545
Scranton..................Ar.........0600
Connect at Wilkes Barre with D&H WM3 0830
Connect at Taylor with EL SB3    1130
Blocking of JC5:
1.Ashley-Wilkes Barre LV
2.Wilkes Barre D&H
3.Taylor
4.Scranton