Ex Erie RR Tower

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Comments (7)

MikeFromholt on May 13, 2014

Good find of old railroad stuff. Is it used for anything? Like. Mike

Adam Elmquist on May 15, 2014

Was an old Interlocking Tower "switching" now not used for switching but possibly just as RR storage I noticed the air conditioner.

MikeFromholt on May 15, 2014

I see on GE that there's an abandoned line going NW not too far past this, so probably controlled that....any idea when that was taken out?

Adam Elmquist on May 15, 2014

Thank you Mike the Erie RR was realigned to use a different route, I believe Erie RR started the realignment then the predecessors NJDOT 100% didn't use the old line anymore as today with NJTransit. According to an article for Passaic Park Erie RR station on Wikipedia 1963 was officially closed. Here are some photos I dug up online of the train line in Passaic NJ. Downtown Passaic, A few photos RR located towards middle of this page.

Also this Wikipedia link here Carlton Hill Erie Railroad station which was only about 1/2 west of this tower. Use this link to my Map Zoom into this area I have a few more photos west of here along the old line was going to be a rail trail but NS destroyed that possibility for now.

MikeFromholt on May 16, 2014

Hi Adam, Thanks for the links. By the time I read your messages, I had already looked the line up on historicaerials.com and saw it on old aerials and topo maps. The Erie has always fascinated me, as it went across Indiana, now abandoned.

Adam Elmquist on May 16, 2014

In my Google+ community Railroading North America I have explained to the railfans that rails to trail are important. If no trail were to ever to become a reality, then the ROW of the RR could be lost forever. If you follow the map I created it shows many areas of the old ROW are long gone homes, buildings, roads, stadiums, parks, parking lots, and even a highway all occupy the former ROW. I feel that if a rail trail would of ever been created from the line its more possible that the ROW would be preserved with traces of the old line.

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  • Uploaded on May 5, 2014
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    by Adam Elmquist
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