Finderne (NJT station)
The former site of the Finderne Station prior to sunset in January 2010.
|Address||Finderne Avenue (County Route 533), Finderne, New Jersey|
|Closed||October 29, 2006|
|Owned by||New Jersey Transit|
Finderne or Manville-Finderne was a New Jersey Transit railroad station on the Raritan Valley Line, in the Finderne section of Bridgewater Township, New Jersey. The station, which once housed a small building between the tracks, had been without facilities for some time prior to its closure. The last train to service Finderne was the 4:18 PM train to Newark Penn Station on October 27, 2006. Effective with the schedule of October 29, 2006, train service to Finderne was terminated; New Jersey Transit recommended the Scoot Bus Shuttle as an alternative. The station was closed by simply telling engineers not to stop at the location. In its last years the station had very infrequent service, with only three trains stopping on weekdays and none on weekends.
Despite the lack of both a building and easy accessibility, train conductors have confirmed to the curious that there were in fact passengers who used the stop, mostly employees of a nearby industrial plant. The station was accessible by a stairway from Van Veghten's Bridge, which spans the Raritan River, connecting the Finderne section of Bridgewater with Manville. The stairway is on the west side of the road on the north bank of the river.
The three stops were:
- 6:09 AM train from Newark Penn Station arriving at 6:55 AM in Finderne
- 3:45 PM train to Newark Penn Station
- 4:18 PM train to Newark Penn Station
An historical photo of the Finderne station can be seen in the Arcadia Publishing historical photo book "Somerset County in Postcards," by Alan A. Siegel, Somerset County Historical Society (ISBN 0-7385-0078-X). The photo is of a station house that no longer exists.
- Raritan Valley Line Timetables (2001 ed.). Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit. 2001.
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