Gladstone Branch

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  Gladstone Branch
NJ Transit Arrow III MU 1327.jpg
Train #730 at Far Hills en route to Hoboken.
Type Commuter rail line
System New Jersey Transit
Locale North Jersey
Termini Hoboken or New York Penn Station
Stations 24
Owner New Jersey Transit
(except from Kearny Connection to New York Penn)
(Kearny to Penn)
Operator(s) New Jersey Transit
Rolling stock Midtown/New York Direct: ALP-46 locomotives, Bombardier MultiLevel Coach, Comet Coaches
Hoboken Direct: Arrow III and ALP-45DP locomotives (Added after Hurricane Sandy)
Line length 42.3 mi (68.1 km)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map
Northeast Corridor/LIRR
Sunnyside Yard
East River Tunnels
East River
Penn Station New York
Hudson R., N.J./N.Y. border
North River Tunnels
Hoboken Terminal
Hoboken Yard
Secaucus Junction (Main Line)
Meadows Maintenance Complex
Hackensack River
Kearny Connection
Northeast Corridor
Passaic River
Newark Broad Street
Interstate 280
Roseville Avenue
Montclair-Boonton Line diverges
Grove Street
Garden State Parkway
East Orange
Brick Church
Interstate 280
Highland Avenue
Mountain Station
South Orange
Rahway River
Short Hills
proposed Morristown & Erie branch
NJ 24
Diverging from Morristown Line
New Providence
Murray Hill
Berkeley Heights
Passaic River
Passaic River
Basking Ridge
Interstate 287
Mine Brook
US 202
Far Hills

The Gladstone Branch is a branch of New Jersey Transit's Morris and Essex Lines. The Gladstone Branch primarily serves commuter trains; freight service is no longer operated. Out of 24 inbound and 27 outbound daily weekday trains, 2 peak-hour inbound and 2 peak-hour outbound trains use the Kearny Connection (opened June 10, 1996) to New York Penn Station, bypassing Secaucus Junction. However, one of the trains inbound to Penn Station stops at Secaucus to pick up passengers, thus serving the station.[1] The rest go to Hoboken Terminal. The part of the line west of Summit is single-tracked with passing sidings at Murray Hill, Stirling, and west of Far Hills and operates in peak-direction only on weekday peak hours, except for some service operating reverse-peak from Murray Hill in the PM peak. Bernardsville also has a passing siding, but is no longer used, as the Far Hills one is currently in use. On weekends the line operates Gladstone-Summit service hourly along the branch.

The branch received severe damage from Hurricane Sandy on October 29–30, 2012, especially to the catenary and signal system, causing a suspension of service for one month. High winds brought down five tall catenary poles (whose replacements had to be custom-made), approximately five miles of catenary, and 49 trees across the tracks. Gladstone service resumed on Monday, December 3 with electric Midtown Direct trains to Penn Station and diesel-powered trains to Hoboken; full electric operation was impractical until substation damage near Hoboken was repaired in early 2013.[2][3][4]

Bernardsville Station


The only part of the New Jersey West Line Railroad that was completed was from Summit west to Bernardsville. The New Jersey West Line Railroad was dissolved in 1878 and the assets were sold off. The Summit to Bernardsville line was then purchased by the Passaic and Delaware Railroad. The Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad (DL&W) leased the line on November 1, 1882 as a branch of the Morris and Essex. The Passaic and Delaware Extension Railroad was chartered in 1890 and opened later that year, extending the line to its current terminus in Gladstone, New Jersey.

Rolling stock[edit]

Most service is provided by Arrow III electric cars built by General Electric and Avco in 1978. The two weekday round trips to New York use Bombardier MultiLevel Coach powered by ALP-46 locomotives, since Arrows cannot make the voltage change at the Kearny Connection. In the months following Hurricane Sandy, service to Hoboken used Comet trains powered by ALP-45DP locomotives.

Freight service[edit]

At the time of NJT acquisition, freight service was operated by the Consolidated Rail Corporation. Upon the breakup of that company, the Norfolk Southern Railway inherited the business. Customers on the line dwindled, and the last customer, the Reheis Chemical Company, was bought out by the General Chemical Company and planned to close down in 2008. The apparent last freight train made its run on November 7, 2008; however, seven months later the facility began receiving shipments again, on June 19, 2009. Although this industry is east of the Berkeley Heights station, the freight trains actually operate as far west as Stirling, where the engine uses the siding to run around the train to reverse direction.


Like the Morristown Line, the Gladstone Branch is electrified using overhead catenary at 25 kV 60 Hz. Traction power comes from the NJT substation at Summit, NJ, which also powers much of the Morristown Line. The Summit substation is located north of New Providence on the Morristown Line, between the Summit and Chatham stations, and receives power from the nearby Summit Utility substation. In addition to the NJT Summit traction substation, three other switching facilities are located along the line.

Gladstone Branch Electrification Stations
Name Coordinates Comments
Summit Traction Substation 40°43′29″N 74°23′18″W / 40.7248°N 74.3883°W / 40.7248; -74.3883 (Summit Traction Substation (NJT))
Stirling 40°40′26″N 74°29′51″W / 40.6738°N 74.4976°W / 40.6738; -74.4976 (Stirling)
Bernardsville 40°42′57″N 74°34′20″W / 40.7159°N 74.5723°W / 40.7159; -74.5723 (Bernardsville)
Gladstone 40°43′09″N 74°39′52″W / 40.7192°N 74.6644°W / 40.7192; -74.6644 (Gladstone)

Station listing[edit]

Gladstone Branch stations
Zone Miles from east terminal Municipality Station Services Public transportation Notes
0.0 New York City Penn Station ADA-accessible, TVM Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road,
NJ Transit: North Jersey Coast Line, Northeast Corridor Line, Gladstone Branch, Montclair-Boonton Line
NYC Subway: 1 2 3 A C E trains
NYC Transit buses: M4, M7, M20, M34 / M34A Select Bus Service, Q32
One of the two Eastern terminus of the line; Transfer here for Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road
0.0 Hoboken Hoboken ADA-accessible, TVM NJ Transit buses: 22, 22X, 23, 54, 68, 85, 87, 89, 126, New York Waterway One of the two Eastern terminus of the line; Transfer here for PATH trains and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail
5.0 Secaucus Secaucus Junction ADA-accessible, TVM NJ Transit buses:2, 78, 129, 329 Only the second inbound train to Penn Station stops here. The first inbound train and two outbound trains bypass this station. Transfer here for other New Jersey Transit lines (except the Atlantic City line) Trains departing from Hoboken Terminal do not stop at this station.
2 7.8 Newark Newark-Broad Street ADA-accessible, TVM NJ Transit buses: 11, 13, 27, 28, 29, 39, 41, 43, 72, 76, 78, 108, go28 10.4 miles from New York Penn Station
4 10.0 East Orange East Orange ADA-accessible, TVM NJ Transit buses: 21, 71, 73, 79, 94
10.6 Brick Church TVM NJ Transit buses: 21, 71, 73, 79, 94, 97
11.5 Orange Orange TVM NJ Transit buses: 21, 41 71, 73, 79, 92
5 12.2 Highland Avenue TVM NJ Transit buses: 92
13.1 South Orange Mountain Station TVM NJ Transit buses: 92
13.9 South Orange ADA-accessible, TVM NJ Transit buses: 92, 107
6 15.2 Maplewood Maplewood TVM
7 16.8 Millburn Millburn TVM NJ Transit buses: 70
17.8 Short Hills ADA-accessible, TVM NJ Transit buses: 92, 107
9 20.1 Summit Summit ADA-accessible, TVM NJ Transit buses: 70, 986 Wheels Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch lines merge/diverge here
21.8 New Providence New Providence TVM NJ Transit buses: 986 Wheels
10 23.4 Murray Hill TVM NJ Transit buses: 986 Wheels
11 25.8 Berkeley Heights Berkeley Heights TVM
12 27.1 Long Hill Township Gillette TVM
14 28.5 Stirling TVM
30.1 Millington TVM
31.8 Bernards Township Lyons ADA-accessible, TVM
16 33.6 Basking Ridge TVM
34.6 Bernardsville Bernardsville TVM
17 39.0 Far Hills Far Hills TVM
18 41.3 Peapack Peapack TVM
42.3 Gladstone Gladstone ADA-accessible, TVM Western Terminus of the Line
Gladstone Branch abandoned stations
2 Harrison Harrison Closed September 16, 1984[5]
Newark Roseville Avenue Closed September 16, 1984[5]
4 East Orange Grove Street Closed April 7, 1991[6]
6 Maplewood Wyoming Abandoned
17 Far Hills Mine Brook Abandoned/Closed when NJT took over The DL&W Railroad. NJT never reopened Mine Brook Station after that occurred. The old station site can be seen when the railroad crosses Whitnack Road. The crossing is all that remains of the station


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  2. ^ "Christie Administration Announces Gladstone Branch Rail Service to Resume on Monday, December 3". New Jersey Transit. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Gladstone Branch Repairs To Be Completed Friday". New Jersey Transit. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (December 13, 2012). "Hoboken station 2-plus months from electric power". Daily Record. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Morris & Essex Lines Timetable (September 16, 1984 ed.). Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. 1984. 
  6. ^ Morris & Essex Lines Timetable (April 7, 1991 ed.). Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. 1991. 

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