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 River,
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
Roseville Avenue
Montclair-Boonton Line diverges
Grove Street
Garden State Parkway
East Orange
Brick Church
Highland Avenue
Mountain Station
South Orange
Rahway River
Short Hills
proposed Morristown & Erie branch
Route 24
Diverging from Morristown Line
New Providence
Murray Hill
Berkeley Heights
Passaic River
Passaic River
Basking Ridge
Mine Brook
US 202
Far Hills

The Gladstone Branch (also known as the Gladstone Line) 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 or Comet coaches powered by ALP-46, ALP-45DP Electric Mode 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)


For the stations between Newark – Broad Street and Summit, see Morristown Line#Stations.
Station[5] Miles (km)
from NYP
Connections / notes[5]
Northeast Corridor and City Terminal Zone continue east
1 New York – Penn Station Handicapped/disabled access
(limited service)
0.0 (0.0) 1910 BSicon BAHN.svg Amtrak: Acela Express, Adirondack, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Keystone Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf, Northeast Regional, Pennsylvanian, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
BSicon BAHN.svg LIRR: Babylon, Belmont Park, City Terminal Zone, Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach, Montauk, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Port Washington, Ronkonkoma, and West Hempstead Branches
BSicon BAHN.svg NJ Transit: Montclair-Boonton, Morristown, Northeast Corridor, Raritan Valley, and North Jersey Coast Lines
BSicon SUBWAY.svg NYC Subway: NYCS 1 NYCS 2 NYCS 3 (at 34th Street – Penn Station (Seventh Avenue))
NYCS A NYCS C NYCS E (at 34th Street – Penn Station (Eighth Avenue))
Bus transport NYCT Bus: M4, M7, M20, M34 / M34A SBS, Q32
Bus transport Academy Bus: X23, X24
Bus transport Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach: New York Airport Service
Bus transport Greyhound Lines: BoltBus, NeOn
Bus transport Megabus: M21, M22, M23, M24, M27
Bus transport Eastern Shuttle
Bus transport Vamoose Bus
New York / Hudson county line
Secaucus Junction Handicapped/disabled access
(limited service)
3.5 (5.6) 2003 BSicon BAHN.svg NJ Transit: Main, Meadowlands, Montclair-Boonton, Morristown, Northeast Corridor, Pascack Valley, Raritan Valley, and North Jersey Coast Lines
BSicon BAHN.svg Metro-North: Port Jervis Line
Bus transport NJT Bus: 2, 78, 129, 329, 353
Hoboken Terminal Handicapped/disabled access 0.0 (0.0) 1903 BSicon BAHN.svg NJ Transit: Bergen County, Main, Meadowlands, Montclair-Boonton, Morristown, Pascack Valley, Raritan Valley, and North Jersey Coast Lines
BSicon BAHN.svg Metro-North: Port Jervis Line
BSicon TRAM.svg Hudson-Bergen Light Rail: 8th Street-Hoboken, Hoboken-Tonnelle
BSicon SUBWAY.svg PATH: HOB-WTC, HOB-33, JSQ-33 (via HOB)
Bus transport NJT Bus: 22, 22X, 23, 54, 68, 85, 87, 89, 126
BSicon BOOT.svg New York Waterway to Battery Park City
Harrison 7.13 (11.5) 1937 1984[6] Now served by PATH trains
Hudson / Essex county line
Northeast Corridor (Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Lines) diverge at Kearny Connection
Gladstone Branch service to Hoboken converges
Newark – Broad Street Handicapped/disabled access 10.4 (16.7) 1836 BSicon BAHN.svg NJ Transit: Montclair-Boonton and Morristown Lines
BSicon TRAM.svg Newark Light Rail: Broad Street – Newark Penn
Bus transport NJT Bus: 11, 13, 27, 28, go28, 29, 39, 41, 43, 72, 76, 78, 108
Montclair-Boonton Line diverges
See Morristown Line for intermediate stations
Essex / Union county line
9 Summit Handicapped/disabled access 22.7 (36.5) 1905 BSicon BAHN.svg NJ Transit: Morristown Line
Bus transport NJT Bus: 70, 986
Bus transport Lakeland Bus: 78
Morristown Line diverges
New Providence 24.4 ()39.3 1899 Bus transport NJT Bus: 986
Bus transport Lakeland Bus: 78
10 Murray Hill 26.0 (41.8) 1890 Bus transport NJT Bus: 986
11 Berkeley Heights 28.4 (45.7) Bus transport Lakeland Bus: 78
Union / Morris county line
12 Gillette 29.7 (47.8)
14 Stirling 31.1 (50.1) 1872
Millington 32.7 (52.6) c. 1870
Morris / Somerset county line
Lyons Handicapped/disabled access 34.3 (55.2) 1931 Bus transport Lakeland Bus: 78
16 Basking Ridge 36.2 (58.3) 1912 Bus transport Lakeland Bus: 78
Bernardsville 37.2 (59.9) Bus transport Lakeland Bus: 78
Mine Brook
Far Hills 41.6 (66.9) 1914 Bus transport Lakeland Bus: 78
18 Peapack 43.9 (70.7)
Gladstone Handicapped/disabled access 44.9 (72.3) 1891


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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 c "Morris & Essex Line Timetable". New York, New York: New Jersey Transit. November 19, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Morris & Essex Lines Timetable (September 16, 1984 ed.). Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. 1984. 

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