Lehigh Line (Conrail)

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Lehigh Line
Train Q410.jpg
Northbound CSX train Q410 on the Lehigh Line in South Plainfield led by a SD70ACE.
Type Freight rail
System Conrail Shared Assets, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern
Status Operational
Locale Northeastern New Jersey
Termini Oak Island Yard
Bound Brook, New Jersey
Owner Conrail Shared Assets
Operator(s) CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Conrail Lehigh Line is a railroad line in the state of New Jersey operated as part of the North Jersey Shared Assets Area. It runs from Newark to Manville along the former main line of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. At CP Port Reading in Manville, the CSX Transportation (ex-Reading Railroad) Trenton Subdivision splits southward, and the Lehigh Valley-built tracks continues as the Norfolk Southern Lehigh Line. The line shares track with New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley Line between Newark and Aldene Junction, and then parallels it closely between Bridgewater and Bound Brook. The line is double-track and signaled through its entire length.

It makes a roughly parallel—but sometimes diverging—route to the former Central Railroad of New Jersey's Raritan Valley Line, running to the south of that line.[1]


A westbound Norfolk Southern intermodal train rolls through Union, NJ.
A westbound Norfolk Southern intermodal train rolls through Union, NJ.

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  1. ^ 1941 system route map for Central Railroad of New Jersey, indicating routes of Lehigh Valley Railroad and other railroads. http://mapmaker.rutgers.edu/HISTORICALMAPS/RAILROADS/Central_RR_1941.jpg