Lehigh Valley Terminal Railway

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Map of the Lehigh Valley Terminal Railway.
Map of the Jersey City waterfront, circa 1900.
Map of the Jersey City terminal, circa 1910.

The Lehigh Valley Terminal Railway was a Lehigh Valley Railroad company organized in 1891 through the consolidation of the companies that formed the Lehigh Valley's route from South Plainfield through Newark to Jersey City via its bridge across Newark Bay. Until 1895, when the Greenville and Hudson Railway was constructed, the Lehigh Valley depended on the National Docks Railway to reach the Hudson River terminal.

In 1903, all the Lehigh Valley's lines in New Jersey were consolidated under the name of Lehigh Valley Railroad Company of New Jersey.

Timeline of the Lehigh Valley Terminal Railway[edit]

Roselle and South Plainfield Railway
Newark and Roselle Railway
Newark and Passaic Railway
Newark Railway
Jersey City, Newark and Western Railway
Jersey City Terminal Railway
Edgewater Railway
  • 1892 - The route opens for traffic across Newark Bay to a connection with the National Docks Railway in Jersey City. (see:Lehigh Valley Railroad Bridge
  • 1895 - The Lehigh Valley creates the Greenville and Hudson Railway to construct a line roughly parallel to the National Docks Railway from the Newark Bay bridge to the Jersey City terminal. Upon completion in 1900,[2] the LVRR has a wholly owned route from the coalfields of Pennsylvania to the Hudson River.
  • 1900 - The Lehigh Valley acquires complete control of the National Docks Railway.
  • 1901 - The Lehigh Valley acquires the facilities of the National Docks Storage Company on Black Tom Island.
  • 1903 - The Oak Island Yard is opened in Newark.
  • 1903 - The Lehigh Valley Terminal Railway is consolidated into the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company of New Jersey.[3]

References[edit]

  • Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company to the Stockholders. Reports for fiscal years ending 1875, 1887, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892.
  • Joint Report with Comprehensive Plan and Recommendations: New York, New Jersey Port and Harbor Development Commission. 1920. p. 111, 116
  • Lehigh Valley's Terminal, The New York Times, Jan 16, 1900