Benson Street (NJT station)

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Benson Street
Benson Street Station - February 2015.jpg
The Benson Street station in February 2015.
Location 77 Benson Street, Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Owned by Norfolk Southern (formerly Erie Railroad, Conrail, New Jersey Transit)
Line(s)
Platforms 2 ground-level
Tracks 2
Construction
Platform levels 1
Other information
Station code 1735 (Erie Railroad)[1]
History
Opened 1883[4]
Closed September 20, 2002; 12 years ago (2002-09-20)[2]
Electrified Not electrified
Previous names Glen Ridge,[3] Chestnut Hill
Services
Preceding station   NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Rail   Following station
toward Hackettstown
Montclair-Boonton Line
Preceding station   Erie Railroad   Following station
New York and Greenwood Lake Railroad

The Benson Street Station is an inactive train station that is located in the town of Glen Ridge, New Jersey. The station was a former stop on the Boonton Line, which runs from Hoboken Terminal to Hackettstown, reaching Benson Street in the middle of the residential portion. The station was constructed in 1883 in a unique English Tudor design with stucco facades and a slate roof.[4] Benson Street had a two platform, two track station with the gas lights on the side of tracks.[3] Service was discontinued to Benson Street Station (along with Rowe Street in Bloomfield and Arlington in Kearny) on September 20,[2] 2002 when the Montclair Connection was opened.[5] Glen Ridge is serviced to the south at Glen Ridge station in the downtown commercial district.

In May 2009, the Benson Street station was sold to private owners by New Jersey Transit to rehabilitate the aging structure, and the new owners began stabilizing the structure which had been damaged by a fire in the 1980s and was in serious disrepair. On December 2, 2009, after a review from the New Jersey State Historical Preservation Organization, the new owners received approval to begin preliminary reconstruction of the former Benson Street Station. This rehabilitation project started by restructuring the basement of the building.[6] By June 2010, the station had received new gutters, new walls and brand new roofing. Parts of the building's first floor paneling was kept, although the second story requires brand new paneling as it is converted into a new single family home.[4] The restoration of the building was completed around May 2012.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Station Names and Numbers". Jersey City, New Jersey: Erie Railroad. May 1, 1916. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "The Montclair-Boonton Line" (PDF). Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. September 2002. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Yanosey, Robert J. (2006). Erie Railroad Facilities (In Color) 1. Scotch Plains, New Jersey: Morning Sun Books Inc. p. 69. ISBN 1-58248-183-0. 
  4. ^ a b c Roll, Erin (June 17, 2010). "Benson repairs move into next phase". Glen Ridge Voice (Glen Ridge, New Jersey: North Jersey Media Group). Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rail Shuttle Buses To Transport Commuters Affected By Station Closures". Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit. August 27, 2002. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "News Benson work OK to restart". NorthJersey.com (New Jersey: North Jersey Media Group). December 2, 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Galant, Debbie (May 14, 2012). "Benson Street Station’s Fairytale Ending". Baristanet (Essex County, New Jersey). Baristanet LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 40°46′11″N 74°08′24″W / 40.7698°N 74.1401°W / 40.7698; -74.1401