Lyons station

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Lyons
Lyons Station - facing westbound.jpg
The station at Lyons in 2010. The station depot, built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, is seen behind the canopy.
Owned byNew Jersey Transit
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1
ConnectionsIntercity Bus Lakeland: 78
Construction
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code712 (Delaware, Lackawanna and Western)[1]
Fare zone14
History
OpenedJanuary 29, 1872[2]
Rebuilt1931[3]
Traffic
Passengers (2017)385 (average weekday)[4][5]
Services
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
Basking Ridge
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch Millington
Former services
Preceding station Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Following station
Basking Ridge
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch Millington
toward Hoboken
Lyons Station
Lyons station is located in Somerset County, New Jersey
Lyons station
Lyons station is located in New Jersey
Lyons station
Lyons station is located in the United States
Lyons station
LocationLyons Road,
Lyons, New Jersey, USA
Coordinates40°41′5.2″N 74°32′58.3″W / 40.684778°N 74.549528°W / 40.684778; -74.549528Coordinates: 40°41′5.2″N 74°32′58.3″W / 40.684778°N 74.549528°W / 40.684778; -74.549528
Area0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built1931 (1931)
ArchitectD.T. Mack
Architectural styleTudor Revival, Mission Revival/Spanish Revival
MPSOperating Passenger Railroad Stations TR
NRHP reference #84002805[6]
Added to NRHPJune 22, 1984

Lyons is a New Jersey Transit station in Basking Ridge, New Jersey along the Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex Lines. The station serves south Basking Ridge as well as the Hills and Liberty Corner.

History[edit]

Lyons Station was originally built in 1931 by Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad to coincide with electrification and to serve the new VA Medical Center in Lyons (opened in 1930). It was the last station built by the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad in New Jersey and the second-to-last station depot built overall by the DL&W, behind the station at Syracuse, New York in 1941.[3] The single station building, on the north side of the single track, is a Tudor Revival and Mission Revival style structure. Designed by Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad architect D.T. Mack or one of his staff, it is of brick and stucco construction and has limestone trim with carved rosette ornamentation at the gable ends. The station depot also features freight doors on the right side. A brass ornamental arch stands on the westernmost part of the platform.[7] The station building was listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places on March 17, 1984 and in National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1984 as part of the Operating Passenger Railroad Stations Thematic Resource.[8][9]

In 2014 Bernards Township applied for a grant to repoint, and perform structural repairs on the station building. Bernards was later awarded a $103,000 grant to fund those improvements. In November 2015, it was announced that Bernards Township was awarded a second grant of $96,580 through the Somerset County Historic Preservation Commission to restore the station depot and canopy.[10] In January 2016, restoration work began on the station canopy. On December 29, 2015, the firm Daniel W. Lincoln of Bernardsville was awarded the $11,350 contract for design/construction services of the canopy at a committee meeting. Restoration work began in January 2016.[11] In late 2017, restoration work began on the station depot, as the cream paint on the outer facade was removed and the facade was restored to display the original brick and stucco underneath. In June 2018, the station depot received a new coating of stucco.[12]

Station layout[edit]

The station has one side platform, which is mostly low-level except for a mini-high platform and ramp for disabled passengers on the eastern end. This makes Lyons one of the only stations along the Gladstone Branch that is handicap-accessible. The station building is open on weekdays only from 5:05 AM to 1:05 PM with a break from 9:50 AM to 10:20 AM. Two Ticket Vending Machines (TVM) and bicycle racks are located next to the station building. To the left of the building is a small outdoor waiting area with benches. There is a railroad crossing on either end of the station allowing access to the far parking lot. Bicycle racks are located right outside the station depot. The 95-space parking lot on the platform side is owned by the municipality for permit parking, while the 236-space far parking lot owned by Park America is used for both daily and permit parking.[13]

Ground/
platform level
Track 1      Gladstone Branch toward Gladstone (Basking Ridge)
     Gladstone Branch toward Summit, Hoboken or New York (Millington)
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right
Street level Ticket machine and parking

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Station Numbers". Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. 1952. p. 2. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Stitcher, Felecia (January 27, 1972). "100 Years Ago Saturday the Iron Horse Arrived". The Bernardsville News. p. 42. Retrieved October 17, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ a b Yanosey, Robert J. (2007). Lackawanna Railroad Facilities (In Color). Volume 1: Hoboken to Dover. Scotch Plains, New Jersey: Morning Sun Books Inc. ISBN 1-58248-214-4.
  4. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS" (PDF). New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "How Many Riders Use NJ Transit's Hoboken Train Station?". Hoboken Patch. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  7. ^ "Lyons Train Station | Visit Somerset County NJ". Visit Somerset NJ. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  8. ^ Lyons New Jersey Transit Railroad Station Survey
  9. ^ "New Jersey and National Register Listings". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Second Grant For Sprucing Up Historic Lyons Train Station". TAPinto. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  11. ^ "Lyons Train Station Restoration Moves Forward". Basking Ridge, NJ Patch. 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  12. ^ "New Jersey Transit". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  13. ^ "New Jersey Transit". www.njtransit.com. Retrieved 2018-03-04.

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