Millburn station

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Coordinates: 40°43′32.4″N 74°18′13.3″W / 40.725667°N 74.303694°W / 40.725667; -74.303694

Millburn
NJ Transit Multilevel 7014 on Train 6651.jpg
Owned byNew Jersey Transit
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsNJT Bus NJT Bus: 70
Other information
Fare zone7
History
OpenedSeptember 17, 1837 (preliminary trip)[1]
September 28, 1837 (regular service)[2][3]
RebuiltNovember 1986[4]–1987
ElectrifiedDecember 18, 1930[5]
Key dates
November–December 1986Station depot razed[6]
Passengers
20171,837 (average weekday)[7][8]
Services
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
Short Hills
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch Maplewood
Short Hills Morristown Line
Former services
Preceding station Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Following station
Short Hills
toward Buffalo
Main Line Maplewood
toward Hoboken

Millburn is a New Jersey Transit station in Millburn, New Jersey along the Morristown and Gladstone lines.

History[edit]

Building at western platform

The Millburn station predates the town's formal incorporation and in fact dates back to 1837. It was one of the original stations served by the original Morris and Essex Railroad.

In 1837, the first steam locomotive to run along the M&E line made its trial run to Millburn (called "Millville" in that year). Unhappily, that particular excursion ended in tragedy as the train, in push mode for the return trip, derailed near Newark Broad Street Station, with two fatalities.

However, rail service eastward to Newark, and westward to Dover, proved a boon to the town—so much so that local historians credit the railroad as the chief impetus for Millburn's incorporation as a separate municipality in 1857.[9]

Station layout and facility[edit]

The Millburn station, built in 1906-07, is located at the intersection of Essex Street and Lackawanna Place near the southern entrance of South Mountain Reservation.

The station consists of two ground-level platforms and a single building on the eastbound (toward Hoboken and New York Penn Station) side. This building houses a waiting area and a ticket office, which is normally open on weekday mornings only. There are also ticket vending machines installed.

These platforms are low-level side platforms. Passengers boarding or debarking at this station must use the stairs on each car. Millburn station is not considered handicap-accessible.

The eastbound and westbound (toward Gladstone and Hackettstown) platforms are accessible from two concrete stairwells that rise from Lackawanna Place, next to the metal trestle that carries the tracks over Lackawanna Place. Passengers can also cross from one platform to another through a tunnel near the ticket office.

Parking is available in a large parking lot on the westbound side and in a lot adjacent to the parking lot of the Millburn Free Public Library on the far side of Lackawanna Place.

P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track 1      Morristown Line toward Dover or Hackettstown (Short Hills)
     Gladstone Branch toward Gladstone (Short Hills)
Track 2      Morristown Line and      Gladstone Branch toward Hoboken or New York (Maplewood)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street level Ticket machine and parking

Nearby businesses, facilities, and attractions[edit]

First Aid Squad

The Millburn Professional Building stands on the westbound platform, directly opposite the station building. This was probably one of the original station buildings but does not today house any New Jersey Transit offices. Another major office building stands directly west of the station building, nearer the Lackawanna Place trestle.

The Millburn Free Public Library is located across Lackawanna Place, and the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad is located on Glen Avenue on the north side of the station parking lot.

The station is also located near a thriving shopping and financial district. The Paper Mill Playhouse is within walking distance (0.4 miles). Several restaurants, offering a wide variety of cuisines, are located across Essex Street from the station.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Douglass, A.M. (1912). The Railroad Trainman, Volume 29. Cleveland, Ohio: Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  • Walker, Herbert T. (1902). "Early History of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad and its Locomotives - Part 2: The Morris and Essex Railroad". Railroad Gazette. 34. Retrieved April 3, 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morris and Essex is Seventy-Nine Years Old". The Madison Eagle. June 16, 1916. p. 10. Retrieved April 3, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ Walker 1902, p. 409.
  3. ^ Douglass 1912, p. 339.
  4. ^ "Plan Board Gives Final OK to Station Project". The Item of Millburn and Short Hills. Millburn, New Jersey. November 13, 1986. p. 1. Retrieved June 21, 2019 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ "Lackawanna Electric Train Gets Ovations". The Paterson Morning Call. December 19, 1930. p. 34. Retrieved January 31, 2021 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ "Down and Out". The Item of Millburn and Short Hills. Millburn, New Jersey. December 5, 1986. p. 1. Retrieved June 21, 2019 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  7. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS" (PDF). New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "How Many Riders Use NJ Transit's Hoboken Train Station?". Hoboken Patch. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  9. ^ Meisner, Marian. A History of Millburn Township. Millburn, NJ: Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society and Millburn Free Public Library, 2002 (e-book).

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