New Jersey and New York Railroad

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New Jersey and New York Railroad
The Hillsdale station house (1872) was the company headquarters.[1]
HeadquartersHillsdale, New Jersey
LocaleBergen County, New Jersey & Rockland County, New York
Dates of operation–1896
PredecessorHackensack and New York Extension Railroad
SuccessorErie Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Haverstraw (1887)
West Shore mainline
West Haverstraw (1873)
Thiells (1873)
Mount Ivy (1873)
Summit Park
New Hempstead
New City
Spring Valley
Erie Railroad
Nanuet (burned 1991)
Pearl River
Park Ridge (1872)
Woodcliff Lake
Hillsdale Manor
Hillsdale (1870)
New Milford
River Edge (burned 1901, rebuilt 1902)
North Hackensack (1870, demolished 1978)
Fairmount Avenue (1870)
Anderson Street (1869, burned 2009)
Central Avenue (1870, closed 1953)
NYS&W mainline
Essex Street (1861, 1893, burned 1970)
Lodi Branch Railroad (opened 1889, closed mid-1890s)
Williams Avenue (station house demolished 1967)
Hasbrouck Heights (closed 1967)[2]
Wood-Ridge (station house demolished 1967)[2]
Carlstadt (closed 1967)[2]
Erie (to Jersey City)
Gold Bond of the New Jersey and New York Railroad Company, issued 31. December 1892

The New Jersey and New York Railroad (NJ&NY) was a railroad company that operated north from Rutherford, New Jersey, to Haverstraw, New York beginning in the mid-to-late 19th century.[3][4]


1893 map of the New Jersey and New York Railroad

The line was originally chartered as the Hackensack and New York Railroad (H&NY) in 1856. The H&NY would eventually run from Rutherford to Hackensack, New Jersey. In 1866 under the leadership of David P. Patterson the company was rechartered as the Hackensack and New York Extension Railroad and it extended its line north of Hackensack. It later reorganized as the New Jersey and New York Railroad. The line reached the town of Hillsdale, New Jersey, by 1870,[1] the village of West Haverstraw by 1873, and the village of Haverstraw by 1887.[3] The NJ&NY was in turn leased for 99 years by the Erie Railroad in 1896.[2] The NJ&NY continued to exist as an Erie subsidiary until the 1960 merger that created the Erie Lackawanna Railroad. In 1976 the Erie Lackawanna was merged with several other railroads to create Conrail. In 1983, after several years under operation by Conrail, operations of the Pascack Valley Line were transferred to New Jersey Transit Rail Operations.[5] The segments of the two former railroad lines in New York – north of Spring Valley to Haverstraw and north of Nanuet to New City – are no longer in service.

In 1956, NJ&NY reported 4.4 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 21 million passenger-miles on 39 miles of railroad.


A typical NJ&NY station in the 1900s or 1910s had a gable or hip roof and often had board and batten siding.[citation needed] The larger and more elaborate station at Hillsdale served as the company headquarters and was built in a mixture of the Second Empire and Stick-Eastlake architectural styles.[citation needed] Early photographs of stations along the NJ&NY line include:


  1. ^ a b Mrnarevic, Karen F. (December 10, 2009). "Hillsdale's history 'tied' to the railroad". Pascack Valley Community Life. Archived from the original on September 2, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Jones, Wilson E. (1996). The Pascack Valley Line - A History of the New Jersey and New York Railroad. East Hanover, New Jersey: Railroadians of America. ISBN 0-941652-14-9.
  3. ^ a b "Town of Haverstraw: History". Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Please see the 1891 maps of West Haverstraw and Haverstraw village at: Bayley, Don. "Haverstraw Brickmaking". Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  5. ^ Havilland, Pierce. "The Pascack Valley Line". Retrieved November 8, 2010.

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