New York and Greenwood Lake Railway (1996)

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New York and Greenwood Lake Railway
Reporting markNYGL
LocalePassaic, New Jersey
Garfield, New Jersey
Dates of operation1996–2019
Erie Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length1.1 miles (1.8 kilometres)
HeadquartersPassaic, New Jersey
The NYGL GP18 locomotive moving freight along Monroe St. track in Garfield, NJ.

The New York and Greenwood Lake Railway (reporting mark NYGL) was a shortline railroad owned by Jim Wilson and based in Passaic, New Jersey. It operated primarily to service transfer station facilities for a few private companies, with a trans-load facility at its yard in Passaic. Cars ran on NYGL's trackage, the former Erie Railroad Dundee spur, to interchange with the Norfolk Southern Railway on New Jersey Transit's Bergen County Line in Garfield.[1]

Former owner Conrail slated the Dundee spur to close in 1996, but customer Atlantic Coast Fibers protested. As a result, Conrail sold the line. The transfer facility also serviced Phill-Con Services' construction debris receiving facility. Phill-Con used the Greenwood shed as a waste transfer station for shipment to Alabama from May 2005 through early 2009. That station became unprofitable with the downturn in constructions and the opening of the nearby Kearny landfill in January 2009, undercutting Phill-Con's disposal fees by $20 per ton.[2]

The shortline's name was taken from an earlier unrelated New York and Greenwood Lake Railway that merged into the Erie Railroad in 1943.[3][unreliable source?]

The NY&GL suspended operations in 2012, when its last customer ceased operations. The railroad had various equipment, including locomotives NYGL 1267(GP9) and 1268(GP7), as well as Erie 436(SW9), EL 3372(U34CH) and LIRR 7375(FA1) stored in Passaic, NJ. In 2015, the 3372 was moved to Boonton, NJ for restoration by URHS, and the 436 has been moved to Ringoes, NJ for excursion service on the BR&W. They also have several passenger coaches and locomotives NYGL 935 and Erie 833 stored in Port Jervis, NY. The equipment stored in Port Jervis was slated to be used for a planned passenger excursion service along the scenic upper Delaware River, which failed to materialize. The passenger coaches have been heavily vandalized, but the 2 locomotives have stayed in relatively good shape. In 2014, the Erie 833 was cosmetically touched up, and moved to Spencer, North Carolina by Norfolk Southern, for the "Streamliners in Spencer" event, and then returned to Port Jervis shortly thereafter.

Decline and Abandonment[edit]

On September 13, 2007, the property of the railroad was seized by the IRS for unpaid taxes, and sold for $565,000 to Passaic Street Properties, LLC, a non-carrier, who thereby acquired the rights to operate the line. On May 1, 2018, the company filed a Notice of Exemption to abandon the line and develop the property, including some portion of it as a city park. In addition to the exemption, the town of Garfield and Passaic cut portion of the spur at the Dundee-Bergen line connection, making the line out of service and isolated from shipments during possible reactivation. [4] On June 10, 2019, the railway formerly petitioned for abandonment, citing negotiations with the future property owner, effectively permanently ending operation of the spur. The fate of the remaining equipment still on site in Passaic is currently unknown. [5] Trains in Passaic almost ready to roll as homeless, debris being removed..


  1. ^ Oliveto, Gerald. "Gerald's Railroads Of New Jersey: Freight Shortlines of New Jersey". NJ Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  2. ^ Macinnes, Alexander. "Passaic transfer station's close leads to loss in revenue". 18 September 2009. The Record / Archived from the original on 16 Oct 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
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  4. ^ STB Verified Notice of Exemption[1]
  5. ^ STB Abandonment Exemption[2]

[1] google image of erie 833 and GLR 935