West Arlington (Erie Railroad station)

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West Arlington
West Arlington Station site.JPG
The site of the former West Arlington Station in 2010. The building burned down in 1976.
Location North Midland Avenue
Kearny, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°46′34″N 74°08′57″W / 40.7761°N 74.1493°W / 40.7761; -74.1493Coordinates: 40°46′34″N 74°08′57″W / 40.7761°N 74.1493°W / 40.7761; -74.1493
Owned by Erie Railroad (1874–1960)
Erie-Lackawanna Railway (1960–1976)
Line(s) New York and Greenwood Lake Railway
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2 main line
Platform levels 1
Other information
Station code 1703[1]
Opened 1874[3]
Closed September 30, 1966[2]
Rebuilt 1895[3]
Preceding station   Erie Railroad   Following station
New York and Greenwood Lake Railroad

West Arlington Station was a former railroad station in the Arlington section of Kearny in Hudson County, New Jersey. The station was used by the Erie Railroad along its New York & Greenwood Lake Railroad division. The second of two stations in Arlington, the station was located on North Midland Avenue, just off the intersection with County Route 699 (Passaic Avenue). Along with a passenger train portion, West Arlington Station also held WR Tower, the interlocking tower to handle the nearby WR Draw swing bridge over the Passaic River. The station was first constructed in 1874, (and rebuilt in 1895)[3] with a single story passenger train station and a double story WR Tower attached to the building.

The tower and station at West Arlington as seen from the opposite shore of the Passaic River in Newark

The station saw its last passenger train on September 30, 1966, a train along the Caldwell Branch of the New York and Greenwood Lake, which ended the need for the old station half, although that was not torn out. The last Erie-Lackawanna Railway train to cross the nearby swing bridge and use WR Tower was in 1976, when the system was turned over to Conrail. In 1976, the old West Arlington station burned down and was not replaced. The Montclair Connection caused the alignment and the swing bridge to no longer be needed. Passenger service along the alignment ended on September 20, 2002.

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  1. ^ "List of Station Names and Numbers". Jersey City, New Jersey: Erie Railroad. May 1, 1916. Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ Yanosey, Robert J. (2006). Erie Railroad Facilities (In Color). 1. Scotch Plains, New Jersey: Morning Sun Books Inc. ISBN 1-58248-183-0. 
  3. ^ a b c Krasner, Barbara (2000). Images of America: Kearny. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-0403-2.