West Trenton station

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SEPTA.svg West Trenton
SEPTA regional rail
TRENT-Station.jpg
West Trenton station from an inbound train. The bridge in front of the station goes over Grand Avenue and Sullivan Way.
Location 3 Grand & Railroad Avenues
Ewing Township, New Jersey
Owned by SEPTA
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Connections Local Transit NJT Bus Route 608 (rush hours only)
Construction
Parking Yes
Other information
Fare zone NJ
History
Opened 1929
Electrified 1931
Services
Preceding station   SEPTA.svg SEPTA   Following station
West Trenton Line Terminus
West Trenton Line
Discontinued 1981
Closed 1981
  Former services  
Reading Railroad
toward Jenkintown
New York Branch
Crusader
toward Communipaw
West Trenton Station
West Trenton NJ railway station.jpg
The station house from the tracks.
West Trenton station is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
West Trenton station
West Trenton station is located in New Jersey
West Trenton station
West Trenton station is located in the US
West Trenton station
Location Sullivan Way
Ewing, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°15′26″N 74°48′55″W / 40.25722°N 74.81528°W / 40.25722; -74.81528Coordinates: 40°15′26″N 74°48′55″W / 40.25722°N 74.81528°W / 40.25722; -74.81528
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built 1929
Architect Clark Dillenbeck
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Others
MPS Operating Passenger Railroad Stations TR
NRHP Reference # 84004031[1]
Added to NRHP June 22, 1984[1]

West Trenton station is the northern terminus of the SEPTA West Trenton Line. It is located at Grand & Railroad Avenues in the West Trenton section of Ewing Township, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, however this address only applies to the southbound station house on the west side of the tracks. The northbound station house is on the east side of the tracks and is located on Sullivan Way, which changes into Grand Avenue once it crosses under the tracks. SEPTA's official website gives the address as being in Trenton. The station has off-street parking, and is located in Fare Zone NJ. In FY 2013, West Trenton station had a weekday average of 292 boardings and 361 alightings.[2]

History[edit]

Main entrance to the West Trenton station

Originally built in 1929 by the Reading Railroad, it was acquired by Conrail and SEPTA in 1976 and used for diesel service to Newark, New Jersey until 1981.[3] New Jersey Transit took over passenger service between here and Newark until November 1982, thus transforming the station into a terminus. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since June 22, 1984. NRHP lists the northbound station house as the official address, which now consists of privately owned offices. There is an ongoing debate concerning a proposal to rename the station as "Ewing".[4] This station is where the proposed New Jersey Transit West Trenton Line would terminate.[5] As of August 25, 2015 as a result of the SEPTA and CSX separation between Woodbourne and West Trenton stations, the outbound platform was removed for the now CSX track to run around the SEPTA West Trenton yard and continue to Manville while all SEPTA traffic was diverted onto the Inbound track. Currently all SEPTA Service between Yardley and West Trenton operates on the Inbound track only.

The station was built in the Georgian Revival style as adapted for a medium-sized suburban station. It has a central two-story block constructed of brick and a hipped slate roof. The gable projects slightly on the east and west facades. Two one-story wings with slate roofs extend from the central block.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "SEPTA (May 2014). Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Service Plan. p. 62" (PDF).  (539 KB)
  3. ^ http://focus.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Text/84004031.pdf
  4. ^ Coryell, Lisa (2007-12-03). "Township debating renaming SEPTA line Change to Ewing Train Station being proposed". Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  5. ^ New Jersey Transit Proposed West Trenton Line map
  6. ^ Meyer, Richard (August 1981). "New Jersey Transit Railroad Station Survey - West Trenton Station" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places focus. National Park Service. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to West Trenton station at Wikimedia Commons