Wortendyke station

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Wortendyke Station May 2014.jpg
Wortendyke station in May 2014.
Location211 Greenwood Avenue
Midland Park, New Jersey 07432
Coordinates40°59′51″N 74°09′01″W / 40.9975°N 74.150278°W / 40.9975; -74.150278Coordinates: 40°59′51″N 74°09′01″W / 40.9975°N 74.150278°W / 40.9975; -74.150278
Owned byNew York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad
Line(s)New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1 (NYSW)
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code1131 (Erie Railroad)[1]
Opened1865; 157 years ago (1865)
ClosedJune 30, 1966; 55 years ago (June 30, 1966)
ElectrifiedNot electrified
Preceding station New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad Following station
Wyckoff Main Line Midland Park

Wortendyke is a former railroad station in Midland Park, New Jersey along the New York, Susquehanna and Western (NYSW) main line which serves rail freight. Passenger service was discontinued in 1966. The station house and adjacent rail cars are used for local businesses.

Cornelius Wortendyke, a member of the prominent Wortendyke family in the region,[2] developed the right of way as the New Jersey Western Railroad.[3] Manufacturers clustered along Goffle Brook promoted construction the station to remain competitive which in turn[4] led to further development of mills in the vicinity.[5] The former NYS&W yards and shops were located at Wortendyke until the facilities burned down and new ones were built at North Hawthorne.[6]

The Wortendyke station house has become a pottery studio and gallery.[7] An adjacent Pullman car is used as restaurant and catering hall and caboose is as a hot dog stand.[8] The station is a stop on the annual Toys for Tots charity drive.[9][10]

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Existing original station buildings from the New Jersey Midland can be found at Bogota, Vreeland Avenue, Butler, and Newfoundland among other places.[11]


  1. ^ "List of Station Names and Numbers". Jersey City, New Jersey: Erie Railroad. May 1, 1916. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  2. ^ Van Valen (1900), History of Bergen County, New Jersey, Forgotten Books
  3. ^ Kaminski, Edward S (2010), New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad in New Jersey, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 9780738573670
  4. ^ Parrillo, Vincent; Beth Parrillo; Arthur Wrubel (1999), Ridgewood, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 9780738501895
  5. ^ Brown, T.Robbins (2001), The Architecture of Bergen County, New Jersey: The Colonial Period to the Twentieth Century, Rutgers University Press, ISBN 9780813528670
  6. ^ Mohowski, Robert E. (2003). The New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-7222-7.
  7. ^ Antonacci, Jaclyn (August 15, 2013). "Get creative with a pottery project". The Record. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  8. ^ Genovese, Peter (December 12, 2007). "The wieners are winners at Hot Dog Caboose in Midland Park". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  9. ^ "NJ Operation Toy Train".
  10. ^ "NJ & NY Toys For Tots trains: December 6, 7, 13, 14 2014". urhs.org.
  11. ^ "Surviving New Jersey Railroad Stations" (PDF). www.american-rails.com.

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