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ELIZABETH
Elizabeth, NJ-1.jpg
The former Central Railroad of New Jersey station, with the current Elizabeth station in the background.
Location 14 Julian Place, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07028
Coordinates 40°40′02″N 74°12′59″W / 40.667149°N 74.216448°W / 40.667149; -74.216448
Platforms 2
Tracks 4
History
Opened January 1, 1839
Closed August 6, 1978
Former services
Preceding station Conrail Following station
Elmora
toward Cranford
Bayonne Scoot Elizabethport
toward East 33rd Street
Preceding station Central Railroad of New Jersey Following station
Plainfield
toward Phillipsburg
Main Line Jersey City
Terminus
Elmora
toward Phillipsburg
Elizabethport
Roselle–Roselle Park
toward Somerville
Somerville – Jersey City
Local
West 8th Street
Elmora
toward Somerville
Elizabethport
Preceding station Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Following station
Plainfield
toward Chicago
Main Line Jersey City
Terminus
Plainfield
toward Philadelphia
Philadelphia – Jersey City
Local
Elizabeth Station
Location Morris Ave., and Broad St., Elizabeth, New Jersey
Area 1.3 acres (0.53 ha)
Built 1893 (1893)
Architect Bruce Price
Architectural style Roanesque, Victorian Romanesque
MPS Operating Passenger Railroad Stations TR
NRHP reference No. 84002825
Added to NRHP September 29, 1984

Elizabeth is a disused train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey. It was built by the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) in 1893. It is adjacent to NJ Transit's Elizabeth station on the Northeast Corridor. That station was built and owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad; in the era of private operation passengers could transfer between the two. The CNJ right-of-way in Elizabeth is unused, and passenger trains which served the former CNJ mainline (NJT's Raritan Valley Line service) bypass Elizabeth via the Aldene Connection on their way to Newark Penn Station. The station has been renovated and used as commercial space.

Major named trains

The station was on CNJ's main line and was also utilized by B&O and Reading Railway trains which terminated at CNJ's Jersey City terminal, where ferry service to New York was available.

  • Baltimore and Ohio (routes west beyond Washington, DC):
    • Capitol Limited, Cincinnatian, Columbian, Metropolitan Special, National Limited and others
  • Central Railroad of New Jersey & Reading Railway (route to Bethlehem, Allentown, Reading and Harrisburg):
    • Harrisburg Special and Queen of the Valley
  • Reading Railway (route to West Trenton and Philadelphia):
    • Crusader and Wall Street

Status

The CNJ station suffered from a freight train wreck on November 4, 1972, when a boxcar derailed and pulled several other cars into the canopy. Although the buildings and freight cars were damaged, there were no injuries. The station has been listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places since 1984 and is part of the Operating Passenger Railroad Stations Thematic Resource.

There are plans to redesign the public space and create a transit plaza between the CNJ and NJT stations. Funding was approved in 2018.

The proposed Union County Light Rail, which would have connected midtown Elizabeth with Newark Airport, would have had its western terminus at this station. The station for this line would have been referred to as Midtown to distinguish from the other stations in Elizabeth on this line. The plan has been replaced by the Union go bus expressway, a proposed bus rapid transit system between Garwood and the airport.

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