Erie Lackawanna Dream

The Erie Lackawanna Line – the train system that used to stop in my childhood town

The Erie Lackawanna line stopped its service to Newton, NJ around 1965 or so. I do remember the station closing down, being boarded up and then becoming overgrown. Unfortunately, they tore down the old station. The station used to be close to my middle school – a historic school called Halsted Street school, and its adjacent cemetery. We would walk through the cemetery every day to and from school, and at night after Boy Scout meetings. There was one tomb built into the side of a hill – in a solid rock – and the story was that someone went caving in the side that hill and they got buried alive – so they entombed them right where they met their fate. It was a middle school tall tale – but it sure was a good one.

RIP – Erie Lackawanna in Newton, NJ

Its funny how a memory can evoke all kinds of “dreamy” scenes . . .

Waiting for the Erie Lackawanna to return . . .

Sometimes we long for those things that have gone – even things that left us a long time ago.

The Erie Lackawanna went from NYC to Scranton, Buffalo, Cleveland and eventually Chicago

Newton Depot

2 Comments on “Erie Lackawanna Dream

  1. LIKED U’R ARTICLE ON THE ERIE LACKAWANNA …. i TOO LIVED ON A BRANCH OF THE EL BACK IN THE DAY ONLY TO SEE IT FOLD INTO ABANDONMENT IN THE MID 60S …. IT WAS AT THE END OF THE GREENWOOD LAKE DIV ,,,,IN WANAQUE MIDVALE THAT I DEVELOPED A LOVE AND ALMOST OBSESSION TO WATCH THE LOCOMOTIVES TURN IN THE WYE BY MY HOUSE. IT WAS ON MY PAPER ROUTE IN ABOUT 1962 THAT I DELIVERED PAPERS NEAR THE RAILROAD YARD THAT I WAS EXPOSED TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF RAILROADING … AND I WAS ABOUT 12 AT THE TIME… WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF A BY GONE ERA. NEVER TO RETURN… DAVID

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    • I remember Wanaque and was born at Passaic General. William Carlos Williams was in charge of pediatrics. I’ve been in California since 1982

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