Jersey City–Harrisburg, Pa., Queen of the Valley departing Elizabeth, N.J., in June 1936.
RDC’s eastbound, GP9 and cars westbound at Cranford, N.J., in September 1958.
Jersey City–Harrisburg Harrisburg Special at Reading Company’s Harrisburg station in April 1948.
Linn H. Westcott
Ferry slips at Jersey City Terminal as seen from Hudson River in April 1967.
John A. Yohannon
Baldwin double-ended diesel with westbound commuter train at Elizabeth, late 1950s.
RDC on Newark–Elizabethport “shuttle service” at Elizabethport in March 1958.
Jersey City–Atlantic City Blue Comet departing Jersey City, 1936.
Westbound at Roselle/Roselle Park in April 1967.
John A. Yohannon
Eastbound push-pull equipment at Bound Brook, 1973.
George W. Hamlin
Eastbound at track pans near Dunellen, N.J., in 1931.
R. P. Morris
Westbound at Roselle/Roselle Park, with eastbound Lehigh Valley train above, around 1953.
I. W. King
Gate and sign for Jersey City–Allentown Queen of the Valley before its last run, April 29, 1967.
D. C. Wornom
Camelback with westbound commuter train passing Communipaw station as Fairbanks-Morse H16-44 switches cars, July 1951.
John F. Endler Jr.
Ferry slips at Cortlandt Street ferry terminal in Lower Manhattan as seen from Hudson River in April 1967.
John A. Yohannon
Class H1s 4-6-4T No. 229, built by Baldwin in 1923.
Classic Trains coll.
Jersey City–Atlantic City Blue Comet, approaching Red Bank on New York & Long Branch, 1933.
Don Wood coll.
Bay Head–Jersey City train near Red Bank on New York & Long Branch, mid-1950s.
2-6-2T No. 200 and combine on Jersey City–Newark run at Newark, mid-1930s.
Robert G. Lewis
Two trains westbound at Greenville (Jersey City) in May 1941.
GP40P with Jersey City–Bay Head train at Matawan, N.J., in January 1969.
All through June 2021, Classic Trains editors are celebrating the history and heritage of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. Please enjoy this photo gallery of Jersey Central passenger trains, first published online in February 2019.
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3 thoughts on “Central Railroad of New Jersey, passenger trains”
The Jersey Central was a Reading Railroad subsidiary throughout much of its history, and this also followed to equipment practices(though the Reading never had Baldwin “Baby Face” diesels). They might have also shared electrification practices, since the Reading had considered electrifying its primary intercity routes out of Philadelphia, to Jersey City, Bethlehem, and Reading. It’s likely CNJ may have electrified both its main line to connect with the Reading at Bound Brook, and perhaps electrify its inner New York and Long Branch trains. Since Reading already copied the PRR in its suburban Philadelphia electrification, it stands to reason that CNJ may have followed similar plans. However, the Great Depression put paid to any such plans on either CNJ or Reading…a shame, since an electrified Reading line from West Trenton to Bound Brook and an electrified CNJ(and Aldene Connection) could have provided Amtrak and NJ Transit with an alternative to its NEC line from Newark to Philadelphia. Alas, that remains an untried possibility.
The Blue Comet between Jersey City and Atlantic City was an excellent feature train on a budget, using new standard cars and modernized old cars. The train was pre-streamlining.
The Central* shared a policy with the connecting Reading Company of operating combines with the baggage end either way. Note the vestibule, steps and traps on the baggage end. CNJ also hosted B&O’s Royal Blue Line from Bound Brook NJ into Jersey City.
*Nickname in CNJ/RDG territory. I understand there was a railroad in New York with the same nickname.
Not sure you should use “great passenger trains” and Jersey Central Lines in the same sentence.