Thursday, January 31, 2013

Night Time at NJT's Raritan Station

(Train sightings on 1-26-13 and 1-27-13.)

Located at MP 35.8 on NJT’s RVL, this station was built back in the 1890’s. Documentation about the station construction is almost non-existent. The only clue as to who built can be found in the former baggage room where an inscription reads “Built by the C.R.R. of N.J.” The station was constructed using rock face ashlar block and originally also had a slate roof. That has since been replaced with asphalt shingles. On June 22, 1984 it was added to the National Register of Historical Places.

Photo 1: As the sun sets on January 27, NJT Train 5528 slows for its stop at Raritan at 5:15. NJT’s weekend schedule will show Raritan as the last stop. Monday through Friday is when the trains will terminate in High Bridge (NJ).

Photo 2: NJT Train 5530 is preparing to depart Raritan under a full moon on a bitter cold January 26th night.

Photo 3: Seen here on January 26th, NJT’s Raritan Station is 1 ½ stories high has two dormers with gabled roofs on the north and south sides. The east and west sides have a single gabled dormer without side walls.