NJT Port Jervis Line
By Peggy Darlington
We will begin at Suffern which is discussed on the Bergen Line Page. The line roughly parallels the New York Thruway which is not fare from our line although it meanders from side to side. The line is run by New Jersey Transit for Metro North on right of way leased from Norfolk Southern (former Conrail and Erie railroad Metro North can purchase this line in 2006. There is one track with low platform except as noted.
Sloatsburg is first with a station house on the North side. Tuxedo follows with a station house on the. Harriman follows with a mini-high platform on the East end and a station house South side., both on the South side.
Leaving here we cross the highlight of the line, the spindly Moodna Viaduct affording a picture postcard view of the valley below.
Salisbury Mills, Cornwall is next with the platform on the South side.
Campbell Hall is next with the platform also on the South side and a Maintenance of Way Base on the North Side with several storage tracks for freight trains sharing the line. At this station the line plateaus. To rail fans, this station is the site of the memorable failure of steam engine 614 which was rescued by two chaser diesels provided by NJT.614faield to a a blown cylinder and was repaired a week later.
Middletown (New York) follows with one min\ii-high platform on the North side. We start our long descent and enter Otisville with its platform on the South side and no station house. We enter the once two track Otisville Tunnel. Originally the line went up the mountain before the grade was eased and tunnel bored.. We now start a four percent grade descent through the Black Rock Cut and enter Port Jervis, the last stop. The station is in a valley bordered by a river and is near the New York, Pennsylvania Border. There are three tracks with a station house (bus shelter) on the North side The old Station house, now a museum is just East of the current station which is heated and enclosed.
Track layout from South to North is as follows: Two bypass tracks, the station track coming off the Southern Bypass track. west of the Station the station track divides to merge back to the bypass tracks and further North as three yard tracks. The two South yard leads merge and reenter the Northern bypass track.