NJT Pascack Valley Line
By Peggy Darlington
The Pascack Valley Line Is a one track line
with passing sidings to allow two way service. In this
discussion North will be used to refer to trains heading to
Spring Valley New York Unless stated all platforms are low and
all stations are at grade level.
We leave Hoboken
,described on a separate page, in our diesel train .
The new Secaucus Junction station
officially called the "Frank Lautenberg Rail Station," a
312,000-square-foot station which opened for full service
December 15, 2003. This new station, visible from the New Jersey
Turnpike, functions as a transfer point between ten New Jersey
Transit rail lines, with emphasis on transfers to the
Northeast Corridor and
North Jersey Coast , allowing those passengers from the
Meadowlands, and Pascack Valley lines
easier access to New York City and points south. The upper level
of this station has one island platform, two wall platforms and
four tracks. Based on track numbers (A, B, 2 and 3 for the NECL
Level and E, F, G, H for the lower level) it appears that room
is available for tracks C,D,1 and 4.
The lower level has two high island platforms and
four tracks. There is a $250 million interchange of the
New Jersey Turnpike, Exit 15X, designed especially to
serve this rail station." The Portal bridge replacement project
and ARC Tunnel will add additional tracks and a loop track
connecting the lower level and upper level tracks to
this station's south end for future added service to New York.
We soon arrive at our first stop, Wood-
Ridge which is at grade and has a low 0 inch asphalt platform on
the East side.
Next up is Williams Avenue in Teterboro. this
station has an identity crisis- The map and timetable refers to
the station as Teterboro while signage now shows Teterboro
Williams Avenue. The low 0 inch asphalt platform is on the east
side of this at grade station.
Next up, Essex Street in Hackensack
which has a mini high platform on the west side. A freight
siding was observed to the East. of this at grade station which
includes a grade crossing.
We arrive at the second station in
Hackensack, Anderson Street, which had the second oldest station
house in the NJT system but it was destroyed in a fire which
according to rail fans is possible arson. It had arched windows
and was done in the craftsman style-- A moment of silence for
the station house. (pause) Thank you. Your staff hopes NJT
will rebuild the station house to replicate the destroyed
station house. We will keep you updated.
This station was formerly named North
Hackensack and is located on a low embankment with a bus shelter
on the West side. It has a 0 inch low platform. A
picturesque meandering river was seen to our East.
We arrive at the aptly named
River Edge featuring an old station house on the
East Side which is now a coffee shop and is being repaired.
there is a 0 inch low a gravel walkway. A river is to our East
of this at grade station which includes a grade crossing.
next and features an old station house, currently being restored
on the West Side. The station house is of the gingerbread design
and is located at the north end of the station which is at
grade. The scenery includes a wide river with a dam or spillway.
the platform is a 0 inch low platform.
Emerson is next and features a
nice stone station house on the East side which also includes a
Westwood has a mini high platform near the
South end and is at grade with a grade crossing.
features a two story Tudor station house on the East Side. It
has a 0 inch low platform.
Woodcliff Lake follows and features a scenic lake
on the West side of the station which includes a grade crossing
and 0 inch low platform.
has a closed station house on the West side at the North end.
the Station house is brick and is surrounded by a gazebo and
brick edging on the 0 inch low platform.
is next and is the last stop in New Jersey. The station house on
the East side is made of brick. there is a mini high platform at
the South end.
We enter Rockland County, New York and arrive
at Pearl River which features a a nice canopy and
station house used by a commercial establishment on the East
side. The platform is a 0 inch low platform.
Follows. The station is on a slight embankment and is located on
the West side. There is an enclosed bus shelter and min-high
platform at the South end. Leaving the station we encounter a
steep climb up a mountain with a view of houses below on our
East and more mountains on our West.
We then make a high speed descent and enter
Spring Valley with it's mini-high platform
at the South end.
Last revised 4/15/09