Tomís Raritan River Railroad Page
by Don Zrebiec (07 Jan 2004)
Near the end of
This photo is used at the bottom of Page 74 of Fred Deibertís ďRails Up The RaritanĒ. I know this station was used for passenger service but Iím not sure if it had any freight use. If it didnít, and since passenger service on the RRRR ended in 1938, I doubt this building saw much action after that date. All that now remains of the Station is its foundation, hidden by overgrowth, leaves, & branches perhaps 25 feet from the old right-of-way.
Not far away is a building on
In an effort to document what was left of the Bergen Hill
Station I made my way to the intersection of Center & Elm Streets armed
with a new digital camera (my first!). Directly across from
I found the foundationís remains after kicking around a few leaves. However, to get some decent pictures I cleared a better swath of ground. The below photo is a close up of the concrete that remains.
The two photos below are taken from the same vantage
point. Both photos show what appears to be a path through the
woods. However, this ďpathĒ is the area I cleared to expose the Stationís
foundation. The photo on the top has the
The below photo attempts to do the same,
but this time facing away from the
To be quite honest there isnít much to see here. I found some old chunks of concrete (one with a metal support rod) and a slab of well-defined concrete (see below photo), but I wonder if all of these are parts of the Station. However, in the absence of large piles of dumped construction material, Iíll place my hopes in that these pieces are actual Bergen Hill Station remains.
To put things in perspective with the surrounding area I took the below snapshot of the Station foundation with the Burlinski Coal Company building in the background. Itís sad that this is all thatís left of the Bergen Hill Station, but I guess itís better than nothing.
Updated Information by Tom Reynolds 8/6/2006
Don did an amazing job of discovering the Bergen Hill Station location!† We recently found, courtesy of Bob Kipp, some original pictures of the Bergen Hill Station!
Bergen Hill Station 1917-1923?
Bob Kipp Collection
Note the big long concrete porch around the base of the station in the above picture.† Don discovered this long run of concrete above in Pic 5!
Also, note the small building to the right of the Bergen Hill Station:
Note small building behind the Bergen Hill Station.
I truly believe this is the building in the back of Donís photo here, itís the Burlinski Coal Company building:
To me, the roof lines are too similar to not be the same building.†
Proof that this is the concrete porch and foundations of the long lost Raritan River Bergen Hill Station!
Way to go Don!† Thanks!
More Pictures of the Bergen Hill Station, courtesy of the Bob Kipp Collection!
A most amazing picture!
In front of the Bergen Hill Station!
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