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Netcong is an NJ Transit station in Netcong, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. Located on Route 46 at Main Street in downtown Netcong, the small, 1-low level side platform station service passengers for the Morristown Line and the Montclair-Boonton Line. These lines provide service to Hoboken or to New York City via Midtown Direct on the Morristown Line at Dover station and Montclair-Boonton at Montclair State University station. Midtown Direct service can also be transferred at Newark Broad Street station in Newark. There is one track and one platform on the north side, adjacent to the station. NJ Transit maintains a substantial train servicing yard east of the Netcong station at Port Morris in Roxbury Township. Port Morris Yard is proposed to return as the junction of the Montclair-Boonton and Morristown lines for the Lackawanna Cut-Off line to Scranton. Transfers would be provided at Lake Hopatcong station in Landing.[7]

Netcong
Netcong Station - December 2014.jpg
Netcong station in December 2014 from the station platform. Route 46 is visible to the right.
Coordinates40°53′51.5″N 74°42′26.5″W / 40.897639°N 74.707361°W / 40.897639; -74.707361Coordinates: 40°53′51.5″N 74°42′26.5″W / 40.897639°N 74.707361°W / 40.897639; -74.707361
Owned byNJ Transit
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1
ConnectionsCommuter Bus Lakeland: 80
Construction
ParkingFree and no overnight parking
Other information
Station code902 (Delaware, Lackawanna and Western)[1]
Fare zone19[2]
History
Opened1853[3]
Rebuilt1901–June 14, 1903[4]
ElectrifiedNo
Previous namesNetcong–Stanhope
Traffic
Passengers (2017)82 (average weekday)[5][6]
Services
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
Mount Olive Montclair-Boonton Line Lake Hopatcong
Morristown Line
Former services
Preceding station Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Following station
Waterloo Old Main Line Lake Hopatcong
Terminus
Cranberry Lake Sussex Branch Hoboken
Terminus

Service to Netcong, once known as South Stanhope, was begun in 1853 by the Morris & Essex Railroad. A 1.5-story depot was constructed by the railroad out of wood and located on the westbound tracks. The current Netcong station was built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad's main line after construction of the Stanhope Cut-Off from 1901–1903 as the main station to Netcong and nearby Stanhope.[8] The brick design of the station was built with bricks from nearby Port Murray.[9]

The station served as the junction of the Sussex Branch of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western as well, serving towns through Sussex County including Branchville, Newton and Lafayette Township. Passenger railroad service on the Sussex Branch ended in October 1966, when the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, the successor to the Lackawanna, cut service on many passenger branches. In 1979, the line was torn up and handed over to the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. Prior to 1994, NJ Transit's service on the then-Boonton Line terminated at Netcong. However, in late 1994, service was extended along the Norfolk Southern owned tracks to Mount Olive Township and Hackettstown, which became the permanent western terminus of the line.[10]

Station layoutEdit

Netcong has one low-level asphalt side platform.

Ground/
Platform level
Street level Ticket machines, parking
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right
Track 1      Morristown Line and      Montclair-Boonton Line limited service toward Hackettstown (Mount Olive)
     Morristown Line and      Montclair-Boonton Line limited service toward Hoboken or New York (Lake Hopatcong)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Station Numbers". Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. 1952. p. 2. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Montclair-Boonton Line Timetables" (PDF) (May 23, 2010 ed.). Newark, New Jersey: NJ Transit Rail Operations. 2010. pp. 1–4. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  3. ^ Rutan 2013, p. 13.
  4. ^ Rutan 2013, p. 14.
  5. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS" (PDF). NJ Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "How Many Riders Use NJ Transit's Hoboken Train Station?". Hoboken Patch. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  7. ^ "2007-2008 Annual Report" (PDF). New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 1, 2011. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  8. ^ Rutan 2013, p. 13-14.
  9. ^ Yanosey, Robert J. (2007). Lackawanna Railroad Facilities (In Color). Volume 2: Dover to Scranton. Scotch Plains, New Jersey: Morning Sun Books Inc.
  10. ^ Sanderson, Bill (November 6, 1994). "People Back Home Know Best". The Record. Bergen County, New Jersey: The Record of Bergen County.

BibliographyEdit

  • Rutan, Dave (2013). Remember The Sussex Branch of the Lackawanna Railroad. Sussex County, New Jersey: Dave Rutan. ISBN 9781304169310.

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