Elizabeth-Broad Street
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The historic 1893 or 1894 CNJ Elizabeth Broad Street train station is located along the South side of the abandoned CNJ railroad ROW. Today it has been restored and is a branch (there four locations) of Michelino's Italian Restaurant, which was a surprisingly cheep and causal place for lunch on my trip to visit the station. It is a single story stone building with a giant and tall clock tower on top, that stands out as a monument. The roofline extends (like at many stations) to provide shade for what were once waiting passengers beyond the center of the building and onto the former platform area. It is located just west of the Northeast Corridor's Elizabeth Station whose platforms cross over the abandoned four tracks. Most of the CNJ ROW through Elizabeth is abandoned and unimproved with trees and vegetation growing in the former track beds, the tracks themselves still present. The area though in front of the station has been replaced by crushed stone. These stones reach from the NEC to the next abandoned underpass where Union Street crosses beneath the former tracks. The northside of the former track area is Julian Place. South beyond the depot is a concrete plaza that leads down to Grand Street and the main entrance (and pedestrian underpass) to the NEC Station.

The station saw its last passenger service and was abandoned on August 6, 1978 (freight service had ended two years before when Conrail was created, taking over the CNJ) when the 'scoot' shuttle service was discontinued from Bayonne to Cranford. Mainline service to the station (originating at the still standing Communipaw Passenger Terminal where the State of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferries still depart from the same bearths as the connecting ferries to Manhattan) ended on May 1, 1967 when what are now called Raritan Valley Line trains (and its logo, the statue of liberty is derived from the CRJs) were rerouted from the CNJ to the Lehigh Line when the Aldene Connection was built. Trains began terminating at Newark's Penn Station as they do today. This eliminated the expensive ferry service riders required to enter the city.
All Photos taken on 1 February, 2012

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Historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Station|Present Northeast Corridor Station
Approaching the iconic station
Looking down to the abandoned CRJ tracks from the NEC Station
The CRJ tracks are overgrown
Plaza outside the streetside of the depot
The clock tower with a railroad weathervane
Inside the restaurant that occupies the former station
Decorative glass windows
Another interior view
The nice former ROW of stone ends when the NEC pass over the former 4 track mainline
Streetside view of the depot, notice the canopy that extends from it
Historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Station|Present Northeast Corridor Station
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