Long Branch is the end of electrification of the North Jersey Coast Line. Electrification reached here in 1988. The station is now the transfer point on most trips (except for a few rush hour and summer beach express trips that use dual-modes, plus a few diesel rush hour trips to and from Hoboken) between electric train service to New York-Penn Station and diesel shuttle service the remaining 26 miles south to Bay Head. This also makes Long Branch the terminus of hourly or better service on the North Jersey Coast Line since off-peak service on the Shuttle is as infrequent as every two hours (it's hourly on summer weekends). The station is luckily well situated for transfers consisting of a narrow island platform for two tracks just north of the Long Branch yard.
The island platform is located at street level. Access is only from the east and through the station's 340 space parking lot (with access from Third Avenue, the parking lot is long and narrow so it's not a long walk to local streets). Towards the southern end of the platform is the main entrance is via a staircase only tunnel. At the northern end (near the northern end of the west track that can platform for a slightly longer length) is a pedestrian grade-crossing that leads to a short ramp up to the platform for ADA access. The entire platform between these areas (plus the wheelchair ramp) is covered by a canopy structure with red beams and red sides. Beneath the canopy are a couple waiting shelters and the ticket office.
A sign on for the Long Branch Station on the streets of Long Branch.
The main entrance to the island high-level platform at Long Branch. A tunnel underneath the tracks and a grade crossing are the two ways to get to the platform
ALP-46 Electric Locomotive #4623 stopped at Long Branch.
Another view of ALP-46 Electric Locomotive #4623 stopped at Long Branch.
Looking up the ramp that leads up to the high-level platform at Long Branch trains have platformed on both sides ALP-46 Electric Locomotive #4623 waits to lead a northbound trip, Comet III #5001 is stopped at the station on a southbound diesel train to Bay Head.
Comet III #5001 leaves Long Branch, the last car of a Bay Head diesel-bound train.
Comet III #5001 continues to leave Long Branch.
A hanging sign on the platform at Long Branch, the grey NJT station strip is on the bottom of the sign since it is hanging from the canopy.
F40PH-2CAT #4120 is the only train currently in the fairly large yard at Long Branch, it is there to become a diesel shuttle train down to Bay Head once the peak hour direct trips stop running .
Artwork on the edge of the platfrom level along the stairwell down to the underpass beneath the tracks.
Comet V #6004 at the very end of the platform at Long Beach viewed from the parking lot.
Comet V #6045 and a three car train sit idoling in the small yard at Long Beach.
Another view of Comet V #6045, this time from a grade crossing south of the station.
A profile of GP40-PH-2B #4212 in the yard at Long Beach.
GP40-PH-2B #4201 has just pulled a northbound trian from Long Branch
The northern end of the island platform
Most of the platform has this red canopy
Passengers transfer from a Shuttle diesel shuttle trian from Bay Head to an electric trian of MLVs to continue their trips north to New York
Last Updated: 2 April, 2013
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