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From: "Paul R DOT Tupaczewski" paultup AT comcast DOT net
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 21:59:37 -0500
Subject: P&D stations... the final installment
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Hi folks,

With daylight quickly fading, I realized I need to get out and finish my
Gladstone Branch (a.k.a. "the P&D") station tour! So I left work an hour
early to get the rest of my photos.

As you may remember, I had covered the line's east end (New Providence,
Murray Hill, Berkeley Heights) and west end (Gladstone, Peapack, Far Hills)
earlier. Today I covered the stations "in the middle."

Starting out from Murray Hill, I went past the Gillette and Stirling
stations - both lost their station buildings many years ago, and only
platforms remain here. So I moved on to the next "actual" station -
Millington.

Millington is a wonderful stone (or is that gray brick) station with a
track-facing portico, and still retaining its train order signal (sans
blades).

Next up was the Lyons station, and like Millington, it's on a curve. NJ
Transit put in an interesting archway between the parking lot and the
station platform as an artistic touch, but it doesn't detract from this
classic DL&W station. The painted brick structure has a neat bay on the west
end, and the angled platform canopy adds a nice touch. Of note is that there
are still several wooden catenary poles west of the station here (and I saw
more of them west of Basking Ridge as well), but they're not long for this
world. :( They'll be replaced by steel in the next year or so.

Heading west, the next station is Basking Ridge (listen up, Pete Heimbach!
:). This station is a classic Lackawanna concrete structure with terra
cotta roof, and it retains its order board signals as well (with blades, no
less!) It's a very simple design, but suits passengers' needs well in this
residential neighborhood.

The last station that I needed to photograph was at Bernardsville, and it's
arguably the jewel of the Gladstone Branch. It is a gorgeous stone structure
that appears to have been completely restored in recent years. It has a very
long platform canopy, and it also has a passing siding in front of the
building. And it also retains its train order signals (sans blades, alas)

There's an interesting "shed"-like structure at the west end of the station,
which appears to be original to the DL&W. Anyone know what purpose this
structure served?

And there you go... the P&D station tour is complete - enjoy!

- Paul


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