New York Society of
Trips and Activities
Tour of New Jersey
13th 2006, NYSME members went on a tour of abandoned
and in use
railroad tunnels of New Jersey. The trip began at
Fairview NJ and visited locations
at Edgewater, Hoboken, Jersey City, Pattensberg, and
The trip was organized and led by Andrew Brusgard Jr,
and members Doug Chadwick, Rich Martin, Tony
Casamassima, and Andrew Brusgard III partook.
The first tunnel of the day was the Western
Portal of the abandoned NYS&W in Fairview
NJ. The tunnel connected the railroad to its
coal piers and various industries along the
A view of the eastern portal of the NYS&W
tunnel at Edgewater NJ. Note the NYS&W
engraved over the portal.
HBLR station and loop track at Tonnelle Ave
in North Bergen. Just beyond the station is
the rebuilt West Shore Railroad tunnel.
Originally this tunnel connected the NYC to
their Weehawken Yards and station
When NJ Transit rebuilt the tunnel, the
original builder's stones were preserved and
moved to the parking lot on the Tonnelle Ave
Docked in Edgewater, former DL&W ferry
Binghamton, serves as a bar and restaurant.
A view of the eastern portals of the former
DL&W tunnel in Hoboken NJ. As luck would
have it wecaught this inbound Metro North
Another view of the DL&W tunnels. The newer
looking tunnel to the right is actually the
older of the two. Originally bored in the
1860's and was refurbished only a few years
This short tunnel is on the former National
Dock branch. It goes under the PRR's Waldo
Yard and the Hudson and Manhattan Tubes in
Jersey City. Note the extreme grade in the
tunnel and beyond.
Former Erie tunnel in Jersey City. This
tunnel connected the Erie's waterfront yards
to the main and yards in Secaucus. Tunnel
still in service by Conrail Shared Assets.
A view of the markings over the Erie tunnel in
Jersey City. Built 1861 and still in service!
A view of the Erie's Bergen Arches in Jersey
City. This massive cut once featured four
tracks and was used mostly for passenger
traffic. The Erie tunnel is located under
the photographer and the covered Lincoln
A view of the eastern portal of LV's
Pattensberg's tunnel in western NJ. This
tunnel is still in use on the NS Leigh Line.
Originally double tracked it was singled for
double stack clearance.
NYSME were lucky to catch this short
eastbound local at Pattensberg.
A view of the interlocking and signals that
protect the eastern portal of the
Pattensberg Tunnel. This picture was taken
from directly above the portal.
The original Pattensberg tunnel located about 25
yards north of the current tunnel. The tunnel
was abandoned when growing engine sizes required
a large bore.
A view of the inside of
the original Pattensberg
tunnel. Scuba gear maybe
required for further
View of the western
portals of Pattensberg.
This image proves that
the best time of year
for these trips is early
spring. Foliage would
have obscured much of
A view of the western
twin bores of the DL&W
at Manucka Chunk NJ.
These tunnels were
located on the Old Main
of the Lackawanna. The
area between the tunnels
once featured a station
platform. It was also in
interchange point with
the PRR's Bel-Del line.