Elizabeth station (Central Railroad of New Jersey)

Elizabeth station (Central Railroad of New Jersey)

Elizabeth is a disused train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey. It was built by the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) in 1893. It is adjacent to NJ Transit's Elizabeth station on the Northeast Corridor. That station was built and owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad; in the era of private operation passengers could transfer between the two.

Major named trains

The station was on the main line towards the CNJ's Jersey City terminal, a line that was the conduit for B&O, CNJ and Reading Railway trains bound for the New York City market:

  • Baltimore and Ohio (routes west beyond Washington, DC):
    • Capitol Limited, Cincinnatian, Columbian, Metropolitan Special, National Limited and others
  • Central Railroad of New Jersey & Reading Railway (route to Bethlehem, Allentown, Reading and Harrisburg):
    • Harrisburg Special and Queen of the Valley
  • Reading Railway (route to West Trenton and Philadelphia):
    • Crusader and Wall Street


The station has been renovated and used as commercial space; the former CNJ right-of-way in Elizabeth is unused, and passenger trains which serve the former CNJ mainline (NJT's Raritan Valley Line service) bypass Elizabeth via the Aldene Connection on their way to Newark Penn Station. The CNJ station suffered from a freight train wreck on November 4, 1972, when a boxcar derailed and pulled several other cars into the canopy. Although the buildings and freight cars were damaged, there were no injuries. The CNJ head house has been on the state and federal registers of historic places since 1984, listed as part of the Operating Passenger Railroad Stations Thematic Resource.

The proposed Union County Light Rail, which would have connected midtown Elizabeth with Newark Airport, would have had its western terminus at this station. The station for this line would have been referred to as Midtown to distinguish from the other stations in Elizabeth on this line. The plan has been replaced by the Union go bus expressway, a proposed bus rapid transit system between Garwood and the airport.


Elizabeth station (Central Railroad of New Jersey)

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