The Rahway Valley Railroad (RVRR) was a shortline railroad in the Northeastern United States which connected the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Roselle Park and the Central Railroad of New Jersey in Cranford with the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western in Summit. Operating over a span of 95 years (1897–1992) in Union County, New Jersey, in its prime it was one of the most successful shortline railroads in US history, even turning a profit during the Great Depression. During its lifetime, the RVRR was instrumental in the development of Kenilworth (site of its headquarters) as well as Union Township, Springfield and other towns along its route. But later years would see rail traffic decline and by the mid-1980s the line could no longer afford to purchase liability insurance. The RVRR was foreclosed on and sold to the Delaware Otsego Corporation which did little to revitalize the nearly 90-year-old line. Traffic continued to decline until service was finally ended in 1992, with only one customer left on the once flourishing line.
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... the New Jersey portion of the Staten Island Railroad between Linden and Cranford, and the former Rahway Valley Railroad between Cranford and Summit ... Both sections are now known as the Rahway Valley Railroad ... As of late 2006, only the southern portion of the Rahway Valley Railroad has been restored, as the restoration of the northern portion from Summit to ...
... The History of the RVRR The Rahway Valley Railroad New Jersey's Streak o' Rust
... There were 696 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older ...
... The earliest ancestor of the Rahway Valley Railroad was the New York Orange Railroad, chartered in 1897, connecting the four miles between Kenilworth, New Jersey to a ... The New Orange Four Junction Railroad was formed to take over the NY O in 1901, and was looking to expand to Summit, New Jersey ... and the NY O and the NOFJ were combined into the new Rahway Valley Railroad (RVRR) in 1904 ...
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