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  1. mike says:

    nobody no where loading rock chemicals and minerals onto railcars anymore to make Twinkees that never saw a plant or vegetable….!! Hoboken, Frank Sinatras hometown, i did not realize it was so closely accessible….and thanks to Emily, i know my Grandmother is buried next to Babe Ruth and Anyn Rand, and thanks to google , zillow or showmystreet.com i see baseball diamonds being built all over my old homestead areas in the back lots but due to somewhat radical economics, im an outsider looking in and missing my twinkees, so i say i never liked winter, and have not spent a winter in cold for 40 years…..thanks for the lovely pictures of unmoved mountains and unfilled dredge lakes and unmoved rails but permits to work practically require beggings which may be against the law………………

  2. mike says:

    but but but i miss my Twinkees…..

  3. Adam Moss says:


    The 1941 depot was constructed because the 1887 was the site of numerous hits of passengers by train.

    There used to be Metro-North signage in the early 80s instead of the NJ Transit signage.

    • Emily says:

      I suppose that is a valid reason for relocating the placement of the station… though a poor one for tearing down the 1887 building. Unfortunate they couldn’t keep it.

  4. Adam Moss says:

    The location of the 1887 depot was awkward enough, since it doubled as a Piermont Branch station.

    The Erie, as you’ll see south of Suffern, was not made of money at that point and by the 50s, every cent counted. Hell, SF Tower, which is in one of your photos, was held up by timber boards when the Thruway was constructed on its foundation. It remained that way too until demolition. People do call it the Leaning Tower of Suffern because that’s exactly what it did.

  5. Tyler says:

    Does this line handle any freight traffic? That could explain the mini-highs.

    In Boston, these platforms have a removable edge about eight inches deep that allow the passage of oversized freight loads. My home line (Worcester) is shared with CSX and can’t have full high platforms installed because of the time that would have to be spent removing and later reinstalling this edging.

    The other more obvious option is simply insufficient ridership to justify improvements, and/or a lack of money.

    • Emily says:

      You’re right… Norfolk Southern runs freight on here (I believe they own the tracks as well). But if that weren’t the case, I don’t know if there is enough ridership to justify it. Anyways, I like the mini high platforms. They are cute :P

      • Adam Moss says:

        They do not own the tracks until Hillburn Yard. NJ Transit owns up to Hillburn Yard.

        2800 riders a year is not enough to justify it either.

      • mike says:

        have seen the cost of rail is 5 million a mile….quite a lot of recycled tin cans to get a spur line in… not enough rock…?,, 5200 feet apx not to long length seeable tho….

  6. mike says:

    unpaid taxes on rail can open a large can of worms…reminding me oddly of Eliot Roosevelt…………….gone missing like twinkees…

    • Emily says:

      Mike, did they give you a day pass to go to the internet cafe? I’m only kidding, you crack me up though. I think I’m too young to know who Elliot Roosevelt was, so I had to look him up. I was six when he died :P

  7. mike says:

    had to look him up myself, tho, but young and beauty seems to suit you, perhaps in what is your field now tho, you might find a sack of 40 mill, left in clues easy carried away from corporate mismanagement, but Mz Emily CEO President of neo twinkee Company, the way things go, might be the employments i need soon enough, Elliot lived in the hills overlooking the valley desert I live in lately….with no am track anymore…..

  8. Old Geezer says:

    I don’t know about Twinkies, but Suffern used to be the home of Avon lipstick. At one time I worked at the Avon HQ in Manhattan and we looked into improving the telephone system at the Suffern facility. Well, it’s tough (and expensive) to rewire an old building where some of the interior walls are 2-feet thick of solid stone.

    Kind of like the problems with some old railroad stations.

    Avon manufacturing ceased there in 2002, but I was already gone from Avon at the time. But I still think of the lipstick production line when I drive by on the Thruway.

    • mike says:

      never noticed the familarity of taste between twinkees and avon lip stick, nor do i want to think about it…..

  9. Daniel says:

    I use to go to Ramapo College so I could either take the NJ Transit from Mahwah or Suffern. But just to let Emily know, whenever a train does travel past Suffern there will be at least one or two passenger cars and one engine pulling the train that will have the markings of MTA Metro North.

    I would assume that is part of the contract between the MTA of NY And NJ Transit sharing the rails.

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