Railroads

The Pascack Valley Line – New Information #1

In 1996, Wilson E. Jones published The Pascack Valley Line, a history of the railroad that now runs from Secaucus, NJ, through Hillsdale, NJ to terminate at Spring Valley, NY. This article is an addendum to the book, not a reprinting of it. You can find copies on Alibris or eBay, but an interlibrary loan will get you a free read.

Let’s start with an updated roster for the nineteenth century roads. This information comes from R. H. Lehmuth’s outstanding collection of builder’s records:

2018 Updated Roster of the Hackensack & New York/New Jersey & New York Railroads

Hackensack & New York Railroad

Builder #

Gauge

Complete

Details

Cylinders

Drivers

Rogers 963

72"

9/1860

4-2-0T "Hackensack"
Became Erie #5 > #92 > #448

9×16

54"

 

Std.

 

Rebuilt – 4-2-0T Erie #448

12×16

54"

Rogers 969

72"

10/1860

4-2-0T "Lodi"

9×16

54"

 

Std.

 

Rebuilt – Erie "Lodi"

12×16

54"

Unknown

72"

1860?

4-4-0 "Bergen" Drove into Hackensack River 1861, probably still there. Described as "large" and "first-class".

?

?

Unknown

72"

1861

4-4-0 "Jersey City" Wilson attributes this machine to the Jersey City Locomotive & Machine Co. Unfortunately, there is no record of such a locomotive and they didn’t build any engines at all in 1860 or 1861.

?

?

Rogers 1467

72"

5/1867

4-4-0 "Hackensack" This locomotive was unknown to Wilson E. Jones and Raymond Bessey, an earlier writer on the NJ&NYRR. On page A2 of the book, locomotive #5 is mislabelled as NJ&NY “Oradell”. It is likely this engine, H&NY #5.

14×22

60"

Lodi Branch Railroad

Builder #

Gauge

Complete

Details

Cylinders

Drivers

Todd & Rafferty

72"

1860

2-4-0T #1

?

?

Rogers 1693

72"

12/1869

0-4-0T #2

12×18

34"

 

Std.

1885

Rebuilt to standard gauge by New York, Susquehanna & Western at their Wortendyke shops, then added to their roster.

 

 

New Jersey & New York Railroad

Builder #

Gauge

Complete

Details

Cylinders

Drivers

Rogers 2386

72"

12/1874

4-4-0 #1 "Hackensack" The third!

16×24

60"

Rogers 2387

72"

12/1874

4-4-0 #2 "Hillsdale"

16×24

60"

Rogers 2388

72"

12/1874

4-4-0 #3 "Haverstraw"

16×24

60"

 

 

 

Returned and rebuilt to standard gauge: A. S. Hewitt – for – New York & Greenwood Lake #5 "Ringwood", then Erie #323.

 

 

Rogers 2389

72"

12/1874

4-4-0 #4 "Carlstadt"

16×24

60"

 

 

4/1881

Returned and rebuilt to standard gauge, became New York, Woodhaven & Rockaway #5, then New York & Rockaway Beach #305, then Long Island #305.

16×24

60"

Rogers 2390

72"

12/1874

4-4-0 #5 "Oradell" The photo labeled as the Oradell on page A2 of the book is incorrect. The engine pictured is at least 5 years older than 1874 (D-shaped smokebox).

16×24

60"

Rogers 2391

72"

2/1875

4-4-0 #6 "Westwood"

16×24

60"

Rogers 2396

72"

2/1875

4-4-0 #7 "Nanuet"

16×24

60"

Rogers 2370

72"

2/1875

4-4-0 #8 "Spring Valley"

16×24

60"

 

 

7/1879

Returned and rebuilt to standard gauge: A. S. Hewitt – for – New York & Greenwood Lake #6 "Hansenclever".

16×24

60"

Rogers 3551

Std

4/1885

4-4-0 #9 "Carlstadt"

18×24

66"

Rogers 4390

Std

10/1890

2-6-0 #10 "Woodbridge", then Erie

19×24

54"

Cooke 2193

Std

4/8/1892

4-4-0 #11 "Haverstraw"

19×24

62"

Rogers 5038

Std

5/1895

4-4-0 #12 "Park Ridge", then Erie #12

18×24

64"

Based on R. H. Lehmuth’s builders records for "Rogers Locomotive 1837-1905", "Cooke Locomotive & Machine Co. 1853-1902" and "Jersey City Locomotive Works 1859-1867".