About the Centennial
Join us as we gather to celebrate the heart and lifeblood of South Orange for the last century: our architectural gem of a train station and the rail service that changed our town and this region forever. The net proceeds of the event will benefit the Fund for South Orange Station, a new program that will make aesthetic improvements to our station as it begins its second century of service.
Fund For South Orange Station
Built in 1916 by architect Frank J. Nies, the South Orange Train Station was designed in the Renaissance Revival style and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Although an impressive building, the station needs significant improvements and beautification. Funds collected will be used to help revitalize our historic station including: plantings, lighting replacement and installation of art / murals to celebrate our history.
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South Orange Station History
Chronology for the DL & W Railroad Station of South Orange, New Jersey
|1830||The Eclipse Stage Line operated from this year between Newark and the Mountain House (hotel), South Orange.|
|1836||November 19th, Morris and Essex Railroad laid out, for horse-car service between Newark and Orange.|
|1837||October 2nd, Morris and Essex Railroad opened the service with one steam engine, operating from Newark to the Summit of the Short Hills. Service extended soon afterwards to Chatham, Madison and Morristown. South Orange became a stop, with a wooden shed as a station.|
|1864||Morris & Essex extended its road to Hoboken.|
|1888||South Orange station replaced by red stone building. By then, the road was the “D L & W”|
|1899||Train first ran on Sundays.|
|1916||Tracks were raised above street level in South Orange. Present station was built that year.|
|1931||Trains were electrified.|
|1960||Erie and DL&W merged, as Erie Lackawanna.|
|1972||Erie Lackawanna became bankrupt.|
|1976||Erie Lackawanna taken over by Conrail.|
|1978||Department of Transportation of New Jersey purchased the railroad line. (N.J. Transit)|
|1995||Police sub-station opened at Sloan St. Train Station. Station revitalization project began, with improved facilities for new station shops|
|1996||On June 15, direct rail service started to mid-town Manhattan for riders on Morris & Essex line, cutting travel time from South Orange to less than 30 minutes.|
Time table of 1869. There were no Sunday trains until 1899.
The crowded South Orange NJ railroad depot in Station on Morris & Essex Railroad painted about 1864.