The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western's Boonton Line was another North Jersey commuter line serving the suburban areas of New Jersey. The line began its westbound journey from the historic Hoboken Terminal, split with the electrified line on the west side of the Bergen Tunnel at West End Interlocking, and completed its 67 mile run in the rustic community of Washington, NJ.
After leaving behind the crowded areas of cities such as Paterson, it plied its way thru the rolling hills of Passaic and Essex Counties with various stops in each. The Boonton Line crossed the Erie's Greenwood Lake Branch at grade in Mt. View of Wayne Twp. Here is where the Lackawanna's Station in Mt. View used to stand, just to the right of the tracks in this picture. This was a small interchange for these two roads and a small tower was located at the diamond where the tracks crossed at grade.
Other stations along the way were Lincoln Park, Towaco, Montville and Boonton. All of which are still used by New Jersey Transit, except for the Montville station which ceases to exist, however the original site can still be visited off Taylortown Road.
West of here, going thru Boonton a main Industry for The Lackawanna was Drew Chemical. Local freights would pick up and drop off tank cars to be used by this chemical firm. As we move further west we pass thru Mt. Lakes, Denville, where the electrified line joins back up and Dover. Just before reaching the Netcong Station, the famous Lackawanna Cutoff diverges off to the right at Port Morris. Here is the Tower at Port Morris In the snow in 1995, and the tower in July of 1998. It was this cutoff. a famous engineering feat of the Lackawanna, that helped its high speed freights and crack passenger trains such as the Phoebe Snow to cut milage and hours off their westwood journeys.
Map of Boonton Line
Inside Hoboken Terminal
Geeps In Boonton
Denville Jct. Tower....West Side (Steve Kay Photo)
Denville Jct. Tower....East Side(Steve Kay Photo)
Blairstown, NJ Station
Blairstown, NJ Freight House