The Lost & Forgotten Train Station of Hackensack
Journey into Hackensack
Hackensack has long been blessed with good transportation bones. From the river, the old Bergen Pike through today with Route 4, I-80 and other major highways in and near town, access to town has been easy.
Not to be forgotten is the important role of the railroad, trolleys and buses too.
For example, Hackensack was a major transfer location of trolley routes (Paterson-Hudson River Ferry meeting the north south line). It also for a long time featured two major passenger routes (New York and New Jersey R.R., later the Erie Pascack Valley Line as well as the Susquehanna Railroad).
The picture bellows comes from that earlier time. It is of a station along what is now the NJ Transit Pascack Valley line. But the station and the stop are no more. It was at Central Avenue, just a couple of blocks away from the center of town (banks, stores, city hall and more).
At the time there were stations at Essex, Central, Anderson and Fairmont. Ironically, the only remaining trace of earlier stations is that which now home to Cranberry Junction. Essex Street station is long gone. Anderson’s station burned down not too long ago and was rebuilt for this era. And at Central there is no trace of any station ever having existed.
Interestingly, that Central Avenue station was just a few steps from the intersection with the Susquehanna line. I am aware of there having been stations on the Susie-Q line to the east (Moore and Mercer Street its to the east of Main Street and later at River Street next to new at that time The Record building) and to the west (Prospect Avenue).
If indeed there was a station at railroad Avenue too it would have made for a perfect location for a “rail transportation center” – but my guess is that given competition between rail lines that never happened.
Perhaps you might be able to add insight to this lost station and the lost stories behind it.
Image credit: hackensacknow.org