Rahway Valley

The Rahway Valley Railroad (RVRR) was a short line railroad in New Jersey that ran from 1897 to 1992. The railroad had connections with the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Roselle Park, NJ. They connected with the Jersey Central in Cranford and the Lackawanna Railroad at Summit. At one point the Rahway Valley was one of the most successful short line railroads in United States history.

The Rahway Valley evaded Conrail and was eventually sold to the Delaware Otsego Corporation, which ran the railroad until one customer was left in 1992. What remains of this railroad today is actually surprising. Although most of the right of Way (ROW) is gone, old rails and overpasses can still be seen today. Rahway Valley’s GE, 70-TON locomotives - #16 and #17 - still exist in 2016 and can be seen at the Whippany Railway Museum in Whippany, NJ. Rahway Valley #15, a 2-8-0, 10-34 E resides at Steamtown in Scranton, PA.

Some vintage photos of the the RVRR can be viewed at: Photos

Additional information on the RVRR can be seen at: Info