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Modeling the Branchville, New Jersey Station

" I think that the average modeler should have no trouble building this structure." -Gene Deimling

 

These drawings are based on photographic evidence, older people's personal recollections and ICC Valuation Map information. I've drawn the station as it might appear in 1950. Depending on the period you are modeling, there will be additions/omissions necessary to keep the model prototypical.

A special thanks to Dave Bathgate, Joe Codella, Gene Deimling and Mr. Dick Roy for assisting me in making these plans as complete and accurate as humanly possible!

If anyone knows something I missed, please speak up. My goal is to make these station plans as accurate as possible.

And if you or someone you know is modeling this station, I'd appreciate knowing about it.

If you ever had opportunity to be INSIDE this station, I'd love to attempt a floor plan.

Buy this station in Kit form. The N-Scale Architect has created a laser cut wood kit of the Branchville station in HO and N Scales. Discounttrainsonline has a good deal. (I recieve no compensation for this plug. I do it for my own pleasure.)

Read my review of the Branchville station kit.


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Colors:

Empirical evidence shows that the Branchville depot was originally painted red. However, there is a newspaper item which states that all the stations on the Sussex Branch wee once painted red.

Around 1916, the Lackawanna painted all the stations on the Sussex Branch light gray with dark green trim.

After World War II, the stations were painted dark green with red trim.

If you plan on modeling the station in the 1970's (abandoned,) paint it blue with pinkish red trim. The green had faded to blue and the town painted it in the blue scheme for the U.S. bicentennial.


Alterations through time:

1869: Branchville's depot was constructed on the western side of the track.

1922: A photograph from this year shows the Branchville depot with a 15-20 foot addition on the freight end. This addition was not in evidence on the 1918 Val Map, and no one knows when it was removed. Likely it was gone by 1939.

1939: Station moved across the tracks to allow construction of the Sussex Milk & Cream Co.

1940s: I'm guessing that somewhere during this period the track side loading platform was extended to block the center door of the station. It previously stopped at the end of the freight door and had a ramp down the the edge of the center door.

1950s: By this time, the lightning rods or 'spikes' had been removed from the gable ends. They were each 3 feet long. The chimneys on the center and freight end of the station were also gone by this time. The gingerbread below the peak of each gable survived until the end.



Donations of photographs or scans of photographs of this or any other Sussex County, New Jersey railroad station are always welcome.

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