Township, New Jersey
MP 63.3 (DL&W)
This is where the
Branchville line diverged from the Franklin line when they were built
in 1869. The Sussex Railroad Company built a station here early on,
as an 1869 schedule shows it was used as a station stop with a long
interval between trains. A telephone connection was installed between
Newton and Branchville Junction (Warbasse) in 1870, but apparently this
was premature as a telegraph operator was stationed there in 1879.
In this period
(and beyond) the names 'Branchville Junction' and 'Warbasse' (or 'Warbasse's
Junction') were used alternatively in many newspaper articles.
In late 1905 to
early 1906 the Lackawanna greatly improved the conditions here, bringing
the old water tank from the improved Newton yard and building a more
'commodious' station for the agent.
In late 1911 (November
24, 1911), through an apparent act of arson, the Branchville Junction
station was burned to the ground. Officials from the Lackawanna Railroad
visited the site the very next day, and it was reported in the press
that the station would be rebuilt as soon as possible as this was an
important center for passengers. Apparently the third station, (about
12' x 30') lived on until at least 1928 when the agent was discontinued.
The line to Franklin was abandoned June/July 1934.
- I believe this
is a picture of the first station built at Branchville Junction.
It probably wasn't much more than a telegraph shack, and was probably
bid good riddance when replaced in 1905 with the larger structure.
In this picture, if you follow the tracks on the right hand side into
the distance, you can see the shape of what might be an approaching
1000 class locomotive. (I remind you that engines didn't run with
headlights on in the early days of steam.)
is a shot of the water tank, built in late 1905. Before this
tank was installed, some of the engines from Branchville to Newton
had to cut off from the coaches at the junction and run light to Newton
to get a drink, then return and continue with the coaches.
is a shot of a velocipede passing the milk platform on the Franklin
leg of the wye track. It was located just behind the depot.
shot of station only]
map (Corrected from Lackawanna Railroad in Northwest New Jersey)
Things I'd like
to know about Branchville Junction Station:
- Date built
- Date removed
- Last Agent
- Anything else