This photo was taken by Bob Pennisi. I purchased it at the Big Little Railroad shop in Somerville NJ. I used this without permission… as a fellow railroad appreciator I hope and feel that he wouldn’t mind.
Weston-Manville station was built in 1882 by the Philadelphia-Reading Railroad right near the corner of JFK Blvd. and Main Street. I believe you can still see the stairs there that used to go up to the station, right next to the “old tunnel” which is buried but can also still be seen. It was built on a 27 mile long short line connecting Trenton to Bound Brook… called the Delaware & Bound Brook line, which also stopped in Hopewell and Pennington. The D&BB stop at Weston-Manville was crucial to the town, especially given all the new growing industry and plentiful available land to build on. The building itself has been pretty well documented though history including a gorgeous watercolor painting by Ranulf Bye… and still stood abandoned well into the 70′s. My grandfather told me when he was younger the station was sort of a little hang out for some of the kids in town, he recalled there being a fireplace inside the building. From what I understand there were some folks squatting in the building after it fell out of use. Im not why it wasn’t preserved as it seemed a crucial part of the towns history, and sort of a historical landmark in its own right. Anyways here are a few more photos… as always I look forward to anymore input anyone might have on this stuff… and as always thank you.
This is the station after it was abandoned in the 70′s. I found this photo on the Railroad Station historical WEBSITE
This is a watercolor painting of the station by Ranulf Bye… Painted in 1965. It’s a beautiful painting in it’s own right. Thanks to Joe Zarnowski and Mike Kull for helping me get this right as I had some misinformation.
I snagged this photo off of a Zarepath history site… It’s a great shot of the other side of the station as you are coming into town. I think this was dated 1912
And one more looking off of the railroad platform and down onto Main St. into town. This one is also around 1912 from Neal Ranauro’s Archive.