The Railroad in Pearl River
the Railroads, Pearl River was just a boring, old, non-visited area, but now,
its literally a wide open tourist attraction! Not really! Just kidding there!
But the Railroads did make transportation easier and let more and more people
come to this town every year. Prior to 1870, the closest railroad to Pearl River
was the Northern Terminus of the Hackensack and the New York Extension Railroad
at HILLSDALE, WHICH was finished in 1869. Around that time, The New Jersey and
New York Railroad Co. decided to move northward and Pearl River was in its way.
The first Railroad station in Pearl River was a small wooden
structure that was created in 1870 on Central Ave. Unfortunately, while pushing
snow of the train tracks, the train accidentally ran into the station the next
winter! Later in 1871 – 1872 Julius Braunsdorf “The Father Of Pearl River”
built the newest station. They were two brick buildings, one of them was used
for the Passenger Station, and the other one was used for freight. Later on, the
opening between the two buildings enclosed and formed under one roof.
Throughout the years,
the number of passengers and the number of runs through Pearl River have
increased thoroughly! A maximum of 30 runs came through around the 1920’s.
Later on though, Passenger Service declined rapidly by 1934 an only about 17
runs went through Pearl River.
The frieght trains
running through Pearl River were used for two main purposes, carrying flowers
grown by 10 Local Green Houses, and for bringing clothes back and forth to many
places. The freight train comes from northbound and southbound and brings many
goods place to place.
In 1966, The Erie
Railroad petitioned to stop passenger service because they were losing money.
even though they did that, the commission decided to keep the railroad and make
up for the losses by giving them several milliondollars each year. This extra
support still exists and has allowed the train to add silver passenger cars that
were air and coditioned in 1971. The rest remains in service today – mostly
for people, not goods.