In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
Harrison NJ, Hudson County

What's Here:
Harrison PATH Station
Amtrak and NJT comes rolling through on the NEC
PATH Maintenance Facility and Yard
North side of DOCK Bridge

GPS Coordinates: 40.73909, -74.15616 (at station)
Phone A/C: 201/862/973
ZIP: 07029

Access by train/transit:
PATH Subway


Harrison is about 9 miles from mid-Manhattan, and about 7 miles from Hoboken NJ.  Newark is just on the other side of the Passaic River, about a half mile away.  And the Broad Street station is exactly a mile away by air.  All of the trains lines through Harrison are elevated above street level.  I-280 follows the Morristown Line for about 2.4 miles, on both sides of the Broad Street station, the eastbound direction gives you the best shots.

The overall terrain here is flat.  Harrison is bordered on the west and south by the Passaic River, which dumps out into the Newark Bay.

The Scoop:

Didn't want to overload the Newark page, so we created the Harrison page just to highlight the PATH station here and the diverging NJT Morristown Branch route.

Even a short visit here will give you a camera full of pictures :-)

Approximate train volume per 24 hours are ~110 on Amtrak, ~260 on NJT, and ~290 on PATH.

Rich W.
Google Maps
Bing Maps
Open Railway Map

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area: NJT Homepage PATH Homepage

Getting Here

Getting to G



the Harrison PATH Station

GPS Coordinates:
913 Frank E Rodgers Blvd S, Harrison NJ 07029


Hudson Tower

GPS Coordinates:


found on Ebay, cleaned up


Unless otherwise noted, my pictures were taken from the NB PATH platform.


New Jersey Transit


Bridges and Tunnels

Point-No-Point Bridge

GPS Coordinates: 40.74168, -74.12100

This is a swing bridge crossing the Passaic River, and carries the Passaic and Harsimus Line.  From Wikipedia: Point-No-Point Bridge is a railroad bridge crossing the Passaic River between Newark and Kearny NJ, in the New Jersey Meadowlands. The swing bridge is the fourth from the river's mouth at Newark Bay and is 2.6 miles (4.2 km) upstream from it. A camelback through truss bridge, it is owned by Conrail as part of its North Jersey Shared Assets and carries the Passaic and Harsimus Line used by CSX and NS. CSX's River subdivision accesses the line via Marion Junction. Conrail is considering replacing the bridge, which was opened in 1901.

A crossing of the Passaic at Point-No-Point was originally built by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) in the early 1890s to bypass its mainline and thus shorten the distance to its rail yard at Harsimus Cove. At the time the railroad crossed the Passaic at the Centre Street Bridge (no longer in existence) near its Newark station, at the site of today's New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The new Pennsylvania Cut-off diverged from the line (now today's Northeast Corridor) at Waverly Yard, crossed the Newark Ironbound and the Passaic to the Kearny Meadows and then crossed the Hackensack River on the Harsimus Branch Lift Bridge. It rejoined the main line at the Bergen Hill Cut, but diverged again using the Harsimus Stem Embankment to reach its freight yards on the Hudson River waterfront north of its passenger terminal at Exchange Place. The PRR also used the Lehigh Valley Railroad Bridge to reach its car float operations at Greenville Yard on the Upper New York Bay.

Pix by Famartin, from Wikipedia

"Sawtooth" Bridges

GPS Coordinates: 40.74367, -74.12636

Technically in Kearny, and not Harrison, this set of "tunnel" type bridges carry the Amtrak NEC over the NJT lines running in and out of the Kearny Yard.  Over in Sunnyside yard, this same type of "bridge" is nicknamed a "duckunder".  The bridges carry the NEC over six other tracks: [1(2)x1(2)]x[2x2x0] - (1x(2) means there is one track in the tunnel, but it can handle two).

Morristown Line over Hamilton St

GPS Coordinates: 40.74699, -74.16298
Steel girder bridge spanning 3 lanes of traffic/2 sidewalks and carrying 2 tracks.

Morristown Line over Cleveland Ave

GPS Coordinates: 40.74642, -74.16200
Steel girder bridge spanning 4 lanes of traffic/2 sidewalks and carrying 2 tracks.

Morristown Line over Harrison Ave

GPS Coordinates: 40.74582, -74.16117
Steel girder bridge spanning 4 lanes of traffic/2 sidewalks and carrying 2 tracks.

Morristown Line over Jersey St

GPS Coordinates: 40.74533, -74.16056
Concrete Arch bridge over (basically) one lane of traffic, carrying 2 tracks and crossover.

Morristown Line over Warren St

GPS Coordinates: 40.744541, -74.15944
Steel girder bridge spanning 4 lanes of traffic/2 sidewalks and carrying 3 tracks.

Morristown Line over Sussex St

GPS Coordinates: 40.74387, -74.15855
Steel girder bridge spanning 4 lanes of traffic/2 sidewalks and carrying 3 tracks.

Morristown Line over Bergen St

GPS Coordinates: 40.74318, -74.15752
Steel girder bridge spanning 4 lanes of traffic/2 sidewalks and carrying 3 tracks.

Morristown Line over Frank E. Rodgers Blvd.

GPS Coordinates: 40.74245, -74.15583
Steel girder bridge spanning 4 lanes of traffic/2 sidewalks and carrying 3 tracks.

Morristown Line over South 5th St

GPS Coordinates: 40.74204, -74.15375
Steel girder bridge spanning 2 lanes of traffic/2 sidewalks and carrying 3 tracks.

NEC and PATH over Frank E. Rodgers Blvd.

GPS Coordinates: 40.73938, -74.15565
A series of three steel girder bridge spanning 4 lanes of traffic/2 sidewalks and carrying 1+3+1 tracks and part of the Harrison NJ PATH station platforms..


NB Amtrak PCL Signals

GPS Coordinates: 40.74024, -74.15422, From the NB PATH Harrison Station

NB PATH Signal at the Harrison Platform

GPS Coordinates: 40.73986, -74.15458

SB Signals from the NB PATH Platform

Postcards And....

NB NJT with ALP44 #4400.  The gas storage tanks in the picture below are no longer around.... from 1994, from EBay seller ty12jk, photo by him.


None for now......


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