Metuchen, Middlesex County, NJ
Take I- 80 to US 287; take exit 2A to Route 27 north; drive 0.5 of a mile to Lake Avenue; turn left onto Memorial Parkway for Memorial Park.
1870s -- Lehigh Valley Railroad (LV) built to bring coal from eastern Pennsylvania mines to Jersey City and New York City. They had a large rail yard in South Plainfield. From here coal was sent east on a secondary line through Metuchen and Edison to the Perth Amboy coal docks.
1962 -- the Pennsylvania Railroad takes over the coal dependent LV line.
1976 -- creation of Conrail.
1986 -- Conrail abandons the Metuchen line.
1993 -- Metuchen line abandoned.
2002 (December) -- transfer of the railroad property to Middlesex
County for its use as parkland.
The 3.8 mile long rail-trail goes southwest from Middlesex Avenue in Metuchen through Edison to Crows Mill Road in the village of Fords.
The trail will be a link in the East Coast Greenway running from Maine to Florida.
Source: Della Penna 1999: chapter 13.