East 33rd Street in Bayonne

Vincent Lee

Bayonne, New Jersey, at the south end of New York harbor, was the first city on the Central Railroad of New Jersey’s (CNJ) mainline west of Jersey City terminal. The CNJ had four main tracks, which ran mostly north to south through Bayonne, and then turned west to cross Newark Bay to Elizabethport, and then headed further west to the PA coalfields. Bayonne had 4 CNJ stations, which served daily commuters to New York City. Each morning and evening a parade of CNJ commuter trains roared through Bayonne. On the same tracks were also trains from CNJ affiliates Reading and B&O. I spent many hours in the early 1960’s at the East 33rd St station enjoying the frequent train action and the variety of motive power.

A street side view of the East 33rd Street Station

A track level view of the station

A small shelter housed eastbound passengers at the East 33rd Street Station.

GP7 1527 barrels through the 33rd Street station. The locomotive was built by EMD for the CNJ in 1950.

A view of the right of way at 33rd Street looking East.
A view of signal bridge 51 which governed movement through 33rd street.

A pair of CNJ RDC's accelerate from 33rd Street. The 556 was built in 1957.

CNJ 1517 pauses at the station. The locomotive was built in 1950 and was classed FPSD-37.

While the 1517 holdings at the station, GP7 1525 makes its station stop.

One of the Central's 13 Trainmasters holds for passengers at 33rd Street.

The milepost adjacent to the 33rd Street Station.
A GP30 of affiliate company Baltimore and Ohio leads a freight through 33rd Street.
RS3 1551 smokes it up passing 33rd Street. The locomotive was powered by an Alco 244 12 cylinder engine.
Two RS's and a Trainmaster head a freight through the 33rd Street limits.
Reading FP7 903 isn't stopping at 33rd Street as it blows by with a passenger train.
CNJ Observation car Monmouth brings up the rear of a passenger train at the station.


End of the Line
The Central New Jersey Railroad had an incredible variety of motive power and the action was always hot at East 33rd St Station, which made it a great place to sit and watch the trains roll by.