New Surburban Belt Line NY & NO RR Incorporated in NJ  NY Times June 11, 1897
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NY & NO RR- Elmira Telegram - July 18, 1897
New Orange Junction Railroad  NY Times September 21, 1902
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NY and Four Junction Railroad to Build New Railway NY Times August 9, 1903

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Rahway Valley  Railroad Construction  1904
Left top: September 9, 1904, middle July 29, 1904, and bottom August 12, 1904. Right top: August 3, 1904. Research: Richard King
Rahway Valley  Railroad Open  NY Times May 25, 1905
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RVRR Golf Railroad to Baltusrol Brooklyn Daily Eagle July 21, 1905

Summit Smashes Bridges The Sun October 6, 1905

RVRR Second Golf RR in the USA Brooklyn Daily Eagle  December 13, 1905

Trains Start on RVRR The Sun August 6, 1906

RVRR Baltusrol Special  Brooklyn Daily Eagle September 15, 1906

 Must Build Connection August 25, 1908

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Petition Granted: October 23, 1908

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The Escape from Andersonville  New York Dramatic Mirror July 16, 1909

No Chance to Pay Dividends  The Sheboygan Journal   February 26, 1912

In view of the fact that it costs the Rahway Valley Railroad $25 a day to operate and it's gross receipts are only $10, the public untilies commission granted an increase of rates that will bring incomes and the outgo more nearly together, says a dispatch from Summit, NJ. Communication rates have been increased by 75 cents and fifty trip tickets $1.50 between Kenilworth, one of the stations on the road, and Bayonne, which is reached over the Central Railroad of New Jersey. Nobody appeared at the hearing to make any objection.

The Rahway Valley line enjoys the reputation of being the shortest in the country. It connects Summit to Aldene at the Central Railroad, the whole road is only eight miles long. Although the communication rate is over the two roads, Central Railroad granted full increase to rates to the shorter line. 
H.F. Dankel is the Secretary of the Rahway Valley and owns the majority of the stock.
RVRR Work Started on New Hilton Division NY Times Nov 1, 1915

1 Lung Line Modernized 15 Mile RVRR Buys Diesel Engine
NY Times April 27, 1951

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Railroad of 16 Men Facing Strike by 4 NY Times Jan 14, 1959

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Veteran Railroader Says 'Boys Today Don't Know What Work Is'
by Ralph Chapman  The Daily Times News April 8, 1959

KENILWORTH, N.J. (HTNS) - "Railroad men today aren't what they used to be - not by a heck of a lot." The speaker flung his six-foot-three, 235 pound frame into a groaning swivel chair and grinned sourly. This was 58 year old George A. Clark, President of the Rahway Valley Railroad, all 7.1 miles of it.
This was the man who, needing a brakeman for the freight switching line, advertised in a local paper last week that "no bugle boys, blowhards, dreamers, goldbrickers, hotshots, or wobblemouths" need apply. There were a number of applicants, but the one selected worked exactly two days, and was never seen again.

"These boys today don't know what work is," boomed Mr. Clark in his office in the turn-of-the-century wooden building which is Rahway Valley's Kenilworth Station and headquarters of the railroad. "On this line, we start out in the morning and work until there is no more to do. If that means night work, we work at night."

Besides a large desk and a couple of easy chairs the president's office contained a diavan (occupied by two nondescript dogs) a refrigerator with open cartons of dog food on top, and a two ring electric range with jars of instant coffee on a shelf underneath. The walls were covered by a collection of vintage calenders---all bearing pictures of locomotives.

Mr. Clarks has occupied that office since 1932, when he succeeded to the presidency upon the death of his father, Roger Clark, but worked for the Rahway Valley Railroad since 1920. It was just before then that the elder Clark, a railroad auditor, came east from Oregon, to try to put the railroad on it's feet. The son worked his way up from trackman, to brakeman, to conductor, to engineer, before taking over the top job.
The line itself is only a little older than Mr. Clark. It began operations about 1894 as the New Orange (now Kenilworth) Four Junction Railroad, linking this town with the Central Railroad of New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley. Ten years later, it was taken over by Louis Keller, publisher of the "Social Register."

The story is that Mr. Keller bought the road only to give him and his friends easier access to the Baltusrol Golf Club, of which he was one of the founders, in nearby Springfield, N.J. In any event the Rahway Valley did carry passengers until 1919. This traffic was especially heavy in World War I when a munitions was located here and an automobile for every worker was unheard of.

Today, the line, handling freight, connects also with the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western at Summit, N.J. It handles the cars of three major roads which are routed to factories along it's right of way. There is also a certain amount of "bridge traffic", freight cars being shunted from the Lehigh Valley to the DL&W for instance.

Rolling stock consists of two diesel locomotives, a self propelled track maintenance car with trailer for tools and materials, and a seldom used caboose. In the shop here is a large steam locomotive.

"We'll probably never use it again, but I can't bear to part with it," Mr. Clark said. "I know diesels are more economical but, damn it, they don't thrill me the way those old huffin' and puffin engines used to."

The entire payroll of the Rahway Valley, including it's president is 15. Almost any of them can do any job that might have to be done. Right now the three maintenance men are on strike for higher wages. When the weather is fine, they picket the station, when it isn't, they stay home. No one is worrying at this stage because most maintenance work is done in the summer months.

That Train and Route 22 by Edward C Burks NY Times February 25, 1973

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RVRR Other News Items

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1906 Train service LV from NY City to Baltusrol, NJ
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1916 Plans to equip RVRR for electrical operations. 

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1912 article on RVRR 1916-1926 Vice President Elmer L. McKeirgan (sic)

RVRR Obituaries

Charles M. Tompkins, President  of New Orange Industrial Association 
July 1, 1900
William C. Cole  NY Times, December 20, 1915
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New Orange Four Junction Railroad  1901-1905 sold the struggling company to the Rahway Valley Railroad on March 1, 1905.
W. W. Cole Dies by Accident The Sun December 21, 1915 Nicholas C. J. English Dead Evening Telegram May 12, 1922
Roger A. Clark NY Times Oct 4, 1932

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Paul Donovan, VP RVRR Dies 
Herald Statesman March 31, 1959
Benjamin Walker - Foreman RVRR Dead Evening News April 15, 1964

George C. Clark NY Times, April 19, 1969

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Henry Waffle Daily Gazette, April 13 1991