CRANFORD, NJ - On Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Crane-Phillips House Museum, Union resident, Richard J. King will discuss his books, “Just A Short Line, The Story of the Rahway Valley Railroad, Volume I: History of the Line 1897-1950 and Volume II: History of the Line 1951-2009” at the Crane-Phillips House Museum from 2:00-4:00 pm.  Program begins at 2:15pm. 

Richard J. King, a lifelong resident of Union, has been aggressively researching the history of the Rahway Valley Railroad. This railroad was a small, locally-owned, and family-operated line that only extended for 11.8 miles between Roselle Park and Summit, with a branch into Maplewood. Headquartered in Kenilworth, the railroad was a catalyst for industrial development in Union County between the years 1897 and 1992. The railroad connected with the Central Railroad of New Jersey in Cranford. King will give a presentation of the railroad's history, and its impact on the Township of Cranford.  All are welcome to attend and King's two books will be available for purchase after the presentation.


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