Those Old Train Stations: the Central Railroad of New Jersey Train Station in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Old Central Railroad of New Jersey Train Station in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The city of Bethlehem in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, a city settled by the Moravians, has a long history as a steel city.  Although steel is no longer produced in this city, the old factories remain and is now a museum.  Being a steel city, it also has an association with the railroad.  Although the Norfolk Southern Railroad now passes through the city, Bethlehem also had passenger train service.  Although the city had a ‘Union Station’, the Central Railroad of New Jersey built a train station in 1873 to compete against the Lehigh Valley Railroad which ran on the tracks that are now owned by the Norfolk Southern Railroad today.  The three story train station served passengers until 1967.

Fortunately, the train station was spared from demolition as it was converted into a restaurant, and it remains a restaurant to this day.

The station is located 61 W. Lehigh Street next to the Lehigh River Park just east of the Pennsylvania Route 378 Bridge.  Parking is available on site.  You can get information of the restaurant at http://www.thewoodenmatch.com/.

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