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The Other Penn Station

Newark New Jersey is the place for trains

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When it comes to experiencing the bustling world of rail, few places offer a more stimulating atmosphere than Newark Penn Station. My recent adventure started with an early morning Amtrak ride from New Haven Union in Connecticut. How convenient it is to walk to the station and hop on a train that whisks you to your destination?

Stepping off the train and onto the platform, the rush of excitement is immediate. Newark Station is a true convergence point for rail enthusiasts with Amtrak, NJ Transit, and PATH trains all coexisting in a symphony of motion. The sheer variety of locomotives and carriages that pass through here is a sight to see.

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Newark Station many times over the years, especially during my stint living in New York, but I had never quite managed to capture the full scope of the railroading activity here. It’s a place where each visit presents new and exciting opportunities for railfanning.

One of the standout features of Newark Station is its stunning architecture. Designed by the same architectural firm behind the original New York Penn Station, this station exudes a timeless elegance that transports you back to the golden age of rail travel. The grandeur of the building is evident in its intricate details, high vaulted ceilings, and majestic pillars, making it a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of that era.

What’s even more remarkable is that Newark Station ranks as the seventh busiest rail station in the United States. The continuous flow of passengers and trains through this station adds to the dynamic energy that envelops the place. I'll be back again soon for sure.


Christian is a Voice Actor & Narrator who loves trains, travel, coffee, and all things audio.

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