Abandoned Railway Cars

The story goes that many years ago, someone (for reasons unknown) hauled some railway cars onto this dirt road off Macopin Rd in West Milford. The general consensus though is that someone did it to make a place to live. There isn’t a railroad track for miles, so it doesn’t seem plausible that they are railway cars.



8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by John Ruth on August 9, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    There was a RR branch to Echo Lake, from which ice was harvested in the winter.’
    This 1887 RR Map of NJ shows it clearly:

    However, IIRC, these old cars are on the opposite side of Macopin Rd from the location of the former Echo Lake branch.
    They are very small for RR cars – if that is what they actually are.


  2. WOW My family own one that looked like this (top pic) used it as a work shop until dad tore it down in the 1970’s. Story goes that a great uncle bought it from RR and lived in it in the 1920/30. There is a picture of it somewhere I’ll need to talk to my niece and see if she has all the old pictures. Thanks this brought back many memory’s playing in that old place.


  3. Posted by mia on March 25, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Hey, I live nearby. You are sure these aren’t the old lavatories from Green Valley recreation? On some there are “men” and women” signs, at least by those near me.


  4. Posted by Jen on April 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I live in one of the cabins down Dockerty Hollow Road. My neighbor has lived here for a good 30 years, and he told me these cabins were once vacation rentals back when the lake was bigger. Same with the box cars. Apparently a guy named John Glick who was a real maniac bought up some of the houses and then tormented the other residents into abandoning their homes so he could rent out their houses, too. There’s also an old cemetery in the woods here with some graves from the 1700’s and 1800’s. One of the names is Elizabeth Vreeland and some of the others are Payne. The cemetery is obviously quite old and is right under the biggest old oak tree in the area. The other trees around it are younger, so obviously the cemetery wasn’t always in the middle of the woods. Maybe it’s my imagination but I have always felt there is something strange or eerie about the woods around here. Or maybe just something mysterious, like so much has happened here over the centuries. I know of the stream and the plateau that Joe above mentioned, but I’ve never heard about the castle or seen the plane in the woods.


  5. Posted by Christina s on July 30, 2009 at 2:34 AM

    There used to be rail tracks all throughout West Milford back when Idylise and a bunch of other hotels were open and full of business. Most of all of them closed down,railways were no longer needed,trains stopped running and the tracks were taken up.


  6. Posted by Joe on March 22, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Before I lived on Dockerty Hollow Rd I lived on Macopin Rd right above Camp Ocawasin. It was started in the 1930s by the Passaic Boys Club of America. Its not abandoned anymore (see http://www.ocawasin.com). They do camping and paintball there now. There had been a caretakers house at the top of the hill that they had knocked down about eight or nine years ago. It too looked like something right out of Blair Witch. The camp was closed for a long time due to the increasing costs of running the camp, lack of participation and the big ol’ tax bill.

    I lived on Dockerty Hollow Rd about twenty years ago. We used to hang out and drink beer over there by the railway cars. If you continued down that road it would take you to the power lines. The power lines would eventually take you to the Clinton Castle. If you head down the hill from the rail car there is a stream. If you cross over the stream and climb the hill there is> small plateau up there. It is a very serene place to be. It also reminds exactly of the woods in the Blair Witch Project. I have also been to the Castle and the plane you have listed. If you want some more weird places in West Milford send me an email and I will set you up.


    • Posted by Christine on August 5, 2009 at 2:36 PM

      Cool pictures…I am actually working on a project right now that requires us to find abandoned buildings, or things of the like, and sketch some ideas of how we would/could fix them up and reuse them. I am an architecture student and I have a great idea for these cars. I would love to visit them but I am from Long Island. You seem familiar with the area, would you be able to tell me where exactly along Macopin Road they are? This would be really helpful.


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