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Lyons Train Station

Lyons became a stop on the New Jersey West Line railroad (now NJ Transit) when the line was extended to Bernardsville in 1872.  In 1906, the station was a flag stop, meaning trains stopped only on a signal.  In 1910, in the case of William J. Kearns et al.  vs. The Lackawanna, the NJ Board of Public Utilities ruled that the railroad must have a year-round station agent assigned to Lyons.

The first station was wood and had a stove for heat (see photo taken around 1915).  On Oct. 25, 1917, John Falk, age 17, was working as ticket agent at Lyons when he was robbed and locked in a closet by two armed men.  One of the suspects was missing a finger, and they fled toward the quarry.

A fire broke out at the station on Oct. 23, 1918, probably caused by the stove.  The Basking Ridge Fire Company was called out but could not save the building.  For many years, a baggage car was used as a replacement.

The current Lyons station was built in 1931 and is one of the busiest in the Somerset Hills.

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