Virtual Layout Tour : Jersey City Terminal & PETE Tower

Just east of Albatross Yard, the railroad curves around the Garden State Northern Passenger Terminal in Jersey City. This terminal is informally known as the CNJ Terminal, as it is modeled after the Central Railroad of New Jersey’s terminal on the Hudson River in Jersey City, which is now part of Liberty State Park and serves as a departure point for Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty excursion ferries.

PETE Tower controls all train movements into and out of the Jersey City passenger terminal, as well as the east end of Albatross Yard. The dispatcher remains busy managing the multitude of switches to direct the fleet of commuter trains and express services.

Historic Photos

Pete is almost finished with this incredible structure. In the distance can be seen passenger trains coming out from beneath the station. Also, note the World Trade Center towers, which we will leave in place in memory of September 11, 2001.

Looking from another angle a couple of years after the above photo, you can see a lot more roof detail and hard work by Pete on his amazing structure.

On the upper level of the station, era taxis and buses wait on the road outside the station building to transport train and ferry passengers on the final leg of their journey.

CNJ Terminal tracks

This is the lower level of the Passenger Terminal. Here the station’s 8 stub-end tracks run from the throat switches to the open platforms, and then dive into the trainshed underneath the station building.

Virtual Layout Tour Index
Locomotive Facilities 
Jersey City Terminal
PETE Tower
The Viaduct