It’s hard to believe that the once-dilapidated structure of the Benson Street train station in Glen Ridge has morphed into this. But here it is — now a private residence — a veritable fairy tale cottage, replete with slate roof, copper flashings, Belgian block driveway and plantings galore.
As we reported in 2009, the building was sold by NJ Transit to the Moriartys, a Glen Ridge family with well-known renovation chops. They’ve repeatedly declined requests for interviews, but this much you can see from the street.
Starting in 1957, the station was leased by NJ Transit to Jimmy Wilson , then 7, for $15 a month. Wilson operated the station and set out a coffee urn daily for Glen Ridge commuters until 2002, when NJ Transit closed the Lackawanna Boonton line and started its Midtown Direct service from Montclair. Afterwards, the structure became a railroad museum, falling into disrepair. The Borough of Glen Ridge declared it dangerous in 2007.