In 1967 the "Aldene Plan" rerouted the commuter trains of the Central New Jersey Railroad away from the terminal in Jersey City. Instead, the trains would traverse a newly constructed connection to the Lehigh Valley Railroad and from their proceed to a new termination point at Penn Station, Newark, where commuters could then transfer to the PATH subway trains or northeast corridor trains into New York.
In order to maintain service to Elizabeth and Bayonne, a stub shuttle service was operated over the old CNJ mainline, which connected with the rerouted trains via an across-the-platform transfer in Cranford.
In this view, the Bayonne Shuttle, consisting of two RDC's, is approaching the western end of its run at Cranford. Visible in the far distance behind the Garden State Parkway overpass is the heavy truss bridge carrying the Lehigh Valley over the CNJ, and barely visible to the left is the single track "Aldene Ramp" connection.
A slumbering RS3 and caboose can also be seen.