Installation of a new slate roof is underway at the station, seen above in late March. (Click to enlarge)

Long-overdue repairs to the Red Bank are now “hitting the express track” with the installation of a slate roof, the Asbury Park Press reports Tuesday.
From the Press:

NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said the new roof is the first of several improvements to come this year at the old station.

In the first phase, budgeted at $800,000, the entire roof will be replaced – work expected to be complete by mid-May, Snyder said. The existing “gingerbread” trim will also be replaced during this phase, she said.

NJ Transit officials are putting out a request for proposals this summer for the second phase, expected to start in mid- to late fall, Snyder said. That work will consist of restoring the remainder of the station, including stripping old paint, painting the building and improving the waiting room.

The circa-1876 station, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was renamed in honor of the late Red Bank mayor and state Supreme Court Justice Daniel O’Hern last August.