The Blue Comet Westphal and D'Arrest ON THE MOVE!

The URHS is moving the two Blue Comet coaches we own, the Westphal and D'Arrest, that have been graciously stored on the Southern Railroad of New Jersey for the past many years to a new home, on the original Route of the Blue Comet, so they can be better preserved while our restoration plan is finalized. The cars will not be able to move by rail so they will be trucked out of Winslow Junction.

Since grants are hard to come by and also take a long time to secure, we are reaching out to the public, the historians and the fans of these truly significant pieces of New Jersey history for donations to help fund the move and to begin funding the return of these two cars to service. Through some gracious donations we have funding to move one of the cars!! Thank you for your support!

So now, our goal is to raise $20,000 for the movement of the second car and to begin stabilizing them. Once the cars are moved and secure, focus will begin on the preservation and restoration, but one step at a time. Time is of the essence with this, so please, donate here on GivingGrid and help us save and preserve these important pieces. If the goal is not met, all resources exhausted and the second car is unable to be saved, all funds raised will go towards the restoration of the one car moved. That is worst case scenario and I have high hopes that it will not come to that.

Help us spread the word as well as donate! Share this page with everyone you can to help us reach our goal! Please also explore this site for more info on our organization and our collection. URHS of NJ is a 501(c)(3) organization - all donations are tax deductible.

Thank you!     Steve Gerritsen   VP Operations


With our apologies, we must announce that this event is postponed until further notice.

Photo by Ryan Schmelzer


April 8-9, 2017 (overnight trip to Washington, DC)

Welcome aboard the "Cherry Blossom Special," a rare opportunity for you to experience the style and glamour of authentic mid-century rail travel. Our destination for this trip is the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. As you ride in one of our historic 1940s railcars, you'll be treated to breathtaking speed, in-seat food and meal service, and the luxurious travel of a bygone era.

The train will depart New York Penn Station on Saturday, April 8th promptly at 9:05 AM. We ask that guests arrive at New York Penn Station no later than 8:45 AM for check-in and boarding. We will arrive at Washington Union Station at 12:30 PM. Passengers will then have time to tour the nation’s capital and the National Cherry Blossom Festival at their leisure until the return trip the following day. Our train will depart Washington Union Station on Sunday, April 9th at 3:25 PM and arrive back in New York at 6:46 PM.

Passengers riding this train will need to purchase a hotel room for the overnight stay in Washington, D.C., which is NOT included in the price of your ticket. Guests aboard the “Cherry Blossom Special” will receive a special rate of $193 (plus tax) at The Liaison Capitol Hill, located just one block from Washington Union Station. Please call the hotel at 1-888-513-7445 to make your reservation, and remember to ask for the “United Railroad Historical Society of NJ” group block rate. You must book your room no later than 30 days prior to the event (March 8th) to receive this special rate.

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We're so thankful for the outpouring of support after our vandalism incident.

Lots have asked us how they can help. If you would like to donate to help our volunteers fix the damage please visit the link below. Thank you for your support. Please share!


The easiest way to donate to the URHS is to donate online via PayPal. All you need is a credit card!

All donations made in this way go directly our account which funds restoration projects.

Recently restored equipment

SAC 89491, E8a 4253 & GG-1 4879 - Boonton, NJ
Photo by Steve Gerritsen

LHRY 1 - Boonton, NJ
Photo by Larry Gross

GG-1 4879 & 4877 - Boonton, NJ
Photo by Dennis A. Livesey

NYC 4083 - Boonton, NJ
Photo by Carl Perelman

Upcoming Events

Meeting - Bergen-Rockland Chapter NRHS

Second Friday of the month at 8 pm.

Black River & Western Railroad

Caboose hops, Hunterdon Flyer & Great Train Robbery

Erie Lackawanna Historical Society

Spring Meeting · Sunday April 12th, Riverdale, NJ.

North Jersey Electric Railway HS

Meeting - 7:30pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

NYS&W Technical & Historical Society

Thomas Train, Dinosaur, River, Steam, Mine & Winery

Toys For Tots Trains NJ & NY

Schedule details here:

Tri-State Railway Histor­ical Society

Meeting - 2nd or 3rd Thursday of the month.

Volunteer Railroaders Association

Meeting - quarterly 7pm @ Haw­thorne NYS&W Station

Whippany Railway Museum Train Rides

Weekend Train Rides (April - December).

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United Railroad Historical Society of NJ Inc. 104 Morris Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005-1314 1-862-345-6642

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