This weekend! The Toys for Tots train is being run over the NYSW Railway on Saturday through Bergen and Passaic and Sussex counties. New unwrapped toys will be collected at each stop to help support the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program! Sunday will be fun on the Middletown and New Jersey railroad in NY state. Please see the schedule on the website and consider coming out to see the Marines, Santa and donate to this great program. See https://www.operationtoytrain.org/
Arriving in Kenvil, NJ at JK Crane.
CNJ 1173 – “D’Arrest” Builder: Bethlehem Steel Company Built: 1925 Storage Location: Boonton, NJ
Originally owned by the Central Railroad of New Jersey This car was built for service on the Blue Comet passenger trains. The Blue Comet was a deluxe all coach train that ran from Jersey City to Atlantic City. 1173 was originally named the D’Arrest after one of the astrological comets. The Blue Comet was discontinued in 9/41 due to low ridership. After the train’s discontinuance, the coaches were utilized in commuter service. 1173 was renamed the Beachcomber and was predominantly used on the North Jersey Coast Line, but saw service on the ex-CNJ Raritan Valley Line. It will be returned to the Blue Comet livery and will be operated.
Leaving Winslow Junction
URHS is happy to announce that funding has been secured to move the second CNJ Blue Comet car the D’Arrest! The Westphal made it safely to Boonton Yard and we will soon be moving the D’Arrest! With both cars safely to Boonton the focus will convert over to the securement of the two cars from any further weather damage, while plans are created to begin restoration of the Westphal. Look for more opportunities in the near future to support this project and also to come lend a hand and help revive these pieces of NJ history! A very big thank you to those organizations and individuals who all helped make this happen!
The Westphal has arrived in North Jersey. Safe and sound. Thank you to Daily Express and JK Crane for their work!
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