Fall Foliage Excursion Saturday October 19th

Fall Foliage Excursion

Come ride in classic style aboard these historic cars from NYC to Albany & back on Saturday October 19th

Tickets — $175 each to ride one car on the trip to Albany and the other on the return trip. $150 each for the New York Central Tavern-Lounge #43

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Hickory Creek

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NYC Tavern Lounge #43

NY Central Hickory Creek NYC to Albany from Mark Forman on Vimeo.

NY Central Hickory Creek NYC to Albany. from Mark Forman

All pictures of the Hickory Creek and the NYC Tavern Lounge #43 on this page will enlarge when clicked. Go for it!

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11:20 am
6:50 pm
11:44 am
Yonkers, NY
12:04 pm
Croton Harmon, NY
5:58 pm
12:43 pm
Poughkeepsie, NY
5:20 pm
12:57 pm
Rhinecliff, NY
5:06 pm
1:20 pm
Hudson, NY
4:45 pm
1:50 pm
Albany-Rensselaer, NY
4:20 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Dress code for these trips will be Business Casual, with a sport jacket preferred for gentlemen. All fares include lunch & afternoon Hors D’oeuvres. A limited number of tickets will be sold!

We will be selling two ride types for this trip:

  • Ride in BOTH the Hickory Creek and NYC #43 combo tickets for $175 each (ride one way in each car)
  • Ride in NYC #43 ONLY tickets for $150.

ALSO NOTE: if you buy a ticket for the NYC #43 you will be able to visit the Hickory Creek, you will not have a chance to stay and sit in the Hickory Creek but you are welcome to come back and visit. You will have your seat reserved in the 43.

New York Central # 43

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Builder: Budd Company, Type: Lounge, Built: 1947, Original Owner: New York Central Railroad, No. 43, Storage Location: Boonton, NJ. History: One of 13 Tavern Lounge cars (Numbers 35 to 47) utilized over the New York Central fleet of long dis­tance trains. After the Penn Central merger in 1965, the 43 was renum­bered (#4443) and served on many trains between New York and Washington DC. Upon the form­ation of Conrail in April 1976 the car was assigned to the North Jersey Coast Line service operated by Conrail and later, NJ Transit. It was retired in 1987 and New Jersey Transit donated it to the URHS of NJ museum collection in 1991. It suffered extreme vandalism while in storage, but has now been comp­letely restored to it’s “as-built” configuration and ran its first trip as an Amtrak cer­tified car from New York to Washington and back on January 9, 2010 and again on January 13, 2010. It is currently available for charter by Luxury Rail Vacations Inc

Tavern area


 NYC – Hickory Creek

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Builder: Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company, Type: 5 Bedroom, Lookout Observation Lounge, Built: August 1948, Original Owner: Pullman Company, Storage Location: Boonton, NJ. History: This car and was christened on September 15, 1948 in Grand Central Terminal, New York City. General Dwight David Eisenhower officiated the celebration of the New York Central Railroad’s rebuilt ’20th Century Limited’ train entering service between New York City and Chicago, Illinois. During it’s 20 years of service, the Hickory Creek graced the rear end of the “most famous train in the world” and was used in advertisements, pro­motions, and Hollywood’s finest movies to reflect a standard of excellence in premier rail travel. In 1968, it was retired and sold to Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus. United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey obtained the car in 1991 and contracted Star Trak to rebuild the car to Amtrak standards. Its inaugural trip was run on June 26, 2005 between New York City and Niagara Falls, NY. It is currently available for charter through Luxury Rail Vacations, Inc.






A Night with New Jersey’s Railroads

A Night with New Jersey’s Railroads

The very first URHS Night Photo Shoot


On the evening of September 21 2013, the United Railroad Historical Society will see its long-term goal of a night photo shoot come true, and we would like you to be a part of it! We have a limited number of tickets available for photographers interested in photographing four of our beautifully restored and lit locomotives, plus our special guest: Norfolk Southern’s Lackawanna Heritage Unit!


This photo shoot will be set up and run by Ruotolo Photography and the URHS volunteer staff. All 5 locomotives will have operating lights, and will be lit for both time exposures and flash photography (provided by Ruotolo Photography). Actors and props will be added in throughout the shoot to add character to photographs, and there will be opportunities for unique images in and around the shop. The small group of photographers who purchase tickets will have a casual intimate experience with the URHS collection, and will leave with images they can enjoy for a lifetime!


Tickets are only $20, and will sell fast, so buy yours today! You can purchase your tickets via Pay Pal with the link below. If you have any problem with your purchase, or have any questions, contact Kevin Phalon at KJPhalon@gmail.com. See you at the yard!


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August 2013 URHS News

New paint on the PRR flat car thanks to volunteers Frank Ball, John McCloskey & Taras Terlecky. Kevin Phalon, Larry Gross and others got GG-1 #4877 headlight, marker lights, number boards all lit and all new cab widows installed. Capt. Bill McKelvey’s GE 45 Ton was worked on – preparation work before painting. Several track’s Bumper Blocks were painted safety yellow. Both Hospital Cars are being prepped for painting to original drab green with proper lettering. The VRA and Sea Land containers were touch-up painted. Yard being worked on getting cleaned up and organized for Festival. Dave Lippencott & others have been busy keeping up on brush and tree control.