South Amboy time warp

Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1 # 4877 and # 4879 at Boonton, NJ

This old GG-1 fan’s fun meter is pinned. The United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey based in Boonton NJ has pulled off the amazing feat of cosmetically restoring in the space of a year, not one but two of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s magnificent GG-1’s in their authentic colors. There are much bigger organizations that cannot boast of as much.

Note that 4877 has the 1941 five stripe, small herald paint scheme in the Pennsy’s favored serif Clarendon typeface. Then see the recently finished 4879 with 1955’s thick yellow stripe, larger yellow serif Roman lettering and a large PRR keystone scheme.

Lighting was provided by Society supporter‭ ‬Frank Etzel and his team. Big kudos to the entire URHS!

Reading 284 update at Spencer, NC

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Photo left: Larry Gross
Photo above: Kevin Phalon

Reading 284 Builder: Electro-Motive Division of General Motors
Model: F7A Builder’s Number: 8552 Built: October 1949
Horsepower: 1500 Original Owner: Chicago & Northwestern RR, Nos. 4074A, nee 424

History: New Jersey Transit acquired this locomotive from the Chicago & Northwestern in 1983 and utilized it as No. 424 primarily from Hoboken to Dover and Waldwick. It was retired in 1985, stored and donated to the URHS museum collection in 1991. It has been restored to represent a Reading Company locomotive of the same type that operated through central New Jersey between Jersey City, Port Reading and points south and west. Storage Location: Boonton, NJ


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Chasing Reading 284: URHS Sends a Streamliner to Spencer

Over the past several months the restoration team from the United Railroad Historical Society has put hundreds of man hours into the restoration of Reading 284 for “Streamliners at Spencer.” I’ve had the privilege of being one of those volunteers since the beginning of the project. Finishing this project has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and it was a pleasure to see our engine out on the road.

On May 13, 2014, Norfolk Southern picked up 284 from our restoration facility at Boonton Yard and delivered it to Dover, NJ. The next day, some of the volunteers and I chased 284 on H02 from Dover to Washington Township where it was handed off to H65 to go to Allentown. We followed our engine all the way to Phillipsburg and watched it cross into Pennsylvania.

If you like seeing projects like this, I hope you’ll consider volunteering with us or donating to the cause. We always appreciate the support! I hope you enjoy the video and thanks for watching.

Learn more about 284 and other projects at and follow our progress at­ietyofNJ