May 2013 URHS news

Did you hear the arm twisting from your house? Are you thinking what is he talking about? Well…. After Frank Reilly made clear he was not looking to run for the President’s position of the URHS again a few long time representatives approached me about doing the job. At first I said no, but after seeing that no one else was going to do it and believe it or not my wife, Carol, suggested that maybe I should do it, I consented although with a few caveats. The first is that I will only do the job for one year and the second that the URHS elect a few Vice Presidents and allow me to appoint others when needed to keep the time I need to spend on the job to a minimum. Well they agreed and at the April meeting I was elected President.

So now what? Well we now have Larry Gross as Operations VP, Ken Brown as VP and General Counsel, the VRA’s own Carolyn Hoffman as Secretary and Fred Heide as Treasurer and together we will work towards making sure the URHS has a successful year. But these people cannot do the work alone, it is going to take all of the other representatives and most importantly the member groups own members to see the URHS succeed. So when the time comes I ask you all to help when you can, it is not only rewarding it is also a heck of a lot of fun and you get to meet some good people.

As for current projects, we have 2 National Train Day events, the first is the one on the Cape May Seashore Lines (mentioned in the VP’s Report and elsewhere) and the second is that our 2 restored and Amtrak operational cars, the Hickory Creek and NYC 43, will be in Grand Central Terminal to take part in the 100th anniversary celebration taking place on May 10th through the 12th. If you are unable to join us on the CMSL be sure to take part of a day and go visit Grand Central.

Boonton yard should be busy this spring and summer as we get ready for our open house on September 22nd. Our yard foremen Steve Gerritsen and Larry Gross have plans to work on the Pennsylvania Railroad Flat car – #469521, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western RR Cement Car (hopper) – #19525, Swift Company Refrigerated Box Car – SRLX #025048 and get the second prime mover in the General Electric 100-tonner – PSE&G #100 running again.

The Site Committee has been hard at work looking at potential sites and hopes to have a location or multiple locations picked out to start working on in the coming months. In the meantime, the Heritage Trail committee is working on collection data on various historical rail sites around NJ in hopes of creating multiple self-guided tours.

The URHS is looking into the sale and lease of a few of its passenger cars and if that happens there will be a need for volunteers to help prepare the cars to leave Boonton. As with all the other projects, volunteers are the back bone of anything they do and your help is requested and appreciated.

One final item, the gentleman who has volunteered for many years to do the URHS’s taxes has asked that he be relieved of his duties.
So a new accountant is needed, preferably one who will volunteer their time. If you know of anyone who fits that job description let me know.

See you around the railroad,
KC Smith

Boonton Yard Highlights – May 2013

By Steve Gerritsen It’s been a productive couple of months to start 2013 in the yard. There was a meeting to discuss projects for the year, out of which came a plan to finish the PRR flat car, restore the DL&W cement hopper, and hopefully a paint job on the 100 tonner. Along with that for the 100 tonner, the charging system should be figured out and reinstalled, and we have been able to un-seize the one engine, so we are one step closer to rebuilding it. A handful of us were on hand one weekend to really tackle the downed trees from the last few storms and made a huge dent it them.

I am going to make a big effort to get most of the supplies needed for these projects donated to these projects. If anyone would like to donate their time in the yard to help out, or donate to these projects please contact me. All help is greatly appreciated as I would like to finish these before the next open house this September!

April 2013 URHS news

Steve Gerritsen (URHS Yard Forman) has a number of cars he would like to get painted and presentable for the 2013 Open House as well as paint & repairs to prime mover on the GE 100-tonner.

  • Pennsylvania Railroad Flat car – #469521
  • Delaware, Lackawanna & Western RR Cement Car (hopper) – #19525
  • Swift Company Refrigerated Box Car – SRLX #025048
  • General Electric 100-tonner – PSE&G #100

Open House 9/22/13 – our proposed date has been cleared with the Freight House & Boonton Mayor. Approval by NJ Transit is needed to make this event date official.

Election of Officers – At this meeting KC Smith has accepted the nomination as President.


March 2013 URHS news

Hickory Creek & NYC 43 Cars will be at Grand Central Terminal NYC for National Train Day (5/11/2013).

Election of Officers – At this meeting we elected Carolyn Hoffman for Secretary, Fred Heide as Treasurer, Larry Gross as VP of Operations and Ken Brown as VP of Legal and General Counsel.

URHS Board Officers

President: KC Smith  
Vice President & General Counsel:    Kenneth D. Brown, Esq.  
Vice President – Operations: Larry Gross  
Treasurer: Fred Heide  
Secretary: Carolyn Hoffman  

February 2013 URHS news

Bill Herkner passed, extremely instrumental in what the URHS accomplished. The Hickory Creek & #43 should be at Grand Central Terminal for National Train Day. There is an effort slowly progressing to establish a Heritage Trail across NJ for Railroad History to encompass many sites rail related. Will be put together as a trail map as well as online. Please send anything noteworthy which can be added. Site Committee back in session with a long list of possible museum sites. PATH Cars that have been in question which survived the collapse of the Twin Towers which we have been trying to get for URHS collection has been at a stalemate, still trying.

CMSL Train – May 11 National Train Day event, proceeds to URHS, May 12 Mother’s Day with proceeds to Volunteer Railroaders Association. This is a brand new event, need to get the word out through channels in that area. Take 2 Lehigh Valley F-7 units and place them in prominent display for patrons to view. Train will run on Beesley Point line, 3 trips to Richland & back (90 Minutes). Will need more people on the ground than in the train but will rotate.