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What is Project U-Boat?

Project U-Boat is the URHS's effort to restore Erie Lackawanna 3372 to operation. The U34CH is a landmark in locomotive design, and it is a design that is entirely unique to the state of New Jersey. 3372 is the last servicable U34CH left in existence, and it is owned by the URHS of NJ. A recent review of the organization's motive power revealed that 3372 is the locomotive closest to potential operation, and to make restoration a reality, the URHS needs your help!

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HELP US RAISE 3372 DOLLARS!

Phase 2 of Project U-Boat will begin the locomotive's cosmetic restoration to protect it from the elements. This includes minor body work, light metal repairs, and a new coat of primer. $3372 will cover the costs of all supplies needed as well as several gallons of one of the best industrial primers available. We will be giving the U-Boat a paint job that will last for years!

Do you like get getting your hands dirty? Come volunteer with the URHS and help us restore 3372! If you are interested, click the link below and let us know. There is no commitment and no skills are required to help the URHS restore a piece of history!

  

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER!

 

 

Latest news

3372 being towed out of Passaic Yard in October of 2014.

May 2015: The URHS launched Phase 2 of Project U-Boat. This second step the restoration of 3372 will include repair to the car body in addition to a coat of primer to protect the engine from the elements.

October 2014: 3372 was moved by the Morristown & Erie Railway on October 29. CLICK HERE to view the video of it moving for the first time in over a decade!

August 2014: The official homecoming move for 3372 is under contract with the Morristown & Erie. Upon successful brake inspection, the railroad will establish a date on which one of their two Alco C-424 will make the trek from Morristown to Passaic. The engine will be taken down the Dundee Spur to the Bergen County Line to make the trip to Boonton Yard. We will bring you more details on the move when they become available!

March 2014: We have reached our $2,500 goal for phase 1 of Project U-Boat! We received many generous donations ranging from a few dollars to a few hundred… and even one that was $1,000! The URHS's U34CH will be moved to Boonton NJ as soon as we conduct the proper tests and explore our pricing options. Phase 2 means it is time to raise funds to make the locomotive operational! That also means incentives and rewards for those who have donated, and those who plan to. Stay tuned, and as always, we sincerely thank you for your support!


 

Donation Rewards!
Everyone wins by supporting the URHS. Here is what you can receive for supporting Project U-Boat!

$150:
All of the above plus
your choice of one of the URHS's several NJ Railroad prints
See the URHS store for choices

$250:
All of the above plus
a personal tour of Boonton yard
This includes an experience which will not be open to the general public: a tour of the inside and outside of 3372.

$500:
T-shirt, print, yard tour, and...
a free ticket aboard the NYC 43 on the next URHS excursion

$1000:
T-shirt, print, yard tour, and...
a free ticket aboard the Hickory Creek on the next URHS excursion


About the U34CH:

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The U34CH represented a landmark in passenger train operation. It is truly the "last of the first of its kind." During the late 60's and early 70's, passenger trains were nearing the end of an era. Aging equipment, heated by steam, could not stand up to the demands of changing technology. Across the country, these older cars were being replaced with newer, electrically lit and heated cars, powered by car-mounted generators or individual power cars. At that same time, the Erie Lackwanna was dealing with an ever aging fleet of coaches and MU's that dated back to the late teens and twenties. When the NJ Department of Transportation took over passenger service, they used an ingenious new idea to modernize the fleet.

The result was an order of new "Comet I" coaches from Pullman-Standard, and 32 U34CH locomotives from General Electric Co. This was the first time in the evolution of modern passenger equipment that locomotives and cars were ordered together to work in tandem. The new coaches would be powered by electricity delivered from a new type of generator in the U34CH. The drive shaft from the locomotive's 16 cylinder motor would go entirely through its main generator, which powered its 6 traction motors, and go into a generator used exclusively for powering the train. This meant that, to power the cars, the engine always ran at a full 960 rpm, the equivalent of full power. This made for a locomotive that was not only powerful and efficient, but exceptionally distinctive, characterized by its consistent roar both stopped at stations and at speed.

The U34CH, and its corresponding passenger car fleet, pioneered “push-pull” operation of trains in New Jersey. Today, all commuter trains in NJ run in this manner. The U-boats represented the turning point in New Jersey railroad history, as they bridged the gap between the first generation diesels from the pre-Conrail era and the modern head end powered passenger equipment of today. The story of New Jersey railroading would not be complete without including the U34CH, which is why the URHS finds it imperative to save the last one in existence.

About the restoration:

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The URHS knows the U34CH has a dedicated following of railroad enthusiasts who remember seeing these locomotives first-hand. This is why we have called upon you to help us. Many have asked the URHS why this loco­motive has not been restored and this is your chance to help make that happen! Please donate whatever you can to help 3372. It has been said that "many hands make light work" and if many contribute what they can, the U-Boat fan-base can make quick work of seeing 3372 in action!

The URHS sincerely thanks you for your support.

 

Click the Pay Pal link above to donate!

If you prefer donations by mail, they can be sent to our Boonton Yard office at:

United Railroad Historical Society of NJ Inc.
104 Morris Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005-1314
C/O Project U-Boat

You can also reach our office phone at (862) 345-6642

The URHS is a 501(c)(3) not for profit educational organization

Ontario & Western RHS 53rd Annual Convention: November 12th

The Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society 53rd Annual Convention & Dinner is still happening on November 12th. The Theme is “Along the Rivers” from Livingston Manor to Cadosia and will have Jeff Otto, Doug Barberio and Allan Seebach as Presenters.

Car Tour from Cornwall to Meadowbrook with Ray Kelly Starts from the Meadowbrook Lodge @ 9:45 am Sharp

Starting Time: Convention – 11:30 am
Admission – $48.00 (With Dinner) $28.00 (Without Dinner)
Modeling Clinic at 11:30 By Mal Houck
Short Program on Livingston Manor By Joe Myers
Roscoe Museum Presentation By Charlie Irace
O&W Collectibles, Models, Dioramas, Photo Displays

Self-Guided Tour of the O&W in the Meadowbrook Lodge Area.

Download Complete Convention Flyer Including Registration Form, Raffle Prizes and Raffle Sheet from the Ontario Express Newsletter Site at http://www.ontarioexpress.org/ You DO NOT have to be a Member to access this form it is on the Home page. Download 2016 Convention Flyer in.pdf format (Includes Raffle Ticket Sheet)

The Convention is on Saturday November 12th if you are planning on going and is again at the Meadowbrook Lodge in Meadowbrook, NY. Exact address and directions below.

…Raffle Prizes…

Grand Prize

A Built-Up Model of the Munnsville Station in HO Scale of Value $225

2nd PRIZE – O’ Scale Set of Atlas 3-Rail O&W and Waddell 55 Ton Hopper Cars

3rd PRIZE – O’ Scale Set of Atlas 3-Rail O&W and Waddell 55 Ton Hopper Cars

4. Rails Along the East Branch: The Delaware & Northern Railroad By John Hamm & Robert Bucenec

5. The O&W “On Film” DVD

6. Rails to the Catskills – A Film By Tobe Carey (DVD)

7. New York, Ontario and Western Railway (Postcard History Series) By Joe Bux

8. The Final Years By Ed Crist & John Krause

9. 1913 “Rules of the Operating Department”

10. Miniature O&W Replica Weathervane

Grand, 2nd & 3rd Prizes Donated By Al Seebach

8th Prize Donated By Ronald Vassallo

10th Prize Donated By Lee R. Bracy

All Other Prizes Donated by the O&WRHS Sales Deptartment

DOOR PRIZE “Mountaineer on Iona Trestle” Full Color Signed Print

Meadow Brook Lodge
1290 NY Route 94
New Windsor, NY 12553
http://www.themeadowbrook.com/
E-Mail: themeadowbrook@gmail.com
Phone: 1-845-562-5918

FROM NEW YORK CITY:

Take N.Y.S. Thruway North to Exit 16. Go north on Rt. 32 to Vails Gate Intersection. Turn left on Rt. 94 one mile to The Meadowbrook on right.

FROM EASTERN NY and CT AREAS

RT 84 West to NEWBURGH/ RT 9W SOUTH exit ..proceed South on 9W. Through Newburgh to Rt. 94 – west on Rt. 94 – four (4) miles to Vails Gate intersection. Continue on Rt. 94 – one mile to The Meadowbrook on right.

FROM WESTERN NY and PA AREAS

RT 84 East to NEWBURGH/ RT 9W SOUTH exit ..proceed South on 9W. Through Newburgh to Rt. 94 – west on Rt. 94 – four (4) miles to Vails Gate intersection. Continue on Rt. 94 – one mile to The Meadowbrook on right.

FROM ALBANY AND NORTHERN NY STATE:

Take N.Y.S. Thruway South to Exit 17. Go to 17-K make right. Go to first Light make left onto Rt. 300. Take Rt. 300 south to Rt. 94 make right go one and one half miles to The Meadowbrook on right. FROM MIDDLETOWN: Go east on Rt. 84 to Exit 7S and Rt. 300. Take Rt. 300 south to Rt. 94 make right go one and one half miles to The Meadowbrook on right.FROM NEW YORK CITY:

Take N.Y.S. Thruway North to Exit 16. Go north on Rt. 32 to Vails Gate Intersection. Turn left on Rt. 94 one mile to The Meadowbrook on right.

BR&W Steam Photo Freight & Night Photo June 25th

The Volunteer Railroaders Association in conjunction with the Black River Railroad Historic Trust is proud to announce a special photographers Photo Freight on Saturday June 25th featuring the Black River & Western #60. The #60 is a 2-8-0 Consolidation and is New Jersey’s oldest operating steam locomotive. The train will be made up of passenger equipment, freight cars and even a caboose. At least 7 photo run-bys will be staged along the route between Three Bridges and Ringoes, which will give everyone the chance to get some great pictures.

The day will start at 2:30 pm in Flemington where participants will meet to find out all the details for the day. When the last regularly scheduled train of the day arrives, it will head for Three Bridges instead of turning back for Ringoes. Due to “excepted track” we will not be able to board the train for this leg of the trip, but instead we will follow the train and be given the chance to take some very rare photos of the #60 and her train. More info & tickets

Middletown (NY) Railroad Day 2016

Erie Train # 6 detour with O&W 503 to Jersey City. This train went from the Erie;'s Middletown (DW) Yard via the main line to Goshen. The train then took the Erie's Montgomery Branch to Campbell Hall. The train would then cross the O&W diamond with th Montgomery Branch and back via the interchange track to the O&W Main line. The other possibility was to enter JM off the Montgomery Branch into CNE / NH trackage and then back onto the O&W via the O&W switch to connect with the NH to the O&W's main line. The train then proceed over the O&W to Cornwall and onto the West Shore to the NYS&W at Little Ferry. From there it went over the NYS&W to Jersey City with most likely NYS&W pilots. Erie Pilots would have been required from Middletown to Campbell Hall.

Erie Train # 6 detour with O&W 503 to Jersey City. This train went from the Erie;’s Middletown (DW) Yard via the main line to Goshen. The train then took the Erie’s Montgomery Branch to Campbell Hall. The train would then cross the O&W diamond with the Montgomery Branch and back via the interchange track to the O&W Main line. The other possibility was to enter JM off the Montgomery Branch into CNE t/ NH trackage and then back onto the O&W via the O&W switch to connect with the NH to the O&W’s main line. The train then proceed over the O&W to Cornwall and onto the West Shore to the NYS&W at Little Ferry. From there it went over the NYS&W to Jersey City with most likely NYS&W pilots. Erie Pilots would have been required from Middletown to Campbell Hall.

More info http://ontarioexpress.org/2016/06/middletown-railroad-day-2016/

Spring Railroad Festival at the historic Tuckahoe train station

The United Railroad Historical Society of NJ, Inc. will be hosting its first Spring Railroad Festival at the historic Tuckahoe train station on Saturday April 23, 2016.

This festival will provide the public with a rare opportunity to ride in vintage train cars and learn about railroad history on the Cape May Seashore Lines. Train rides, which will depart from the Tuckahoe station, will consist of locomotives and cars that are owned by the URHS and cared for by the Cape May Seashore Lines.

In addition to train rides, the station will be host to railroad vendors, motor car rides, stationary equipment tours, and other railroad related attractions, all included in the price of a train ticket.

The event will be held at the Tuckahoe Village Train Station at Reading Avenue & Mill Road, Woodbine, New Jersey 08270 and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the station the day of the event and cost $10 per person or $25 per family.

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Night Photo Shoot

For rail and photography enthusiasts, the URHS will host a night photo shoot at the station featuring several setups and photo angles of URHS’s historic equipment. Flash lighting will be provided. There is a 30-person maximum for the event. Admission will be $30 per person. Reservations can be made by emailing URHSNightPhoto@gmail.com prior to April 22.

About the Route

Originally built in 1893, the railroad through Tuckahoe was once referred to as “The Steel Speedway to the Shore,” as its main purpose was to shuttle passengers to the southernmost points of the Jersey Shore. The last passenger trains ran on the line in 1981 and the Cape May Seashore Lines was founded in 1984. Today, the CMSL hauls freight regularly with historic locomotives owned that are leased from the URHS.

About the URHS Collection

The United Railroad Historical Society owns a large collection of railroad equipment kept in both North and South Jersey. In addition to several passenger cars, the following loco­motives are leased to the Cape May Seashore Lines and will be either running or on display at the Tuckahoe Station.

Pennsylvania Railroad GP9 no. 7000 – one of only 3 surviving examples of this type of locomotive owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Built in 1955, this locomotive hauled freight in the mountainous regions on Pennsylvania and later operated for Conrail and New Jersey Transit in New Jersey. This is one of the rarest pieces in the URHS collection and is leased to Cape May Seashore Lines, which keeps it in operation.

Central Railroad of New Jersey GP7 no. 1523 – This locomotive is one of two of this type in the URHS collection. It was built in 1952 to haul passengers in New Jersey and continued doing so until it was donated to the URHS by New Jersey Transit. It is leased to the Cape May Seashore Lines and still pulls passengers and freight on a regular basis.

Lehigh Valley F7s 576 & 578 – These two matching locomotives were built for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad in 1949. They were sold to New Jersey Transit in the 1980s to alleviate the railroad’s need for extra passenger locomotives. They were later donated to the URHS who painted them to represent the same type of locomotive that was owned by the Lehigh Valley Railroad. They were used by the URHS to pull excursion trains across the State of New Jersey.

Vendors are wanted for the event – Spaces are $20 each, and vendors are asked to bring their own tables and chairs. Please email URHSInfo@gmail.com to reserve your space.

For more information follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/URHSofNJ/, or visit the Cap May Seashore Lines website, https://www.CapeMaySeashoreLines.org. You can also email us at URHSInfo@gmail.com with any specific questions.

The United Railroad Historical Society of NJ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by 15 New Jersey-based railroad preservation groups. The mission of the URHS is to build a railroad museum in the state of New Jersey to house its over-60-piece collection and to raise funds to restore and protect the collection until a permanent site can be acquired.