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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!
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!
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!
Everyone wins by supporting the URHS. Here is what you can receive for supporting Project U-Boat!
All of the above plus
your choice of one of the URHS's several NJ Railroad prints
See the URHS store for choices
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.
T-shirt, print, yard tour, and...
a free ticket aboard the NYC 43 on the next URHS excursion
T-shirt, print, yard tour, and...
a free ticket aboard the Hickory Creek on the next URHS excursion
About the U34CH:
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:
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
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.
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
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.
Volunteer Railroaders Association – Running motorcar trains from Cape May Station to the canal through the next 3 weekends. Doing a Santa visit on November 26th at Hawthorne Station.
Tri-State Railway Historical Society Chapter of the NRHS – Train show Roseland – St. Nicholas Greek Church, Laurel Ave, Exit 6 off of 280. Work paused on Caboose, will be sandblasted. Bringing quarterly Blockline back after train show. Releasing new book this weekend.
Ontario and Western Railway Historical Society – Convention 12/12 at Meadowbrook Lodge, $48 per person.
North Jersey Electric Railway Historical Society to be at Metropolitan Transit Model group Saturday and Sunday at PAL Building in Parsippany. Meeting next week in Rahway. Working on body work on trolley car with Ray.
Erie Lackawanna Historical Society – April 23rd Spring Meet at Parsippany Holiday Inn. Asking anyone with photos or records of people working on EL equipment to put together a program.
Whippany Railway Museum – Oct 2 had pumpkin festival, sold out trains.
Bergen-Rockland Chapter of the NRHS – Waldwick still giving tours of tower.
Liberty Historic Railway – Made donation to Operation Toy Train and encourages other groups to do so as well
Black River and Western Historical Trust – Continue restoration towards Lambertville. Currently running pumpkin trains.
Lackawanna Chapter of the R&LHS – Trouble finding younger volunteers, progress has slowed.
- CT split on “NEW-build” or “RE-build” of NEC
- PATH achieves highest ridership ever
- NARP 8/5/16 Hotline
- MBTA to begin PTC installation next spring
- VP candidate Kaine has long, successful resume in rail/transportation/infrastructure issues
- MBTA to implement automated fare collection system by 2019
- Next NYC new subway car order could support over 33,000 new American jobs
- NYMTA’s role in fighting Zika virus
- MBTA infrastructure going solar
- Central Maine & Quebec RR named “REGIONAL RR of the YEAR” by Railway Age Magazine
- Cincinnati’s new streetcar gearing up for September revenue service
- Amtrak’s new ACS-64 Locomotives having positive impact on NEC and Keystone corridors
- Freight RR traffic slide continues
- Amtrak’s GREAT DOME CAR coming soon to a DOWNEASTER near you!!
15. From TRAINS Magazine: A privately run commuter railroad for New England
By Scott A. Hartley | August 1, 2016
Scott A. Hartley
WORCESTER, Mass. — Commuter trains could be running between Woonsocket and Providence, R.I., by late 2017, if all goes according to Vincent J. Bono’s plans. Bono is Boston Surface Railroad Co.’s CEO. He founded the company in 2013 with the intent of offering privately run commuter service between Worcester, Mass., and Providence, using 44 miles of tracks belonging to regional railroad Providence & Worcester.
Bono spoke with Trains News Wire Saturday, while riding a chartered Providence & Worcester passenger train that provided a board room for Boston Surface Railroad’s annual Board of Directors meeting. The seven-member Board had met privately in P&W’s lounge car shortly after the train departed Worcester Union Station at 9 a.m. Also along for the ride were approximately 60 family members and friends of Boston Surface’s board and employees. And, having a five-car train scheduled to make an eight-hour trip over 174 miles of Providence & Worcester freight lines and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, Bono took the unusual step of offering seats to the public at $50 a seat. About 100 private, paying customers purchased a ticket.
Bono has a technology background, but his consulting firm serves railroad clients, and he is confident that Boston Surface Railroad’s proposed service between two major cities will be successful. Boston Surface Railroad Co. plans on 100-percent farebox recovery, with no public subsidies.
“Our job is to serve an existing commuter base,” Bono says. He explains that Worcester is New England’s second-largest city and Providence is the region’s largest growing job market. Currently this city pair is served directly only by infrequent bus service. A rail trip involves a round-about 89-mile routing via Boston on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority trains.
Bono cites research that shows 8 to 15 percent of commuters who drive distances of 45 miles, or have a commute time of more than 45 minutes, will use rail if it is available. He is counting on those numbers, as well as traffic data that show 12,000 people currently commute the 44 miles from Worcester to Providence each day, and an additional 15,000 who make the shorter 16-mile trip from Woonsocket to Providence. The main highway connecting Worcester, Woonsocket, and Providence is Massachusetts and Rhode Island Route 146, a four-lane road with traffic lights punctuating the journey. Eighty percent of the travel time on this route is over the short segment between Woonsocket and Providence. The 16-rail miles between Woonsocket and Providence would see two daily round trips beginning next year, Bono says. Providence & Worcester crews would operate the trains.
“While no material agreements have been reached, both [railroad companies] are excited about the prospect of running commuter service between New England’s second and third largest cities and continue to work together to evaluate each and every aspect of the proposed service to work towards that goal,” says Providence & Worcester general counsel Charles D. Rennick. Bono calls P&W “a very supportive partner.”
Boston Surface officials say they will lease rolling stock for the new service. Bono says that he is considering secondhand EMD F59 locomotives, and that there are sources of available single-level coaches. Although the initial Woonsocket service will not require the full eventual roster, Bono plans to acquire sufficient locomotives and cars so that he has what he calls a “homogenous” fleet. Each train is expected to include a food service car.
Bono hopes to roll out full Worcester-Providence service, with three daily round trips, in 2018. Initial one-way travel time is planned to be 85 minutes. Bono says that the best time by car is just 57 minutes, but that can increase whenever there is any traffic problem. He already has received approval from the Worcester Redevelopment Authority to construct a high-level platform along the Providence & Worcester tracks at Worcester Union Station — on the opposite side of the station used by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter trains operated by Keolis Commuter Services. A high-level platform will be constructed at Woonsocket Station, which now serves as Boston Surface’s headquarters. A remaining challenge is arranging to use Amtrak’s Providence station.
“Amtrak has been incredible supportive,” Bono says.
Providence & Worcester’s freight route through Providence station does not have a passenger platform, so Boston Surface trains initially would need to make a back-up move to reach active platforms already used by Amtrak and MBTA trains. Bono hopes that current track arrangements can be modified to permit direct access. A passing siding will be necessary midway on P&W’s single-track Worcester-Providence line. Both projects would be paid for by Boston Surface, Bono says. Based on train speed during Saturday’s trip, upgrades will be necessary over much of the P&W route to permit higher passenger train speeds, a further cost to be incurred by Boston Surface Railroad.
On the final lap of Saturday’s trip, the Boston Surface Railroad chartered train made its only stop of the day at the former New Haven Railroad Woonsocket station. If all goes as Bono plans, this will be where his company’s first trains will originate in 2017. He says that the railroad will share the facility with a coffee shop, a chiropractor’s office, a massage therapist, and possibly a law office.
16. From TRAINS Magazine: Much more of Maine Central No. 470 to move the week of Aug. 8
By Justin Franz | August 2, 2016
New England Steam Corp.
WATERVILLE, Maine — Officials with the New England Steam Corp. announced this week that Maine Central 4-6-2 No. 470 will move to its new home at the Downeast Scenic Railroad the week of Aug. 8.
Three weeks after the cab and cross-compound pump where moved from No. 470’s display site in Waterville, the rest of the locomotive — including the boiler, running gear, cylinders, drivers and tender — will be moved on three different semi-trailers on Aug. 8, 9, and 10.
Spectators will not be permitted into the loading areas but New England Steam Corp. officials say people will be able to watching the locomotive be loaded on to trucks from public areas.
“Moving 470 is the culmination of three years of intense planning, fund raising, and volunteer labor, to preserve and restore the largest surviving steam locomotive in New England. 470 is an icon of Maine transportation history,” officials stated in a press release.
The efforts to restore the Pacific — the last steam locomotive to operate on the Maine Central, in 1954 — began three years ago when the City of Waterville was looking to get rid of the locomotive. The non-profit New England Steam Corporation came forward with a proposal to operate it and since then it has been preparing No. 470 for its 80-mile move to Washington Junction where they plan to restore it to steam. The group expects that it will take about $1.75 million and a decade to restore the locomotive.
17. From TRAINS Magazine: Train workers turn down jobs at new commuter rail link due to cost of living
August 2, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO – The cost of living in San Francisco’s North Bay area is making it difficult for a new commuter rail agency to fill all of the positions it needs to begin commuter rail service at the end of this year.
An article in the San Francisco Chronicle says that soaring housing prices and the increased cost of living have complicated hiring for Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit. The new commuter rail agency is scheduled to begin rail service at the end of this year in the area.
The agency has hired only 11 of the 21 conductors it needs, along with three of the eight signal maintainers and five of eight railcar technicians. Due to recent rejections and inadequate staffing, salaries were recently increased about 11 percent for the positions. The bump in salaries is helping attract “fresh interest,” according to Jeanne Mariani-Belding, a spokesperson for the agency.
When complete, rail service will operate between the Sonoma County Airport and downtown San Rafael.
18. From TRAINS Magazine: 2016 TIGER grants assist rail freight, passenger projects in 11 states
August 2, 2016
U.S. Department of Transportation
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded nearly a half a billion dollars in its 2016 TIGER grant program. Officially known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant program, several projects in the 2016 awards focus on rail freight and passenger benefits.
Rail-related projects included in this year’s grant program include:
• $25 million to upgrade historic sections of Chicago’s “L” train infrastructure
• $20 million to improve infrastructure and facility on the Utah Transit Authority
• $15 million for a BNSF Railway grade separation project in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
• $13.1 million to build a new passenger station in Pawtucket, R.I.
• $10 million in improvements to the Port of Everett in Washington state
• $10 million to replace a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority station in Claymont, Del.
• $10 million to rehabilitate five bridges on the Natchez Railway in Mississippi
• $9.7 million to improve infrastructure on a R.J. Corman short line in the Carolinas
• $8.6 million for the Redlands Passenger rail project n San Bernardino, Calif.
• $7.3 million in multimodal improvements at the Port of Portland in Oregon
• $6.2 million to upgrade the Bay Area Rapid Transit’s 19th Street/Oakland station
• $6.1 million to improve dock-to-rail capability in Little Rock, Ark.
This is the eighth year for the TIGER program. Since 2009, the grant program has provided more than $5 billion in funding to more than 420 projects in all 50 states.
19. From TRAINS Magazine: MBTA looks to offset operating deficit with workforce reductions
August 3, 2016
BOSTON – Boston’s rail transit agency is considering cutbacks in its workforce to reduce a more than $100 million deficit due to lower-than-expected tax revenues.
Local media report that when the transit agency passed its budget in April ahead of July’s fiscal year, officials projected higher sales tax revenues, a portion of which are dedicated to the transit agency by state law. Since then, tax revenue projections declined and the agency’s budget gap grew.
“As we seek to close what’s a $100-plus million deficit this year, everything’s on the table. Seventy-five percent of our costs are wages and benefits, so that’s a core area of focus for us,” says Brian Shortsleeve, chief administrator for the MBTA.
The agency says it hopes to reduce about $37.5 million in savings of unpaid wages and benefits and is targeting a staff reduction of around 300 people. The agency will go department-by-department with an emphasis on corporate and administrative departments.
The agency employs about 6,500 people.
20. From TRAINS Magazine: Hoosier State celebrates one-year anniversary, ridership achievements
August 4, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Transportation, Iowa Pacific Holdings and local communities are celebrating the one-year anniversary of improvements made to the Hoosier State passenger train.
Operating between Chicago and Indianapolis four days a week, the Hoosier State has reported increases in both ridership and revenue for the months of May and June. According to an Indiana Department of Transportation news release, ticket revenues have increased more than 60 percent in comparison with the same period last year.
The state agency also adds that the passenger train is ranked as one of the highest-rated trains on the Amtrak system, with about 90 percent of riders reporting a “very satisfied” experience.
In the months since October 2015, the train has also averaged an on-time performance of around 82 percent.
At the end of July 2015, the state signed a contract with Amtrak and Iowa Pacific that allowed the Hoosier to be operated by Amtrak crews, but using equipment and amenities offered by Iowa Pacific. The first train under the new service agreement departed Indianapolis on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.
21. From TRAINS Magazine: Washington Metro transit police officer charged with helping ISIS
August 4, 2016
TRAINS: Steve Sweeney
WASHINGTON — A police officer with Washington’s Metro Transit police has been charged with aiding ISIS. Local media say it is the first time a law enforcement officer has been charged with an ISIS-related crime.
The 36-year-old Virginia resident has been with the transit agency’s police department since 2003. He was arrested on Wednesday morning by FBI agents at Metro Transit Police Headquarters in Washington.
According to local reports, the officer attempted to send money to ISIS through mobile-based gift cards using an unnamed messaging service the terrorist group uses for recruiting purposes. The digital transaction was actually sent to an undercover FBI agent sometime in July.
He will be held in Alexandria, Va., until his detention hearing. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release.