Music at this year’s Transportation Heritage Festival


Returning to this year's Transportation Heritage Festival in Boonton, NJ on September 20th, by popular demand, is GirlJam who will be performing live music for the entertainment of our visitors.

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Wendy Keilin

Also appearing, for the first time at this year's Transportation Heritage Festival is Wendy Keilin, the Crazy Uke Lady who will be performing live music on the ukulele for the entertainment of our visitors.

Transportation Heritage Festival 2015

Web_headerSeptember 20, 2015  |  10am to 4pm  |  104 Morris Ave. Boonton, NJ

On Sunday September 20, you can visit the United Railroad Historical Society for a fun and educational day with some of New Jersey’s rare and classic trains. For the fourth consecutive year, the URHS will open the gates of its normally-private Boonton Restoration Facility to showcase some of its historic collection. Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with vintage railroad equipment and well as visiting classic cars, trucks, buses, and military vehicles. Live music, food concessions, historical & educational presentations, and vendors of railroad-related souvenirs will round out a day that the whole family can enjoy!


FOR FAMILIES: The Transportation Heritage Festival will include displays and entertainment for the whole family. In addition to dozens of classic vehicles that will be on display, much of the railroad equipment will be open to go inside. This includes coach, baggage, and executive private train cars. Kids and adults will love the opportunity to walk through the inside of and sit at the controls of a real diesel locomotive. Purchase snacks and refreshments, enjoy the live music, and make a family afternoon out of your visit to the yard!

10628380_707424382665786_2193933825386246323_nFOR RAIL BUFFS: This year’s event will feature several newcomers to Boonton Yard. New this year will be the URHS’s Erie SW9 no. 436 and well as the world’s last U34CH! Both of these locomotives are under restoration, and visitors will be welcome to see the inside and view the progress of these locomotives before they are road worthy. “New Jersey’s GG1s” will be on display along with two original pieces of PRR passenger equipment. The one-of-a-kind “Century Green” New York Central E8 will also be displayed with our other two restored “streamliners,” Reading 284 and NJDOT 4253. This lineup is subject to change, but all available track space will be used for display!

 10603678_707424422665782_3059282112857974896_nHOURS AND PARKING:

The yard will open to the public at 10 am and close at 4 pm. We recommend that those wishing to photograph our equipment come right at the start time to take photos before crowds grow.

West Boonton Yard is located at 104 Morris Ave, Boonton, NJ, which is easily accessible from Routes 46, 80, and 287. Visitors can have the option of taking the 0.3 mile walk from the NJ Transit station at 100 Frontage Road, or riding the shuttle bus from the Boonton public parking lot at 1 Plane Street, just off Main Street.


  • From northern New Jersey, take I-287 exit 45 and turn left onto Myrtle Avenue. Continue one mile to Main street. To park at the NJ Transit station parking continue straight – the lot will be to the right. For shuttle bus parking, turn right at Main Street. Continue for one mile and take the first left after the Boonton Avenue traffic light.
  • From the central and southern NJ via Route I-80, take I-287 north to exit 44. Turn right onto Main Street. Take the first left for train station parking or continue straight for shuttle bus parking. Continue for one mile and take the first left after the Boonton Avenue traffic light.


A Trip Through The Catskill Mountains On The Delaware & Ulster

The Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society


A Trip Through The Catskill Mountains On The Delaware & Ulster

Saturday, September 12th 2015

Our trip will be headed by a Delaware & Hudson RS-36 and will leave Arkville, NY at 11:00 am sharp and will arrive at Roxbury, NY at approximately 12:15 pm. After a short layover at the beautiful Roxbury Depot, our train will then return to Arkville. During our 22 mile ride we will enjoy a sumptuous lunch aboard the D&U’s dining cars as we embrace the bucolic scenery of New York’s Catskill Mountains. A tour of the NYO&W

equipment including Bobber Caboose No. 8206 and NW-2 No. 116, will be provided by the Ulster & Delaware Railway Historical Society so please come early! Seating is limited to 110 passengers and will be offered on a first come first served basis. We have over 30 seats reserved and over 75 seats left so please send your payment promptly if you are interested. At this time the upper dome car is completely sold out and further seating will be at our discretion. No seats can be reserved until payment is received. Please make sure to choose your meal selection for each seat you reserve.

You can get a downloadable copy of the form via the Official O&WRHS Newsletter site at

If you have any questions please e-mail Ron Vassallo at

June 11th Meeting – Tri-State Railway Historical Society

George Inness: The Lackawanna Valley


Presented by: Adrienne Baxter Bell, Ph.D.

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 7:00 PM, Monthly Meeting

Bickford Theater of the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

 The June 11th meeting will feature Adrienne Baxter Bell, Ph.D. of Marymount Manhattan College. Professor Bell, a graduate of Columbia University has written extensively on George Inness, his life and work. Her scholarship centers on American art and cultural history from the pre-colonial period to the present.

George Inness established his reputation during the development of the ‘Hudson River School’, (America’s first true artistic movement). Known especially for the philosophical, social and spiritual influences in his work, including how industrialization impacted the agrarian lifestyle.

John Jay Phelps, (President of the DL&W Railroad), in 1855, commissioned Inness in 1855 to image the site of the railroad’s first roundhouse, in Scranton, PA. The product of this effort was “The Lackawanna Valley” now on display at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.).

Although the painting fell into obscurity during the artist’s lifetime, it has since become a notable American image and served to fuel discussions regarding social impacts in the nineteenth century. Please join us to learn more about George Inness and his painting.

Admission is free, open to the public. All are welcome!

Doors open at 7:00 PM, The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. The programs usually begin about 8:00 p.m. Light refreshments are often available. We will have a selection of books, videos and memorabilia for sale before the meeting. Visit us at or the web: TRISTATERAIL.ORG



O&WRHS Calendar of Events: June 2015 – February 2016

The June 5th O&WRHS Meeting will have a presentation about the O&W’s Scranton Division by Walter Kierzkowski. Walt grew up in Jermyn and has extensive knowledge, not to mention some magnificent photos of this vital connection between the coal fields of Pa. to the energy hungry markets of New York and New England via the O&W’s elaborate and extensive system.

The Meeting is open to the public, you do not need to be an O&…WRHS Member. Doors open at 7:30, followed by a business meeting, short intermission and the show generally starts sometime around 8:30.

This is the last meeting until September which will be held on Friday September 4th. The program will be by one of our newest members Hans Segboer; The Program will be –“ The Erie Greenwood Lake Division, including the Ringwood Branch.”

O&WRHS Meeting are held at the Mulberry House Senior Center/aka Middletown Senior Center. 62-70, West Main Street, Middletown NY.

Saturday, June 13th – There will be a series of presentations on the Northern Division of the New York Ontario and Western Railway at the Chenango County Historical Society, 45 Rexford Street in Norwich, New York. Three presentations from Jeff Otto (Fulton), John Taibi (Northern Division Milk Trains) and Bob Earle (The Flying Diesel Corps.) will cover a variety of subjects sure to interest all. Come early and visit the museum, plus the nearby Northeast Classic Car Museum and the Bull Thistle Model Railroad Society. Presentations begin at 1:00 and conclude by 5:00 with breaks between each.

Sunday June 28th at 2:00 pm at the Community room of the Grahamsville Library (328 Main Street); — Starting with predecessor the New York and Oswego Midland in the late 1870’s, the New York, Ontario and Western served Ulster, Sullivan, and Delaware counties until its abandonment in 1957. Examined will be the town’s and industries it served along the route, major construction features, and impact on local tourism throughout its existence.

Sunday July 26th – O&WRHS Middletown Railroad Day, 10am to 4pm, Mulberry House Senior Center, Middletown, free admission. Presentation “The Harriman Incline Railway” By Alex Prizgintas, begins at 11 am.

Friday September 4th – O&WRHS Meeting Program by Hans Segboer; –“ The Erie Greenwood Lake Division, including the Ringwood Branch, which serviced the Ringwood Mines.”

Saturday September 12th at 11 am; — O&W Lunch Train on the Delaware and Ulster Railroad. O&W NW-2 No. 116 and Bobber Caboose 8206 will be on display. See Full Flyer with more info. and pricing on Page 3.

Friday September 18th – M&NJ RHS meeting, Maybrook Railroad Museum (Date moved back one week).

Sunday, Sept. 27th – Lehigh Valley Chapter NRHS 39th Annual Railroadiana and Model RR Show and Sale, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM; — GREAT NEW LOCATION! At the Charles Chrin Community Center 4100 Green Pond Road, Easton, PA 18045, Admission $4, under 12 free, info – Pete Terp at or 610-824-7730

Friday October 2nd – O&WRHS Membership Meeting; — “Stone Arches, Rock Cuts and a Trip to the Summit.” A brief history of Orange County’s only inclined funicular, by Alex Prizgintas.

Sunday October 18th – Kingston Show, Murphy Midtown Center, Kingston, NY, 10am to 4pm.

Saturday October 24th – Tri- States Train Show at the Port Jervis High School #20 Route 209; 10 am to 4 pm. Admission $5 Children free. Call Jack Youchah at 845-651-7872 for more information. Proceeds to Benefit the Tri-States Railway Museum, Port Jervis, N.Y.

Friday November 13th – M&NJ RHS meeting, Maybrook Railroad Museum.

Saturday November 14th – O&WRHS Annual Convention and Banquet. Location: Meadowbrook Lodge. The theme of the 2015 convention will be NYO&W Northern Division. Programs to be announced. Directions, specifics and times will be in a promotional flyer, registration and dinner form to be mailed to all members, and available for pick-up at Middletown Railroad Day on July 26, 2015 at the Mulberry House Senior Center.

Friday December 4th – Membership Program “Local Railroading” by Bob Thamsen. Sunday, December 6th – Train Show, The Egg – Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 10 am to 4 pm.

Friday January 8th 2016 – O&WRHS Membership Program by Carl Ohlson “Lanterns & Globes Part II.”

Saturday and Sunday, January 30th & 31st 2016 – Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Expo Center – The “Big E” Springfield, Massachusetts.

Friday February 5th 2016 – O&WRHS Membership Program by Walter Conklin “The Erie Railroad.”

Programs can change without notice and for entertainment listed as “TBA” please check the O&WRHS Website for updates or our discussion group for and facebook:!/groups/OWRHS for more details.