Sullivan County and the O&W Railroad

Sullivan County and the O&W Railroad – June 28, 2015 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

A free program held at the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville, Sullivan County. The Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society will give a presentation on the O&W and 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. We will examine the town’s and industries it served along it’s route, major construction features, and impact on local tourism throughout its existence. 845 985-7700 http://www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org

URHS Member Group Reports – April 2015

Black River and Western Historical Trust — 50 Year Anniversary – Celebration Saturday May 17th at $2.00 a ticket. Hopefully #60 will be run on that day. Will have comedy night Friday May 22nd.

Erie Lackawanna Historical Society — Eastern Spring Meet April 12th in Pompton Plains at Best Western, day long presentations plus dinner. You can register and sign up day of.

Friends of the NJ Railroad & Transportation Museum — has started work on the station in Phillipsburg again, Men’s room installation is progressing.

Jersey Central Railway Historical Society — Very successful show in March. Many member groups participated, did quite well. Had dealers from Boston to Kentucky. Roughly 1,000 people attended.

Liberty Historic Railway — Will have a table at Transaction Conference in AC.

The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society — Starting brush cutting in a few weeks, Steam engine should be on schedule.

Ontario and Western Railway Historical Society — Show on July 27th at Middletown Railroad Days and Senior Center.

Tri-State Railway Historical Society — raising money to paint the Lackawanna GP-9 959 in Scranton. We are working on Erie caboose C330 and concentrated on the interior. The work on DL&W 896, Raritan River 10 and L&NE 580, consists of preparing these three cabooses for participation in Whippany Railway Museum‘s Event on May 17. There will be a presentation by Kevin Phalon at next month’s meeting about URHS – second Thursday (14th) of May.

Whippany Railway Museum – Had 3 days of Easter train rides, over 1,800 people each day. May 17th Excursion Trains with prices as they were in 1965 commemorating 50th Anniversary. Will have train show on the grounds.

Whippany Railway Museum – 2015 Railway Hobby Show

As part of the Whippany Railway Museum’s 50th Anniversary celebration, we will be hosting the 2015 Railway Hobby Show on Sunday, May 17th on the Museum grounds at Whippany. http://www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net/eventstickets/railway-hobby-show

We will also be operating the Morris County Central Railroad 50th Anniversary excursion trains on this day with 1965-era fares… we expect a very good turnout. The event will be held rain or shine (no rain date).

Whippany Railway Museum
1 Railroad plaza, Whippany, NJ 07981
(973) 887-8177‎

URHS Member Group Reports – March 2015

Black River and Western Historical Trust – 50 Year Anniversary – Celebration Saturday May 17th at $2.00 a ticket. Hopefully #60 will be run on that day.

Erie Lackawanna Historical Society – Spring Meet Pompton Plains Best Western April 12th. Pete asks for Volunteers to take over the URHS sales tables as well the Open House.

Friends of the NJ Railroad & Transportation Museum – has started work on the station in Phillipsburg again, Men’s room installation is progressing.

Jersey Central Railway Historical Society – Mother Seton show this Sunday, all tables sold.

Liberty Historic Railway – Will have a table at Transaction Conference in AC. Need brochures from member groups for table.

The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society – Starting rush cutting in a few weeks, Steam engine should be on schedule

Tri-State Railway Historical Society – raising money to paint the Lackawanna GP-9 959 in Scranton. Meeting Thursday, 3/12

Volunteer Railroaders Association – Easter Bunny Train Ride March 28th.

Whippany Railway Museum – Easter Trains March 28, 29 and April 4.

Hudson Limited 2015

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The Hickory Creek speeding down the Northeast Corridor bound for New Orleans via Washington DC.About the Hudson Limited

On the hind end of Amtrak’s “Empire Service,” Hudson Limited riders will be able to experience the same luxurious accommodations and beautiful view of the Hudson River that riders did in the 40s and 50s. The Hickory Creek was designed especially for the view along the NYC’s “Water Level Route” and this is a fortunate opportunity to ride the car on it’s home rails. All proceeds from tickets go to benefit the preservation of the Hickory Creek as well as the URHS’s historic railroad collection. By purchasing a ticket, you will not only have the chance to relive history, but you can help save it as well.

PLEASE NOTE: Dress code for these trips will be Business Casual, with a sport jacket pre­ferred for gentlemen. All fares include round trip travel, all food and drink served on board.

March 28

Hickory Creek $250

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March 29

Hickory Creek $250

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April 11

Hickory Creek $250

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April 12

Hickory Creek $250

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On-board the Train

All of the following comes included with the purchase of a ticket on the Hudson Limited:

Three members of the URHS volunteer team serving in the spirit off the 20th Century Limited: Chef Robert, Kevin, and Mark

A classic table setting reminiscent of the 1 class service aboard the original 20th Century Limited!

Between New York City and Albany, passengers will be served drinks at their seat while they watch the breathtaking views of the Hudson River go by at up to 110 miles per hour. During the northbound trip, passengers will sit down to a freshly cooked meal made on board the train. On the return trip, guests will enjoy drinks and hot hors d’oeuvres served to them at their seat. Food, as well as beer and wine, are all included in the price of the ticket and will be served to passengers by the URHS volunteer wait staff.

The Hudson Limited will depart New York Penn Station at 11:20 a.m. on train 233 (Empire service). It will arrive in Albany at 1:50, layover, and depart at 4:20. Passengers will arrive back in New York at 6:50 p.m.


 About the Hickory Creek

1-Forman 2In 1948, America was riding high after the end of World War II, and the “streamliner era” was in full swing. The New York Central Railroad unveiled a brand new modernized train set for its famed “20th Century Limited.” It featured all the amenities that any first-class traveler of the day could ask for and was the train was considered the pinnacle of rail transportation at the time. Everyday, its all-private room consist skated along the shore of the Hudson River, beginning with its streamlined E8 diesels and ending with its crown-jewel “lookout lounge” observation car: the Hickory Creek.

The Hickory Creek’s raised floor and over-sized windows made for a ride that was unparalleled by any train in the eastern United States. It was only natural that this train earned the name “The most famous train in the world!” The United Railroad Historical Society purchased this car and had it restored so that passengers can enjoy the classic 20th Century Limited experience in the 21st Century. Today, the Hickory Creek is fully restored and updated to modern Amtrak standards, but still retains the glory is its 1948 appearance inside and out.