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.

Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society – 2016 Events

Wednesday January 20th at 7pm at the Newburgh Free Library Ray Kelly will present the NYO&W Middletown Branch, Then and Now. Weather date will be January 27th.

Saturday and Sunday, January 30th & 31st – Springfield Amherst Railway Society, Big E Expo Center, Springfield, MA, 10am to 5pm.

Friday February 5th – O&WRHS Membership Meeting Program by Doug Barberio NYO&W Diamonds, Junctions, Interchanges and Interlocking Towers Cornwall to Crawford Jct.

Saturday February 6th at 10am, 227 East Main St, Goshen School district building, Program by Ray Kelly Newburgh – Walden & Middletown – Goshen trolleys, Then & Now.

Friday February 12th – M&NJRHS meeting 7:30 at the Maybrook Railroad Museum.

Sunday February 14th at Fishkill Model train and Railroad Hobby Show Fishkill Recreation Center 793 Routet 52 Fishkill NY O&WRHS Sales table will be present.

Friday March 4th – O&WRHS Membership Meeting Program by Doug Barberio NYO&W Diamonds, Junctions, Interchanges and Interlocking Towers High View to Sidney.

Sunday March 6th – JCRHS Train Show at Mother Seton High School, Clark NJ 9 am to 3:30 pm Garden State Parkway exit 135 Sponsored by Jersey Central Chapter NRHS O&WRHS Sales table will be present. For Information contact Mitchell Dakelman at dakelmanm@aol.com.

Monday March 14th at 7pm at the Walden Library Ray Kelly will present the NYO&W Middletown Branch, Then and Now.

Sunday March 20th – Kingston Model Train and Railroad Show Murphy Midtown Center 467 Broadway, Kingston NY 10am – 4:00pm Adults $6.00 Children under 12 $1 O&WRHS Sales table will be present Additional information (845)-481-4198 or kingstonmts@aol.com.

Friday April 1st O&WRHS Membership Program by Joe Senese on The O&W Port Jervis and Monticello Branches.

Friday April 8th – M&NJRHS meeting 7:30 at the Maybrook Railroad Museum.

Sunday, May 1st – Annual Franklin Model & Toy Train Show 9am to 3pm sponsored by the Franklin Historical Society and the Sussex County RR Club to be held at the Littell Community Center near the intersection of Rt. 23 and Rt. 517, Franklin, NJ. Info is available from John at 973-697-6539.

Friday May 6th – O&WRHS Membership Meeting Program Meeting by Ray Kelly Newburgh – Walden & Middletown – Goshen trolleys, Then & Now.

Friday June 3rd – O&WRHS Membership Meeting Program by Walter Conklin Train Simulation on the Erie Railroad.

Friday June 10th – M&NJRHS meeting 7:30 at the Maybrook Railroad Museum.

For entertainment listed as “TBA” or snow cancellations please check the Ontario Express Newsletter site at OntarioExpress.org

The Eternal Space play – a URHS of NJ fundraiser

This is about the play “The Eternal Space” this coming month in New York City. Because this show’s story is deeply rooted in railroad history and historic preservation, they are reaching out to railroad preservationists who may find this of interest. They would like to extend a group sales offer that would allow them to ‘give back’ to the organizations that keep railroad history alive on a daily basis.

Below you will find a promotion code to use when you purchase tickets. This code will earmark each ticket sold via The URHS of NJ, and at the end of the show’s run in December, 20% of the ticket revenue from those tickets will be donated to the The URHS of NJ. Simply put, they will make $10 for each ticket sold. This code can be used for any show, even those who can’t make it can purchase a ticket that will benefit the URHS.

The show will be running at the Lion Theater on Theater Row in New York during the months of November and December. You can visit http://theeternalspaceplay.com/ to view show times and more information about the show.

The URHS of NJ Promotion Code: TRURHSGIVE

Enter the code at http://www.telechargeoffers.com/ for your tickets to be purchased with the URHS of NJ fundraiser offer or call the special promotions line to order by phone: 212-947-8844

See this video and information below to learn more about the show. Thanks, and looking forward to helping us raise some money!

About the show:

October 28th, 1963, New York City: Pennsylvania Station is slated for demolition. The wrecking crews are outside dismantling a fifty-three year-old marvel of American Beauxarts architecture. Inside a construction worker, turned photographer, is running away from his past while an aging activist can’t let his go. With the legendary photography of artists including Norman McGrath and Ron Zeil as the backdrop, The Eternal Space charts two very different lives brought together by the historic act that divides them.

A video to learn what the show is about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxS-egKgpso

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