A 2nd visiting locomotive to our Transportation Heritage Festival

We are happy to announce a second visiting locomotive to our Transportation Heritage Festival: Norfolk Southern 5303! This engine is a GP38-2 type locomotive that wears the logo for Operation Lifesaver. OL is a national organization that advocates for awareness and safety around railroad tracks.

NS 5303 Shawn A. Leightcap Pottstown, Pennsylvania April 16, 2014

Representatives from New Jersey Operation Lifesaver will be on hand at our event to educate children and adults alike about the importance of rail safety!

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.

More info - https://www.facebook.com/GirlJamNJ/
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 http://www.ontarioexpress.org

If you have any questions please e-mail Ron Vassallo at DU_Trip@ontarioexpress.org

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 facebook.com/tristaterail.org or the web: TRISTATERAIL.ORG