Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society – Calendar of events

Sunday, May 3rd 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 was available from John at 973-697-6539

Friday June 5 Membership Meeting Program The O&W Scranton Division by Walter Kierzkowski

Friday June 12 M&NJRHS meeting 7:30 at the Maybrook Railroad Museum

July Middletown Railroad Day

Friday September 4 Membership Meeting Program TBA.

Programs can change without notice and for entertainment listed as “TBA” please check the O&WRHS Website http://www.nyow.org/ for updates or our discussion group for https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/owrhs/conversations/messages and facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/OWRHS for more details.

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

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

Tickets on Sale for the URHS Spring Excursion Series 2015

Tickets on Sale for the URHS Spring Excursion Series 2015.

Additional trips will be run later in the year.

NEW YORK, NY—The United Railroad Historical Society will hold its first-ever rail excursion series, beginning on March 28th. The month-long stint, based out of New York City, will feature the URHS’s signature day-trip to Albany, The Hudson Limited, as well as a new overnight trip to Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival. Seats for all trips are available aboard both the Hickory Creek.

The Cherry Blossom Special

The Cherry Blossom Special is a new, overnight trip to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. Trips will be run on the weekends of April 4-5. On board, passengers will be waited on with first-class service at their seats, which will include complementary Mimosas as well as a continental breakfast on the southbound trip. On the return trip to New York, passengers will be seated for a first-class dinner cooked on-board, with beer and wine served throughout the trip. All meals and drinks on board are included in the price of the ticket.

The Hickory Creek and 43 will depart New York Penn Station at 7:05 a.m. and arrive in Washington DC at 10:25 a.m. on the tail of Amtrak’s Carolinian. Passengers will receive a special discounted rate at the Hyatt Place Washington, which is one Metro stop away from Union Station. To receive this rate (not included in the ticket price), rooms must be booked at least 30 days prior to the event (March 4th).

Hotel Accommodations

Passengers riding the train will need to purchase a hotel room for the layover in Washington DC. Guests aboard the Cherry Blossom Special will receive a special rate at the Hyatt Place Washington for $149 for April 4-5 Hotel Special Rate Will Expire Soon, so Please call right away before its to Late .

Hyatt guests can begin making reservations either by calling into the central reservations number listed and asking for the “United Railroad Historical Society of NJ” Group Block or by using the booking links below. With these links you will still need to enter the dates and click “check availability” and it will then enter you into the block. April Block: http://www.washingtondcuscapitol.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-URSS

Hyatt Place Washington, DC/US Capitol, 33 New York Avenue, Washington, DC N.E., 20002, Tel: 1-202-289-5593 Fax: 1-202-289-5591

Passengers will then have time to tour the nation’s capital at their leisure until the return trip, which departs Washington Union Station at 4:06 p.m. and arrives in New York at 8:47 p.m. The April 4-5 trip will coincide with the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival.

The Hudson Limited

The Hudson Limited is the signature trip of the URHS and the Hickory Creek, and travels round-trip to Amtrak’s Albany-Rensselaer Station. Both the Hickory Creek will depart New York Penn Station at 11:20 a.m., and return to New York at 6:50 p.m. Between New York City and Albany, passengers will be served complementary drinks, beer, wine, and hot hors d’oeuvres at their seats by the URHS volunteer staff. The northbound trip will also include a first-class meal, cooked onboard the train. These day trips will be held on March 28 and 29 and again on April 11, and 12. The route of this trip traces the original New York Central “Water Level Route”, meaning passengers will be riding over the home rails of the 20th Century Limited and the Hickory Creek. Tickets can be purchased online at URHS.org. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at 1-862-345-6642. For more info go to http://www.urhs.org/

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.



United Railroad Historical Society, Inc.
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
104 Morris Ave, Boonton, NJ 07005-1314
(862) 345-6642 – http://www.urhs.org/

Hudson Limited 2015

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Tickets still available for the Cherry Blossom Special. Click here to learn more!

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


March 29

Hickory Creek $250


April 11

Hickory Creek $250


April 12

Hickory Creek $250


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.