“The CNJ Blue Comet reunited. I can sleep a little better now that these moves are complete. Next up, restoration.” Steve Gerritsen, URHS of NJ VP Operations
What you’re seeing here is a three car set from the Blue Comet right at home in [Boonton] New Jersey. The URHS of NJ has owned these cars for decades, but not until today have they all been in one place. Thanks to one individual, and several generous donors, the three cars are now together and safer than they ever have been.
Arriving in Kenvil, NJ at JK Crane.
CNJ 1173 – “D’Arrest” Builder: Bethlehem Steel Company Built: 1925 Storage Location: Boonton, NJ
Originally owned by the Central Railroad of New Jersey This car was built for service on the Blue Comet passenger trains. The Blue Comet was a deluxe all coach train that ran from Jersey City to Atlantic City. 1173 was originally named the D’Arrest after one of the astrological comets. The Blue Comet was discontinued in 9/41 due to low ridership. After the train’s discontinuance, the coaches were utilized in commuter service. 1173 was renamed the Beachcomber and was predominantly used on the North Jersey Coast Line, but saw service on the ex-CNJ Raritan Valley Line. It will be returned to the Blue Comet livery and will be operated.
Leaving Winslow Junction
URHS of New Jersey West Boonton, NJ Restoration shop. Picture and Photoshop work by William Bossert.
On Sunday, September 24th, 2017 from 10 AM to 4 PM join the United Railroad Historical Society for a celebration of New Jersey’s railroad history.
Railroad Museum [for a day] is hosted by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, owners of the largest and most historic railroad collection in New Jersey. During this once-a-year event, the URHS Restoration Facility in Boonton, NJ will become New Jersey’s largest railroad museum.
For the sixth consecutive year, the URHS will open the gates of its normally-private Boonton NJ Restoration Facility to showcase some of its historic collection. Railroad Museum [for a day] will provide a rare, family-friendly opportunity to admire, explore, and go inside our historic trains and learn about their connection to the region we live in.
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!
West Boonton Yard: 104 Morris Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005
ADMISSION – Adults (age 12+) – $5.00 Children (ages 3-11) – $3.00 Babies (ages 0-2) – FREE!
Railroad Museum [for a day] for even more details!