On Saturday, May 23, 2009, the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey will host its second ever Open House at its West Boonton Yard storage and restoration facility located at 100 Morris Ave. in Boonton, NJ.
Gates will open at 9:00 AM for all visitors and will remain open until about 5:00 PM.
Numerous pieces of unique rolling stock in the URHS collection will be displayed and available for public inspection. As is a tradition at all URHS events, there will be sales tables featuring a wide array of railroad related items available for purchase. In addition, the Friends of the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center will be on hand at their information booth with detailed literature outlining the proposed museum.
A favorite attraction from the October 2008 URHS Open House will be returning this year – several members of the Volunteer Railroaders Association will be in attendance with an array of NARCOA speeders. The VRA will be providing motor car rides within West Boonton Yard all day, offering a unique way of viewing the half-mile of equipment stored there. Speeder rides are available in exchange for a $5.00 donation for adults and $2.00 for children. All proceeds will go towards securing and restoring the URHS collection that desperately needs your help.
In an effort to be an ever-increasing presence in the town of Boonton, the URHS is proud to announce that one of our local neighbors and a vital friend will be in attendance – Polaris Equipment Company will be contributing to our day with a display of antique trucks.
The URHS is proud to announce that for the first time, the West Boonton Yard Open House will feature a special guest – Ed Kaspriske of Laurel Run, PA, the proprietor of Horns Inc. and Oh Well Productions. Ed is one of the premier collectors and experts on vintage locomotive air horns in the country. He will be bringing a display of rare, restored locomotive horns and his one-of-a-kind, specially modified, Chevy Avalanche outfitted with a compressed air system for sounding his horns. Also, be sure to check out Ed’s catalog of horn and railfan-related video productions.
Also on tap for the Open House is a locomotive air horn display by the VRA’s own Justin Kerstner and Carolyn Hoffman. Former NJT E-8 #4253 will be wearing a functioning Nathan P5 horn for the day. Both of the former NJT E-8’s (4253 & 4326) will be cosmetically refurbished and illuminated for the day’s events. GG-1 4879 will be featured in a more accessible location at the east end of the yard. Former NJ Transit inspection/ observation lounge car NJT-1 will be partially restored to its original Blue Comet livery and lettering!
There may also be a few more surprises added between now and May 23. Check back here or go to www.railroad.net for all the latest news.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
A $5.00 donation is suggested for admission. Speeder rides have a suggested donation of $3.00 per person. All proceeds will go towards the restoration, maintenance, and security of the URHS collection and the establishment of a proper New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center.