URHS volunteers began lettering our PRR F41 flat car earlier this week. Then Saturday, this car was used for its intended purpose for Whippany Railway Museum‘s Armed Forces Day train, hauling around vintage Army vehicles in the middle of the Museum’s caboose trains.
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What is Project U-Boat?
Project U-Boat is the URHS’s effort to restore Erie Lackawanna 3372 to operation. The U34CH is a landmark in locomotive design, and it is a design that is entirely unique to the state of New Jersey. 3372 is the last servicable U34CH left in existence, and it is owned by the URHS of NJ. A recent review of the organization’s motive power revealed that 3372 is the locomotive closest to potential operation, and to make restoration a reality, the URHS needs your help!
HELP US RAISE 3372 DOLLARS!
Phase 2 of Project U-Boat will begin the locomotive’s cosmetic restoration to protect it from the elements. This includes minor body work, light metal repairs, and a new coat of primer. $3372 will cover the costs of all supplies needed as well as several gallons of one of the best industrial primers available. We will be giving the U-Boat a paint job that will last for years!
Do you like get getting your hands dirty? Come volunteer with the URHS and help us restore 3372! If you are interested, click the link below and let us know. There is no commitment and no skills are required to help the URHS restore a piece of history!
May 2015: The URHS launched Phase 2 of Project U-Boat. This second step the restoration of 3372 will include repair to the car body in addition to a coat of primer to protect the engine from the elements.
October 2014: 3372 was moved by the Morristown & Erie Railway on October 29. CLICK HERE to view the video of it moving for the first time in over a decade!
August 2014: The official homecoming move for 3372 is under contract with the Morristown & Erie. Upon successful brake inspection, the railroad will establish a date on which one of their two Alco C-424 will make the trek from Morristown to Passaic. The engine will be taken down the Dundee Spur to the Bergen County Line to make the trip to Boonton Yard. We will bring you more details on the move when they become available!
March 2014: We have reached our $2,500 goal for phase 1 of Project U-Boat! We received many generous donations ranging from a few dollars to a few hundred… and even one that was $1,000! The URHS’s U34CH will be moved to Boonton NJ as soon as we conduct the proper tests and explore our pricing options. Phase 2 means it is time to raise funds to make the locomotive operational! That also means incentives and rewards for those who have donated, and those who plan to. Stay tuned, and as always, we sincerely thank you for your support!
Everyone wins by supporting the URHS. Here is what you can receive for supporting Project U-Boat!
All of the above plus
your choice of one of the URHS’s several NJ Railroad prints
See the URHS store for choices
All of the above plus
a personal tour of Boonton yard
This includes an experience which will not be open to the general public: a tour of the inside and outside of 3372.
T-shirt, print, yard tour, and…
a free ticket aboard the NYC 43 on the next URHS excursion
T-shirt, print, yard tour, and…
a free ticket aboard the Hickory Creek on the next URHS excursion
About the U34CH:
The U34CH represented a landmark in passenger train operation. It is truly the “last of the first of its kind.” During the late 60’s and early 70’s, passenger trains were nearing the end of an era. Aging equipment, heated by steam, could not stand up to the demands of changing technology. Across the country, these older cars were being replaced with newer, electrically lit and heated cars, powered by car-mounted generators or individual power cars. At that same time, the Erie Lackwanna was dealing with an ever aging fleet of coaches and MU’s that dated back to the late teens and twenties. When the NJ Department of Transportation took over passenger service, they used an ingenious new idea to modernize the fleet.
The result was an order of new “Comet I” coaches from Pullman-Standard, and 32 U34CH locomotives from General Electric Co. This was the first time in the evolution of modern passenger equipment that locomotives and cars were ordered together to work in tandem. The new coaches would be powered by electricity delivered from a new type of generator in the U34CH. The drive shaft from the locomotive’s 16 cylinder motor would go entirely through its main generator, which powered its 6 traction motors, and go into a generator used exclusively for powering the train. This meant that, to power the cars, the engine always ran at a full 960 rpm, the equivalent of full power. This made for a locomotive that was not only powerful and efficient, but exceptionally distinctive, characterized by its consistent roar both stopped at stations and at speed.
The U34CH, and its corresponding passenger car fleet, pioneered “push-pull” operation of trains in New Jersey. Today, all commuter trains in NJ run in this manner. The U-boats represented the turning point in New Jersey railroad history, as they bridged the gap between the first generation diesels from the pre-Conrail era and the modern head end powered passenger equipment of today. The story of New Jersey railroading would not be complete without including the U34CH, which is why the URHS finds it imperative to save the last one in existence.
About the restoration:
The URHS knows the U34CH has a dedicated following of railroad enthusiasts who remember seeing these locomotives first-hand. This is why we have called upon you to help us. Many have asked the URHS why this locomotive has not been restored and this is your chance to help make that happen! Please donate whatever you can to help 3372. It has been said that “many hands make light work” and if many contribute what they can, the U-Boat fan-base can make quick work of seeing 3372 in action!
The URHS sincerely thanks you for your support.
Click the Pay Pal link above to donate!
If you prefer donations by mail, they can be sent to our Boonton Yard office at:
United Railroad Historical Society of NJ Inc.
104 Morris Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005-1314
C/O Project U-Boat
You can also reach our office phone at (862) 345-6642
The URHS is a 501(c)(3) not for profit educational organization
On November 5th and 6th 2016 the URHS in conjunction with Boonton Station 1904 will be running a trip on November 5th and 6th from NY Penn Station to Albany-Rensselaer, NY and return. Departure from NY Penn Station will be at 11:20 am with refreshments and appetizers being served to Albany-Rensselaer, NY.
We will arrive at Albany-Rensselaer, NY at 1:50 pm then disembark and proceed via shuttle bus to the CV Evens Brewery Pump Station Restaurant for a buffet lunch. We will then Board the bus again at 3:30 and travel back to the Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak station for a 4:05 p.m. departure arriving at NY Penn at approximately 6:45 p.m. On the ride back, coffee and desserts will be offered. For those of you interested, the train numbers are 233 to Albany-Rensselaer and 244 to NYP.
Tickets prices are dependent on the car you would like to ride and are limited in seating.
NYC 43 – $175.00 | NYC Hickory Creek – $275.00
Again, this includes food and drinks (menu below) on the train, shuttle bus in Albany-Rensselaer to and from the restaurant and buffet lunch in Albany. Please click HERE to purchase tickets.
A round-trip bus from Boonton Station 1904 to NY Penn is offered for an additional $25.00 per person.
Thank you again for your continuing support and all proceeds go to the URHS of NJ, a 501(c)3, to help maintain the yard where NYC 43 and NYC Hickory Creek reside.
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).
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/