“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
Prepping the Blue Comet D’Arrest for movement to United Railroad Historical Society’s Boonton yard.
URHS is happy to announce that funding has been secured to move the second CNJ Blue Comet car the D’Arrest! The Westphal made it safely to Boonton Yard and we will soon be moving the D’Arrest! With both cars safely to Boonton the focus will convert over to the securement of the two cars from any further weather damage, while plans are created to begin restoration of the Westphal. Look for more opportunities in the near future to support this project and also to come lend a hand and help revive these pieces of NJ history! A very big thank you to those organizations and individuals who all helped make this happen!