Welcome aboard the “Hudson River Limited,” a rare opportunity for you to experience the style and glamour of authentic mid-century rail travel. As you ride in one of our historic 1940’s rail cars traversing their original “Water Level Route” along the Hudson River, you’ll be treated to spectacular views.
Your ticket includes your round-trip from New York Penn to Albany and returns along the historic New York Central Railroad mainline, along with complimentary Mimosa to start the Trip, Wine, Beer, Coffee, Tea, Soft drinks, cheese & crackers, Hors D’oeuvres with Lunch also Served & desserts aboard the train.
The train will depart New York Penn Station at 11:20 AM. Train # 233. We ask that guests arrive at New York Penn Station no later than 10:50 AM for check-in and boarding. We will arrive at Albany at 1:50 PM, The train will depart Albany after the Train is turned and you can re-board as soon as the train is back in the station. The train will Depart at 4:05 PM, Train #244 arriving back in New York Penn Station at 6:45 PM.
This event is a Fundraiser for United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tickets for Saturday, October 21st are sold out. Only tickets for Sunday, October 22nd are still are Available.
About the Hickory Creek
In 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.
“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. Click on the link below to help Support the cars repairs.
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