(Joe Mele) I would like to offer the following updates on the URHS activity. Below are a couple of newsworthy items:
The Boonton Yard shop building construction has begun; hopefully the building will be completed in the next couple of months.
Star Trak is continuing to work on our equipment at Boonton yard.
URHS signed a lease agreement with the Black River Historical Trust for the Erie SW-9 #436. The locomotive was picked up by Norfolk Southern RR from the NY&GL Railway and interchanged in Garfield, NJ at the end of April. The BRHT will be using this locomotive for the 2012 operating season for their passenger trains on the Black River & Western Railroad.
The Liberty Historic Railway (LHRy) will host an open meeting on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Liberty State Park, in the Central RR of NJ, Jersey City Terminal, Blue Comet room. All members of the URHS member groups are invited to attend. Please see the meeting flyer in this issue.
The following supplement was provided by Steve Gerritsen (Ed.)
A shop has been erected in the URHS Boonton Yard over the past few months. At this time it is nearing completion, with only some roofing work and doors to be hung. Once completed, Star Trak can resume work on the URHS equipment, but in the mean time they are painting an engine for the Black River & Western Railroad.
…The Black River Historical Society will be making minor repairs to Erie SW-9 #436 and placing it into service…
Work continues in the yard to clear more brush and trees, to allow us better access to equipment. Brush is a never ending battle, but is necessary so we can get to the fun stuff: working on trains.
(Joe Mele) The Boonton Yard shop building construction has begun; hopefully the building will be completed in the next couple of months. Star Trak is continuing to work on our (URHS) equipment at Boonton yard.
The URHS is still negotiating with Robert Franzen, the owner of the twin NYC Dining cars currently located in South Carolina. The URHS is offering to swap Robert four of the URHS' green coaches for his two diner cars. The URHS and Robert are working out the details; more information will follow as it becomes available.
The URHS signed a lease agreement with the Black River Historical Trust for the Erie SW-9 #436. The BRHT will be using this locomotive for the 2012 operating season for their passenger trains on the Black River & Western Railroad.
(KC Smith) "I feel the NYC Diner swap with SC collector is not going to happen. The URHS wants to run a trip on the Cape May Seashore Line in the spring. The URHS has to talk to Tony about a date, there will be photo opportunities along the way."
As most know, the transportation heritage center will not be located in Phillipsburg for reasons already published in "Transport Heritage" and enumerated at the "Friends of The New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center" website. Those reasons will not be listed here. We (both organizations) are currenty exploring sites in Boonton, NJ and Buena Vista NJ as North and South locations for portions of our collections.
The United Railroad Historical Society exists to collect and restore railroad rolling stock for a future railroad or transportation museum within New Jersey. Over the years the URHS has collected almost 90 items in anticipation of having sufficient equipment on hand to be displayed or to provide parts for those items being restored for display or operation.
Our efforts are redirected toward obtaining help from private sources.
After twenty-one years we see most of the equipment that was saved from the scrap yard, turning into scrap. It is being subjected to weather and vandalism. Currently there are 28 pieces of equipment stored at the new Boonton NJ yard. This location has been partially fenced, paved and the worksite of a large group of volunteers. Our PRR Flatcar and Reading caboose are under restoration at this time. We have a fence fund which, with continued support, will be ready to be installed at the end of this summer. See our advertisement for the Boonton open house on the home page.
While the "Friends of The New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center" searches for a new heritage center site, the URHS has determined it needs to divest itself of duplicative rolling stock. When the rolling stock collection is pared down, it might be possible to keep it in one or two locations – thus saving expenses. Today, there are four areas serving as storage facilities.
Below is a list of rolling stock equipment being offered to interested parties for restoration or for other use. These items are located on the properties of others and would need to be relocated by flatcar or truck.
- DL&W 2200 MU low roof coach
- DL&W 2453 MU Parlor (spoken for, transfer in progress)
- DL&W 2454 MU Parlor
- PRR 427
- PRR 437
- PRR 453 – three MU MP-54 coaches
- ERIE 2620 Coach-Stillwell
- PRR 1734 Coach-P-70
So much of New Jersey's transportation history has been saved. We hope to continue what was started – having a first rate heritage center in the State of New Jersey. Thank you for your continued support.
Cablevision has put together a feature on our effort to create a NJ rail transportation museum. They interviewed Bill Mc Kelvey, KC Smith and Dave Lippencott.
These interviews were done in the Boonton Restoration Yard 10/2012 focusing on the work that has been completed and in the process of being done. Please take a look at this URHS segment of the show and let your friends know as well.
Our message about looking for a home for the museum is very important to help preserve NJ’s rich transportation history for generation to come. The producer (Tom Lupo) felt the story came out very well & has asked for feedback.