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.
In 2010 I was asked to assume the role of webmaster. Over time I have made many changes to enhance the website. Many of the changes over that time were the result of a lot of feedback from users.
Many cell phone friendly enhancements were added, the biggest of which is a WordPress format was adopted with a theme that adjusts the web page layout to user screen size. A few were dropped as they were little used.
Changes just implemented
- More open look white space added between items to communicate separation of topics.
- Bigger and clearer paragraph text. The size was not optimal for ALL of our audience.
- An image slideshow added of recently restored equipment. Changing to a slideshow allowed us to show many more pictures within a single image space on the page.
- facebook posts are now copied to the website; previously they were in a feed box
And now some geeky stuff…..
- Faster page loading – no one likes a site that takes a long time to load on a slow connection.
- On page images are now super compressed for less time for the page to load.
- Fewer posts per page for decreased page loading time and less scrolling.
- Homepage changed to be part of the WordPress blog allowing it to be edited by the board.
- PageSpeed score – 98 YSlow score – 88 Page Fully Loaded 0.70 seconds Size 1.46mb.
Hickory Creek / NYC 43 Report – NYC 43 is going to the New River Train in West Virginia for the fall foliage trips. (10/12/2017 leaving NJ, approximate return 11/1/2017 to New York Penn Station).
Yard Report – Help is needed in general yard clean-up prior yard visitors entering some areas.
Black River & Western Historical Trust – Regular trains, working towards re-opening the line to Lambertville.
North Jersey Electric Railway Historical Society – On 9/9/2017 hosted the NY Division of Electric Railway Association in Phillipsburg at Historian’s Engine house, twenty five Attendees. NJERHS to apply rust proofing to their Newark City Subway trolley #13 in Boonton within the next week.
The NY Susquehanna & Western Tech. & Hist. Soc. – Milford Mile coming up, Don Chaudruc (Trustee) will supply engine and caboose. Don Chaudruc’s group continuing to do track work in the Milford area. Corn Maize trains up and running.
Volunteer Railroaders Association – Will be participating in The 9th Annual Hawthorne Day on Saturday, September 23, 2017 on the grounds of the Municipal Pool located at the corner of Wagaraw Road and May Street from Noon until 8 pm – fireworks following the event.
Whippany Railway Museum – Caboose hops held 9/17/2017. They will run 17th Annual Pumpkin Festival train rides on 10/1/2017. The last Excursion Train Rides at the Whippany Railway Museum of the season run on 10/15/2017.
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