The United Railroad Historical Society of NJ, Inc. will be hosting its first Spring Railroad Festival at the historic Tuckahoe train station on Saturday April 23, 2016.
This festival will provide the public with a rare opportunity to ride in vintage train cars and learn about railroad history on the Cape May Seashore Lines. Train rides, which will depart from the Tuckahoe station, will consist of locomotives and cars that are owned by the URHS and cared for by the Cape May Seashore Lines.
In addition to train rides, the station will be host to railroad vendors, motor car rides, stationary equipment tours, and other railroad related attractions, all included in the price of a train ticket.
The event will be held at the Tuckahoe Village Train Station at Reading Avenue & Mill Road, Woodbine, New Jersey 08270 and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the station the day of the event and cost $10 per person or $25 per family.
Night Photo Shoot
For rail and photography enthusiasts, the URHS will host a night photo shoot at the station featuring several setups and photo angles of URHS’s historic equipment. Flash lighting will be provided. There is a 30-person maximum for the event. Admission will be $30 per person. Reservations can be made by emailing URHSNightPhoto@gmail.com prior to April 22.
About the Route
Originally built in 1893, the railroad through Tuckahoe was once referred to as “The Steel Speedway to the Shore,” as its main purpose was to shuttle passengers to the southernmost points of the Jersey Shore. The last passenger trains ran on the line in 1981 and the Cape May Seashore Lines was founded in 1984. Today, the CMSL hauls freight regularly with historic locomotives owned that are leased from the URHS.
About the URHS Collection
The United Railroad Historical Society owns a large collection of railroad equipment kept in both North and South Jersey. In addition to several passenger cars, the following locomotives are leased to the Cape May Seashore Lines and will be either running or on display at the Tuckahoe Station.
• Pennsylvania Railroad GP9 no. 7000 – one of only 3 surviving examples of this type of locomotive owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Built in 1955, this locomotive hauled freight in the mountainous regions on Pennsylvania and later operated for Conrail and New Jersey Transit in New Jersey. This is one of the rarest pieces in the URHS collection and is leased to Cape May Seashore Lines, which keeps it in operation.
• Central Railroad of New Jersey GP7 no. 1523 – This locomotive is one of two of this type in the URHS collection. It was built in 1952 to haul passengers in New Jersey and continued doing so until it was donated to the URHS by New Jersey Transit. It is leased to the Cape May Seashore Lines and still pulls passengers and freight on a regular basis.
• Lehigh Valley F7s 576 & 578 – These two matching locomotives were built for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad in 1949. They were sold to New Jersey Transit in the 1980s to alleviate the railroad’s need for extra passenger locomotives. They were later donated to the URHS who painted them to represent the same type of locomotive that was owned by the Lehigh Valley Railroad. They were used by the URHS to pull excursion trains across the State of New Jersey.
Vendors are wanted for the event – Spaces are $20 each, and vendors are asked to bring their own tables and chairs. Please email URHSInfo@gmail.com to reserve your space.
For more information follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/URHSofNJ/, or visit the Cap May Seashore Lines website, https://www.CapeMaySeashoreLines.org. You can also email us at URHSInfo@gmail.com with any specific questions.
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.