Locomotives

NYC 4076 E8ANYC 4083 E8ANJDOT 4253 E8AEL 835 E8A
“LV 576” F7A“LV 578” F7AErie 715 F7AReading 284 F7A
PRR 7000 GP9CNJ 1523 GP7CNJ 1524 GP7NJDOT 3372 U34CH
PRR 4877 GG1PRR 4879 GG1Erie 436 SW9EL 438 SW9
Reading 492 RS3B&O 412 VO1000RV 16, 17 GE 70 TonNJT 958 E60
PSEG 100 GE 100 TonNYC 9121 FM H-12-44

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New York Central Railroad E8a #4076

New York Central Railroad # 4076
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: E8A – 1,125 HP
Built: July 1953, # 18534
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: NYC 4076, formerly NJ Transit 4323 was acquired by NJDOT from Conrail on December 2, 1976. It was rebuilt in March 1980 and was the second of three E8s rebuilt at Conrail’s Elizabethport, NJ shop. It served until 1982 when it was retired from passenger service. It was modified in 1983 for use in the M&E re-electrification to provide layover power to the Dover yard passenger trains so that the stored U34CH’s could be shut down overnight.

In November 1990 it was repainted as #834 in Erie Railroad color scheme. Location: Whippany, NJ. Photo: Todd Hollritt.

 

 

 

After completion of that project, it was stored soon thereafter. Since it was equipped with a generator set for HEP coaches in place of one of its prime mover diesel engines, it has half the horsepower of the other E8 locomotives.

The unit was painted in the Erie Railroad color scheme in November 1990 through funds from URHS and the Jersey Central Railway Historical Society. Soon it will be restored again as New York Central Railroad # 4076.


Erie Railroad #835

Erie Lackawanna # 835
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: E8A – 2,250 HP
Built: May 1952, # 15653
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: This locomotive is former NJ Transit 4248 acquired by NJDOT, from Conrail on December 2, 1976 – originally Pennsylvania Railroad, No. 5788A. It was the first of three E8 locomotives completely rebuilt at Conrail’s Elizabethport, NJ shop, completed in October 1979. It was one of the three E8s that pulled a September 13, 1987, excursion from Hoboken to Bayhead and return, commemorating the end of E8 powered service on the North Jersey Coast Line. The unit was painted in the color scheme of the Erie RR in April 1991. The URHS raised the money to repaint this locomotive for it to be used on an on-going basis to pull excursions in support of the future Railroad and Transportation Museum. It will be restored in 2008 as Erie Lackawanna Railway 835.


New York Central E8a #4083 in Boonton, NJ on November 9, 2014. Photo: Robert Ruotolo.

New York Central Railroad # 4083
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: E8A – 2,250 HP
Built: August 1953, # 18541
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: NYC 4083 is a one-of-a-kind locomotive that New York Central had painted in the experimental “Century Green” paint scheme. It was one one of three units, in an A-B-A set which received the same treatment. In search of a new simplified paint scheme in 1960-61 to replace the “lightning stripe” scheme, the NYC commissioned three new test schemes which were black, gray, and “Century Green.” The decision was made to go with dark gray.

“Century Green” eventually became the standard color for the NYC’s freight equipment. According to NYC Chief Mechanical Officer John Reehling, “The dark grey gave the best appearance. There was not enough stenciling as on a boxcar to break up the wide expanse of just plain green.”

NJDOT E8 #4326 9-Oct-2008.
Photo: Jeff Kociban

Later in life, it was the last E8 locomotive painted in the Penn Central black livery to run in New Jersey service and was the third and last E8 to be completely rebuilt at Conrail’s Elizabethport, NJ shop, completed in August 1981.

This engine also carried NJDOT/NJT 4326 for a significant portion of its operational career. It is an important artifact to tell both the story of the New York Central and the story of railroading it New Jersey. It was donated to the museum collection in 1995 and is restored to the one-of-a-kind “Century Green” paint scheme.


NJDOT E8a #4253 in Boonton, NJ on August 13th, 2013. Photo: Kevin Phalon.

NJ DOT # 4253
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: E8A – 2,250 HP
Built: June 1952, # 15663
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: NJDOT 4253 was former Penn Central 4258 acquired by NJDOT from Conrail in December 1976. It was one of ten NJDOT E8’s rebuilt at the Illinois Central Gulf RR Paducah, KY shop and the fifth returned to NJDOT (September 1978). Originally Pennsylvania Railroad, No. 5798A. It was the lead unit on September 13, 1987, when it powered an excursion from Hoboken to Bayhead and return commemorating the end of E8, powered service on the North Jersey Coast Line. Added to the museum collection in 1991, this locomotive has been restored to its last operational appearance.


PRR GG-1 #4877 Boonton, NJ restoration yard on June 25th, 2013. Photo:?

PRR 4877
Builder: PRR/Westinghouse Corp.
Model: GG-1 – 4,620 HP
Built: January 1939, # 4346
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: Locomotive 4877 was repainted from solid black to “tuscan red” in 1981 as a result of an effort to have an operating GG-1 reminiscent of the Pennsylvania RR in everyday service. This project was a success because of cooperation between the Jersey Central Railway Historical Society and NJ Transit. Sister Locomotive 4879 was the last GG-1 to pull a revenue passenger train in New Jersey. These locomotives served in New York to South Amboy service until retirement in September 1983. They were donated to the museum effort in 1991. 4877 has been restored to its original 1939 “Brunswick Green” scheme.


PRR GG-1 #4879 in Boonton NJ on August 3rd, 2014. Photo: John Turkeli.

PRR 4879
Builder:PRR/Westinghouse Corp.
Model: GG-1 – 4,620 HP
Built: February 1939, # 4348
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: Locomotive 4879 was the last GG-1 to pull a revenue passenger train in New Jersey. It served in New York to South Amboy service until retirement in October 1983. It was donated to the museum effort in 1991. 4879 has been restored to the second PRR “Brunswick Green” scheme (with the large keystone).


NJDOT U34CH #4172

NJDOT 3372
Builder: General Electric
Model: U34CH – 3,430 HP
Built: April 1971, # 37950
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History:Originally purchased by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (aka NJDOT) and used on commuter routes radiating out of Hoboken, this type of locomotive was the first to utilize shaft driven head end power for providing electricity to the passenger cars for heat and air conditioning, and was the predecessor of this methodology currently used by Amtrak and other passenger-carrying authorities. All U34CH’s were retired by 1994 and sold to Conrail, with the exception of 4172 (ex-3372) which is part of the URHS of NJ collection destined for the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center.


Erie 715
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: F7A – 1,500 HP
Built: July 1949, # 8550
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: NJ Transit acquired this locomotive from the Chicago & Northwestern RR (# 4073A, nee 418) in 1983 and utilized it as New Jersey Transit No. 418, primarily from Hoboken to Dover and Waldwick. It was retired in 1985, stored and donated to the museum collection in 1991. It will be restored to represent an Erie Railroad locomotive of the same type that operated through northeastern New Jersey to and from Weehawken and Secaucus.


Reading Railroad #284 Model F7A built by EMD in October 1949. Spencer, NC May 29, 2014. With nose number board in place. Photo: Larry Gross.

Reading 284
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: F7A – 1,500 HP
Built: October 1949, # 8552
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: NJ Transit acquired this locomotive from the Chicago & Northwestern RR, (# 4074A, nee 424) in 1983 and utilized it as No. 424 primarily from Hoboken to Dover and Waldwick. It was retired in 1985, stored and donated to the museum collection in 1991. It has been restored to represent a Reading Company locomotive of the same type that operated through central New Jersey between Jersey City, Port Reading and points south and west. Here you see 284 in Spencer NC for Display at the Streamliners event.


LV 576
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: F7A – 1,500 HP
Built: July 1949, # 8551
Storage Location:

History: NJ Transit acquired this locomotive from the Chicago & North Western Railroad (No. 4073C) in 1983 as No. 417 and utilized it primarily in commuter service from Hoboken to Dover and Waldwick. It was retired in 1985, stored and donated to the museum collection in 1991. In May 1991, URHS leased the 417 to Metro-North Commuter RR for service in NY State with the proviso that it be restored and returned to NJ in dependable operating condition. It was overhauled and repainted to represent a Lehigh Valley RR locomotive of the same type that once ran through New Jersey.


LV 578
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: F7A – 1,500 HP
Built: December 1949, # 10151
Storage Location:

History: NJ Transit acquired this locomotive from the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad (No. 4087C) in 1983 as Nos. 420 and utilized it primarily in commuter service from Hoboken to Dover and Waldwick. It was retired in 1985, stored and donated to the museum collection in 1991. In May 1991, URHS leased the 420 to Metro-North Commuter RR for service in NY state with the proviso that it be restored and returned to NJ in dependable operating condition. It was overhauled and repainted to replicate a Lehigh Valley RR locomotive of the same type that once ran through New Jersey.


CNJ 1523
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: GP7 – 1,500 HP
Built: November 1952, # 17101
Storage Location: Tuckahoe, NJ

History: Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) primarily utilized the GP7 fleet in passenger service between Jersey City and Bay Head, between Jersey City and Raritan, and between Matawan and Atlantic Highlands before delivery of the Budd built Rail Diesel Cars for that latter service. This GP7 became Conrail No. 5681 upon the CNJ inclusion in Conrail in 1976, but in December 1976, it was acquired by the NJDOT. 5681 was donated to URHS of NJ by NJ Transit in 1997. It was subsequently leased to the BR&W in return for storage space and was repainted to its original CNJ paint scheme and number in 1998. In 2004 it was leased to Cape May Seashore Lines to be maintained and used from time to time.


CNJ 1524
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: GP7 – 1,500 HP
Built: November 1952, # 17102
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: The Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) primarily utilized the GP7 fleet in passenger service between Jersey City and Bay Head, between Jersey City and Raritan, and between Matawan and Atlantic Highlands before delivery of the Budd built Rail Diesel Cars for that latter service. This GP7 became a Conrail locomotive, and in December 1976, it was acquired by the NJDOT and renumbered 5902 before being transferred to NJ Transit ownership. It served as one of the two locomotives to pull the last passenger train on the Highbridge Branch. After its retirement, it was donated to the museum collection by NJ Transit in 1993. It was returned to its original livery in November 1996 by the Jersey Central Railway Historical Society, Inc.


Pensylvania Railroad GP-9u #7000 on CMSL Railroad at Tuckahoe, NJ on November 7th 2009. Photo:?

PRR 7000
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: GP9 – 1,750 HP
Built: October 1955, # 20704
Storage Location: Tuckahoe, NJ

History: This locomotive was the first GP9 locomotive built for the Pennsylvania Railroad. It was maintained at Conway while serving the PRR. After the formation of Conrail, it was still maintained at Conway but roamed east to New Jersey from time to time. Its last Conrail duty was that of a yard switcher at the Elizabethport shops. When the passenger service assets were transferred to NJ Transit, this locomotive became the property of the latter on January 1, 1983. It continued in its same role even after NJ Transit opened the MMC and abandoned the use of Elizabethport. Upon its retirement in 1995, it was donated to URHS as part of the museum collection. It has been leased to the Cape May Seashore Lines who has had it restored to its as-built appearance.


Reading 492
Builder: American Locomotive Co. (ALCO)
Model: RS3 – 1,600 HP
Built: 1952, # 80110
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: This locomotive was used in freight service by the Reading RR (Reading Company) and frequently saw service on the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines in south Jersey. On October 26, 1973, it was sold to the United Railway Supply of Montreal, Quebec and subsequently acquired by the Roberval & Saguenay Railway as their No. 31. By the late 1970s, it was acquired by the Delaware Otsego System and renumbered as the Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville 103, but painted in the attractive maroon scheme of the DO System. The locomotive was acquired from the General Electric Company by the URHS in 1989. In the fall of 1991, the locomotive was restored into the original Reading Company livery by Tony Zisa with help from the members of the Bergen-Rockland Chapter of the NRHS.


B&O 412
Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Company
Model: VO 1000 – 1,000 HP
Built: 1945, # 71430
Storage Location: Logan Township, NJ

History: The following NJ railroads owned this model diesel locomotive: Baltimore & Ohio, Reading, NY Central, Pennsylvania, Jersey Central and Lehigh Valley. This particular locomotive was used at the U.S. Navy’s Earle Naval Weapons Station as U.S. Navy, No. 19. Upon donation to the URHS of NJ by the government, it was agreed that it would not reflect its prior ownership. Therefore, it has been restored as Baltimore & Ohio Number 412 to simulate one of the B&O locomotives of that type that performed freight interchange duties between the Jersey Central, Reading and Baltimore & Ohio railroads. It has been leased to SMS Rail locomotive is in Active service thanks to SMS shops for making all the Repairs at their cost and keeping it in service to this day. A big thanks to all staff at SMS for taking good care of her.


Erie 436
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: SW9 – 1,200 HP
Built: April 1952, # 15934
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: This SW9 is a switcher locomotive, one of a long line of similarly designed locomotives produced by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors (EMD) from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. Thousands of EMD end-cab switcher locomotives were rostered by nearly every railroad in the United States, with hundreds still in service today. These small 1,200 horsepower engines were well-suited to the branch lines and industrial parks of New Jersey, and every railroad in the state rostered a sizable fleet of these locomotives to effectively serve freight customers shipping an endless list of commodities by rail.

This particular unit, built for the Erie Railroad, was often used for local freight service on the railroad’s branches in northern New Jersey. Patterson, Hackensack, Suffern, and Jersey City were just some of the major service areas that Erie 436 called home through the 1950’s. On October 17, 1960, the Erie Railroad merged to form the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, and this locomotive became Erie Lackawanna 436.

Under the Erie Lackawanna, this locomotive was assigned to work the passenger coach yards in Hoboken, moving around cars to arrange trains before the passenger locomotives were attached. When the Erie Lackawanna was included in Conrail on April 1, 1976, 436 became Conrail 9012, where it remained in service in Hoboken, Elizabethport, and Kearny as a passenger car switcher. When NJ Transit was organized in 1983, ownership of the 9012 was transferred, and it was renumbered back to 436.

436 continued to serve NJ Transit into the early 1990’s, when it was donated to the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey (URHS). It was restored to its original 1952 Erie colors in 1998 and now resides in the URHS’s Boonton, NJ yard.


EL 438
Builder: Electro-Motive Div. of GM
Model: SW9 – 1,200 HP
Built: April 1952, # 15936
Storage Location: Ringoes, NJ

History: This locomotive became the property of the Erie Lackawanna Railway when the Erie Railroad and Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad merged in 1960. When the Erie Lackawanna Railway became part of Conrail in 1976, this unit was transferred to New Jersey Department of Transportation. It served NJDOT and NJ Transit until 1995 when it was donated to the heritage center collection. It will be restored to its former Erie Lackawanna paint scheme.


Rahway Valley 16, 17
Builder: General Electric
Model: 70 Ton – 600 HP
Built: ’51 & ’54, #’s 30838 & 32130
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: These two units were acquired by the Rahway Valley Railway as replacements for steam power, and served between Summit and Cranford. In April 1986 the Rahway Valley was acquired by the Delaware & Otsego System. These engines were obtained from the Delaware & Otsego System subsidiary NYS&W for the URHS museum collection in 1995. They had been leased to the Whippany Railway Museum who cosmetically restored them. They were returned to Boonton in late 2017.

Three photos above of action at Aldeen, NJ (in Cranford) courtesy of Ira Silverman.


NJ Transit 958
Builder: GE Transportation Systems
Model: E-60 – 6,000 HP
Built: 1975
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: In 1984, with the arrival of AEM-7 electrics on Amtrak, most of their E60 fleet went into storage. This unit was one of the E60’s that were sold to the New Jersey Transit Corporation on January 13th, 1984. Amtrak 958 became NJT 958. All New Jersey Transit E60’s were scrapped by 1998 except 958 which was held for preservation. NJ Transit donated 958 to the URHS in 19xx.


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PSEG #100 a GE-100 Tonner in Boonton NJ yard on June 25th, 2012. Photo:?

PSEG 100
Builder: General Electric
Model: GE 100 Ton – 600 HP
Built: October 1958, # 33481
Storage Location: Boonton, NJ

History: This unit was acquired by Public Service Electric & Gas (# 100) aka PSE&G as a switcher in their Bergen Generating Plant property in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.

This locomotive presently has only one of the two motors operational. It will be painted with a fresh coat of blue and yellow like it wore its entire life at PSE&G. Our plan is to use it as the Boonton yard switcher. Out of service for engine repair as soon as funds become available.


NYC-9121
Builder: Fairbanks-Morse
Model: H-12-44 – 1,200 HP
Built: May 1952, # 12L613
Storage Location: Logan Township, NJ

History: Original Owner was New York Central RR 9121, US Steel 9121. NYC 9121 is a Fairbanks Morse H-12-44 and is the only FM in our almost 100 piece collection. It was built in 1952 and served the New York Central and Penn Central before being sold to be used as a plant switcher at US Steel in Morrisville, PA. The engine was saved from scrap before it arrived at SMS by a stroke of luck. On its way to the scrapper it derailed and crews could not get it back on the rails (not for lack of trying!) After being left for some time, it was acquired by SMS and donated to the URHS collection. The metal New York Central Railroad oval is still attached to the handrail.


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