Today’s equipment move making its way past Tabor Lake on it’s way to the URHS yard in Boonton. We are relocating Rahway Valley 17, and our Erie Crane from the Troy Hills siding to Boonton, NJ.
Photo: Matt Herman
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.
The Middletown & NJ RR is proud to announce that on December 7th we will operate our Third Annual “Operation Toy Train” in the Hudson Valley Area. Our mission is to collect donated toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. “Operation Toy Train” has been a program since 2009 in NJ. In 2013, more than 10,000 toys were collected on the train. All toys collected will be distributed to needy families in the area. Along the route, the train will stop at 5 locations in NY where members of the public can drop off toys, see Santa Claus, experience a variety of working railroad equipment, and meet members of the Marine Corps.
Members of the public are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at various collection points along the route in the first two weeks of December. At each stop, one or more businesses or organizations has a large collection box. All information will be posted to https://www.facebook.com/OperationToyTrain
On Saturday, December 6th, the train will stop in Rochelle Park, Hawthorne, Wortendyke, Wyckoff, Oakland, Pompton Lakes, and Butler along the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway. Schedule below.
Sunday, December 7th the train will start off in Warwick, and continue on to Sugar Loaf, Campbell Hall, Montgomery, and Walden along the Middletown & New Jersey Railroad. The schedule for December 7th is as follows: Train will be parked in Warwick overnight December 6th, and the collection of toys will begin in Warwick on December 7th at 9 am. We will depart Warwick at 10 am and arrive in Sugarloaf at 10:20 am. The train will depart Sugarloaf at 11:15 am and arrive in Campbell Hall at 12:05 pm. It will depart at 12:50 pm and head to Montgomery and arrive at 1:15 pm. It will then arrive for its last stop in Walden at 2:35 pm. The train will depart Walden at 3:20 pm.
On Saturday, December 13th, the train will stop in Flanders, Ledgewood, Kenvil, Dover, and Rockaway along the Morristown & Erie Railway, and parked in Roxbury for a collection on the 14th. New this year: A new Morris County schedule! We will run the train in reverse for the December 13th date. Here is the new schedule: Rockaway (Potbelly’s Cafe): 9am-9:30 am; Dover (Town Hall): 10am-10:30am; Kenvil (Morris Marine): 11:30am-12:00pm; Ledgewood (Sleepy’s Mattress): 12:15pm-1:00pm; Flanders (Flanders Fire Dept): 1:30pm-2:30pm.
On December 14, 2014, Kuiken Brothers in Succasunna, NJ has been kind enough to open their doors once again and host our train from 10:00am – 4:00pm. The public is welcome to come and meet Santa and his helpers, enjoy baked goods and hot chocolate, take pictures with the Marines, Santa, and the train. The area Girl Scouts will be collecting toys and dropping off their loot to Kuiken. Please stop by and see us!
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community where the campaign is conducted.
Five railroads are loaning engines, rolling stock, and use of their tracks to “Operation Toy Train”. They are the Morristown & Erie, New York, Susquehanna & Western, Norfolk Southern, Middletown & New Jersey, and New Jersey Transit. In addition to the Marines Corps Reserve, volunteers from the Military Transport Association of Northern NJ, United Railroad Historical Society of NJ and the Volunteer Railroaders Association will help run the event.
For more information contact:Frank Eichenlaub, 845-514-8412 firstname.lastname@example.org