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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby Ken W2KB » Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:55 am

The 2015 Transportation Heritage Festival will take place at Boonton, NJ yard on September 20th. It's the one day a year that URHS is permitted to allow the public to visit the facility. Displays and tours of equipment, including some under active restoration, and live music are some of the attractions. Please see the below links for more information.

http://urhs.org/blog/music-at-this-years-transportation-heritage-festival/

http://urhs.org/blog/transportation-heritage-festival-2015/
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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby Ken W2KB » Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:53 pm

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, railroad 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 Ave & Mill Rd, Woodbine, New Jersey 08270 and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event and cost $10 per person or $25 per family.

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 1863, 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 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.

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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby Jeff Smith » Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:14 pm

Ken, any word yet on spring excursions this year? I.e. Hickory Creek to Albany or DC?
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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby Ken W2KB » Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:04 pm

Jeff Smith wrote:Ken, any word yet on spring excursions this year? I.e. Hickory Creek to Albany or DC?


Not as yet. Those trips would likely be contingent on a charter requiring the car at NY Penn so that URHS would not have to incur the not insubstantial expense of moving the car back and forth between Boonton and NYP. Otherwise the fares would have to be a lot higher to absorb that cost plus the trip costs. The next Board meeting is Wednesday, April 13th and I'll report back if there is any news.
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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby chuchubob » Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:15 am

Ken W2KB wrote:...
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...

CMSL operated CNJ 1523 and PRR 7000 last Saturday on their Easter Bunny train.
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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby johnnyloco » Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:39 pm

4/23/2016
The Cape May Seashore Lines ran trains every hour during a United Railroad Historic Society event in Tuckahoe.

This was the third run heading north through Corbin City with Lehigh Valley 576 (ex-CNW) leading-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4444076

Roster of the 576-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4444084

PRR 7000 throttling up on the return trip south in Estell Manor-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4444079

Wedge shot of the northbound run-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4444080

Roster of the PRR 7000-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4444082
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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby Ken W2KB » Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:38 am

The URHS is opening its Boonton, NJ restoration facility to the public for the annual event on September 25th. Two bands will provide live music and a dozen or more historic rail cars and locomotives will be open for viewing and walk-throughs. Other historic transportation equipment is expected to be present as well. See:

http://museumforaday.com

and

https://www.facebook.com/events/528476060677313/
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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby Ken W2KB » Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:36 am

Avoid the lines and purchase your admission online: http://museumforaday.com/info
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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby Ken W2KB » Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:53 am

Tomorrow is the day, the one day a year!

http://museumforaday.com/
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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby liftedjeep » Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:27 pm

I attended the URHS Festival today for the very first time. It was a real treat getting inside and looking over all of the equipment that has been and is currently being restored. It was a bit difficult to take pictures as there was a good turn out of people and not a whole lot of open space. But all in all, I would definitely recommend visiting next year for the 2017 festival!

Here's a link to a few pictures from today:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/archiv ... ?id=118517

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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby NJRAILNUT » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:50 am

Surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet---

Been hearing on my local News station (News12 NJ) about many cars being vandalized over the weekend in Boonton. Specially, the ex-PRR baggage car and military Boxcar used for the Toys for Tots trains were heavily tagged, in addition to several other pieces of equipment.

Absolutely senseless, hopefully the criminal(s) can be caught and publicly shamed for their actions (and maybe hung by their toenails for good measure).

Here are a few links with more details:

http://thenet24h.com/2011866/vandals-de ... onton.html

http://newjersey.news12.com/news/vandal ... oplay=true
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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby Ken W2KB » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:34 pm

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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby RailsEast » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:45 pm

I haven't felt nauseous in quite some time, but I do now. A shortline volunteer myself, I know exactly how much blood, sweat & tears goes into restoring anything on a railroad, not to mention the financial part of it. Hopefully these asshats will be prosecuted in the near future. Positive thoughts to the crews at Boonton........
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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby Matt3010 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:05 pm

Yes very sad news indeed. The same cars that carried over 20,000 toys that went to Toys for Tots.
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Re: URHS of NJ Preservation News

Postby liftedjeep » Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:19 pm

The bad luck continues for the URHS:

https://m.facebook.com/URHSofNJ/photos/ ... 2Fpage.php

Fortunately, there does not seem to be any sustainable damage.
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