Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

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Re: Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

Postby Donko142 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:34 pm

Good evening folks, there are so many of you that follow this page I was hoping you could consider attending our fundraiser dinner. Our goal is to restore an additional mile of Railroad this fall. We set a goal of 25K for materials. We bypassed 18 K already. This dinner will be an opportunity to support the cause and get an outstanding three-course dinner with open bar. You will have the possibility of winning some really cool prizes including railroad memorabilia. Hope to see you there. There’s less than 30 tickets left so act soon.

THANK YOU !

MILLIE FUNDRAISING DINNER
Sunday, September 16th
5 P.M at the Milford House

Join us for a night of fun, great food , cocktails and a chance to win prizes!
This event will continue to raise funds for the New York Susquehanna & Western Historical Society's efforts to restore the railroad tracks enabling passenger tourism to Milford.
A $100 per ticket donation includes a 3 course dinner, beer and wine. A cash bar will be available for mixed drinks.
Ticket donations may be purchased at Pipolo’s Pizza or Chocolate in the Oven via cash or check or by emailing Don Chaudruk @ donko2317@optonline.net
Seating will be on a very limited basis, please act quickly.

Were hoping to have more then one caboose in Milford this year. It's looking like the RR will see a substantial mileage increase on the South end in 2018. Remember the goal of the society is to run steam power over the whole 16 miles one day. We keep moving forward, some distance, year after year.

Enjoy the holiday weekend.

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Re: Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

Postby pumpers » Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:34 pm

Donko142 wrote:... Our goal is to restore an additional mile of Railroad this fall. ...

What mile is it you want to restore - from where to where?

Keep up the good work!
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Re: Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

Postby NYS&W142Fan » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:00 pm

September 8th, come out and support this event.
Trains & Fire Trucks a Fundraiser
Public · Hosted by Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Everyone loves Fire Trucks almost as much as trains! Ride the train to the Susquehanna Mine. Once you arrive get up close and personal with the Fire trucks of the Huntington Fire Company of Pohatcong, New Jersey. Judge the best truck and meet the Firemen! At the Susquehanna Mine enjoy an interactive tour and history of the mine. You will also be able to pan for real gems and fossils, you can keep! While at the mine explore our Fire Trucks and Trains Corn maze. Play the game where getting lost is half the fun! Come on out for a full day of family fun and support a good cause, The Huntington Volunteer Fire Department! Food will also be available on site for an additional fee.

Tell everyone you know to come out.
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Re: Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

Postby RailsEast » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:13 pm

This Saturday, September 22nd, is the annual Milford Alive! day long festivities in Milford, NJ. The BDRR will once again be in town, with not one, not two, but three hacks for half-hourly caboose hops. Come on out to see our recently delivered (like, literally today!) ex-Maine Eastern caboose, along with your favorite ex-B&O BDRR 133 and restored ex-C&O 3668.
Looks like 12pm to 6pm right now, and one day only this year, so an early arrival to town would be your best bet. Rare mileage on the ex-Pennsy Bel-Del division, hope to see many of you there.......
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Re: Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

Postby RailsEast » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:39 pm

Working hard north out of Milford, approaching MP37 as our tie replacement program is in full stride. The plan is to bring Santa into Milford for a meet & greet on Friday night, December 14th at about 6:30pm. This will be a great option for those who cannot make it to Phillipsburg for the now sold-out Polar Express trains. Have some egg nog & join us for a special treat this holiday season...there hasn't been a train in Milford in December in 15 years!
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Re: Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

Postby pumpers » Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:58 pm

RailsEast wrote:Working hard north out of Milford, approaching MP37 as our tie replacement program is in full stride. The plan is to bring Santa into Milford for a meet & greet on Friday night, December 14th at about 6:30pm. This will be a great option for those who cannot make it to Phillipsburg for the now sold-out Polar Express trains. Have some egg nog & join us for a special treat this holiday season...there hasn't been a train in Milford in December in 15 years!
https://ibb.co/mzyUjf

For that first mile or so north out of Milford, at times the track is so close to the cliff down to the river, (a few feet IIRC - it's been a while) to me it's a miracle that back in the PRR/PC days, a whole ore train (or coal train?) heading to Bethlehem didn't end up in the drink.

How far north can you run more than a track car now, such as Millie and a caboose or two? Congrat's on all the work the last few years.
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Re: Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

Postby RailsEast » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:32 pm

When the Belvidere Delaware Railroad was built in the 1850s, it was built on stable ground high enough above the Delaware River to prevent flooding during the worst of storms. The Pennsylvania RR rebuilt the line with 130lb rail to support the frequent coal/ore trains of the 40s/50s/60s heading north to the Bethlehem area. The BDRR is blessed to have that same 130lb rail in place today, along with the original roadbed from the 1850s. Things have been 'shored up' at one point in The Narrows (about a mile & a half north of Milford) to prevent any possible future problems, and we have replaced, sheesh, probably 1,000 ties north out of Milford at this time.

Millie and 3 hacks came down to the Milford Alive event in September, so the line is very clear and passable for limited movements at this time. The Riegelsville station area is the only spot which needs attention right now, and that will be addressed in 2019.
Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/BelDelMofW/ for photos & news of the progress; big things happening in the future for Milford, as Hunterdon County has stepped up with plans for a recreational park alongside the river, which also includes the railroad.

If anyone would like to participate in this resurrection of the original Bel Del line, please feel free to reach out to Don at donko2317@optonline.net. We have a great crew now & we're always looking for others to join us...a few hours on a few weekends is all it takes. The pay is not great (ok, no pay), but the experience of real-world railroading is quite rewarding. The smiles on the children's faces at the old Pennsy station in Milford before & after a caboose hop is priceless!

Happy Holidays to all, hope to see you on 12/14 in Milford....
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Re: Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

Postby pumpers » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:41 pm

I looked at some of the pictures at the Facebook link you just posted. Back around Oct 30 the pictures ("the Narrows"?) looked like the region I was referring to. From the sound of it the tracks were sliding over down towards the river before you all fixed them up. Super job. JS
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Re: Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

Postby NYS&W142Fan » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:27 am

I have been told the Bel Del was raised five feet after the 55 flood from Diane. One of the places where this is evident is in the area of Kent. You can see two levels by the bridge and the difference is about five feet.
I do know that several years ago the river came within three feet of the tracks.
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Re: Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

Postby KJC » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:35 am

What is the area of Kent you refer to?
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Re: Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

Postby pumpers » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:03 pm

KJC wrote:What is the area of Kent you refer to?

from a 2013 post by the late Philip Martin:
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The switch at the south end of P'burg (Phillipsburg) yard was called Kent.

EDIT: I think that was just north of the current Bel-Del bridge over Lopatcong Creek, by the Phillipsburg sewer plant. Just south of the intersection of what Google maps calls Sawmill st and Main St. And looking at old maps, the Morris Canal ran right through there too, crossing the same Lopatcong creek next to the RR. On the map I am looking at (1906 topo at historic aerials.com), the Morris Canal started just south of the LVRR bridge over the Delaware in Phillipsburg. Never knew that!
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Re: Official Bel-Del Discussion Thread

Postby NYS&W142Fan » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:55 pm

KJC wrote:What is the area of Kent you refer to?


Kent is the area where Builders First Source, (old Warren Lumber) is located off Sawmill St. and the bridge I am referring to is the one over the Lopatcong Creek. Pumpers is correct in his description.
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