NYSW Fall Excursion

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NYSW Fall Excursion

Postby CentralValleyRail » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:12 pm

I was driving in the Hawthorne area I believe and I saw a sign that said fall train excursions and listed a phone number.

Unfortunately I cannot remember where I saw the sign and I couldn't find anything online about it.

I know that they advertise for the Delaware River Steam Excursion on the 208 Overpass but this had a 973 area code listed as the contact number for tickets, which led me to think that maybe it wasn't a Del. Water Gap Excursion.

Does anyone know anything about this?
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Re: NYSW Fall Excursion

Postby Steve F45 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:51 pm

its still for the delaware river rides with the steam engine. If they were holding an excursion here in north jersey, trust me it would be talked about non stop and would probably sell out. i'de buy tickets if it happened.
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Re: NYSW Fall Excursion

Postby CentralValleyRail » Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:53 am

Steve F45 wrote:its still for the delaware river rides with the steam engine. If they were holding an excursion here in north jersey, trust me it would be talked about non stop and would probably sell out. i'de buy tickets if it happened.


Thanks I appreciate the response.

Too bad they don't I'm sure it would be a hit. My guess is insurance cost is too high like most trips these days.

I rode a fall foliage trip once back around 2000. Started at North Bergen Park and Ride if i remember right, made a stop in Pompton Lakes and continued onto Warwick where folks could explore the farm.

On the way back I got to ride in the private rear car, car closest to the steam engine and when the train went through Bogota the steam engine uncoupled there as we continued on to North Bergen.
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Re: NYSW Fall Excursion

Postby Snowmojoe » Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:35 pm

Kinda begs the question, if it would be so popular and would sell out, why *don't* they do it?
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Re: NYSW Fall Excursion

Postby ladder2 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:10 pm

After the former owner of the NYSW , Walter Rich passed away, the remaining major stockholders of the railroad,CSX and NS,
had no interest in continuing the Fall trips to Warwick coupled with the fact that insurance coverage for such trips went thru the roof in the early 2000 time frame. It was because of these conditions that the Volunteer Society was forced to vacate the home rails and relocate in the Phillipsburg area. Thus no more trips out of Hawthorne.
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Re: NYSW Fall Excursion

Postby rwk » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:00 am

What a crying shame that the big boys had no interest in the steam excursions after Walter Rich passed. I rode from North Bergen to Baird's Farm in Oct 2000. But, a few years later the 142 moved to Phillipsburg which is closer to me, I live near Allentown, PA. I rode the Pburg rides a few times. Ironic that NS allowed steam excursions again, and still is with the 611. I rode behind 765 from Bethlehem to Pittston in Aug 2015. Nice riding behind steam through Allentown. I also rode behind 765 to Horseshoe Curve in May 2013, and 611 from Manassas, VA June 2016.
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