Matt Johnson wrote: ↑Tue May 04, 2021 8:55 pm
Interesting, thanks for the historical background. I have good memories of visiting the Pine Creek at Allaire with my late grandparents and riding behind steam there, including the Shay. Shame they don't have steam there anymore but I've enjoyed recent visits and am glad to see it still going. Apparently their caboose (converted from an old box car) made its last revenue run as a standard gauge caboose on the Southern Secondary before being acquired by the Pine Creek RR - at least that's the story I heard.
The steam railroad museum/tourist industry took a big hit after the boiler explosion at the Gettysburg RR about 25 years ago and the tractor explosion in Ohio. Boiler rules became far stricter than before by federal standards, when every state had its own version of the rules. There was a reason Pennsylvania had so many steam operations; their rules were more loose.
Pine Creek's CNJ caboose 91155 spent its last revenue days on the Southern, based out of Red Bank. In 1972, arch bar trucks were outlawed and what was left of CNJ's 91000-series wood cabooses were put to pasture. 91155 is historically significant as it was the very first CNJ class NE 8-wheel caboose, rebuilt from Southern RR of NJ boxcar 31943 in 1874. It is one of the oldest rail cars still in regular service. Why CNJ started the numbering at 91155 is anyone's guess. In 1921 it was rebuilt with a steel frame (wooden frames didn't like to be placed in pusher service, for obvious reasons) and became class NEa. The caboose was delivered by CNJ to Farmingdale's then-yard where it was loaded onto a lowboy and trucked to Allaire.
Pine Creek's Southern connections include the Quincy & Torch Lake 2-8-0, tender, and Russell snow plow arriving in gondolas via the Southern at the team track that once was adjacent to today's Extech at Asbury Road, along with the three CNJ/CRP boxcars and wood caboose 91245 that sat stranded in Toms River for so long, on the OOS portion of the TRIT.
They tell me to act my age. I don't know how to do that. I've never been this old before.