United Railroad Historical Society of NJ - A Prison for Railway Equipment

To out the misgivings of the management of the URHS.

Looks like they sold out their train, looks like there's going to be a lot of disappointed people when NJ Transit cancel...
10/17/2018

Looks like they sold out their train, looks like there's going to be a lot of disappointed people when NJ Transit cancels their train due to lack of equipment or lack of crews. Plenty of other historic societies in NJ that are also running Christmas Trains that don't keep their equipment locked away from the public view unlike the URHS and Tri-State!

The 2018 Santa Train is SOLD OUT! Thanks to your overwhelming demand, this year's train sold out in less than a day!

For those still hoping to get tickets, we have a waiting list available at SantaTrain.org. Tickets that become available due to cancellations or an added departure will be issued on a first come, first served basis, in the order that forms are submitted. This form does not guarantee that you will receive tickets, but it will put you in line if they become available!

Thank you for supporting Tri-State Railway Historical Society!

Well look at that, another item for the URHS Prison! More and more equipment from Tri State and URHS proper being locked...
09/04/2018

Well look at that, another item for the URHS Prison! More and more equipment from Tri State and URHS proper being locked away from the public for no one to see except for their Railroad Museum [for 6 hours] event and Toys for Tots.

Welcome home Lackawanna baggage car No. 2038! Over the last few months, we have been quietly making preparations to bring this car from storage in Madison, NJ, to our site in Boonton, where it will live with the rest of the Tri-State collection.

We are proud to announce today that 2038 is beginning the next chapter of its life. This year it will be used as part of Operation Toy Train, the country’s largest Toys for Tots donation drive. Every December, the OTT collection train tours towns in New Jersey and New York to collect over 20,000 donated toys. In just a few months, our humble baggage car will be filled with thousands of donations for local children in need. It is our privilege to be able to give back by doing what we already do best.

Keep watching this page for more photos of the big move and progress on the car’s restoration!

It's that time of year, where the prison has visiting hours! For a measly 6 hours, you too can experience 100lbs of crap...
08/30/2018
Railroad Museum [for a day]

It's that time of year, where the prison has visiting hours! For a measly 6 hours, you too can experience 100lbs of crap in a 5lb bucket! See engines that are wearing paint schemes that it never wore, smell the odors of mold, rot and people with bad BO worse than the Allentown Train Show! See equipment rotting away as the public only gets 6 hours out of 8760 hours in a year even though they are supported by public grants! I think the NJ State prisons offer more visiting hours than these loons!

Railroad Museum [for a day] is hosted by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, owners of the largest and most historic railroad collection in New Jersey. During this once-a-year event, the URHS Restoration Facility in Boonton, NJ will become New Jersey's largest railroad museum. Rail...

'The Most Ambitious Project' they say, and indeed it was their biggest blunder that almost destroyed their organization ...
08/28/2018

'The Most Ambitious Project' they say, and indeed it was their biggest blunder that almost destroyed their organization and the NRHS. Of course, when you post some facts that don't show Tri-State in good light, their Vice President is QUICK to censor it out, because we all know that 'Tri State' is such a perfect little organization, just as perfect as the URHS that they are members of.

The leadership of Tri State back there were full of dreamers, and sadly, the current leadership is heading in the same direction. We saw the failure of 'Railfest' unfold in front of our very eyes, could you imagine something larger scale?

While a lot of really neat things were attempted in the '88 convention, this was probably one of the biggest money losing conventions in NRHS history, and one of the most poorly run. There were a lot of dreamers running Tri State back there. The biggest blunder was the Harrisburg trip being short-turned at Reading due to how late the trip was running and how irate several people were that they were going to miss their connection to the Broadway Limited, I believe a bus or taxis were brought to Reading to take them to Harrisburg.

The grade crossing accident with the B40-8 on the NYS&W

The trip to Port Jervis from Hoboken behind 765 that put such a strain on NJT that they vowed to never allow steam on their RR again and took a lot of convincing from Ross Rowland to allow the 614 trips to occur in 1995.

The long line for registration where the A/C conked out and almost started a riot after someone had a gastrointestinal issue in line.

The Reading Circle trip when the 'Dutch Lunch' was served at 4pm and people were about to start eating the seats they were sitting on

765's tender getting damaged in Temple, PA trying to take on coal.

More than twice amount of seats sold for the available first class seat on almost every trip, some people got some pretty ugly downgrades even though they paid for first class.

Cars not being watered the night before

Cancelled trips and people not getting their money back. It took Tri-State several years to recover their losses, the chapter was almost destroyed by this convention. While it's nice to reminisce about all the neat things that were done on this trip, we cannot gloss over the bad that occurred 30 years ago.

It was by far the most ambitious project attempted by Tri-State: Garden State in '88. Remembering the East Dover Car Shops and Lackawanna Frog & Switch Shop of Morris County, NJ. And just who was A. J. Neafie? Railroading's unsung hero. Be sure to check it all out in the latest issue of The Block Line!

All Tri-State members receive The Block Line quarterly, join today: http://www.tristaterail.org/join/. Or learn how to purchase individual copies: http://www.tristaterail.org/blockline/

04/16/2018
Tri-State Railway Historical Society

Failure... no surprise. Maybe Morris County will own the Whippany Line by the time they're able to put something together again, snicker...

To our members and supporters-

It is with great regret that Tri-State Railway Historical Society must announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, it will no longer be possible to have a steam locomotive at the Tri-State Railfest in July. As a result, Tri-State and Morristown & Erie have made the mutual decision to postpone the event to a later date in which conditions are more favorable.

Our planning committee is proud of our ambitious concept for this event. Without a steam locomotive however, we do not believe we can carry out an event that lives up to our expectations. We thank the Morristown & Erie and Gramling Locomotive Works for their enthusiastic support and cooperation.

We invite all of you to share in many more Tri-State events during 2018, and we're very appreciative of your ongoing interest and participation.

Sincerely,
The Tri-State Railfest Planning Team

We got the URHS Prison in the north, and now the URHS Scrap Yard in the south! Want to ride on a dinky speeder on track ...
04/12/2018
United Railroad Historical Society of NJ

We got the URHS Prison in the north, and now the URHS Scrap Yard in the south! Want to ride on a dinky speeder on track that's not maintained? Want to ride in a coach that smells like some Allentown Train Show attendee crapped their pants? Well this is the festival for you!

03/27/2018

It appears that the photo that Tri-State Railway Historical Society posted with members working on stuff without proper safety equipment was removed. I guess they don't like to be called out on safety violations. However, that said, I still have a copy of such photo and was already turned into OSHA.

This is about safety, and keeping volunteers safe. Some members may not be aware, but there are certain safety rules that mush be followed and required by OSHA and the FRA - it is for their protection!

So it turns out that a transfer of ownership occurred within the prison. Guess what? Still two engines locked away from ...
01/23/2018

So it turns out that a transfer of ownership occurred within the prison. Guess what? Still two engines locked away from everyone!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Tri-State is proud to announce that it has acquired Rahway Valley GE 70-Tonners No. 16 and 17! The locomotives, which were transferred to Tri-State by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ -URHS, are to see heavy repairs made this Spring, and will be inspected for a potential return to operation!

16 and 17 have a rich history in New Jersey. They are the first and only diesels ever purchased by the local short line Rahway Valley Railroad, and the last two locomotives that it ever owned. The two engines, built by General Electric in 1951 and 1954 respectively, have worked and been displayed together consistently since 17 was delivered to the RV in 1954.

But this past summer, the two were split up. URHS saved the locomotives in 1995, and Whippany Railway Museum displayed and cared for the engines until they were to be returned to the URHS in April of last year. It was found that No. 16 has severe damage to four journals as a result of its delivery in 1995. Without heavy repair, No. 16 cannot leave the Morristown & Erie.

Several generous Tri-State members and donors wanted to see the locomotives fixed, and Tri-State's mechanical team was up to the challenge. On Wednesday, URHS voted to transfer title of the engines to Tri-State so the work can commence.

This Spring, Tri-State volunteers will have the locomotive lifted, the trucks disassembled, and the necessary parts sent out while the engine sits on blocks with no wheels. Once the engine is reassembled, it will be delivered to Boonton to be reunited with No. 17.

Once 16 and 17 are with the rest of the Tri-State collection, the engines are going to be thoroughly inspected to assess their condition, and hopefully return one of the two to operation. It is our organization's intention to have both locomotives made accessible for the education of the public as often as possible. We look forward to the opportunities these locomotives will provide our organization, our followers, and our members!

Read the press release: http://www.tristaterail.org/news/2018/1/12/rahway-valley-70-tonners

Learn more about 16 and 17:
http://www.tristaterail.org/rv16/
http://www.tristaterail.org/rv17/

More equipment for the URHS Prison! Yay! /end sarcasm....
01/11/2018

More equipment for the URHS Prison! Yay! /end sarcasm....

Tri-State’s equipment roster just got longer. Details tomorrow!

So they have the blue comet cars in Boonton, and now they want YOUR money so they can restore it for their Larry Gross's...
11/28/2017
The Blue Comet three car set now in Boonton

So they have the blue comet cars in Boonton, and now they want YOUR money so they can restore it for their Larry Gross's PRIVATE PLAYGROUND! Absolutely NO! They belong in a museum, not some inaccessible yard!

What you're seeing here is a three car set from the Blue Comet right at home. We've owned these cars for decades, but not until today have they all been in one place. Thanks to the generous donors, these cars are now together & safer than they ever have been.

NO Jersey Connection, 43 did not normally run through NJ!
11/20/2017

NO Jersey Connection, 43 did not normally run through NJ!

Photo by Ruotolo Photography

::SLOW CLAP::
09/25/2017

::SLOW CLAP::

08/31/2017
Tri-State Railway Historical Society

GO 19 GO!!! Get as far away from the URHS prison as you can!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our No. 19 headed to Scranton on NS train H76 in Flicksville, PA.

Video by Dan Richter

Now here's a REAL museum & historical society! Historical, not hysterical like the United Railroad Historical Society of...
08/30/2017
Illinois Railway Museum

Now here's a REAL museum & historical society! Historical, not hysterical like the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ -URHS that are run by a bunch of goofballs! Good Job IRM!!!

Much of the work on coaches, this year, has been concentrated on our running fleet of Rock Island coaches and the BLE 25. While still repainting roofs on the coaches Howard Gierer has freed up some time to restart another project. This latest painting project is actually an old one! We are now focusing on finish painting one of our IC coaches, #3345. Incidentally, the next Rail and Wire will have an extensive article on this food bar coach. Here are some of the early August efforts being play out in our new shop, barn 10. August 9th was our start date and already we have sprayed one coat of orange and already sanded and prep it for the second coat. Remember this an 85 foot coach so it takes a lot of teamwork to sand and prep each side. Please consider coming out to volunteer and put some time into this project! This will be a very striking accomplishment once we get it completed. Feel free to stop by our new shop and view our interesting assortment of projects.

Howard is just looking over the job.

Here Howard is spraying the first coat of primer

August 12th about half of the first coat is applied.

August 16 had Jerry McGonigle from Arizona assisting us. He sure was a big help!

One of the torsion bars that support and buffer mechanism was bent many years ago. Jerry with my assistance removed it from the coach body. That was a difficult job. This one will be taken to the steam shop to be straighten. It along with the opposite one will then be painted IC brown before installation.

Here jerry is removing the bent bar.

After the bar was removed Jerry continued sanding the upper half of that end.

This last Saturday Dave Cook came out and began sanding the IC orange. Photo

We accomplished quite bit this last Saturday, August 19. Good to see you again Dave.

The prepping is the most important part of any painting project but it takes most of the manpower. We are always seeking new volunteers as well as members that we have not seen for a while. Lots of projects

to pick from and a few more coming on line in the not to distance future. If you can't make it out to help please consider donating to a passenger coach dept. Pick a specific project of your choice. How about this one, IC 3345. Thanks Roger

FREEDOM!!!! ME19 is free from the prison! Please FLOOD the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ -URHS and the Tri-St...
08/29/2017

FREEDOM!!!! ME19 is free from the prison! Please FLOOD the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ -URHS and the Tri-State Railway Historical Society that this engine should stay at Steamtown for all to see!

After spending the night in Washington Township, No. 19 should be on Norfolk Southern train H65 headed to Allentown, PA today. We'd love to see your photos!

Hey look! One has made it out of the prison! Maybe this will get stuck in Steamtown because the goofballs of the URHS an...
08/28/2017

Hey look! One has made it out of the prison! Maybe this will get stuck in Steamtown because the goofballs of the URHS and the Tri-State group won't have the resources to get it back! The good thing about it getting stuck in Steamtown? It will remain in the eyes of the public!

19's bags are packed! Today she leaves for Steamtown National Historic Site to be displayed this weekend at Railfest. Look for 19 today on NS H02. It should be in Portland by Thursday to be handed over to the Delaware Lackawanna for the last leg of the trip to Scranton. We'll post more details as we have them. We'd love to see your photos!

While it's great that this equipment will be moved out of the clutches that is the evil lady liberty of South Jersey, it...
05/30/2017
The Blue Comet on the Move!

While it's great that this equipment will be moved out of the clutches that is the evil lady liberty of South Jersey, it will probably end up in the URHS Prison of Boonton

The United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, a 501(c)(3) organization, is moving the Blue Comet coaches Westphal and D'Arrest to a new home in NJ!  The time has come to get these cars back into the spotlight.  In order to get these back

United Railroad Historical Society of NJ - A Prison for Railway Equipment
05/30/2017

United Railroad Historical Society of NJ - A Prison for Railway Equipment

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