United Railroad Historical Society of NJ

United Railroad Historical Society of NJ The URHS is comprised of 15 groups all put together with a common cause. Groups are represented by 2 delegates. http://urhs.org/

The United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, Inc. (URHS) is a non-profit educational organization directed at supporting the preservation of historical railroad equipment and artifacts for the proposed New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center or in its absence, another railroad museum in New Jersey.

Some great work being done by our volunteers in Boonton Yard!
06/17/2020

Some great work being done by our volunteers in Boonton Yard!

Over the past several weekends, our volunteers have been undertaking the arduous work of prepping and painting the roof on our Raritan River No. 10. Two years ago, we began the process of replacing the entire ceiling, which had been severely damaged by water entering through the roof. Volunteers welded in two new patches to replace some shoddy repairs, and now we are protecting our work with a heavy duty epoxy primer (the white finish seen in the last photo). This part of the paint job is by far the most labor-intensive, but it is also the most important for the longevity of this artifact. Next will come body work and primer on the rest of the body, followed by a polyurethane finish coat. We also plan on replicating the factory-built walkways and ladders. Thank you to our volunteers for their dozens of trips up and down the ladder to get it done!

Tri-State Railway Historical Society
06/15/2020

Tri-State Railway Historical Society

Welcome home Rahway Valley 16! After more than three years of doing research, sourcing parts, and making heavy repairs, No. 16 was finally delivered by Morristown & Erie Railway to the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ yard in Boonton. It’s been more than three years that this pair has been split up, and it is a huge relief to see them back together, the way they belong. We owe a huge thank you to our volunteers and donors who helped us accomplish such a complicated project. Today is a day worth celebrating 🍾

Learn more, donate, and get involved at http://www.tristaterail.org/rv16

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06/11/2020
Our 2020 Season Starts August 1st

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Delaware River
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Our 2020 Season Starts August 1st!
Ride the River Train, Mine Train or Winery train.

05/28/2020
Tri-State Railway Historical Society

When 16 is back on new wheels, it will return to our collection here at Boonton Yard!

Our Rahway Valley 16 project just hit a major milestone! 16 is finally in the shop at the Morristown & Erie where it will have all four wheel sets replaced. Here she is rolling into the shop earlier this month.

More than 20 years ago, 16 was accidentally shipped to Whippany, NJ with too little oil in the bearings, causing irreparable damage to almost all of the axle surfaces. The problem stayed out of sight for all that time, because the engine never moved more than a few feet. But to move over the road to Boonton, 16 needed to undergo this significant repair.

URHS donated 16, and it’s sister unit 17, to Tri-State in 2017, so that Tri-State could invest in restoring these rare and significant locomotives. Since then we have been working to source a new set of 70-tonner wheel sets (not an easy find) then have those wheels and axles re-profiled. Once M&E finishes this work, 16 will be returned to the rest of the URHS and Tri-State collection in Boonton, NJ. Once there, we will begin work to make her operational again!

Learn more and contribute: www.tristaterail.org/rv16

F7 Parts available!URHS has elected to deaccession former Chicago & Northwestern F7 418 from our collection. The engine ...
05/14/2020

F7 Parts available!

URHS has elected to deaccession former Chicago & Northwestern F7 418 from our collection. The engine has been determined to be far beyond restoration, and much more valuable as a parts unit for other restorations. URHS also has three identical sister units in its collection.

Our goal is to make use of every usable part from this locomotive before the frame is scrapped, so everything that still remains in the unit is available for sale. It is our obligation to make sure nothing goes to waste. Below is a brief summary of what is available and what has already been sold/donated. If you need something that is not listed, feel free to ask. Preference will be given to non-profit organizations. Contact us through our website if interested! https://www.urhs.org/contact

Available:
16-567BC prime mover (bars over, but hasn’t run)
Main generators (as core only)
Trucks/combos (with good flanges)
Grilles
Porthole windows
Doors (earlier square cornered doors)
Some 26 brake parts (manifolds, etc. No valves)
Many other small miscellaneous parts

Spoken for:
Air compressor
HEP unit
Radiators/roof hatch
Governor
Most electrical parts
Front door
Steps
Front pilot
Horns, collectibles, etc

Our organization is saddened to hear of the death of Ray Kenny, NJ TRANSIT’s Senior Vice President and General Manager o...
04/18/2020
COVID-19 Claims NJT’s Ray Kenny - Railway Age

Our organization is saddened to hear of the death of Ray Kenny, NJ TRANSIT’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Rail Operations. Mr. Kenny had a remarkable railroad career spanning more than 50 years. He started as a ticket clerk on Long Island Railroad, and later worked up the ranks to be Acting President of the system. Mr. Kenny was also known to appreciate railroad history, which is a trait he brought to his work, and one that we particularly admire. He will be sorely missed by many.

Coronavirus is serious, and we are all feeling its effects in more and more ways. Stay home, stay safe, and save lives.

New Jersey Transit Senior Vice President and General Manager Rail Operations Raymond P. Kenny, 69, has died of COVID-19.

Our New York Central “Hickory Creek”—and the rest of the 1948 Century—are coming to N scale!
03/31/2020

Our New York Central “Hickory Creek”—and the rest of the 1948 Century—are coming to N scale!

Even though most of us are home, Kato USA is still constantly working to get the N Scale 20th Century Limited up and running for later this year! Here's the latest "teaser" for our version.

Will be at the show on sunday...
03/08/2020

Will be at the show on sunday...

Train shows aren’t just for models! Today at the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show in Springfield, MA, we met ...
01/27/2020

Train shows aren’t just for models! Today at the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show in Springfield, MA, we met up with our new colleagues from the 470 Railroad Club to pass along some EMD F7 parts. These parts from our salvage unit (ex-CNW 418) are going towards completing the restoration of Boston & Maine 4268 at the Conway Scenic Railroad. The volunteers from the 470 Club are doing fantastic work, and it is our pleasure to lend them a hand.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah !!
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah !!

Our Hickory Creek and NYC 43 are out today with Operation Toy Train in Bergen and Sussex Counties! Tomorrow we’ll be in ...
11/30/2019

Our Hickory Creek and NYC 43 are out today with Operation Toy Train in Bergen and Sussex Counties! Tomorrow we’ll be in New York State, and next weekend it’s off to Morris & Warren Counties. Find out where to see the train and bring your Toys for Tots donations at operationtoytrain.org!

River Rail Photo
11/17/2019

River Rail Photo

Empire Connection Sunset, Limited. The United Railroad Historical Society of NJ former New York Central owned Hickory Creek (obs/lounge/sleeper) and 43 (tavern/lounge) held the markers on the return from Rutland, VT of Amtrak Train 292 on Saturday, November 16, 2019. The Hickory Creek is restored to its "as delivered" external appearance, wearing the lightning stripes and lighted tail sign of the NYC's 20th Century Limited. The 20th Century Limited used NYC as its south/east terminal, but operated out of Grand Central Terminal. Since 1991 with short interruptions for both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, all Empire Corridor Amtrak trains have used the Empire Connection as their regular connection to New York City, but go instead to New York's Penn Station, paralleling the West Side Highway through the Harlem Valley of New York, New York.

11/15/2019

Look for NYC Hickory Creek and New York Central #43 on today's #293. While it will be dark when we depart New York, at least the tail sign will be glowing bright.

Both cars return tomorrow from Rutland on #292.

The next opportunity to see the cars in action will be on Sunday (17 November), when they make a New York Penn/Albany round-trip on trains #233 and #244.

Share your pictures if you catch the cars on any of the trips.

Take a look at this new Train Simulator rendering of the U34CH by Digital Train Model! URHS is very happy to have contri...
11/14/2019

Take a look at this new Train Simulator rendering of the U34CH by Digital Train Model! URHS is very happy to have contributed to this project. Our Erie Lackawanna 3372 is the very last U34CH existence was used as reference material to make this model. Its all in the details!

Next proyect WIP. GE U34CH with Comet I cars. This is the first run in the simulator. There are many things to fix and improve.

10/25/2019
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Make your way to the pumpkin patch via The Great Pumpkin Train! Best of all, kids get a free pumpkin! 🎃Who’s ready for a unique trip?

Railroaders taking pictures of railroaders was a common sight yesterday at NJ TRANSIT’s Family Day picnic. The theme was...
10/07/2019

Railroaders taking pictures of railroaders was a common sight yesterday at NJ TRANSIT’s Family Day picnic. The theme was NJT’s 40th Anniversary, and our team was able to send two historic restored locomotives that were there for day 1 of NJT in 1979. Alongside our locomotives were NJ Transit’s newly-painted 4109 in its original CNJ colors, plus two of their modern units wearing legacy paint schemes. A committee of more than 50 employee volunteers put the event for more than 1500 of their employees and their families. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it all.

Photos by URHS and Tri-State Railway Historical Society member Mike Del Vecchio

URHS was honored today to participate in NJ TRANSIT’s Family Day at the Meadowlands Maintenance Complex. In addition to ...
10/05/2019

URHS was honored today to participate in NJ TRANSIT’s Family Day at the Meadowlands Maintenance Complex. In addition to being the company’s annual employee appreciation barbecue, this event was the big unveiling for NJT’s three Heritage locomotives. Four pieces from URHS’s collection were brought down to the MMC for the enjoyment of the employees, their families, and the retirees who worked on them. Seen here is NJT 4109, painted back into its original CNJ blue paint, our CNJ 1524, and the wonderful crew of volunteers who put on the event. Congrats to the NJT shop crew on a job well done. Thanks for having us!

On this date, 25 years ago, our 3372 (then numbered 4127) was the last of the U-Boats to pull a train in New Jersey. Aft...
08/27/2019
Heavy Rail - Steve Barry

On this date, 25 years ago, our 3372 (then numbered 4127) was the last of the U-Boats to pull a train in New Jersey. After this trip, NJ TRANSIT donated to locomotive to URHS, and it remains the only one still in existence. Today it does not run, due to vandalism of some electrical components, but it has been preserved in otherwise good repair. Your support and volunteerism can make her run again!

Check out these photos from Railfan & Railroad Magazine editor Steve Barry:

Photo 3596 New Jersey Transit; Suffern, New York August 27, 1994

This week, several pieces of our equipment were subject to a vicious vandalism attack. Our volunteers have many days of ...
04/20/2019
Click here to support Help Restore our Vandalized Trains organized by URHS & Whippany Railway Museum

This week, several pieces of our equipment were subject to a vicious vandalism attack. Our volunteers have many days of work ahead of us to fix the damage to several of our restored passenger cars and locomotives. Please consider donating to our campaign to help us undo the damage and further improve security. Thank you for your generosity!

A vicious vandalism attack has occurred at the fenced United Railway Historcial Society (URHS) Boonton Rail Yard. Major damage was inflicted to the rare Lackawanna Railroad parlor / commuter car No. 2454, owned by the Whippany Railway Museum. The car had just completed a multi-year restoration co...

Attention everyone.Liberty Historic Railway Inc., in conjunction with the Whippany Railway Museum is offering a $5,000.0...
04/19/2019

Attention everyone.

Liberty Historic Railway Inc., in conjunction with the Whippany Railway Museum is offering a $5,000.00 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the recent horrific acts of vandalism which occured at the URHS maintenance and storage facility in Boonton, NJ.

Former Lackawanna parlor car 2454 sustained significant damage, as did other locomotives and cars currently stored in the yard. The car had just completed a multi-year restoration costing hundreds of thousands of grant and donated dollars. In addition, several restored locomotives and other cars also suffered damage.

The rail preservation / restoration community is devastated. LHRy provided significant funding for 2454. LHRy Chairman Bill McKelvey and the Whippany Railway Museum have jointly offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to please contact the Boonton Police Department at (973) 402-9371, ext 613.

Please feel free to share this post, perhaps someone out there saw or heard something that may be helpful.

Attention everyone.

Liberty Historic Railway Inc., in conjunction with the Whippany Railway Museum is offering a $5,000.00 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the recent horrific acts of vandalism which occured at the URHS maintenance and storage facility in Boonton, NJ.

Former Lackawanna parlor car 2454 sustained significant damage, as did other locomotives and cars currently stored in the yard. The car had just completed a multi-year restoration costing hundreds of thousands of grant and donated dollars. In addition, several restored locomotives and other cars also suffered damage.

The rail preservation / restoration community is devastated. LHRy provided significant funding for 2454. LHRy Chairman Bill McKelvey and the Whippany Railway Museum have jointly offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to please contact the Boonton Police Department at (973) 402-9371, ext 613.

Please feel free to share this post, perhaps someone out there saw or heard something that may be helpful.

Merry Christmas  !!
12/26/2018

Merry Christmas !!

NJTPD K9 patrol officer Nicosia and his partner officer Niko. They have been partners since Niko been 18 months old. The...
10/30/2018

NJTPD K9 patrol officer Nicosia and his partner officer Niko. They have been partners since Niko been 18 months old. They both came to our open house in 2015. We send our sincere sympathy to all of NJ Transit Police Department and especially to Office Nicosia. RIP Niko :(

The NJTPD is sad to report the passing of retired K9 Niko. Officer Nicosia began the NJSP K9 Academy in March of 2011 with K9 Niko, a German Shepard from Czech Republic. They graduated as an explosive detection K9 team in July of 2011. K9 Niko and Officer Nicosia worked together daily and assisted with many large special events including the 10th anniversary of 9-11, Super Bowl XLVIII, and Augadath. K9 Niko was medically retired in November of 2016. He continued to enjoy life at home with Officer Nicosia and his family.

The entire NJTPD would like to thank Niko for his years of unwavering dedication and relentless service to the department and the community.

#njtpd #k9unit #workingdogs #thinblueline #policedogs #germanshepherd #k9police

The NJTPD is sad to report the passing of retired K9 Niko. Officer Nicosia began the NJSP K9 Academy in March of 2011 with K9 Niko, a German Shepard from Czech Republic. They graduated as an explosive detection K9 team in July of 2011. K9 Niko and Officer Nicosia worked together daily and assisted with many large special events including the 10th anniversary of 9-11, Super Bowl XLVIII, and Augadath. K9 Niko was medically retired in November of 2016. He continued to enjoy life at home with Officer Nicosia and his family.

The entire NJTPD would like to thank Niko for his years of unwavering dedication and relentless service to the department and the community.

#njtpd #k9unit #workingdogs #thinblueline #policedogs #germanshepherd #k9police

Here are some photos from Stephan Bradley.  Better late than never, but here are some photos of the Hickory Creek on the...
10/15/2018

Here are some photos from Stephan Bradley.

Better late than never, but here are some photos of the Hickory Creek on the end of Amtrak train 69, the Montreal bound Adirondack. First two are at Albany and the last two are at Port Henry.

Black River & Western Railroad
10/08/2018

Black River & Western Railroad

Looking for something to do this weekend? Grab your tickets for our train ride to Everitt Farms at Pumpkin Junction online at blackriverrailroad.com/schedule before they’re all gone!

10/07/2018

Look for the for Hickory Creek on Amtrak 68 today, through to New York Penn. Post pictures if you see us today.

Thank you to the hundreds in attendance at Railroad Museum [for a day] 2018! We were so happy to share our historic coll...
10/01/2018

Thank you to the hundreds in attendance at Railroad Museum [for a day] 2018! We were so happy to share our historic collection and our hard work with the public. Thank you to our visitors for your support of railroad preservation in New Jersey!

And thank you again to our generous sponsors:

Boonton Station 1904
Tito's Burritos & Wings
Hawk Drilling, Inc.
Tri-State Railway Historical Society
Liberty Historic Railway Inc.
C & R Graphics
Pasquale's Restaurant and Pizzeria
Boonton Auto Parts

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Hi! Can you give me an update on the 2 GG1's #4877 and #4879, please? Thanks.
Wondering what the status of the Blue Comet car "Westphal"?
Was wondering if anyone has any pictures or information on the New York & Greenwood Lake Railroad from Pompton to Sterling. West Milford Museum is looking for artifacts as well.
Hello! I live in Northern Ireland and hope you might be able to help me. I have a photograph of New York Central 8310 (attached) - I believe it was taken in 1957 - which I understand was renamed PC 8310 in the 1968 merger. According to online information it ended up with the United Railroad Historical Society. Could you please confirm if this is the case and if the locomotive is still in existence and on display? Many thanks for any help you can give me.
So excited this morning! NJT #3814, Trenton to New York had the Pennsylvania 4636 legacy painted engine!! It absolutely made my morning to be on that train. Unfortunately, I had just gotten up the stairs to Track 1 in Newark as the train came in and there was no time to get a picture.
Caught Hickory Creek and NYC 43 last night on #292 at Dobbs Ferry and heading north today on #233 under the GWB.
Check out the play THE GHOST TRAIN at Centenary Stage Co in Hackettstown:
Did you have your open house weekend this year? I didn't see it announced.
Is there a "museum for a day" in 2019? Or, did I miss it already?
Here’s The old blue comment line in Lakehurst
Any idea when the Museum for a Day is? Been looking forward to going for awhile was also hoping to see the progress on the U34
URHS "E" is part of NJTs 40th anniversary poster.......