May 10th is traditionally National Train Day, an this year on Thursday, May 10th, celebrate with Marty Kane of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum with a look into the fascination collection of images of the two major railroads that served Lake Hopatcong. A major Northeast resort from the 1880s and into the 1930s, Lake Hopatcong owed its rise to popularity to the railroads that promoted travel and moved the freight to the Lake. Marty will take us back to the days when the Central Railroad of New Jersey trains called on Nolan's Point and the Lackawanna trains stopped many times daily at Landing, which is still served by NJ Transit today.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
Our April 4th meeting will feature a special presentation by long-time member Ken MIller, with two short programs featuring the slides of another long-time member, Dick Forest. The first show is titled: "Phillipsburg, Crossroads of Transportation," looking at this Warren County river town that was crossed by five major railroads, two canals, a trolley line, and was home to big industrial facilities. While attending law school, Dick was an operator at Q tower north of P'burg, so he knew when the trains were running and was line side in his youth, and was taking pictures long enough to revisit those spots during the Conrail era giving us many then-and-now looks. The second program is "Travels With Dick Forest." Anyone who knew Dick knew that he liked to travel, first class, so we'll see private car journeys all over North America during the height of the private car era. This should be a memorable night.
The meeting begins at 7:15 at the Bickford Theater, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. Admission is free, all are welcome.
(Bob Krone photo in banner)
It's been 25 years since the Delaware-Lackawanna arrived in Scranton, and we'll celebrate that night with Railpace editor Tom Nemeth has he debuts his newest book "Pocono Mountain Route -- the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad." With the announced publication date of March 1st, we'll have books at the meeting hot off the press, and Tom will be signing them upon request. The Delaware-Lackawanna is world famous for this great-running fleet of well-maintained Alcos, from RS3s to C420s and C424s, to massive six-motor power that includes the last operating 3600 h.p. C636. The recent application of its "corporate white" paint to most of the big units give the railroad a classy look as consists of anywhere from three-to-seven units could be seen assaulting the Pocono Mountain grades. A couple of historically painted units leading working freight trains give a nod to the past, including a genuine Lehigh Valley C420. The D-L is a fine heir to the mighty DL&W. Tom will bring a selection of his photography from the book. This is a night not to miss.
As always, attendance is free and all are welcome to attend.
On the drizzly evening of February 6, 1951, the Pennsylvania Railroad commuter train known as "The Broker" derailed in Woodbridge, New Jersey, killing 85 and injuring hundreds in what remains the deadliest railroad accident in the state's history. Communities all along the Jersey Shore were shaken by the sudden and violent loss of family and friends.
What happened was self-evident from the mangled railcars and bodies. Why was another matter and would lead investigators to delve deep into the inner workings of the self-proclaimed "Standard Railroad of the World."
Historian and author Gordon Bond will be giving his presentation about this tragedy drawn from his new book, "MAN FAILURE: The Story of New Jersey's Deadliest Train Wreck." Copies will be available for purchase and signing for $30.
As always, attendance is free, and all are welcome!
Tri-State kicks off 2018 with a look back at the big rail stories of the past year. Steve Barry, Editor of Railfan & Railroad, presents.
Tri-State proudly presents Shane Blische, a rising young railroad historian who has been researching all things Bel-Del.
Tri-State proudly presents Shane Blische, a rising young railroad historian who has been researching all things Bel-Del. New Jersey’s Belvidere Delaware Railroad meandered for nearly seventy miles along the eastern banks of the Delaware River, making its way from Trenton northwards to Phillipsburg, Belvidere, and Manunka Chunk. The line was one of countless subsidiary lines that composed the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad system. Constructed a decade before the Civil War, the line operated as a bustling freight route before becoming a casualty of Conrail. Blische is an active member of the Black River Historical Trust and has spent nearly ten years collecting information on the Bel-Del, growing up just across the Delaware River from the old rail line. He has pulled from his vast archive a number of photographs, postcards, and documents to frame his talk on the old Bel-Del’s history.
As always, attendance is free and all are welcome to attend!
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 the once-a-year event, the URHS Restoration Facility in Boonton, NJ will become New Jersey's largest railroad museum. Museum [for a day] provides a rare, family-friendly opportunity to admire, explore, and go inside of our historic trains and learn about their connection to the region we live in.
This year, Tri-State's Morristown & Erie 19 and several of our cabooses will be on display and open for tours!
More information is available at
When - Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where - 104 Morris Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005
Admission Prices -
- Adults (age 12+) - $5.00
- Children (ages 3-11) - $3.00
- Boy Scouts in uniform - $3.00
- Discover and explore over a dozen pieces of restored historic railroad equipment from New Jersey, inside and out
- Visit vintage cars, trucks, buses, and military vehicles
- Enjoy live music and freshly-cooked food
- Meet and talk to railroaders and railroad preservationists
- Learn about railroad historical preservation efforts in New Jersey
- If you're a Boy Scout, earn a special patch, or even Railroading Merit Badge
- Visit the Boonton Day street fair, just up the road
Event parking is available at the Upper Plane Street municipal lot (click here for directions). This lot is located directly adjacent to the Boonton Day street fair on Main Street, and a free shuttle bus will be available to take you to Museum [for a day].
The Tri-State Railway Historical Society will be offering train rides in Rockaway, NJ on September 17, 2017 as part of the Celebrate Rockaway 2017 street fair. In partnership with the Borough of Rockaway and the Dover & Rockaway River Railroad, passengers will be treated to free 15-minute train rides aboard DL&W No. 896, L&NE No. 580, and RRRR No. 10 along the historic former Dover & Rockaway Branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey.
Trains depart from the parking lot of Potbelly's Riverside Cafe. The first train leaves at 1 PM and additional trains will leave as necessary.
For more information about the street fair, please log onto: www.celebraterockaway.com
September's meeting will feature Chuck Walsh, President of the North Jersey Rail Commuter Association, who will give a slide presentation about Lackawanna's New Jersey Cut-Off -- Past and Present. Chuck has been involved with the preservation and reactivation of the Cut-Off for more than 30 years and will set aside plenty of time after his presentation to answer your questions about the current status of the line and the reasons for the delays in NJ Transit’s rebuilding of the line to Andover. He and his daughter are currently producing a video series about the Cut-Off, available for viewing on YouTube. We'll see some of that at the meeting.
As always, attendance is free, and all are welcome!
Tri-State will be a featured guest at Steamtown's Railfest 2017. This weekend-long event celebrates railroading and the trades in all of its forms. This year's theme is the Steam-Diesel Transition. Expect diesel powered train excursions to Moscow, PA with Tri-State's F3 No. 663, steam engine No. 26 on the Scranton Limited, the Caboose Experience, and rail motor car trips in different segments of the yard.
Our No. 19 will be on site as the only featured visiting locomotive as well!
Food tents will be available on the Steamtown grounds. Steamtown will also provide transportation, along with COLTS to La Festa Italiana, located a few blocks away at Lackawanna County Courthouse Square.
The Locomotive Shop will be open during Railfest so you can see different types of machinery in use. Machinists will explain the function of the devices, and how they work to preserve railroad artifacts. In the Office and Storage Building, railroad art and photos from Steamtown's vast archive will be on display.
Price for entrance to Railfest is $7.00 per adult, aged 16 and up. Under 16 has no charge. Your America the Beautiful Senior, Access and Annual pass can waive your park admission fees. Telephone (570) 340-5204 for details.
Excursion tickets to Moscow, PA are $24.00 for adults, aged 16-61. Senior tickets, aged 62 and over. are $22.00. Tickets for children aged 6-15 are $17.00. Up to age 5 require a ticket at no cost.
Tri-State members are welcome to come down to Boonton Yard for a meet & greet with M&E 19! Come see 19 fire up, go inside the cab, sit in the engineer's seat, and check out the inside parts of an Alco you've never seen before. Members who arrive in proper work attire (work boots & jeans) are also welcome to come see and explore Boonton Yard, end to end. No admission required but donations to help maintain 19 are always welcome and appreciated!