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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: A Year on the Road
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: A Year on the Road

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A YEAR ON THE ROAD

Presentation by Steve Barry

Railfan & Railroad editor Steve Barry will show some of his favorite images from the year 2018. Along the way we’ll see the last of SEPTA’s AEM7s, light rail systems from all across the U.S., steam freight charters from Maine to Oregon, and much more.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Donald W. Furler's Photography: Quiet Monsters Coming to Life
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Donald W. Furler's Photography: Quiet Monsters Coming to Life

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Donald W. Furler's Photography: Quiet Monsters Coming to Life

Presented by Alan Furler

We are treated to a very special presentation about legendary photographer Donald W. Furler by his son Alan. Don's photography of the steam era featured perfect compositions on large format film, and during the steam era his work was among the best. His son Alan grew up in Glen Rock along the Erie Mainline and now lives in Cape May. He spent much of his youth trackside with his dad from near the end of the regular steam era and continuing with many later steam excursions. He developed his own love of trains, especially steam. His career in biomedical engineering focused on medical device R&D, and he retired in 2011 as a V.P. with a GE Medical business. In recent years he has focused on preserving his dad's collection. His presentation will highlight steam in the Tri-State area from the 1930s through the mid-50s. Alan has donated his father's extensive work to the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, and he presented this show at CRPA's Annual Conference in 2018. We are fortunate to see it in person.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Photography of William Strassner
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Photography of William Strassner

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William Strassner grew up with a passion for all things railroad, spending his youth snapping hundreds of photos of the Erie, Lackawanna, EL, L&HR, Lehigh Valley, and others. That passion manifested in a long career with the railroad, including time spent with the PRR, Penn Central, CNJ, Conrail, and NJ Transit. Strassner joins Tri-State for a presentation of 360 photographs from 1950s through Conrail.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Shortline in the Suburbs
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Shortline in the Suburbs

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William S. Young was among the best storytellers of short-line railroading. His photography and publications encompassed a wide range of small railroads throughout the country. However, Young got his start with a railroad just a short distance from his boyhood home. The Rahway Valley Railroad operated a bustling industrial operation of just 11.8 miles in Union and Essex Counties. Young’s friendship, with the son of the railroad’s Master Mechanic, culminated is his 400+ photographs, two diaries full of notes, and countless pieces of memorabilia. Author Richard J. King will present several of Young’s superb 1940s and 1950s photographs, retell stories recounted by Young, and show an array of memorabilia. 

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Sunnyside Yard
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Sunnyside Yard

Penn Station in New York City is one of the busiest railroad stations in the United States, and the secret to its success is Sunnyside Yard in Jamaica, Queens. NJTransit trains that call on NYPenn pass through the station for staging in Sunnyside. Amtrak trains are staged, made up and serviced at Sunnyside. Long Island Rail Road trains add to the traffic density. It's a busy yard, one that's off limits to railfans and difficult to photograph from the city streets. John Kilbride spent a big part of his railroad career in and around Sunnyside and he'll give us an insider's look at a yard that has few rivals for activity. His program includes a map of the yard for everyone who attends.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Railroads of Lake Hopatcong
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: Railroads of Lake Hopatcong

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.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Slides of Dick Forest
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Slides of Dick Forest

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)

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Pocono Mountain Route
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Pocono Mountain Route

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.

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Wreck of the Broker
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: The Wreck of the Broker

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 Gordon Bond

Gordon Bond

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!

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: "Along the Bel-Del"
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: "Along the 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!

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Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: "Lackawanna's New Jersey Cut-Off - Past and Present"
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Tri-State Presents: "Lackawanna's New Jersey Cut-Off - Past and Present"

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 Chuck Walsh

Chuck Walsh

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!

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