Archive for May, 2014

LHRy Delegate Now URHS President

Posted May 28, 2014 By Webmaster

At the April meeting of the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, Larry Gross, the alternate delegate of Liberty Historic Railway was elected president of URHS, succeeding K.C. Smith.  Larry is an Emergency Medical Technician with the Morristown Fire Department and the Boonton Yard Foreman living in Morris Plains with his wife Barbara and children Nicholas and Hanna.  In his spare time Larry is an EMT trainer for several fire departments as well as a gymnastics instructor.

UK vs. USA

Posted May 28, 2014 By Webmaster

Steam railways and heritage trams in the United Kingdom carried more than nine million passengers in 2013, twice as many as those in the USA.  The Railway Magazine (UK), April 2014

UK Main Line Steam

Posted May 18, 2014 By Webmaster

There were 588 steam runs on main lines in the United Kingdom in 2013, made by 27 locomotives covering 83,833 miles. The Railway Magazine (UK), April 2014

URHS Locomotive @ Spencer, NC Festival

Posted May 18, 2014 By Webmaster

United Railroad Historical Society’s cosmetically restored Reading F7 #284 joined 24 other Streamlined locomotives of the 1930s to 1950s for a four day festival at the NC Transportation Museum at the Spencer, NC roundhouse, courtesy of Norfolk Southern. No. 284 would have been a prime display locomotive at the CNJ Jersey City Terminal in Liberty State Park if not for the fanatical opposition to restoration of any track in LSP by leaders of the Friends of Liberty State Park. The Reading Railroad used such locomotives to haul their Crusader and The Wall Street trains between Jersey City Terminal and Philadelphia for years.

87-Year-Old NJ Bus Acquired

Posted May 18, 2014 By Webmaster

The Chairman of LHRy has acquired a 20 seat 1927 Yellow Coach parlor bus for the future NJ Transportation Heritage Park. The Type X coach with 24,128 original miles spent its entire life in NJ and the last 50 years in a barn on the estate of the late Dr. Ralph Cox at Rio Grande, NJ. While it does not run, needs 7 new tires, is missing some parts, and requires extensive restoration, the body is sound and the Bonhams auction price of $1,530 was quite attractive…