Liberty Historic Railway is pleased to announce receipt of an unusual year-end gift. The $500,000 donation will enable us to go forward with our initiatives to establish an historic operating trolley / rail shuttle at an appropriate site. The generous donor wished to remain anonymous.
The 10,000th passenger recently arrived at the LHRy website! However, in the active years of the CNJ Jersey City Terminal that number would only be one quarter of the average daily passenger count. On special event days over 75,000 passengers used the Terminal!
Sam Schwartz Engineering has been selected by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York to receive a Gold Award in the category of Transportation for their work on the Liberty State Park Circulator. Liberty Historic Railway is proud of the SSE study – our trolley shuttle was a major part of their work. Unfortunately, the locals who might have gained the most from such a rail circulator will be blocked by the unfounded fanatical opposition of the Friends of Liberty State Park to any rail installation in the park.
There are several surviving New Jersey heritage trolley cars which sorely need a carbarn to protect them from the weather and for security. Since we have been blocked from establishing such a structure in Liberty State Park by the irrational and fanatical opposition of Sam Pesin and his Friends of Liberty State Park, we are searching for another temporary location for trolley storage until Pesin and his group come to their senses…
During July and August, Liberty Historic Railway was advised by Hudson County Open Space that they would be happy to entertain a grant application for $50,000 for a project which we deemed most worthy and needed. It would have been for the replacement of the existing, inaccurate, train / track announcement signs or curtains, which are on the concourse where there is heavy visitation when the Terminal is open. We proposed a full series of accurate signs to cover all tracks in use during the most colorful peak period of use by famous named trains – 1939 to 1949. That full series of signs (verified as correct by interviews with former CRR of NJ employees and knowledgeable historians) is on our website: www.LHRy.org . Unfortunately Park Management would not support this grant application. Their reason was that their interpretive plan dictated that any and all restoration of the Train Shed was to reflect the time period 1913-15 when the facility was completed. So, the erroneous signs will remain for the foreseeable future. LHRy tried to improve the situation…
More good news from Liberty State Park! Ferry service to the Statue of Liberty will resume on the Fourth of July. Let's shout out a cheer to everyone who made this possible.
Superstorm Sandy carried Bedloe's Island back to about 1870 or earlier: no power, sewage system or modern docking facility. Moreover, the ferry docks at Liberty State Park were wrecked as well. A lot of hard work from a lot of people has brought us all a treasure.
LHRy was not awarded a $1,000,000 Transportation Enhancement grant to begin stabilization work on the Central RR of NJ Jersey City Terminal train Shed..
LHRy was not successful in our second attempt to get the Train Shed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "America's 11 Most Endangered Structures" list..
However, LHRy has been granted "permission to conduct a feasibility study and not actual fundraising" for stabilization of the Central RR of NJ Train Shed at Liberty State Park.