We are indebted to Director Doug McQueen and most appreciative for his service as treasurer for LHRy and his excellent work with the predecessor Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning Graduate Student Studio which explored solutions for future transportation needs and other initiatives for Liberty State Park. Doug is moving on with his aviation / legal career path and is unable to continue as an active director. We welcome Doug to the LHRy rank of Director Emeritus! We will sorely miss his hospitality for our board meetings at the LeClairRyan office.
Rail, ties and track materials for a panel track for the Lisbon / Stephenson trolley was donated by Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center and moved by Shadyside Trucking from Phillispburg to Whippany Railway Museum on 20 November 2014.
The State of New Jersey announced approval of a $2 million grant towards the restoration of the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal at Liberty State Park on 19 November 2014. This money can not be used for stabilization or restoration of the Train Shed.
On 15 November 2010, the Friends of the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center, Inc. turned over title to the Lisbon / Stephenson trolley car to Liberty Historic Railway, Inc. On 12 November 2014 LHRy turned over title to the Lisbon / Stephenson car to Whippany Railway Museum. They intend to get the car moved to their museum for display.
The CRR of NJ Jersey City Terminal repairs and restoration from Superstorm Sandy will delay the reopening of the Terminal until Fall of 2015 or early 2016. However, a complete restoration of the train / track announcement signs, reflecting the period 1938 to 1941, as researched by LHRy, will be in place on the concourse when the work is completed.
Liberty State Park has submitted an application for $1,500,000 for stabilization for the Train Shed. Unfortunately, this money can not be used for the necessary engineering work to utilize the money.
Passage of the recent Open Space Bond Issue will negatively impact LSP and NJ Parks in general. Lease moneys generated within Parks will now go to funding Open Space. This is a severe setback for sustainable funding for Parks which was already grossly underfunded.
URHS Boonton Yard volunteer and Seton Hall student, Kevin Phalon, has recently been appointed an alternate delegate for LHRy to URHS.
Liberty Historic Railway is pleased to announce the addition of a new director – Gregory Bender, PE of South Bound Brook, NJ. Replacing retired director, Bill Vigrass, PE, Greg recently retired from Picatinny Arsenal where he was Senior Transportation and Packaging / Handling Engineer, Director, Staff. He is a Rutgers University Trustee, past president of the Rutgers Alumni Association, the Rutgers Alumni Engineering Society and current member of Task force to improve Governing Board Efficiency. He is a recognized public advocate for New Jersey public transit systems, including bus, rail, light rail, and water systems. He is his town’s current representative on the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition; past Chair, Ocean County Public Transportation Board and VP Emeritus of the Shore Commuter Coalition. We sincerely hope that LHRy can meet Greg’s expectations
LHRy Chairman Bill McKelvey was interviewed by WMBC-TV reporter Burt Sempier focusing on the preservation of the Central RR of NJ Jersey City Terminal Train Shed. The link to the program which aired on 4 August is: http://wmbctv.com/wmbctvnews/2014/08/04jc-train-station