Past Projects

Liberty Historic Railway has been the primary funding organization behind several of New Jersey's most successful and noteworthy transportation preservation projects. This list of recent examples is a testament to LHRy's commitment to the longevity of New Jersey's transportation heritage.


Date: September 2018
Project: 1937 25’ Yellow Coach Bus #5496
Organization: Friends of the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center (Bus Division)
Funding: Professionally completed restoration of 1937 Yellow Coach Model 733 bus to represent Public Service No. 5496. This restoration, funded by LHRy, was done by East Coast Bus Repair in So. Amboy, and it is now in running condition at Lakewood Garage.

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Date: September 2018
Project: New Door for the Morton Building
Organization: Friends of the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center
Funding: The Phillipsburg Morton Building door was hacked to shreds by metal thieves to gain entry to building to steal metal (now all gone). In the background is the new, heavy duty, vandal resistant steel door and new door frame installed on Sunday, September 9, 2018, with LHRy providing substantial funding.

  photo by Dan Blide, contractor

photo by Dan Blide, contractor

Date: September 1, 2018
Project: DL&W baggage car No. 2038 and Erie air brake training car No. 10
Organization: Tri-State Railway Historical Society / Operation Toy Train
Funding: Morristown & Erie Nos. 20 and 2354 moved Tri-State’s Erie No. 10 and DL&W No. 2038 from their 17-year storage location in Madison to Boonton Yard. Upon arrival, all of the brake valves on the DL&W baggage car were replaced in preparation for a COT&S. The baggage car will be restored to operation to be added to Operation Toy Train’s annual Toys for Tots collection train consist. LHRy funded the move and the brake work. All photos by Rudy Garbely.

Date: June 2018
Project: A. J. Meerwald
Organization: Bayshore Center at Bivalve
Funding: LHRy provided funding for an engine room automatic fire extinguishing system and new, replacement sails for New Jersey's official "Tall Ship."  She is a wood, 1928 former Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner, which is owned, restored, and operated on public and charter sails between the Delaware Bay/River and Liberty State Park, as well as points between.

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 This is the new 6 cylinder John Deere diesel engine for the restored 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner A. J. MEERWALD. LHRy has provided funding to upgrade the automatic fire extinguishing system for the engine room.

This is the new 6 cylinder John Deere diesel engine for the restored 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner A. J. MEERWALD. LHRy has provided funding to upgrade the automatic fire extinguishing system for the engine room.

Date: March 12, 2018
Project: steamboat Splash
Organization: Delaware River Steamboat Floating Classroom, Inc.
Funding: Required maintenance and preservation of 50' steel hull paddle steamboat Splash at Lambertville, NJ - The media blasting of inside of hull / bilges followed by two coats of S-W Epoxy primer and two coats of S-W Macropoxy 646 Fast Cure Epoxy by Atlantic Green Pro of Burlington, NJ was covered by a $16,700 grant from LHRy.

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Date: February 2018
Project: US Army 1970 Kaiser M36 Deuce-and-a-Half Cargo (Missile)/Troop Carrier
Organization: Liberty Historic Railway
Funding: Vehicle (diesel, manual transmission, 16' bed) purchased by LHRy Chairman, Bill McKelvey. Acquired from the collection of Capt. Phil Francis; moved from Mahwah to Boonton by Bill and Ed Amaducci.

Date: February 2018
Project: Trackless Transit No. 60, a 1948 GMC model TDH 3207
Organization: Friends of the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center (Bus Division)
Funding: Engine and transmission rebuild, as well as later body repair and repainting, to be completed with grants from LHRy. Work to be performed at US Coach of Vineland, NJ. Trackless Transit was an Essex County, NJ bus operator.

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Date: January 2018
Project: DL&W MU Parlor Car No. 2454
Organization: Whippany Railway Museum
Funding: The LHRy Board voted unanimously to fund the outstanding invoice of contractor StarTrak ($44,000 has been paid) and completion of restoration work.  Note: The replica individual wicker chairs have already been produced.

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Date: January 2018
Project: Spare Battleship New Jersey 16" Gun Barrels
Organization: The Mahan Collection Foundation
Funding: LHRy donated $10,000 toward the expenses involved in moving (by rail) two of three spare 16", 124 ton gun barrels from the Battleship New Jersey for preservation and display. One of the three moved to Philadelphia Naval Yard, while the other two (funded by LHRy) are being moved to BB62 (battleship New Jersey) at Camden. One of these will be trucked from Camden to The Mahan Collection Foundation in Basking Ridge, NJ.

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Date: January 2018
Project: Morristown & Erie Railbus #10
Organization: Whippany Railway Museum
Funding: Reupholstery of all seat cushions in the railbus was funded by LHRy.

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Date: December 2017
Project: Toys for Tots Collection Train
Organization: Operation Toy Train
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway is a continuing supporter of Operation Toy Train, which collected 25,454 toys during its four days of operation in December of 2017.

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Year: 2017
Project: Public Service of NJ GMC bus No. B340
Organization: Friends of the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center (Bus Division)
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway provided $5,000 towards the restoration and repainting of this bus into its original colors.

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Date: November 16, 2017
Project: PRR N6b Caboose No. 981775
Organization: PRR N6b No. 981775 Project
Funding: A former Pemberton Trust collection steel frame in good condition was donated to the PRR N6b No. 981775 Project by Scott Kwaitkowski from Ringoes, NJ on the Black River & Western Railroad. Payment for the crane and trucking of the frame to the work site in Columbus, NJ was paid for by Ed Rizzo and LHRy director J.R. May, who jointly head the restoration team. Funding for new lumber has been provided by LHRy.

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Date: November 11, 2017
Project:1937 Yellow Coach Model 733 bus
OrganizationFriends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center (Bus Division)
Funding: Originally owned by Lancaster Ohio (where buses replaced trolleys). Acquired by LHRy Chair Bill McKelvey and restored as Public Service #5496 ca. 1990. Donated to Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center and stored at Phillipsburg. LHRy funded movement of bus from Phillipsburg to East Coast Bus Repair in South Amboy for repairs (to make operational and repainting) before going to Lakewood. Trucking provided by Somerset Hills Towing.

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Photo by Jim Tomczyk

Year: 2017
Project: 1913 Allis-Chalmers Vertical Triple Expansion Steam Water Pumping Engine
Organization: Friends of the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center
Funding: Restoration of original People's Water Co. in Phillipsburg, NJ, owned by Warren County and leased to the Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center. Repair and restoration work is being performed by three volunteer steam enthusiasts: Alexander Karnes, BA; Phillip Beard, Undergraduate; and Phil Christopher, Second Class High Pressure Boiler Fireman, State of MA. Liberty Historic Railway will pay costs of repairs, replacement parts, machining, welding, special tools, gaskets, solvents, lubricants, etc. Ken Miller is paying hotel expenses for the three volunteer steam engineers, who travel from MA on selected weekends.

Year: 2017
Project: PSE&G Whitcomb 25T Locomotive
Organization: Liberty Historic Railway
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway funded the 2016 acquisition, movement, and full restoration of this locomotive. Scroll down to see our report on this project in 2016, or click here for more information!

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Date: 2017
Projects: PA System and Promotional Signage for Track Cars in Cape May Area
Organizations: Volunteer Railroaders Association / Cape May Seashore Lines
Funding: LHRy funded promotional signage and a public address system for track cars to give the public trips for bird and wildlife observation in the Cape May area. The track and motor-power cars are owned by the Volunteer Railroaders Association, while Cape May Seashore Lines operates the trips between Cape May station and the Cape May Canal. CMSL is the designated operator of the track which is owned by NJ Transit. LHRy also funded grit blasting some of the VRA equipment prior to painting. 

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Date: 2017
Projects: Track rehabilitation of the Bel Del south of Riegelsville
Organization: New York, Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway purchased and donated a truckload of ties to upgrade track and extend the short excursion ride on the Milford, NJ end of the Bel Del line.

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Year: 2017
Project: CNJ Blue Comet Coach D'Arrest
Organization: United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS)
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway funded a significant portion of moving the D'Arrest, stored at Winslow Jct., by truck to Kenvil. Click here for more information!

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Year: 2017
Project: 1960s Mack M123A1C Ten-Ton Tractor & M172 Trailer
Organization: The Mahan Collection Foundation
Funding: Purchased by Liberty Historic Railway from prior owner Capt. Phillip Francis and donated to The Mahan Collection Foundation, Basking Ridge, NJ - the largest collection of restored Mack trucks in the world. This truck was formerly assigned to the 104th Engineer Battalion at Teaneck, NJ Armory, and the trailer was used to haul military D7 bulldozers.

Year: 2017
Project: DL&W MU Parlor Car No. 2454
Organization: Whippany Railway Museum
Funding: LHRy located vintage quad air horns and enamel“Watch Your Step” signs for WRyM's historic MU car, purchased and donated both to the museum, and funded the restoration of the horns.

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Year: 2017
Project: steamboat Splash
Organization: Delaware River Steamboat Floating Classroom, Inc.
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway granted $6,000 for new boiler tubes for the Splash's steam boiler. Work was completed in time for their 2017 operating season.

Year: 2017
Project: CNJ Blue Comet CoachWestphal
Organization: United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS)
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway funded moving the Westphal, stored at Winslow Jct., by truck to Kenvil. Click here for more information!

Year: 2017
Project: Somerset Bus Company, Ford Transit bus #9082
Organization: Friends of the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center (Bus Division)
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway funded the complete exterior restoration of this bus to its original colors. Click here for more information!

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Date: 2017
Project: Pennsylvania Railroad F41 flatcar #469521
Organization: United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS)
Funding: LHRy periodically coats the oak deck of the flat with preservative to extend the life of the wood.

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Year: 2017
Project: Morristown & Erie Railway C-424 No. 19
Organization: Tri-State Railway Historical Society
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway provided Tri-State with all $45,000 of the necessary funding to purchase the locomotive, thereby saving it from scrap and preserving it in operating condition for future generations.

Click here for a video of M&E #19
starting up in the URHS's Boonton Yard!

Year: 2016
Project: U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots "Operation Toy Train"
Organization: Military Transport Association / U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway became a sponsor of the annual Toys for Tots Train, which is organized by the Railroad Battallion of the North Jersey Chapter of the Military Transport Association.

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Date: 2016
Projects: Track rehabilitation of the Bel Del south of Riegelsville, and planned new locomotive shop for the Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Organization: New York, Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway donated $4,000.

Year: 2016
Project: New York, Susquehanna & Western Wig-Wag Signal
Organization: Whippany Railway Museum / Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center
Funding: This signal from Smiths Mills, NJ, owned by the Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center and loaned to the Whippany Railway Museum, was transported and restored to operation with funding donated by LHRy.

Year: 2016
Project: Canal boat
Organization: Canal Society of New Jersey
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway funded and coordinated the movement of a rare canal boat, located in the foundation of a residence, to its new location at Waterloo Village.

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Year: 2016
Project: Whitcomb 25T Locomotive
Organization: Liberty Historic Railway
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway acquired the locomotive, transported it to its new home in Boonton, and began restoration.

Year: 2016
Project: CNJ Hopatcong Junction Station
Organization: Wharton Historical Society
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway funded the application of a new slate roof for the station, which was moved several decades ago to the corner of N. Main Street and E. Dewey Avenue in Wharton.

Year: 2015
Project: 1990 Dodge hi-rail truck
Organization: Liberty Historic Railway
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway acquired this former U.S. Navy (Naval Weapons Station Earle) truck, repainted it, and restored it to operation.

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Year: 2015
Project: 1906 Lisbon trolley (built by the John Stephenson Company of Elizabeth, NJ)
Organization: Whippany Railway Museum
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway acquired title for this trolley from the Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center, and transferred title to the Whippany Railway Museum. Subsequently, LHRy donated $10,000 to the Museum for transport of the car to a display location at Whippany and its restoration. 

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Year: 2015
Project: Erie SW9 locomotive #436
Organization: United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS)
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway provided the funding and manpower to cosmetically restore this locomotive to its original Erie colors.

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Year: 2015
Project: American Brake Shoe & Foundry Co. 0-4-0T #1
Organization: Great Falls Development Corporation
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway paid for the asbestos abatement on this locomotive, which is on display outside the Paterson Museum (housed in the former Rogers Locomotive Works building, where this locomotive was built).

Year: 2014
Project: GE 45T Locomotive
Organization: Liberty Historic Railway / United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS)
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway acquired the locomotive, transported it to its new home in Boonton, and restored it to operation before donating it to the URHS.

Year: 2013
Project: general historic education
Organization: Black River Railroad Historical Trust
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway donated $10,000 towards Black River's mission of preserving the history and heritage of NJ railroading and educating the public on railroad safety.

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Year: 2013
Project: USA 0-6-0 #4039
Organization: Whippany Railway Museum
Funding: A $10,000 donation was made to the Whippany Railway Museum for boiler work on their steam locomotive #4039.

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Year: 2012
Project: Boonton Shop Building
Organization: StarTrak
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway provided startup funding for StarTrak's new shop in Boonton Yard, which is used to restore equipment owned by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS) and other railroad preservation groups.

Year: 2012
Project: Atlantic City Transportation Co. car #250, Five Mile Beach Electric Railway (Wildwood, NJ) car #34, and Public Service of NJ car #2431
Organization: Shore Line Trolley Museum
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway donated $10,000 towards the preservation of these three New Jersey streetcars.

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Year: 2012
Project: Texaco 0-4-0T fireless cooker #7240
Organization: Whippany Railway Museum
Funding: A $10,000 donation was made to the Whippany Railway Museum for work on several pieces of equipment, including Texaco fireless cooker #7240.

Year: 2010-2014
Project: CNJ Jersey City Terminal / Liberty State Park
Organization: Liberty Historic Railway
Funding: Click here to learn about Liberty Historic Railway's initiatives in Liberty State Park.