On June 24th and June 25th of 2000 the URHS ran 4 excursions through the Naval Weapons Station – Earle. The trips featured 8 newly renovated URHS excursion coaches pulled onto a 3 mile pier. The excursions were run to fund the maintenance of the coaches and to provide the US Navy with a train to the pier during their annual “Summerfest”.
The URHS would first like to express its deepest thanks to the volunteers pictured above. Without these good folks there would never have been a Sea Train Excursion. A special thanks goes to the Volunteer Railroaders Association for assembling their experienced crew members. Here the volunteer train crew poses on US Navy #7 after the last trip on June 25th.
The Sea Train Excursion makes a photo run under the New Jersey Transit North Jersey Coast Line on Saturday, June 24.
John Sanders, the volunteer parlor car attendant extraordinaire, serves the locomotive crew with soda.
After the twin SW-1200 locomotives ran around the train, they pose for photos on the 2.8 mile long pier over Sandy Hook Bay. The train consist included the venerable ex-NYC lounge car 5450 and eight excursion coaches.
After passengers relax on the pier, the locomotive horn summons them to return to the train. How often can one ride on a train over Sandy Hook Bay?
US Navy locomotives numbers 7 and 4 bring the final excursion of the weekend back to the classification yard at Colts Neck, N.J. On the right is the “Photo Freight” provided by the NWS-Earle Railroad for the fans.