December 15, 2001
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October 4, 2001
The Great American Train ride set for October 14 th has been CANCELED. Ticket sales were very slow, probably having something to do with the events of the last month. The Historical Society of Rockland County will try again next year. Thanks for the support.
September 3, 2001
On October 14 th we will be co-hosting 2 trips out of Suffern, NY with the Historical Society of Rockland County. The trips will run at 9:30 and 12:45 round trip to Campbell Hall NY and feature on board entertainment for the whole family. The train will be made up of all URHS equipment featuring the Lehigh Valley F-7’s, 7 recently rebuilt coaches and the 5450 in deluxe. Ticket costs are $20 for adults and $12 for children in coach or you may choose to ride in deluxe for just $60. Tickets can be ordered by calling our ticket office at 973-238-0555 or by mailing a SASE along with your order and a check or money order to; VRA, 80 Royal Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506. Members who want to help out in the station or on board the train are asked to e-mail us and let us know.
August 15, 2001
Sunday, August 12, 2001 was the annual M&NJRHS annual picnic at the Slate Hill, NY Fire Dept. Activity started at 800 AM at Johnson, NY with the departure of 6 motor cars for a trip to Middletown, NY. After turning the motor cars we returned to Slate Hill accompanied by the M&NJ engine & NYSW caboose. As the picnic commenced we gave motor car rides to picnic patrons from Slate Hill north to Janie’s & return. Joel Williams brought along his homemade hand car and gave rides south of Slate Hill. Participants in giving motor car rides & flagging US Route 6 were Charlie Roselius, Bill Smith, Charles Smith, K.C. Smith, Paul Trabert, Joel Williams and Chris Vitz. A good time was had by all.
July has been a great month for progress on not only clearing the M&NJ in preparation for the picnic on August 12th but also for the resurrection of Joel Williams and Dick Ray’s “brush hog”. With the help of Charley Roselius and Chris Vitz, Joel and Dick have returned the hog to service after over a decade of sitting in Joel’s yard. The hog made short work of clearing almost anything in it’s path on July 14th and 28th. A few engine problems slowed the progress but both days were a great success. Joel and Dick have graciously donated the car to us and for that and all their hard work we thank them. Now lets make a concentrated effort to re-open and keep open the M&NJ now that it is soooo much easier.
April 29, 2001
Friday, April 27 was Arbor Day and we celebrated by planting quite a number of White Pine trees at the Phillipsburg Railroad Historians(PRRH) site as a growth measure for the future NJ Transportation Heritage Center to be located about 3 blocks away. On hand were John Bores, Bill McKelvey, Bill Pensul, Dick Ray, Charles Roselius, Bill Smith, K. C. Smith, Paul Trabert, Pete Turp, Chris Vitz, Joe Weber, Matt Winter & Steve Winter. After planting the trees we all visited the PRRH engine house to see the Public Service trolley #2651 and then headed to Joe’s Steak Stop for lunch. After lunch we headed to the pump house for a grand tour of the grounds and some re stacking of rubberized ties piled alongside the pump house. Many thanks to all who helped out.