NARCOA Susquehanna & Western On Sep 23 & 24 the Susquehanna turned over the track from Hawthorne, NJ to Warwick, NY to the North American Rail Car Owners Association(NARCOA) to run excursions. There were 35+ motor cars each day. VRA volunteers worked as teams to flag each grade crossing so that the cars would not have to stop at each crossing. SATURDAY After a safety meeting at Butler, the group headed toward Warwick. Stops were made at Rich’s Deli for refreshments, at the top of Sparta Mountain for the view and at Sparta station for a ceremonial sign hanging. After lunch at Vernon Crossing the group went to Baird’s farm at Warwick, NY. The cars were then turned around and backed to Pelton Road to get every inch of rail under their wheels before heading east toward Butler. It was decided not to enter the Limecrest Industrial because of the late hour, so a straight shot and great time got us back to Butler around 715PM. SUNDAYAfter the safety meeting, the group headed toward Hawthorne. There were no stops along the way. After a barbeque at Hawthorne, the cars continued east crossing the Passaic River to the first grade crossing in Paterson, NJ. The cars were then turned and headed back west stopping at Pompton Jct. and a run down the Pompton Industrial to just past Route 23. Returning to Pompton the group then headed west once more arriving at Butler at about 430PM. Many thanks to all the volunteers and participants for making this a memorable event. Special thanks to Mark Schmitt for his work getting the flaggers, K.C. Smith for all the work on directions and the little details, Bill Nelson for volunteering his time as our pilot and Joe Weber for putting together the BBQ lunch. Because of all the hard work put in by everyone involved I am sure we will be welcomed back to the NYS&W next year.
NARCOA Susquehanna & Western