1st Annual NJ Transportation Heritage Festival
Sponsored by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ
Sunday, Sept 16, 2012 Rain or Shine 10 am – 5 pm
It’s FREE !!!
You are invited to join the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ aka URHS as they celebrate New Jersey’s rich transportation history. The festival will take place in and around the URHS’s restoration facility located at 100 Morris Avenue in Boonton, New Jersey (¼ mile from I-287 at Main Street).
See GG-1’s, the largest electric locomotives that ever operated in NJ (at right), the Pennsylvania RR’s famous 1930’s vintage streamlined locomotive. They were the giants of the rails and every day they traveled over 100mph between New York City and Washington DC on some of the world’s most famous trains!
See a variety of vintage diesel locomotives, passenger cars and freight cars. Some have been beautifully restored while others await restoration.
See where locomotives and passenger cars are restored in our shop tour. While there are no steam locomotives, there will be photos of them in some of the presentations during the day.
Enjoy exciting Multi-media shows from 10 am to 4 pm (schedule at the festival) in the massive 1911 restored and air conditioned Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad’s freight house next to the railroad exhibits. They will feature NJ’s railroad operations and history throughout the day beginning at 10 am with new presentations frequently until 4 pm. There you will also find: Information table, exhibits, railroad memorabilia sales tables and free newsletters about New Jersey’s railroads.
Hear from former railroad employees who reveal what it was like working on the railroad fifty and more years ago as well as today! See shows by local railroad historians in the comfort of the freight house. Also present will be bus drivers and soldiers!
Featured will be hourly presentations by NJ Transit of their Operation Lifesaver program for kids and adults that will run for approximately twenty minutes. Kids will get free coloring books and other items for the children. Listen to an exciting presentation — it’s about railroad safety!!!
Want More? On display across the road from the museum will be antique trucks, antique fire engines, restored antique buses and antique military vehicles.
Feast yourself on our high-quality hamburgers, hot dogs and other great food and snacks in the shade of our restoration building.
This railroad restoration facility is normally closed to the public and the last time it was open for a public event was 3 years ago!
A vintage bus will shuttle visitors between the parking lots and the festival or you may walk to it on the sidewalks. The festival is less than one block west of Main Street on Morris Avenue. There is no parking on Morris Avenue.
- Boonton Municipal Parking Lot along Division Street east of Main Street at the old railroad station.
- An overflow lot is at the New Jersey Transit railroad station on the southbound roadway (Myrtle Avenue extension) to I-287 southbound.
- There is, however on-street meter parking on Main Street.
DIRECTIONS via I-287
From the south: Take the Main Street exit 44. Cross the bridge to Main Street. Turn right at the Division Street traffic light. After a very short distance on the right is the old railroad station parking lot.
From the north: Take the Myrtle Avenue exit 45. Turn left on Myrtle Avenue. Continue for .8 mile. Take the second right onto Main Street. Take the first right onto Division Street. After a very short distance on the right is the old railroad station parking lot.
To learn more about the URHS and this event visit https://www.urhs.org
Contact: Frank Reilly, President
United Railroad Historical Society of NJ Inc.
dba New Jersey Railroad Museum (Restoration Facility)