Posts Tagged ‘Central Railroad of New Jersey’

Steam Excursion Helped R&N Engineer Pay Medical Bills

July 20, 2021

A Reading & Northern locomotive engineer who has been a mainstay behind the throttle of a former Central of New Jersey 0-6-0 steam locomotive was the beneficiary of a special excursion featuring the steamer.

Chris Bost is battling the autoimmune disease chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy.

Bost received a check for $12,000 to help pay his medical expenses. The fund-raising was led by the Railway Restoration Project 113 of Minersville, Pennsylvania.

The non-profit group restored the CNJ Alco-built locomotive and has operated it on the R&N since 2012..

It ran a June 19 trips whose proceeds went to Bost for his medical expenses.

Bost is reported to be making slow but steady progress in recovering from the disease through courses of immunoglobulin therapy and physical therapy.

He is not expected to return to work at the R&N until sometime next year.

R&N workers have donated at least 60 vacation days so Bost can continue to draw full pay instead of disability.

Those who worked on the excursion donated their time.

Another View of CNJ Terminal

September 12, 2016




Other than the train signs by the platforms and a few photographs there are really no railroad displays in the former Central Railroad of New Jersey terminal in Jersey City, New Jersey, that was once the New York terminus of Baltimore & Ohio passenger trains that served Akron.

The focus of the museum is how immigrants came through Ellis Island and then used the CNJ and other waterfront railroads to spread throughout the new land.

I had taken some items from my collection to “visit back home,” namely a 1932 CNJ timetable, a 1933, a CNJ coach key and a CNJ switch key.

The staff at the museum enjoyed seeing the railroad items I brought. They really have nothing of their own.

I am glad the building is safe and preserved, but more could be done to inform visitors of its railroad heritage.

The three pictures that I’ve attached here are my items enjoying their visit. I have also included a shot of the parking lot.
That area was filled by 100 miles (yes 100 actual miles) of yard tracks and engine facilities. You would never know it and if you miss a small sign in the concourse (which is about 1/4 mile from the parking lot) you will never know it.

The CNJ was the largest NY waterfront terminal out of all the railroads.

Article and Photographs by Jack Norris

How B&O Passengers Reached New York City

August 23, 2016


At one time you could take trains of nine different railroads to reach New York City.

Most stopped at the shores of the Hudson River, while four actually went into Manhattan itself.

The New York Central had Grand Central Terminal, which was also used by the New Haven Railroad, and the Pennsylvania had Penn Station, also used (eventually) by the Lehigh Valley.

All of the rest terminated on the New Jersey shore of the Hudson River and access to Manhattan was by ferry or the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad (subway).

So which railroad offered more direct service to New York tourist points than any other railroad?  The Baltimore & Ohio of course.

But didn’t the B&O terminate at the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal in Jersey City? The answer is yes. So was the B&O lying? No. The B&O had very creative marketing.

When its trains reached Jersey City, passengers would step off the train and onto B&O buses. The buses would drive onto a CNJ ferry and sail over to Manhattan. Upon reaching Manhattan the buses would disperse to all the major tourist points.

Attached are photos of the CNJ Terminal as it stands today.

You will notice that where tracks 2 & 3 would be is a concrete slab. The slab was the driveway for the B&O buses. They would meet B&O trains, which used tracks 1 & 4.

Now a popular question is how could buses maneuver in such a tight area?

The answer would have been right where I am standing at the end of the canopy. Where I am standing once contained a turntable for buses.

The buses would unload, drive onto the turntable and a worker would push the turntable around, just like a railroad Armstrong turntable.

The buses would then load up and drive across the concourse and through a passageway directly onto the waiting ferry.

The CNJ Terminal today is now a visitors center in Liberty State Park. All the tracks and trains are gone. But the terminal stands as a memorial of railroading’s glory days.

Article and Photographs by Jack Norris






Amtrak Excursion to Allentown Won’t Run

May 21, 2016

A planned Amtrak excursion train between New York and Allentown, Pennsylvania, won’t be operating due to lack of action by Norfolk Southern.

The train also was to inspect the route for the prospect of possible regular service between the two cities, although officials said that service is years away from happening.

Amtrak logoNS owns the portion of the route not used by New Jersey Transit and the freight hauler apparently had not made any plans to host the passenger special.

NS spokesman Rudy Husband said NS hasn’t ruled out hosting an excursion, but it would require “a lot more planning.” Husband indicated that for now the train won’t be operating.

Amtrak Vice President for Government Affairs and Corporate Communications Joseph McHugh said the passenger carrier will continue to work with officials in the Lehigh Valley toward instituting the service, but indicated it is at least a decade away.

Allentown has been without passenger service since the late 1960s. A route via the Reading and Central Railroad of New Jersey that connected Jersey City, New Jersey, ended in 1966.

Two years later the Reading ended service from Allentown to Philadelphia.

CNJ Steam Locomotive to Pull Easter Trips

February 19, 2016

Railway Restoration Project 113 plans to offer steam-powered Eastern trains in eastern Pennsylvanian on March 19 over the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern.

PennsylvaniaThe trains will be pulled by former Central Railroad of New Jersey 0-6-0 No. 113 and will depart from the Minersville Station at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The route of the train will be southward through Marlin, Westwood Junction, Cressona, and Schuylkill Haven over track once owned by the Reading Company.

No. 113 was built by Alco in 1923 and is one of just two CNJ steam locomotives to survive.

The Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Corporation bought the engine in 1953 and operated it at the company’s Locust Summit, Pennsylvania, coal breaker until 1960.

After several years of neglect, No. 113 was acquired by Robert E. Kimmel Sr. of Minersville.

His son Robert Jr. led a 12-year restoration project that cost about $600,000.

No. 113 is one of the few standard gauge locomotives in the United States that burns anthracite coal.

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CNJ 0-6-0 to Pull Santa Trains in Pennsylvania

November 3, 2015

Former Central Railroad of New Jersey 0-6-0 No. 113 will pull Santa Clause trains from Minersville, Pennsylvania next month on the Reading & Northern’s Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. There will be three rides each on Dec. 6 and 20.

Built by Alco in 1923, No. 113 is one of just two CNJ steam locomotives still extant.

After being retired by the CNJ, No. 113 was used by the Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Corporation between 1953 and 1960.

After a 12-year restoration project, the 113 returned to operation in late 2013.

It is one of the few standard gauge locomotives in the United States that burns anthracite coal.

‘Miss Liberty’ Pays a Visit

August 16, 2012

Norfolk Southern heritage locomotive No. 1071, the Central Railroad of New Jersey tribute unit, passed through Cleveland Thursday afternoon on the head end of a coal train. NS train 553, bound a mine along the Cleveland Line passed by Berea after 1 p.m., changed crews at West Park and then departed about 2:30 p.m.

The views seen here are in Bedford just south of the Glendale Street crossing at 3:12 p.m.

Photographs by Craig Sanders