The Volunteer Railroaders Association in conjunction with the Black River Railroad Historic Trust is proud to announce a special photographers Photo Freight on Saturday June 25th featuring the Black River & Western #60. The #60 is a 2-8-0 Consolidation and is New Jersey’s oldest operating steam locomotive. The train will be made up of passenger equipment, freight cars and even a caboose. At least 7 photo run-bys will be staged along the route between Three Bridges and Ringoes, which will give everyone the chance to get some great pictures.
The day will start at 2:30 pm in Flemington where participants will meet to find out all the details for the day. When the last regularly scheduled train of the day arrives, it will head for Three Bridges instead of turning back for Ringoes. Due to “excepted track” we will not be able to board the train for this leg of the trip, but instead we will follow the train and be given the chance to take some very rare photos of the #60 and her train. More info & tickets
Our mission is to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of and awareness about historic railroad right of way, rolling stock and other related items. Also to educate the public through our many events about the history and future need for railroad operations.
As a group we get involved in the operation of all sorts of railroad related projects. We run passenger trains, own and operate six motor cars and lease and maintain the historic New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad Hawthorne New Jersey station. We are heavily involved in the creation of the future New Jersey Transportation Museum through our membership in the NJ based United Railroad Historical Society. We ask that our members get involved.
|Notable VRA trips:|
|1993||Tri-State Railway Historical Society & SVA trip on the NYS&W to Baird's Farm.|
|1997||VRA sponsor a "Fall Foliage" trip on the NYS&W from Hawthorne to Baird's Farm.|
|2000||Naval Weapons Station - Earle. Ran 4 trains…on a 3 mile pier at the annual Summerfest. “…A special thanks goes to the VRA for assembling their experienced crew members…”|
|2005||Honesdale Railroad excursion - about 40 motorcars to Honesdale to Lackawaxen.|
We're working on the NYS&W Hawthorne station restoration Saturdays on a regular basis. We need to work around the outside of the building doing lots of different things. Above is the station with exterior restoration, painting, gutters & landscaping completed. Click image to enlarge