On November 6, 1999, the Jersey Central Chapter sponsored a trip on the Black River & Western Railroad over the former CNJ Flemington Branch from Ringoes to Three Bridges utilizing the United Railway Historical Society's (URHS) restored GP-7 1523. The Jersey Central Chapter donated the funds required to restore the 1523 to its original CNJ "toothpaste stripe" livery. The consist included and original CNJ combine and coach, giving the trip a 1950's feel. The trip departed Ringoes shortly after 1 PM and made its way up to Three Bridges. The photos at Three Bridges included a 1947 Chevrolet pickup owned by "The Mayor of Hogtown," Joe Adda and a classic 1956 Plymouth provided by Mike Reebie.
The return trip to Flemington included a couple of photo opportunities including one on the South Branch truss bridge over the Raritan River. The train then stopped at Flemington for a dinner break.
Attendees were then treated to a night photo shoot at the Flemington station utilizing the '47 pickup and the '56 Plymouth. The group then boarded the special for a trip to Three Bridges and a couple more poses of the 1523. Special thanks to Steve Barry, John Tully, Frank Etzel, Fred Jones and Mike Del Vecchio for providing Lumedyne flash lighting and help in posing the 1523. Thanks also to Carl Perelman and Sandy Burton for arranging the trip with the BR&W. Thanks also go out to JCRHS members Gene Milgram, Jim Otten, Wayne Wassler and especially Walt Grosselfinger, without whom there would be no 1523! JCRHS would also like to thank the president of the Black River & Western, Kean Buranga and the members of his railroad: Betsy Griswald, Budd Sauselein, Carl Hosler, Jay Curtis, Jayson Yard, Frank Conlon and Chris Moyer.
As you can see by the photos below, it was quite a trip, with beautiful sunshine, fall foliage and a vintage CNJ Geep. Please check the Trips Page often to find out about the next JCRHS trip. All photos by Randy Kotuby unless otherwise noted.
This page last updated September 15, 2015.
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