Past Projects

Liberty Historic Railway has been the primary funding organization behind several of New Jersey's most successful and noteworthy transportation preservation projects. This list of recent examples is a testament to LHRy's commitment to the longevity of New Jersey's transportation heritage.

Date: November 16, 2017
Project: PRR N6b Caboose No. 981775
Organization: PRR N6b No. 981775 Project
Funding: A former Pemberton Trust collection steel frame in good condition was donated to the PRR N6b No. 981775 Project by Scott Kwaitkowski from Ringoes, NJ on the Black River & Western Railroad. Payment for the crane and trucking of the frame to the work site in Columbus, NJ was paid for by Ed Rizzo and LHRy director J.R. May, who jointly head the restoration team. Funding for new lumber has been provided by LHRy.

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Date: November 11, 2017
Project:1937 Yellow Coach Model 733 bus
OrganizationFriends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center (Bus Division)
Funding: Originally owned by Lancaster Ohio (where buses replaced trolleys). Acquired by LHRy Chair Bill McKelvey and restored as Public Service #5496 ca. 1990. Donated to Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center and stored at Phillipsburg. LHRy funded movement of bus from Phillipsburg to East Coast Bus Repair in South Amboy for repairs (to make operational and repainting) before going to Lakewood. Trucking provided by Somerset Hills Towing.

Photo by Jim Tomczyk

Photo by Jim Tomczyk

Year: 2017
Project: 1913 Allis-Chalmers Vertical Triple Expansion Steam Water Pumping Engine
Organization: Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center
Funding: Restoration of original People's Water Co. in Phillipsburg, NJ, owned by Warren County and leased to the Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center. Repair and restoration work is being performed by three volunteer steam enthusiasts: Alexander Karnes, BA; Phillip Beard, Undergraduate; and Phil Christopher, Second Class High Pressure Boiler Fireman, State of MA. Liberty Historic Railway will pay costs of repairs, replacement parts, machining, welding, special tools, gaskets, solvents, lubricants, etc. Ken Miller is paying hotel expenses for the three volunteer steam engineers, who travel from MA on selected weekends.

Year: 2017
Project: PSE&G Whitcomb 25T Locomotive
Organization: Liberty Historic Railway
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway funded the 2016 acquisition, movement, and full restoration of this locomotive. Scroll down to see our report on this project in 2016, or click here for more information!

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Date: 2017
Projects: PA System and Promotional Signage for Track Cars in Cape May Area
Organizations: Volunteer Railroaders Association / Cape May Seashore Lines
Funding: LHRy funded promotional signage and a public address system for track cars to give the public trips for bird and wildlife observation in the Cape May area. The track and motor-power cars are owned by the Volunteer Railroaders Association, while Cape May Seashore Lines operates the trips between Cape May station and the Cape May Canal. CMSL is the designated operator of the track which is owned by NJ Transit. LHRy also funded grit blasting some of the VRA equipment prior to painting. 

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Date: 2017
Projects: Track rehabilitation of the Bel Del south of Riegelsville
Organization: New York, Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway purchased and donated a truckload of ties to upgrade track and extend the short excursion ride on the Milford, NJ end of the Bel Del line.

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Year: 2017
Project: CNJ Blue Comet Coach D'Arrest
Organization: United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS)
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway funded a significant portion of moving the D'Arrest, stored at Winslow Jct., by truck to Kenvil. Click here for more information!

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Year: 2017
Project: 1960s Mack M123A1C Ten-Ton Tractor & M172 Trailer
Organization: The Mahan Collection Foundation
Funding: Purchased by Liberty Historic Railway from prior owner Capt. Phillip Francis and donated to The Mahan Collection Foundation, Basking Ridge, NJ - the largest collection of restored Mack trucks in the world. This truck was formerly assigned to the 104th Engineer Battalion at Teaneck, NJ Armory, and the trailer was used to haul military D7 bulldozers.

Year: 2017
Project: DL&W MU Parlor Car No. 2454
Organization: Whippany Railway Museum
Funding: LHRy located vintage quad air horns and enamel“Watch Your Step” signs for WRyM's historic MU car, purchased and donated both to the museum, and funded the restoration of the horns.

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Year: 2017
Project: steamboat Splash
Organization: Delaware River Steamboat Floating Classroom, Inc.
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway granted $6,000 for new boiler tubes for the Splash's steam boiler. Work was completed in time for their 2017 operating season.

Year: 2017
Project: CNJ Blue Comet CoachWestphal
Organization: United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS)
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway funded moving the Westphal, stored at Winslow Jct., by truck to Kenvil. Click here for more information!

Year: 2017
Project: Somerset Bus Company, Ford Transit bus #9082
Organization: Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center (Bus Division)
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway funded the complete exterior restoration of this bus to its original colors. Click here for more information!

Date: 2017
Project: Pennsylvania Railroad F41 flatcar #469521
Organization: United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS)
Funding: LHRy periodically coats the oak deck of the flat with preservative to extend the life of the wood.

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Year: 2017
Project: Public Service of NJ GMC bus No. B340
Organization: Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center (Bus Division)
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway provided $5,000 towards the restoration and repainting of this bus into its original colors.

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Year: 2017
Project: Morristown & Erie Railway C-424 No. 19
Organization: Tri-State Railway Historical Society
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway provided Tri-State with all $45,000 of the necessary funding to purchase the locomotive, thereby saving it from scrap and preserving it in operating condition for future generations.

Click here for a video of M&E #19
starting up in the URHS's Boonton Yard!

Year: 2016
Project: U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots "Operation Toy Train"
Organization: Military Transport Association / U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway became a sponsor of the annual Toys for Tots Train, which is organized by the Railroad Battallion of the North Jersey Chapter of the Military Transport Association.

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Date: 2016
Projects: Track rehabilitation of the Bel Del south of Riegelsville, and planned new locomotive shop for the Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Organization: New York, Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway donated $4,000.

Year: 2016
Project: New York, Susquehanna & Western Wig-Wag Signal
Organization: Whippany Railway Museum / Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center
Funding: This signal from Smiths Mills, NJ, owned by the Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center and loaned to the Whippany Railway Museum, was transported and restored to operation with funding donated by LHRy.

Year: 2016
Project: Canal boat
Organization: Canal Society of New Jersey
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway funded and coordinated the movement of a rare canal boat, located in the foundation of a residence, to its new location at Waterloo Village.

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Year: 2016
Project: Whitcomb 25T Locomotive
Organization: Liberty Historic Railway
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway acquired the locomotive, transported it to its new home in Boonton, and began restoration.

Year: 2016
Project: CNJ Hopatcong Junction Station
Organization: Wharton Historical Society
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway funded the application of a new slate roof for the station, which was moved several decades ago to the corner of N. Main Street and E. Dewey Avenue in Wharton.

Year: 2015
Project: 1990 Dodge hi-rail truck
Organization: Liberty Historic Railway
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway acquired this former U.S. Navy (Naval Weapons Station Earle) truck, repainted it, and restored it to operation.

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Year: 2015
Project: 1906 Lisbon trolley (built by the John Stephenson Company of Elizabeth, NJ)
Organization: Whippany Railway Museum
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway acquired title for this trolley from the Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center, and transferred title to the Whippany Railway Museum. Subsequently, LHRy donated $10,000 to the Museum for transport of the car to a display location at Whippany and its restoration. 

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Year: 2015
Project: Erie SW9 locomotive #436
Organization: United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS)
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway provided the funding and manpower to cosmetically restore this locomotive to its original Erie colors.

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Year: 2015
Project: American Brake Shoe & Foundry Co. 0-4-0T #1
Organization: Great Falls Development Corporation
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway paid for the asbestos abatement on this locomotive, which is on display outside the Paterson Museum (housed in the former Rogers Locomotive Works building, where this locomotive was built).

Year: 2014
Project: GE 45T Locomotive
Organization: Liberty Historic Railway / United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS)
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway acquired the locomotive, transported it to its new home in Boonton, and restored it to operation before donating it to the URHS.

Year: 2013
Project: general historic education
Organization: Black River Railroad Historical Trust
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway donated $10,000 towards Black River's mission of preserving the history and heritage of NJ railroading and educating the public on railroad safety.

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Year: 2013
Project: USA 0-6-0 #4039
Organization: Whippany Railway Museum
Funding: A $10,000 donation was made to the Whippany Railway Museum for boiler work on their steam locomotive #4039.

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Year: 2012
Project: Boonton Shop Building
Organization: StarTrak
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway provided startup funding for StarTrak's new shop in Boonton Yard, which is used to restore equipment owned by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ (URHS) and other railroad preservation groups.

Year: 2012
Project: Atlantic City Transportation Co. car #250, Five Mile Beach Electric Railway (Wildwood, NJ) car #34, and Public Service of NJ car #2431
Organization: Shore Line Trolley Museum
Funding: Liberty Historic Railway donated $10,000 towards the preservation of these three New Jersey streetcars.

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Year: 2012
Project: Texaco 0-4-0T fireless cooker #7240
Organization: Whippany Railway Museum
Funding: A $10,000 donation was made to the Whippany Railway Museum for work on several pieces of equipment, including Texaco fireless cooker #7240.

Year: 2010-2014
Project: CNJ Jersey City Terminal / Liberty State Park
Organization: Liberty Historic Railway
Funding: Click here to learn about Liberty Historic Railway's initiatives in Liberty State Park.