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Black River and Western Railroad
Black River and Western Railroad
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Black River 60.jpg
Reporting mark BRW
Locale Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Dates of operation Chester 1961-1964, Ringoes 1965–
Predecessor Pennsylvania Railroad
Central Railroad of New Jersey
Track gauge
Electrification No
Length 16 miles (26 kilometres)
Headquarters Ringoes, New Jersey
Website

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Passenger train at Flemington Station.
BR&W caboose, semaphore and station depot at the station in Ringoes, New Jersey.
Flemington BRW terminal
Black River 60 at Woodsedge Station.

The Black River and Western Railroad (reporting mark BRW) is a short-line railroad operating in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, between Flemington and Ringoes. The railroad operates vintage steam and diesel powered locomotives: it maintains a regular limited freight service,[1] but is operated primarily as a heritage railway.[2]

History

The Black River & Western Railroad was started by William Whitehead in Oldwick, New Jersey, in the late 1950s. A portion of the defunct Rockaway Valley Railroad went through his back yard. He and his sons started collecting rolling stock and an engine (Lackawanna #565). They started laying tracks but then the expansion of I-78 halted their dream of building a railroad at that location. They moved their equipment to the Chester Hill Branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey with the hope of starting a railroad there. The section of railroad they were scouting soon became landlocked by the construction of I-80.

The Black River & Western Railroad (BR&W) was incorporated in 1961. The railroad's name is derived from the Black River, a river in Chester, and the direction that the river flows. The cars were moved to Flemington, New Jersey and the search for a place to start their tourist train was continued. A leasing arrangement was created the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) that allowed a tourist train to operate from Flemington to Lambertville on the original Belvidere-Delaware Railroad (PRR Belvidere Division) Flemington Branch (originally the Flemington Railroad & Transportation Company). BR&W paid $5,000 a year and rehabilitated the railroad (the PRR operated freight service on the line during this period). Steam engine #60 pulled the first trip out of Flemington on May 16, 1965. Weekend and holiday schedules were devised. On March 16, 1970, the Black River & Western Railroad took over the ownership and operations of the entire Flemington Branch from the CNJ connection in Flemington to Flemington Branch Junction in Lambertville purchasing it from the Penn Central. With the acquisition of the railroad right of way and its freight operations, on top of the existing tourist passenger service, a true shortline railroad was born. Their base of operations was, and still is, out of Ringoes NJ. Freight interchange after the 1970 purchase was made with Penn Central at Lambertville and the CNJ in Flemington. Not long after the purchase, Penn Central filed for bankruptcy on June 21, 1970. At the time it was the biggest corporation in the United States to file for bankruptcy. Penn Central continued to operate its freight trains under bankruptcy protection until April 1, 1976 when Conrail took over operations (the last PC freight train to operate on the Belvidere Division was on March 28, 1976). The BR&W purchased three miles of trackage in the Lambertville area that was part of the Belvidere Division mainline on March 31, 1976 before Conrail took over. BR&W also purchased the Flemington-Three Bridges portion of the CNJ Flemington Branch from Somerville on this date. Although the major freight trains that hauled coal, iron ore and general freight were rerouted to other lines such as Reading Lines' North Penn Branch, CR continued operating smaller interchange freight trains to Lambertville. Since April 1976, a new interchange was being planned at Three Bridges, NJ with the ex-Lehigh Valley mainline and construction started on this in January 1977, opening in March 1977. CR and BR&W hosted a train trip on the Flemington Branch, Belvidere Division and former Lehigh Valley Railroad mainline in late March after the interchange in Three Bridges was opened. CR stopped regularly using the Belvidere Division south of Milford after the event since interchange was being handled through Three Bridges instead of Lambertville, although they operated a service maintenance train on November 12, 1978 between Milford and Lambertville to check the line for washouts and fallen trees. That would indeed be the last train to operate on that section of the Belvidere Division and trackage was soon removed north and south of Lambertville to Milford and Trenton between 1979 and 1982. The right of way today is the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Rail-Trail. BR&W continued serving customers such as Trap Rock Industries Quarry, Nieces Lumber, Finkels Hardware and Belmont Packaging in Lambertville throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

As time carried on the freight customers slowly dwindled. By 1995 there was almost no freight service left in Lambertville. Scheduled Sunday passenger train service from Ringoes south to Lambertville ceased in 1997 because of an inability to keep the schedule, which was due to many speed restrictions on that segment. The last special passenger trains to Lambertville ran in 1998, when the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) demoted the poor trackage south of Ringoes to "excepted", prohibiting the operation of passenger trains over this segment. During the second half of the 1990s, there was talk that the Trap Rock Industries Quarry, which stopped getting rail service years prior, would win a contract to supply ballast to Conrail. A frenzy of track repairs occurred on the Ringoes-Lambertville segment to accommodate the anticiped traffic. However, the quarry did not renew its contract, putting an end to the track repairs. The line was put out of service shortly after the announcement of the quarry's decision not to renew its contract, and the last train operated in June 2003 to pick up some remaining rolling stock in Lambertville (a few hopper cars from the quarry operation, two NYC baggage cars, a flanger, a CNJ coach and an EMD F7, all were taken back to Ringoes). Currently, Freight and Passenger service continues on the line from Ringoes north to Flemington. In 2014, small portions of the line from Flemington to Three Bridges was demoted to "excepted", thus temporarily halting passenger service on that part of the Black River & Western. Freight will traverse this portion as required to serve customers.

In 2001, a separate non-profit entity known as the Black River Railroad Historic Trust, was formed to take over the tourist trains on the line. The BRRHT does not own most of the passenger cars and until 2011, fees had to be paid to the BR&W for their use. The BRRHT owns one diesel locomotive switcher, an SW9 numbered 438. The Trust currently leases some coaches from the railroad and has use of some of its locomotives.

At the end of 2014, the Black River Railroad Historical Trust announced that it is working on reactivating excursion service along what is now called the Alexauken Division of the BR&W (Ringoes to Lambertville), along the Alexauken Creek. In May 2017, the first two and a half miles was re-introduced to passenger service. The in-service track currently reaches Bowne Station, just over 4 miles north of Lambertville. Bowne Station includes a picnic grove co-constructed with Woodsedge Farm and the railroad. Special picnic and farm trains are scheduled year for this new portion of the line, along with an evening departure from Ringoes every Saturday & Sunday that special events do not operate.[3]

Stations

Three Bridges

Three Bridges was a former station on the Central Railroad of New Jersey's South Branch in Flemington, New Jersey. The South Branch ran from a wye west of Manville-Finderne station to Flemington. While there isn't an actual station and passenger service doesn't normally go this far, Three Bridges is where the BR&W interchanges with Norfolk Southern. As well as has a small yard.

Flemington (Main Street)

Flemington was a former station on the Central Railroad of New Jersey's South Branch in Flemington, New Jersey. The South Branch ran from a wye west of Manville-Finderne station to Flemington. Service at the station began on July 1, 1864 and passenger service was discontinued on April 25, 1953. The station currently serves as a branch of a local bank.

Hog Town

Hog Town is a small shack and was built sometime in the 70's by the BR&W as part of their Great Train Robberies. The station is located just of Everetts Road along US-202 on the old site of Hunterdon Concrete.

Roster

The Black River Rail System has approximately 25 locomotives, most of which are leased to other companies that require in-house rail switching services. As of 2018 two BDRV locomotives are on BR&W property. In fall 2012, BR&W's steam locomotive, former Great Western 60 returned to service after a 12-year overhaul. Several pieces of equipment are owned by the Trust. The Black River Railroad Historical Trust owns and operates ex-Erie Railroad / NJDOT / NJT / URHS SW9 #438 (recently lettered for BR&W), leases BR&W 2-8-0 # 60, and leases PRRLLC's (LVRX) ex-PRR 9206. Freight trains on the line are currently handled by LVRX 400, former LV 112.

Locomotives carry BDRV (Belvidere & Delaware River) reporting marks except #1, 60, 112, 438 and, 9206.

Equipment owned by the Black River Railroad Historical Trust shown in Italics.

Locomotive Roster

Number Heritage Model Location
1 Crucible Steel Mack 15ton Owned by BRRHT, Static Display at the Ringoes Station parking lot.
60 Great Western Railway 2-8-0 In service on the Flemington Branch.
112 LV SW1 Owned by LVRX, restored 2010, Painted as BR&W #400, In service on the Flemington Branch.
438 Erie SW9 Owned by BRRHT, acquired from the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ in 2015. In service on the Flemington Branch.
732 Winchester & Western GP9 BR&W Dover and Rockaway Operation, Leased from WW in the late 90's, Marked DRRV
752 Northern Pacific Railway GP9 Leased to Mid-States Packaging, Hillsborough, New Jersey
780 Amtrak GP7u Leased to Kinder Morgan, Charleston, South Carolina, Out of Service
811 Nickel Plate Road GP9 BR&W Belvidere-Delaware Division
908 LV SW900 Leased to Kinder-Morgan, Newport News, Virginia
915 Wilmington and Western SW900 BR&W Dover & Rockaway Operation
1202 New York, New Haven & Hartford SW1200 BR&W Belvidere-Delaware Division
1206 Canadian National Railway SW1200RS Leased in West Virginia
1259 Canadian Pacific SW1200RS Leased in Pennsylvania
1539 P&LE SW1500 Leased to Kinder-Morgan, Newport News, Virginia
1567 PC SW1500 Leased to Winchester and Western, Bridgeton, NJ
1596 PC SW1500 BR&W Dover & Rockaway Operation
1849 Northern Pacific Railway GP9 Leased to Kinder-Morgan, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. Rumored to be leaving soon.
1850 C&O GP9 Leased to Kinder-Morgan, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania
1853 TM GP9 Shopped in Tennessee (Out of Service)
1854 PRR GP8 Leased to Kinder-Morgan Fairless Hills,PA
1856 New York Central GP10 Leased to Kinder-Morgan, Charleston, South Carolina
1858 GTW GP9u Leased to Kinder-Morgan Newport News, VA
1888 Canadian Pacific GP9u BR&W Dover & Rockaway Operation
1889 Canadian Pacific GP9u Leased to Kinder-Morgan Newport News,VA
8142 Canadian Pacific SW1200RS Leased in Pennsylvania
9009 Portland Power Plant SW9 Newly acquired. Will be in service on the Flemington Branch.
9206 PRR SW1 Owned by LVRX, In Service on the Flemington Branch.
9581 Norfolk Sountern SD9m Leased to Kinder-Morgan Newport News,VA

Passenger Equipment

Number Heritage Status Notes
5 GM&O Out Of Service Business Car, Privately owned.
297 CNJ In Service Combine. Acquired in 1967 from CNJ. First in service 1968.[4]
302 DL&W Out Of Service Acquired from EL in 1972, originally DL&W 585. First in service 1972.[4] Open-Air Car built from Coach. Out of service in 1997-98.
303 DL&W Out Of Service Acquired from EL in 1972, originally DL&W 608. First in service 1972.[4] Out of service in 1997.
304 DL&W Out Of Service Acquired from EL in 1972, originally DL&W 606. First in service 1972.[4] Out of service in 1998-99.
305 DL&W Out Of Service, Under Restoration Acquired from EL in 1972, originally DL&W 605, renumbered to 305 in 1972. First in service 1972.[4] Out of service in 1999. Undergoing restoration by the BRRHT, potential renumbering back to 605. This car was damaged in the 1917 Kingsland explosion.[5]
319 New Jersey Transit, ex GN MOW From NJT. Originally assigned to the Empire Builder as Great Northern 1223.[6][7]
320 New Jersey Transit, ex GN MOW From NJT. Originally assigned to the Empire Builder as Great Northern 1229.[6][7]
322 CNJ In Service Bar Car built from coach, used for charters. Acquired in 1967 from CNJ, originally CNJ 1186. First in service 1968. Named John L. Bishop.[4]
420 CNJ Out Of Service Used as museum car at Ringoes station, owned by the BRRHT.
491 Canadian National In Service Acquired early 1990s, in service by 1993.[8] Originally numbered 4991. Retains black window stripe hinting at its CN heritage, CN Number (4991) showing through on east side. Used for Autumn and Christmas trains. Sold 2017.
494 Canadian National Out Of Service Acquired early 1990s, in service by 1993.[8] Originally numbered 4988. Out of service 2015. Was lettered for BDRV until 2016. On display in Ringoes station and used for Christmas events in the station. Sold 2017.
1009 CNJ In Service Owned by BRRHT, acquired in 2005 from Steamtown. Restoration completed in May 2015.[9]
1362 USAT Out Of Service Used as storage
1369 USAT Out Of Service Used as storage
8424 New York Central Out Of Service Owned by BRRHT, Used as a workshop for restoration projects.
17112 USAT Out Of Service Privately owned, display
"Chenango" PRR Out Of Service Privately owned, Residential, Originally named "Herald Square," Painted in NYO&W livery

Rolling Stock

Number Heritage Type Notes
15 ? Flat Car Maintenance of Way
16 ? Flat Car Maintenance of Way, Flemington Branch
101 Southern Box Car
103 Southern Box Car Stored, Ringoes Yard
111 CR Box Car Stored, Three Bridges Yard
300 ? Ballast Hopper
301 CR Ballast Hopper
302 CR Ballast Hopper
304 CR Ballast Hopper Stored, Three Bridges Yard
306 CR Ballast Hopper
307 CR Ballast Hopper
308 CR Ballast Hopper Flemington Branch
309 CR Ballast Hopper Flemington Branch
310 CR Ballast Hopper Flemington Branch
601 LV Box Car Stored, Ringoes Yard
15555 CR Ore Car Owned by LVRX, Painted in PRR, Stored, Ringoes Yard
16002 LIRR Crane Car Stored, Ringoes Yard
16003 Amtrak Flat Car Used with 16002, Stored, Ringoes Yard
475532 ? Flat Car Owned by LVRX, Painted PRR, Once used as an open air car, MOW, Flemington Branch
487052 CR Hopper Sitting at the end of the line in Lambertville
497310 PRR Box Car Rounded Roof, Stored, Ringoes Yard
770506 CR Flat Car Stored, Ringoes Yard

Cabooses

Number Heritage Notes
133 C&O Assigned to the Bel Del
200 RDG Out of service
385 SOU Out of service
595 N&W Out of service
596 MMA In service
645 MEC Privately owned, in service
1417 DRGW Privately owned, out of service
1422 DRGW Privately owned, out of service
2727 ATSF Privately owned, painted in Wabash livery, in service
24531 CR Privately owned, display
477375 PRR Privately owned, in service
95106 LV Owned by BRRHT, named the "Who Hack," Out of service.
C-140 ERIE Owned by BRRHT, in service.
C-2440 B&O Privately owned, in service

Former Locomotives

Number Heritage Model Current owner
M-55 Arizona Eastern Railroad Doodlebug Coalbrookdale Railroad, Under Restoration
1 Crucible Steel Mack Black River Railroad Historic Trust; still on BR&W Property
14 Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal 0-6-0T Ulster & Delaware Historical Society
41 AT&SF CF7 Scrapped
42 AT&SF CF7 Maryland & Delaware 2632
50 Trap Rock Davenport Was MOW
56 PRR T6 Georges Creek Railway 101
57 Washington Terminal Company RS-1 Privately owned; stored on East Penn Railroad, Quakertown, PA
58 Minneapolis & St Louis RS-1 Also wore #211, Scrapped 1992/1993
148 Florida East Coast 4-6-2 United States Sugar Corporation; currently under restoration for excursion service in Clewiston, FL
204 Minneapolis & St Louis RS-1 was #59 on paper, Scrapped
400 Broward County Port Authority SW-1 scrapped in 2009
400 LIRR 44-Ton Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum
565 DL&W 2-6-0 Steamtown N.H.S
820 ERIE NW-2 Miller Mining Co.
782 C&EI GP7 Vintage Locomotives Inc.; still on BR&W property
1540 P&LE SW1500 JLCX; traded for JLCX 1256 (BDRV 1206)
1554 CNJ RS-3 ARHS; Leased to the Delaware-Lackawanna
1848 Bangor & Aroostook GP9 Winchester & Western #576
4666 PRR Doodlebug Privately owned; brought to Allentown & Auburn Railroad on 4/17/16. Currently in operation as of late summer 2016.
7079 U.S. Army 65-Ton privately owned, New Castle, DE

Former Leased and Other Locomotives

Number Heritage Model Leased or on BR&W tracks Owner Notes
412 B&O VO-1000 Late 90's to the early 2000's SMS Lines Stored on Flemington Branch
418 NJT F3 Late 90's to 2015 URHS Stored in Ringoes Yard
436 Erie SW9 2012-2015 URHS Stored in Ringoes
475 Nickel Plate Road GP9 Late 90's Winchester and Western Worked Bel-Del Freight
732 NYC GP9 Late 90's Winchester and Western Worked Bel-Del Freight, Bought in 2018
1523 CNJ GP9 Mid 90's to early 2000's URHS Restored at Ringoes and operated on the Flemington Branch
1524 CNJ GP9 Late 90' URHS Restored at Ringoes
1712 Clinchfield GP16 2012 Everett Railroad Leased for Bel-Del Santa Train
7000 PRR GP9 Late 90's URHS Restored in Ringoes

Former Passenger Equipment

Number Heritage Disposition Notes
99 LIRR Sold in 1983, Stored in Minerva, OH Jamaica
100 Belfast & Moosehead Lake Sold to the New Hope & Ivyland railroad, scrapped in 2015 after vandlization of the car and structure collapse. Wooden Car. Baggage R.P.O. Car
101 Bangor & Aroostook Wooden Car. Combine
102 Bangor & Aroostook Wooden Car. Combine
103 DL&W Disintegrated along the New Hope & Ivyland at Wycombe, PA, scrapped mid 1990s.[10] Wooden Car. Coach
104 Philadelphia & Reading Out of Service at the Connecticut Eastern Railway Museum.[10] Wooden Car. Coach
105 Canadian Northern Wooden Car. Business Car
106 DL&W Wooden Car. Office Car
301 DL&W Out of Service in the early 1990s, Scrapped 2006.[11] Steel "Boonton" Car, In service by 1972. Originally DL&W 600. Open-Air Car built from Coach.[4]
311 Erie Out of service mid 1970s, scrapped. Steel "Stillwell" Car, In service by 1966.[12] Open-Air Car built from Coach.[4]
312 Erie Out of Service in the mid 1970s, on display in Whitehouse, NJ. Steel "Stillwell" Car, In service by 1968.
313 Erie Out of Service in the mid 1970s, on display in Whitehouse, NJ. Steel "Stillwell" Car, In service by 1968.
321 CNJ Out of Service 1990s, Scrapped 2006.[11] Steel CNJ Coach. Acquired from CNJ in 1967, in service 1968.[4] Original number 1135. Converted to a control car for the 4666 (Doodlebug) by early 1980s.
492 Canadian National Out of Service by 2000s, Scrapped 2006.[11] Acquired early 1990s, in service by 1995. Originally numbered 4996. Was supposed to be BR&W 492, unknown if ever renumbered.
493 Canadian National To New Hope & Ivyland by 2001.[13] Acquired early 1990s, in service by 1993.[8] Originally numbered 4907. Was supposed to be BR&W 493, unknown if ever renumbered.
700 Pennsylvania Railroad To New York State in 1976, now part of a diner in Somerset, MA.[14] Pullman Parlor Car No. 7002 built for the PRR in 1912, was used on the Broadway Limited.[14]
1318 CNJ Sold to Green Mountain Railroad, remains in Lambertville, NJ. Round Roof CNJ Coach. Acquired from NJ Transit in 1984.
1324 CNJ Sold to Green Mountain Railroad, remains on the Bel-Del near Holland, NJ. Round Roof CNJ Coach. Acquired from NJ Transit in 1984.
2004 LIRR New Hope, PA Syosset

Former Rolling Stock

Number Heritage Type Disposition Notes
11 ? Crane Car Scrapped by 2017 Original BR&W piece
193 LIRR Rotary Snow Plow Steamtown N.H.S

Former Cabooses

Number Heritage Disposition Notes
1 DL&W Went to Morristown and Erie Currently at Whippany Railroad Museum
20 ? ? Was MOW
34 RDG On Display in Stroudsburg, PA
35 ? ?
474 NYC Sold around 2014

References

  1. ^ "Belvidere & Delaware River". Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Black River and Western Railroad". New Jersey's Great Northwestern Skylands.
  3. ^ "blackriverrailroad". blackriverrailroad. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Story Behind The John L Bishop". sites.google.com. Retrieved .
  5. ^ https://www.pbs.org/video/3000013823/
  6. ^ a b "Great Northern Archive - Streamlined roster". gnarchive.com. Retrieved .
  7. ^ a b "Great Northern Empire - Then and Now". www.greatnorthernempire.net. Retrieved .
  8. ^ a b c crazyhippiejoe (2008-12-31), Black River and Western Railroad Steam Locomotive #60 Part 9, retrieved
  9. ^ "Coach 1009". Black River & Western Railroad. Retrieved .
  10. ^ a b "Railway Preservation News o View topic - Ex Black River & Western Wood & Diner Cars". www.rypn.org. Retrieved .
  11. ^ a b c BRRHT Meeting Minutes 09-03-05
  12. ^ "Springer-East3-06-15". Flickr - Photo Sharing!. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "The Official Black River & Western RR Pages". 1999-11-09. Archived from the original on November 9, 1999. Retrieved .
  14. ^ a b "Railway Preservation News o View topic - Ex Black River & Western Wood & Diner Cars". www.rypn.org. Retrieved .

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