On Sunday July 29, 2007 the PRSLHS was treated to a great tour at the SMS Railroad in the Pureland Industrial Center in Bridgeport NJ.
We arrived at about 9:00 AM and loaded up the SMS transfer caboose with everything needed for a rolling Caboose Barbeque. It is the LAST STAND of a live all Baldwin Power roster in the United States still making a living 50+ years after they were built. We went along for the ride and had a front row seat in the caboose while SMS performed their regular switching duties. We were a part of a real crew for a day! The tour was also the day before my 45th birthday so I had a most unique rolling caboose party! The SMS crew could not do enough for us. Every little detail was done with a smile. Jim Boylan came prepared with a shirt from the original PRSLHS 20 years ago! We rolled in from the third and final switching run at about 2:30. We would like to publicly thank Brian Murray and his crew for all of their wonderful hospitality. It is sincerely appreciated!! We have already been invited back for another trip possibly in the fall.
A light but steady rain fell for most of the day but that did not stop us from having an excellent time. I did not like taking my camera out in the rain but got some shots anyway. Some of the shots were taken with a rain drop or 2 on the lens. It just could not be avoided. Other members on the tour will have their photos featured here as well. My wife Donna went along for most of the day. We had 3 rounds of switching with a break for lunch.
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Getting Started Donna & John Campanelli Tom Moran & Brian Murray
Meeting Conrail on the Mainline Picking Up a Late Arrival A Shirt From the Original PRSLHS!
A Motley Crew! Out On The SMS Mainline Damsel Donna
Brian Murray & John Campanelli Tom Moran Photo Runby 1
Photo Runby 2 Photo Runby 3 Switching Run #2
Barbeque Lou McCall One Of Our Locos Old FM Switcher
Me In The AS616 The End of A Great Day The Big 4 5 Cake
All Photos are by Bill Lane
Note the raindrop streaks in Photo Runby 3
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Cape My Seashore Lines
On November 3, 2007 we went for a ride on the Cape May Seashore Lines from Richland to Tuckahoe.
The weather could have been better but the ride was great.
Berlin NJ 9-29-08
Some PRSLHS members went to the Berlin NJ Station to visit the Long-A-Coming Historical Society Museum.
A New Jersey Transit train ride to Philadelphia and back was the event for the morning, then visit the station and photograph trains in the afternoon.
All photos are courtesy of Dave Homer.
The stone mile maker shown is in the parking lot area of Berlin Station.
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