From: Todd Hollritt thollritt AT yahoo DOT com
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 10:38:55 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: DL&W 896
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I took a ride on the Lackawanna Caboose on Sunday, here's a few images of the 896 at Sussex Street and along the CNJ (D&R) heading toward Wharton. Also here's an article that appeared today on the Daily Record.
Families tour Morris on old-fashioned caboose
DAILY RECORD STAFF REPORT
Monday, October 15, 2007 DOVER -- Nearly 300 children and family members rode in old-fashioned cabooses through Morris towns to view the early fall colors. The special train, brought to Dover by the Morristown-based Tri-State Railway Historical Society, traveled from the Sussex Street crossing near the Laughing Lion west along Richboynton Road to Wharton, where a steel bridge carries the railroad over a secluded, sunny spot on the Rockaway River that normally sees only fishermen. The round trip took less than 20 minutes and the trains ran frequently. "We love having the train here," said Carol Brumale, operator of the Dover Flea Market, who took a ride in the locomotive for one of the trips, camera in hand. "My husband Bob is the train buff, but I think these old cabooses are just great." Most of the morning, each of the windows in the shiny brown Lackawanna 896 had children's faces in them as they waved to people on the ground. Miguel Ruiz happened onto
the train and went back to his Richards Avenue home to get his son Miguel for a ride. "I didn't know these tracks had trains," he said, "but I'm glad they did today." Morristown & Erie locomotive engineer Phil Meade, 23, who grew up in Mount Olive along the M&E tracks, said there are good customers at the Rockaway end of the line, and that the business is somewhat cyclical. "When they (customers) have railcars coming or need the empty cars pulled, they call us and we come down," Meade said. He said the M&E normally runs over the line weekday mornings, anywhere from a few times per week to a few times per month, depending on the need. Railroad historical society members say the line has been there since 1881, serving Dover's many heavy industries at the turn of the 20th century. "It's just great," said Don Oberding, a retired tool and die maker from South Plainfield who did a lot of the work to restore Tri-State's historic railcars, adding that "it makes
it all worth the effort." "This line is loaded with history," said society President Mike Del Vecchio Jr., who works as a trainmaster on the Morristown & Erie Railway, and who was in charge of the special train. He highlighted the Beneficial Finance building on Sussex Street, saying it was the old passenger station, and that Freeway Tire is in part of the old freight house. At about 1:30 p.m. the train rolled east to Rockaway, where it was posed on the long bridge over the Rockaway River along Jackson Avenue Park for the photographers who came just for that. Donald Burt, a supervisor in the banking supply industry, drove up from Lebanon just to ride to Rockaway by train, and to photograph the train on the Rockaway River bridge. "It's a pretty famous landmark," Del Vecchio said, adding that it was featured prominently in the 2004 independent film "The Station Agent." "The cabooses will be back," Del Vecchio said. The society is organizing more trips for the
spring and fall of 2008. Caboose fans can watch the society Web site, www.tri-staterail.org. "It's a fun day for the railroaders, too," Del Vecchio said.
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