From: "Gary R DOT Kazin" gkazin AT yahoo DOT com
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2005 18:47:24 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Turtle Back Zoo locomotives
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I came upon an unused postcard showing one of the EL 'steam engines' in
Turtle Back Zoo today at an antique show.
TURTLE BACK ZOO
Essex County Park Commission
South Mountain Reservation, West Orange, NJ
Mile-long ride through wooded area featuers view of Orange reservoir. 60
horsepower water-cooled industrial engine supplies power to the 3-ton
Re: (erielack) Becker Farm > C&SRR etc.
From: donald kern Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 17:37:43 -0400
Thanks Al, I knew someone would be able to fill me in :-) I'm not
surprised about it being EL as the zoo opened after the RRs through Essex
county had merged....
> Sorry to have to burst some bubbles but there never were any
> real steam-powered locomotives on the Turtle Back Zoo RR in
> West Orange. I grew up there and watched as they built the
> zoo and railroad. The Erie Lackawanna RR laid the track and
> both locomotives had the E-L logo on the fuel bunker sides.
> Both engines are standard Chance Manufacturing Co. Southern
> Pacific C. P. Huntingdon 4-2-4 models which they still offer.
> If you look at the lead and trailing trucks you will notice
> that they are very nice-looking EMD Bloomberg trucks. The
> engines are driven via a hydraulic transmission with
> driveshafts to both trucks. The center driver is strictly a
> dummy for appearance sake only. The last time we took our
> daughter there about ten years ago only one loco was
> operational and the center driver was missing completely!!
> Al Holleuffer
Gary R. Kazin
DL&W Milepost R35.7
Rockaway, New Jersey
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