• Caboose Run Main Line

  • Discussion about the M&E, RVRR and SIRR lines of New Jersey, and also the Maine Eastern operation in Maine. Official web site can be found here: www.merail.com.
Discussion about the M&E, RVRR and SIRR lines of New Jersey, and also the Maine Eastern operation in Maine. Official web site can be found here: www.merail.com.

Moderators: GOLDEN-ARM, mikec, cjl330

  by engineerpete
 
Here are some photos of the 2PM run. They used an RS-1 and 5 cabooses to travel the main line from the Whippanny Musem down to the border of Morris county (Eisenhower Pky) and back. I think this run is more intresting than a standard bunny or Santa run using the NJT coaches. First, because of the equipment and second, you can stand at the doorways or open windows to take clear snap shots instead of through glass. Lastly the experience is enhanced with the sounds and smell due to the open cars. Kids also love sitting up top for the view. Just watchout for the tree branches. Keep their hands and heads inside *L. Enjoy.

http://public.fotki.com/engineerpete/me_caboose_run/

  by mikec
 
Nice Pictures Epete. I was up at the Whippany a few weeks ago myself.

  by james1787
 
Wow, a couple of those shots I recognize from the movie "The Station Agent"... The Tavern and the Rockaway Bridge, nice shots!!

  by james1787
 
My wife, Me, my sister and her kids took the Caboose ride this past Sunday.. that was alot of fun! Much much better than the easter bunny/santa/etc rides due to the equipment and the experience. We rode in the Delaware and Western wooden caboose. It was a little warm that day but we came well stocked with water. One of the older workers there was telling me about the newly rebuilt passaic river bridge and pointed it out as we rolled over it. There was also another brand new steel bridge put in place. The line looked really good. They ran out to Roseland and back - total trip was 45-50 mins.

We also talked a little about the RVRR. He spoke a little of plans down the road to run a 'special excursion' down the line sometime - wow, price would be no object to get me on that train!! There was alot of general excitement about the RVRR.

Despite the hot weather they had a good turnout and it was a fun and unique ride. I didn't realize there were alot of little 'spurs' and sidings that ran off this line..

  by njt4172
 
James,

I rode the 2pm trip on Sunday with my friend.... What trip were you on?? We probably missed each other...

Steve

  by james1787
 
Steve,
We were all on the 3pm train. We got there just after the 2pm left. We probably passed eachother without even knowing it! We got on the red 1913 wooden Deleware and Hudson caboose (it was a bit of a production but we made it). It was alot of fun! Which caboose did you ride on?

  by njt4172
 
james1787 wrote:Steve,
We were all on the 3pm train. We got there just after the 2pm left. We probably passed eachother without even knowing it! We got on the red 1913 wooden Deleware and Hudson caboose (it was a bit of a production but we made it). It was alot of fun! Which caboose did you ride on?
My baby! The DL&W 896.....I think the dedicated Tri-State guys did a wonderful job restoring it to its original appearance!....They recently put an old wood burning stove back in it!!!
But yeah, the D&H hack is a very rare 1913 wooden caboose....

Steve