Good Evening Otto,
The trip you are talking about was for Dunellen's Railroad Days. It was not October however, but rather September 7-8, 2002. If you saw the train tied up in Bound Brook, it was Sunday, September 8th. The train would have been waiting for the CSAO crew to arrive to shuttle them back to North Bergen. If I recall correctly, the Conrail crew arrived at just about midnight.
The train actually laid over in the old CNJ yard in Dunellen on the evenings of Friday, Sept 6th and Saturday, Sept 7th. The last trip of the day went towards High Bridge. The first three round trips only went to North Branch station.
Dunellen's Railroad Days event ran for four years, 2000, 2002-2004. The terrorists attacks of September 11th, 2001 cancelled the event for that year. The last year was the year of the "incident at CP Cape, aka the Center Street fiasco " which has been beaten to death on these threads. Now, four years later, it is still very much a thorn in the side of NJT labor. Today, the URHS in Boonton is the recipient of that anger all these years later.
Hope that is of some help.
Eric S. Strohmeyer
Eric S Strohmeyer
Vice President, COO
CNJ Rail Corporation