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Museums Unite to Restore Three GE 44-Tonners

RailNewsPORT JERVIS, NJ — Three historic General Electric 44-tonners built in the 1940s will be restored to operating condition thanks to a partnership of four non-profit organizations, the groups announced on January 26. Collaborating on the project are Operation Toy Train of New York, Tri-State Railway Historical Society, Danbury Railroad Museum and Delaware & Ulster Railroad.Each of these organizations owns a 44-tonner; three will run again and one will serve as a parts source. The locomotives that will be fully ...

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PORT JERVIS, NJ — Three historic General Electric 44-tonners built in the 1940s will be restored to operating condition thanks to a partnership of four non-profit organizations, the groups announced on January 26. Collaborating on the project are Operation Toy Train of New York, Tri-State Railway Historical Society, Danbury Railroad Museum and Delaware & Ulster Railroad.

Each of these organizations owns a 44-tonner; three will run again and one will serve as a parts source. The locomotives that will be fully restored are New Haven 0814, Middletown & New Jersey 2 and Hoboken Manufacturers Railroad 700, owned by DRM, OTT and TSRHS, respectively. Each of them needs at least one major internal part, all of which are available in the parts unit.

That engine was built as Western Maryland 76 and was later operated by Delaware & Ulster, which has donated it in exchange for support and assistance from three organizations in conducting its own repair and restoration efforts. The 76 is largely intact but in poor condition after decades of outdoor storage and avoids being scrapped thanks to this project.

“These donated services and the efforts of these experienced volunteers will save the Delaware & Ulster tens of thousands of dollars in expenditures over the next several years, far more than the sale or scrap value of our inoperable locomotive,” said Todd Pascarella, D&U general manager.

Among the projects D&U is looking forward to is the restoration of its Brill Model 250 doodlebug, built in 1928 as New York Central M-206, later M-405. It arrived on D&U in June 1983 and was popular while in service.

After the needed parts are harvested, the Delaware & Ulster locomotive will receive a cosmetic restoration for display at the Port Jervis (NY) Transportation History Center in the paint scheme of New York, Ontario & Western, a local Fallen Flag known as “the Old & Weary” long before its demise in 1957. Its first diesels were five 44-tonners built in 1941-42.

“We are grateful that we’ve been able to work with three other amazing organizations to not only restore our own M&NJ 2 to operation but ensure that every piece of the 76 will serve a purpose going forward,” said Rudy Garbely, a director for Operation Toy Train of New York. “Collaborative efforts like this are the future of railroad preservation, and it’s an honor to work with this fantastic group of leaders in the industry to achieve a common goal.”

Plans call for major work to begin late this summer, when the 76 will be trucked from Roxbury, NY, to its new home in Port Jervis. There, volunteers from each organization will work together to remove its internal parts. They will also work together on the installation of parts on each recipient.

New Haven 0814 was built in February 1945, and at one time was used to shuttle employees between New Haven station and Cedar Hill yard. It was sold to General Dynamics in the late-1950s, which deployed it at its Electric Boat division as “Carol.” It was joined in 1974 by “Diane,” the ex-Union Pacific 903999, built in 1947 as 44-ton demonstrator GE 1399 and the only 44-tonner purchased by UP. Both were donated to DRM by General Dynamics in 2006. The currently-operational 1399 will benefit from the deal as well as it will get some spare parts from D&U 76.

“We have been searching for spare parts for 1399 and the missing parts to restore our New Haven 0814 for years,” said Jose Alves, DRM president. “Being able to share this opportunity and restore two other locomotives at the same time is an amazing bonus, and it speaks to the overwhelmingly supportive nature of the people involved that we were able to bring this many organizations together successfully to make this project a reality.”

Middletown & New Jersey 2 was built in 1947 as American Cyanamid 5, assigned to the company’s Calco Chemical Division in Bridgewater, NJ, where it handled cars to and from Central Railroad of New Jersey, Reading and Lehigh Valley. It later went to the M&NJ in the 1960s, where it worked for decades. The railroad was purchased by Regional Rail LLC in 2009 and the engine was assigned to an East Penn switching contract in Manheim, Pa., its final assignment prior to being acquired by OTT in a 2021 deal with Regional Rail that also saw another 44-tonner, Tyburn Railroad 400, go to Tri-State Railroad Historical Society. That engine was built as Hoboken Manufacturers 700 in 1947. It was moved to the United Railroad Historical Society’s Boonton, N.J., facility and is being restored by Tri-State volunteers.

Each of the three organizations has launched fundraising campaigns to cover the restoration costs for their respective locomotives, including the acquisition and installation of parts salvaged from 76 and the repainting of each to its historically accurate paint scheme. Grants, corporate donations, and contributions from private donors are welcomed. To learn more about the project or to donate, visit www.44Tonner.org.

Organizations combine in effort to restore three 44-ton diesels to operation

A group of rail non-profit organizations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are joining forces to restore to operation three GE 44-ton diesels, all produced in the mid-1940s.The locomotives — Middletown & New Jersey Railroad No. 2; Hoboken Manufacturers Railroad No. 7; and New Haven Railroad No. 0814 — are currently owned by Operation Toy Train of New York, The Tri-State Railway Historical Society in Boonton, N.J., and the Danbury (Conn.) Railway Museum, respectively. None are currently operational but are in goo...

A group of rail non-profit organizations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are joining forces to restore to operation three GE 44-ton diesels, all produced in the mid-1940s.

The locomotives — Middletown & New Jersey Railroad No. 2; Hoboken Manufacturers Railroad No. 7; and New Haven Railroad No. 0814 — are currently owned by Operation Toy Train of New York, The Tri-State Railway Historical Society in Boonton, N.J., and the Danbury (Conn.) Railway Museum, respectively. None are currently operational but are in good condition and are considered excellent candidates for restoration to operating status. Meanwhile, heritage railroad Delaware & Ulster has another GE 44-tonner, former Western Maryland Railway No. 76, that has long been out of service but is largely intact.

The Delaware & Ulster has offered to donate that locomotive as a parts source toward restoration of the other three units. In return, volunteers from the other organizations are providing support for the Delaware & Ulster’s own repair and restoration, including an analysis of a J.G. Brill Co. doodlebug built in 1928 for the New York Central.

The donated services and volunteer expertise “will save the Delaware & Ulster tens of thousands of dollars in expenditures over the next several years, far more than the sale or scrap value of our inoperable locomotive,” Delaware & Ulster General Manager Todd Pascarella said in a press release. “We are greatly appreciative of the connections and knowledge that this partnership has already afforded us, and we look forward to continuing to foster these new, positive relationships.”

Operation Toy Train, Tri-State, and Danbury will split the cost to move No. 76 from its current location in Roxbury, N.Y., to the Port Jervis (N.Y.) Transportation History Center, home of the Operation Toy Train equipment. There, components will be removed and distributed to the three organizations. Danbury also has an operational 44-tonner, GE demonstrator No. 1399, that will receive some parts.

“We have been searching for spare parts for No. 1399 and the missing parts to restore … No. 814 for years,” said Danbury President Jose Alves. “Being able to share this opportunity and restore two other locomotives at the same time is an amazing bonus, and it speaks to the overwhelmingly supportive nature of the people involved that we were able to bring this many organizations together.”

Plans are for the shell of No. 76 to be displayed at Port Jervis in the colors of the New York, Ontario & Western Railway. The three organizations restoring the 44-tonners have each launched fundraising campaigns, and are soliciting grants, corporate donations, and contributions from private donors. For more information or to donate, visit the 44 Tonner website.

Boys Basketball: Results, photos, links & coverage for Tuesday, Jan. 24

TUESDAY, JAN. 24FEATURED GAMESTriton 65, Delsea 54Trenton 67, Nottingham 45North Brunswick 87, Perth Amboy 56Brick Memorial 56, Southern 45Haddon Heights 64, Gloucester 59River Dell 51, Ramsey 36TOP 20 SCOREBOARDSTATEWIDE SCOREBOARDTuesday, Jan. 24Dwight-Morrow 52, Ridgefield Park 36 - Box Score...

TUESDAY, JAN. 24

FEATURED GAMES

Triton 65, Delsea 54

Trenton 67, Nottingham 45

North Brunswick 87, Perth Amboy 56

Brick Memorial 56, Southern 45

Haddon Heights 64, Gloucester 59

River Dell 51, Ramsey 36

TOP 20 SCOREBOARD

STATEWIDE SCOREBOARD

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Dwight-Morrow 52, Ridgefield Park 36 - Box Score

Bergen Catholic 80, Dwight-Englewood 37 - Box Score

Paramus Catholic 69, St. Joseph (Mont.) 63 - Box Score

Allentown 58, West Windsor-Plainsboro South 52 - Box Score

South Brunswick 38, J.P. Stevens 36 - Box Score

North Brunswick 87, Perth Amboy 56 - Box Score

Highland Park 85, East Brunswick Magnet 49 - Box Score

St. Thomas Aquinas 62, St. Joseph (Met.) 59 - Box Score

South Plainfield 69, Sayreville 45 - Box Score

Bayonne 51, Hudson Catholic 43 - Box Score

North Bergen 65, Dickinson 58 - Box Score

Morris Hills 48, Gov. Livingston 42 - Box Score

Glen Rock 64, Eastern Christian 40 - Box Score

Hawthorne 68, Pompton Lakes 44 - Box Score

Midland Park 72, Bergen Charter 50 - Box Score

Ridgefield 42, New Milford 29 - Box Score

St. Mary (Ruth.) 60, Wood-Ridge 28 - Box Score

Waldwick 56, Emerson Boro 33 - Box Score

Bergen Catholic 80, Dwight-Englewood 37 - Box Score

Elmwood Park 60, Paterson Charter 55 - Box Score

Manchester Regional 62, Saddle Brook 22 - Box Score

Bogota 63, Palisades Park 39 - Box Score

Weehawken 50, Rutherford 48 - Box Score

Bishop Eustace 51, Shawnee 44 - Box Score

Camden Eastside 38, Cherry Hill East 34 - Box Score

Rancocas Valley 70, Camden Tech 32 - Box Score

Seneca 47, Lenape 44 - Box Score

Camden 102, Cherry Hill West 33 - Box Score

Camden Catholic 58, Cherokee 34 - Box Score

Newark Lab 57, Technology 32 - Box Score

Caldwell 55, Bloomfield 41 - Box Score

Millburn 55, Glen Ridge 46 - Box Score

Science Park 55, Newark Academy 39 - Box Score

Golda Och 50, Weequahic 46 - Box Score

Montclair Immaculate 67, East Orange 61 - Box Score

Newark East Side 65, Newark Central 42 - Box Score

Nutley 56, Shabazz 54 - Box Score

North Star Academy 42, University 35 - Box Score

West Caldwell Tech 58, Cedar Grove 47 - Box Score

Livingston 41, Barringer 39 - Box Score

Newark Collegiate 45, West Orange 37 - Box Score

Matawan 56, Holmdel 46 - Box Score

St. John Vianney 52, Howell 40 - Box Score

Asbury Park 53, Keansburg 33 - Box Score

Christian Brothers 51, Marlboro 49 - Box Score

Shore 45, Jackson Liberty 36 - Box Score

Keyport 67, Point Pleasant Beach 59 - Box Score

Toms River North 73, Toms River South 62 - Box Score

Jackson Memorial 42, Toms River East 31 - Box Score

Central Regional 38, Brick Township 30 - Box Score

Brick Memorial 56, Southern 45 - Box Score

Lacey 74, Manchester Township 66 - Box Score

Donovan Catholic 76, Lakewood 40 - Box Score

Ocean Township 50, Monmouth 43 - Box Score

Bound Brook 57, Voorhees 49 - Box Score

Phillipsburg 70, Immaculata 63 - Box Score

Bridgewater-Raritan 61, Hunterdon Central 47 - Box Score

North Hunterdon 65, Warren Hills 42 - Box Score

Rutgers Prep 64, Gill St. Bernard's 43 - Box Score

Hillsborough 54, Watchung Hills 51 - Box Score

Manville 50, South Hunterdon 45 - Box Score

Delaware Valley 49, Bernards 43 - Box Score

Kingsway 68, Williamstown 58 - Box Score

Washington Township 69, Gloucester Tech 51 - Box Score

Penns Grove 59, Glassboro 56 - Box Score

Timber Creek 73, Deptford 53 - Box Score

Salem 54, Pitman 42 - Box Score

Roselle 79, New Providence 42 - Box Score

Union Catholic 54, Plainfield 53 - Box Score

Morris Hills 48, Gov. Livingston 42 - Box Score

Elizabeth 90, Pioneer Academy 42 - Box Score

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 64, Hillside 36 - Box Score

Passaic Charter 66, American History 61 - Box Score

College Achieve Central 48, Hoboken Charter 42 - Box Score

Life Center 77, Phelps (PA) 64 - Box Score

Perkiomen (PA) 107, Peddie 64 - Box Score

Elizabeth 90, Pioneer Academy 42 - Box Score

Somerset Tech 78, Warren Tech 47 - Box Score

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SERVICE ADVISORY: NJ TRANSIT OFFERS EXTRA SERVICE FOR NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS

Two Children 11 Years and Under Ride for Free Through January 3rd; Holiday Promotions: Buy One, Get One Free and Discounts to NYC, Philadelphia and Atlantic CityNEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT is offering extra service this holiday season. Customers will have more travel options and flexibility for attending special events, family gatherings and other festivities.This holiday season is also a great time to ride NJ TRANSIT with your children. For the whole month of December, NJ TRANSIT has been offering customers its Supe...

Two Children 11 Years and Under Ride for Free Through January 3rd; Holiday Promotions: Buy One, Get One Free and Discounts to NYC, Philadelphia and Atlantic City

NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT is offering extra service this holiday season. Customers will have more travel options and flexibility for attending special events, family gatherings and other festivities.

This holiday season is also a great time to ride NJ TRANSIT with your children. For the whole month of December, NJ TRANSIT has been offering customers its SuperSaver fare, which allows up to two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult, in effect from now until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 3.

In addition, NJ TRANSIT is offering great new deals and discounts for the holiday season. Both new and current customers can save on travel by using various promotional codes in the

NJ TRANSIT mobile app, including “Buy One, Get One” deals, as well as discounts to New York City, Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Complete details are at njtransit.com/holiday.

For complete schedule and fare information, download the NJ TRANSIT mobile app, visit njtransit.com or call 973-275-5555.

NEW YEAR’S SERVICE AT A GLANCE

Rail

Bus

Light Rail

Friday, Dec. 30

Regular weekday schedule

Weekday schedule with early getaway service from Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Consult timetable or visit njtransit.com

Regular weekday schedule

Saturday, Dec. 31

Regular weekend service with extra service to New York/Hoboken on select lines during the evening

Most lines operating a Saturday schedule. With additional early PM service to NY and late-night service from NY and on select lines in Newark.

Holiday Service Guide

Regular weekend service

Sunday, Jan. 1

Extra overnight service from PSNY/Hoboken, with connecting service at Newark Broad Street/Summit/Long Branch. Certain trains that normally operate between midnight and 1:30 a.m. will be cancelled.; After 6 a.m., regular weekend schedule

Most line operating Sunday schedule. Consult timetable or visit the Bus Holiday Service Guide

Sunday schedule for River LINE. Saturday schedule for Newark Light Rail. HBLR on a Sunday/holiday schedule

Monday, Jan. 2

Weekend/Holiday schedule with extra rail service on select lines during the morning and evening peak periods.

(Service will follow the same schedule as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day)

Most lines on a Saturday schedule. Check njtransit.com for details

Newark Light Rail, HBLR and River LINE will operate on Sunday/holiday schedules

No beverages of any kind, in any type of container, open or closed, will be permitted on board trains, buses or light rail vehicles at any time on Saturday, December 31 through the early morning hours of Sunday, January 1. This policy will be strictly enforced.

Reminder: All beverages, including alcohol, are not permitted on NJ TRANSIT buses at any time regardless of event.

On New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, trains will operate on a regular weekend schedule, with additional service in the afternoon and evening on the NEC, NJCL, RVL, M&E, Montclair-Boonton and Port Jervis Lines.

After midnight (early January 1), additional late-night trains will operate on all rail lines except the Atlantic City Line. Additional trains will depart Penn Station New York, Hoboken and Trenton, with connecting trains departing from Newark Broad Street, Summit and Long Branch through the early morning hours. Raritan Valley Line service operates from New York all night. Several trains that normally operate between midnight and 1:30 a.m. are canceled and replaced by later trains. After 6:00 a.m., a regular weekend schedule operates.

Rail travel information for New Year’s Eve will also be available via the Trip Planner and Station-to-Station features on njtransit.com.

Buses will operate on a Saturday schedule on December 31. Consult your timetable or visit the Bus Holiday Service Guide for details.

Expanded bus service will be provided to/from the PABT until approximately 2:00 a.m. Some routes will be departing from alternate areas within the PABT. Visit the Bus Holiday Service Guide for specific schedule details and departure gate assignments.

Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule for New Year’s Eve.

On New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, after 6:00 a.m., trains will operate on a regular weekend schedule. Rail service will operate on the BetMGM Meadowlands Rail Line for the Giants vs. Colts 1:00 p.m. game at MetLife Stadium. River LINE will operate on a Sunday schedule. Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule. Bus service will operate on a Sunday schedule. Customers are advised to visit the Bus Holiday Service Guide for details.

On Monday, January 2 (New Year’s Day observed), trains will operate on an enhanced weekend/major holiday schedule on all rail lines with additional trains operating during the morning and afternoon “peak” periods on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Gladstone and Port Jervis lines (the same schedule as followed on Martin Luther King Day and Presidents’ Day). Customers should use the printable schedule page at njtransit.com, check printed timetables, or use the “Station-to-Station Trip Planner” at njtransit.com and the mobile app for rail schedules – including trains in shaded columns, many of which operate this day. Most buses will operate on a Saturday schedule with some routes operating special schedules; consult timetable or visit the holiday service guide for details. Newark Light Rail, River LINE and HBLR will operate on a regular Sunday/holiday schedule.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 253 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

Meet the Leaders of Montville Township: June Hercek, Township Administrator

MONTVILLE, NJ – According to the laws of Montville Township, the township committee works part-time, while the township administrator is charged with working full-time to carry out the laws that the committee has laid out. June Hercek is that administrator.Hercek started her position on Jan. 1, 2022 after serving for eight years as assistant administrator under Victor Canning. Her duties, she said, as administrator, include participating in township committee meetings, preparing, submitting and recommending the budget to the tow...

MONTVILLE, NJ – According to the laws of Montville Township, the township committee works part-time, while the township administrator is charged with working full-time to carry out the laws that the committee has laid out. June Hercek is that administrator.

Hercek started her position on Jan. 1, 2022 after serving for eight years as assistant administrator under Victor Canning. Her duties, she said, as administrator, include participating in township committee meetings, preparing, submitting and recommending the budget to the township committee (both the operating and the capital budgets), and she’s responsible for hiring personnel. She’s also in charge of purchasing for the township.

Hercek grew up in the town of Boonton and when she went to college, a professor told her she would be good in public administration.

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“It was the best advice I ever received from a professor,” she said. “I knew from then that this is what I wanted to do. I think I’m unique in that sense because I think fewer people are going that traditional route, to go into municipal government. We find that many of them are from different paths here. I knew from a young age it’s truly what I wanted to do. I have always known that my ultimate goal was to be an administrator.”

Hercek’s roots run deep in Montville, having grandparents who lived here and both parents grew up here, too.

“I would visit my grandparents here and I was envious of them living here,” she said. “It’s such a great place. The amenities are second to none – it has so much to offer regardless of your age or your background – there’s something for everyone. It has excellent schools. It has excellent recreation facilities, parks, playgrounds, and picturesque open space that I always found attractive about the town. It’s a great place. I love how the residents feel and their attitude toward the township – this is a very vibrant town and I love being a part of that.”

But the slow way that government works is not her favorite part of her job.

“I wish I could change some aspects of how government works to make it easier and more efficient,” she said. “Unfortunately, New Jersey has very strict rules that make procuring more difficult. I wish the rules were easier. I wish we could move things through quicker. I wish the rules were easier to work with, especially as it works with procuring. For example, the state has made it more difficult to do construction work because they need a state-issued certification. The rules that New Jersey has put into place have made it harder and harder to hire contractors to do construction work in town. It definitely keeps us from moving projects through quicker, or doing projects more efficiently. It’s limiting the contractors or the vendors that we can deal with. It doesn’t help us do our jobs as efficiently as we could. It has to be changed by the legislature.”

Hercek lives in Boonton Township with her husband. She has a daughter who is 22 who is a senior at Cornell University, a son, 19, who is a freshman at Lehigh University, and a son who is 16 who is a junior at Mountain Lakes High School.

Hercek is extremely happy in her position and loves working in Montville. She is happy with her “bosses,” too.

“I love to work with the governing body,” she said. “I think we all work well as a group. It’s nice to be in that position. I love to come to work every day – I truly love coming here every day. I truly love helping people. I love public administration. What I also love about municipal government is that things are always changing and every day is unique and that’s exciting. It’s comfortable and it’s nice in this building. I’ve worked in other municipalities and you feel relaxed and comfortable when you come here. I was so excited to get the position. I definitely worked hard for it. But it was worth it.”

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