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    Fans of the Raritan River Rail Road,

    The 125th anniversary (1888-2013) of the incorporation of the RRRR will be soon upon us the weekend of April 20th this year. I'd like to use this forum to see what interest there is among you in the possibility of observing this anniversary, and in what manner we do so. My thought is we could meet either in South Amboy or Milltown for a breakfast or lunch and then visit several of the key locations of the former facilities. Also, the commencement of construction of the railroad began May 5th, 1888 in Sayreville. We could do something to observe that date as well, however I know May is always the beginning of everyone's busy season. We will have several other chances to commemorate the lines advancement to New Brunswick, as interest and time allows. Post here your possible interest and availability to meet, and feel free to post any suggestions.

  • #2
    WOW !!! 125 !!!

    Wish I were still up there to join the celebration.

    I still hold out hope for the Milltown station becoming the museum and the place I can

    send my special artifacts.

    I will try to think of some pictures I can send... you know, to be there "in abstentia."

    Happy Birthday RRRR !

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    • #3
      Cant believe its been 125yrs already!...Im not one to make suggestions at this point but breakfast in South Amboy would be a great start for a walkabout and the always "Look and Seek" part of the tour.I want to apologize for being out of the loop recently,'tween selling the old homestead and trying to get life back to normalcy has been a challenge,and as usual as soon as you think your about to get ahead..another "Oh S**t" falls out of the sky..None the less is would be great to get everyone back together,have a feast and get back to the roots of what brought us together in the first place..No selling bricks,sweeping out floors or boarding up windows...just a chillaxing day of reminiscing ,,,,Just Sayin
      Delivering yesterdays freight,tomorrow.

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      • #4
        Good News- we have a venue to celebrate the 125th Anniversay of the incorporation of the RRRR on April 20th, and a will follow with a breakfast/lunch/walk on May 5th to observe the 125th anniversary of commencement of construction in Sayreville. More details on the 5th to follow, but here is the announcement and details for the 20th. All are welcome!

        Raritan River Rail Road 125th Anniversary

        The 125th anniversary (1888-2013) of the incorporation of the Raritan River Rail Road will be soon upon us the weekend of April 20th this year. In conjunction with their April 20th open house at 116 Main Street, Milltown, the Milltown Historical Society is hosting the Raritan River Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) to celebrate this anniversary. Since 2010, the Milltown Historical Society and Raritan River Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society have combined their efforts to raise funds for the relocation and restoration of the former Milltown Station of the Raritan River Rail Road. A series of annual holiday themed train display shows, participation in Milltown Day and Milltown’s 4th of July parade have been the key events to promote interest and raise funds towards this goal. The two groups will continue to be busy during the next few years, by continuing their holiday show and celebrating the upcoming 125th anniversaries of notable events such as the commencement of construction of the railroad which began May 5th, 1888 in Sayreville, and the first passenger trains to depart Milltown (January 6th, 1890) and New Brunswick (July 4th, 1890). Details for this year's May 5th anniversary observation and a sign-up sheet will be available at the open house.

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        • #5
          More details and hours from the Milltown Historical Society: The Museum Open House will be open from noon-3:00 on Saturday April 20th for anyone that would like to see our displays, view our newest acquisitions, and find out more about the plans for moving and restoring the Raritan River Rail Road station! There will also be a children's program.

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          • #6
            Sad I can't just stop by, but glad this event has found a place.

            Happy B Day RRRR!
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            • #7
              The Raritan River Rail Road drives the first spike - 125 years ago!,The 125th anniversary (1888-2013) of the commencement of construction of the railroad will be Sunday May 5th, 2013 in Sayreville. The Raritan River Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) and the Milltown Historical Society are planning to celebrate this anniversary with a visit to the origins of the railroad and selected other sites of interest. Details of the sites and their locations will be available at 9:00 AM on May 5th in the main parking lot of Kennedy Park, near the intersection of Ernston and Washington Roads, Sayreville, N.J. No transportation will be provided as this is a private driving tour. All participants who chose to follow the tour do so in their own vehicle at their own risk. A meeting place for lunch will be selected and the post lunch agenda will be decided upon by the participants desiring to explore other sites.

              Hope to see you there!

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              • #8
                125th Anniversary Report: May 5th 2013

                The Raritan River Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) observed the 125th anniversary of commencement of construction of the Raritan River Rail Road on May 5th, 2013 by meeting at the site of the former sand companies operations to retrace the origins of the Raritan River’s right of way. Utilizing historical descriptions of the original connection at Such’s, Raritan River Rail Road right of way (ROW) surveys, historical aerial photos and maps, the group was able identify several key locations and remnants of the railroads origins.

                Starting in Kennedy Park, Sayreville, which was formerly the Crossman Co.’s sand and clay pits, the original location of adjacent Such’s property was identified and toured. This was the area where Such’s siding from the Pennsylvania Railroad (ex-Camden & Amboy) had terminated. It was there on May 5th, 1888 that the Raritan River Rail Road began its ROW with a connection to the Pennsylvania Railroad over Such’s siding. Heading towards the current alignment of the railroad (now Conrail Shared Assets) the route was traced to the area where the connection to Crossman’s and the Raritan River mainline had been made in the original 1888 alignment. Following the route of the original mainline, it was an outstanding feeling to walk along the route of our chapter’s namesake railroad, on a beautiful early summer day exactly 125 years to the day that construction on the railroad had started there. We later toured the route through Such’s property, the original Pennsylvania Railroad connection at Ernston, the South Amboy connection to the New York & Long Branch, and finally the site of the 1919 shops complex that lasted to the end of the era.

                Stay tuned for more notable 125th anniversary tours and reports as they are observed over the next couple years!

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                • #9
                  This Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the first revenue run on the Raritan River Rail Road - two carloads of clay from Edgars. What better way to celebrate this than joining us in Milltown for the annual Milltown Historical Society Holiday show featuring information on the RRRR presented by the Raritan River Chapter of the NRHS. Come join us and learn the details of our goals in preserving Milltown Station and the history of the RRRR, along with toy trains, layouts, vendors, holiday displays and refreshments. Even Santa will be there! Saturday 11/23 & Sunday 11/24, noon-5PM both days, American Legion Post, 4 JF Kennedy Drive, Milltown, NJ. Hope to see you there! (See separate post for more information)

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                  • #10
                    Gentlemen

                    Happy Thanksgiving

                    For the anniversary we could have Tee shirts, hats or demiem shirts printed with the RRRR logo on it with the dates of operation, pictures of the engines Diesel and Steam. sell them for profit and put the profits into the Milltown Station fund.

                    Ken Stockton

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                    • #11
                      Next Saturday, October 4th in Milltown, NJ the Raritan River Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) will celebrate at "Milltown Day" the 125th anniversary of the construction of the Raritan River Rail Road (RRRR) reaching Milltown. The RRRR began construction of the railroad in May 1888 in Sayreville, NJ and by October, 1889 the western bound tracks had reached Milltown. Learn about the history of the railroad, our organization and plans to save Milltown Station which is the last remaining strusture of the RRRR. The event runs from 9:00am - 4:00pm and is located in Borough Park at Violet Terrace & JFK Boulevard. Rain date is Sunday October 5th. Hope to see you there.

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                      • #12
                        Just got word that Milltown Day has been postponed to the rain date of Sunday October 5th. Same times. Hope to see you there.

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                        • #13
                          Final Raritan River Rail Road 125th Anniversary event!

                          Join us in the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Raritan River Rail Road’s first revenue passenger train from New Brunswick to Milltown, New Jersey, July 4, 1890; 125 years to the very day!

                          The Raritan River Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is pleased to announce that we have been invited by the Milltown 4th of July Committee to be featured in their annual 4th of July parade and festivities. This anniversary and Milltown Station have been selected as the theme of this year’s parade. The day’s events include a huge parade at 10AM down Main Street, followed by attractions and entertainment in the park along JF Kennedy Drive, and fireworks that evening. The rain date is Saturday July 11th.

                          For more information, go to www.milltown4thofjuly.com or www.facebook.com/Milltown4thofJuly

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                          • #14
                            This Saturday, 4th of July!

                            Come enjoy the parade, the day's events, and get your commemorative T-shirt and mug being sold by the Milltown 4th of July Parade Commitee. Both feature the Raritan River Rail Road's Milltown Station and the 125th anniversary of passenger service coming to Milltown.

                            Enjoy the day and come visit our chapter's table immediately following the parade at Borough Park, JFK Blvd, Milltown, NJ.

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