PHILLIPSBURG RAILROAD HISTORIANS
A 501c3 NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of two of our members.
Jerilyn Schweitzer passed on September 17th at home. Her obituary can be seen here. Jerilyn was the wife of Jay Schweitzer, also a member, who has been Santa for our Santa Train the last several years.
Pete Delikat passed September 22nd. Pete was one of our original members dating back to the Ingersoll Rand moves and the brickyard cleanup. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
It's been a couple years since we rolled out Caboose 18 after restoration. Click here for the story.
If you missed the history of the PRRH first decade it can be seen here.

1990-2020 PRRH CELEBRATES 30 YEARS
Part 2 - 2000 to 2009


2000 - Carshop construction and a nasty let down

Carshop


2001- Trolley- Trees- Santa and more back-breaking work

Pictures of 2001


2002- Oral History- Mack Railbus- The Becker's Visit

2002 pictures


2003- Juice in the Carshop- Lease extended- Hard Work and Horseplay

2003 pictures


2004- A Lease- a Scrapbook- A Grant- More Ballast

2004 pictures


2005- Museum Makeover- Tank Car- Switch Work

2005 pictures


2006- Collection grows- More track-work

  • The PRR Keystone that once was in the Jersey City Yard Office is installed in the floor of the museum just inside the door.
  • Bob and Cheryl Dahmer donated a small tie crane with a 20 foot boom which is still in use to lift rail, ties and other heavy objects.
  • A DL&W bumper post was donated by the Dally Slate Quarry in Pen Argyl PA.
  • Our field trip took us to Grand Central Terminal for a guided tour then on to the Danbury Railroad Museum and ended in Kent Furnace CT at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association.
  • Work was completed on the switches connecting the south track in the yard area west of the carshop to the mainline north track. Cars could now be shuffled around as needed.
  • Track was laid in the south bay of the carshop.
  • Member Rich Frantz built and installed a diorama depicting the PRRH grounds complete with kit-bashed, custom painted models of the C&S rolling stock and standard gauge equipment.
  • A C&S track rehab project was completed. Bad ties were replaced.
2006 pictures


2007- Overhead lights- New signs- Mainline track completed

  • In January a narrow gauge dump car and track diamond were rescued from the weeds and joined our collection. The car and track panel were donated by the Dally Slate Company of Pen Argyl.
  • Restoration work began on our CNJ tool car and Chestnut Ridge tie crane.
  • We added a cement phone booth to our collection.
  • New signs were hung on the museum building.
  • Overhead lights were hung in the carshop.
  • CNJ tool car restoration completed.
  • In October mainline track-work was completed linking the carshop with the west end track. The railbus made several trips from the carshop to the museum.
  • The museum received a complete upgrade of the electrical wiring including new emergency lights and exit signs.
2007 pictures


2008- New Library- Let there be light- South bay connected

  • A decision was made to build a bypass track along the southern wall of the carshop eliminating the need for C&S riders to pass through the building. Some concrete piers leading up to the coal pockets will need to be removed prior to building the bypass.
  • A library with a new window and a small kitchen area was built in the museum building.
  • Overhead lights in the carshop are wired and made functional.
  • Track-work was completed linking the south bay of the carshop with the mainline track giving us 2 additional spots in the building for rolling stock.
  • A new motor was mounted on the Chestnut Hill tie crane making it functional. It was displayed during the September open house.
2008 pix


2009- A new engine- A new long right of way

  • New Jersey Transit approves the lease allowing us to extend the C&S right of way westward to the O'Donnell Apartments property line. Negotiations for this lease began in 2002.
  • We purchased and moved a 25 ton GE engine from Johnson Trucking in Easton. With a functioning engine equipment moves will be easier and safer.
  • Our field trip took us to 3 locations in the Catskills including rides on 2 short line railroads.
  • The major focus of the year was constructing the bypass track on the south side of the carshop and extending it past the storage containers. This project was completed after sunset on November 24th.
2009 pictures

Coming soon, a look back at events from 2010 to present.

Page last updated: 09-23-20