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Black River and Western Railway Tour

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Black River and Western Railroad - Flemington Liberty Village, NJ

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     Northwest New Jersey's Black River and Western Railroad Black River and Western Railroad EMD 1200 HP diesel - Flemington, NJ reintroduced its short line operation in the 1960s as a tourist excursion train and freight line. Here in the Black River Valley the railroad connects the towns of Lambertville, Ringoes, Flemington and Three Bridges. Said to be a museum on wheels, excursions and events operate throughout the year and provide guests an old-fashioned railroading experience.
     The Black River Railroad Historical Trust (BRRHT) is a not-for-profit organization and operates passenger trains on the Black River & Western Railroad, carrying shoppers and sightseers through town and to all stops on the main line. Bringing out the kid in all of us, the railway tour cruises through 16 miles of scenic countryside and the gentle hills of Hunterdon County. An American Locomotive steam engine, built in 1937, usually powers the train, adding a great touch of early railroading. Locomotive #60, with a 2-8-0 wheel arrangement, was out of service since late 2000 for boiler repairs. On August 9, 2012, Number 60 steamed up and moved under her own power for the first time in over 12 years. Black River and Western Railroad - Flemington Liberty Village, NJ Seen as great family fun, #60 steams along the main line from Ringoes to Three Bridges, providing another thrilling element to this excursion train run.
     Pictured here is a Black River and Western Railroad stand-in, the EMD 1200 HP diesel locomotive #1202 built in 1956. Operated by a group of nearly all volunteers, the BRRHT staff donates their time and expertise to preserve this important pieces of railroad history and provides the public with an enjoyable railroading experience.

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