Black River & Western Railfest, June 2018
New Jersey's Black River & Western has run tourist trains since 1965, and although not as wealthy or successful as the Strasburg in Pennsylvania, it has attracted a dedicated team of volunteers, including a large number of teens and twenty-somethings -- the next generation who will keep the skills and the railroad alive. A number of these kids organized 2018's Railfest, which featured four Flemington-Ringoes round-trips powered by 2-8-0 #60 and also caboose hops running a mile from Ringoes down to Bowne Station on the "Alexauken Division", the until-recently out-of-service line to Lambertville which my father and I had ridden freights on in the 1970s and '80s. Another few years of brush-cutting and track renewal and trains should reach Lambertville again; you go, kids!
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