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TAB
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« Reply #20 on: Sep 15th, 2013, 5:49pm »
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.....from the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, not a great photo but the best one I could find of a restored Boonton coach with the wicker seats.....Tom
 


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« Reply #21 on: Sep 15th, 2013, 5:59pm »
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Tom:
 
BEAUTIFUL shot!
 
That is how I remember the "Boontons" as a youngster, except that the car card racks over the seats would not have been bare.
 
Back in the 60's, before the ferries were shut down (November, 1967), Track #1 extended all the way to concourse; after a new PATH entrabce was built, Track #1 was cut short.
 
The reason I mention this was, prior to that time, I remember almost always seeing "Boonton" consists on Track #'s 1 and 2, upon entering the terminal from the PS bus platform outside.
 
It all seems like 100 years ago, now......
 
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« Reply #22 on: Sep 15th, 2013, 6:12pm »
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Relic of Yesterday..............
 
http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1671007
 
(courtesy of rrpicture archives)


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« Reply #23 on: Sep 15th, 2013, 11:24pm »
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....I should only look that good when I reach relicdom....Tom

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« Reply #24 on: Sep 15th, 2013, 11:31pm »
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Here's a photo of "Boonton" #551 at Hoboken, 1948.
 
This view just as easily could have been snapped in 1970.......
 
http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/dlw551.jpg
 
(courtesy of NorthEast rails.net)


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« Reply #25 on: Sep 15th, 2013, 11:39pm »
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The DL&W also rostered "Boonton" combos; here is an undated view of car #425 at Hoboken.
 
A lot of water has indeed gone under the bridge since I last saw one of these ancient cars at Hoboken........
 
http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/dlw425.jpg
 
(courtesy of North East rails.com)


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« Reply #26 on: Sep 15th, 2013, 11:47pm »
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Hard to believe this humble car is now approaching its 100th birthday!
 
Here we see "Boonton" combo #425 at Steamtown, looking as though she is still in revenue service, awaiting the next run back to Hoboken......
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/steamtown/dlw-cb425rba.jpg
 
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« Reply #27 on: Sep 16th, 2013, 10:43am »
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All:
 
Consider the fact that the oldest of the "Boontons" were well over 50 years old when the last of them were retired in 1971; not only does this speak volumes on thier tough, solid, no-nonsense construction, but also, the ingenuity of shop crews throughout the years (DL&W/E-L) at keeping these big green dinosaurs operating for decades!
 
Interesting to recall, too, that DL&W's "high roof" MU control trailers were also similiar to the "Boontons" in their original form, before being rebuilt in the late 1920's for the electric service which began in 1930........
 
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« Reply #28 on: Sep 16th, 2013, 10:54am »
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"High Roof" MU control trailer #2359 leads a two car special near Morristown, circa-1960.
 
Like the "Boontons", they were originally steam-hauled.
 
Back in the days of the old "Edison Wickerliners", the roof height differences between the "High Roof" control trailers, and the "low roof" trailers and motors was quite pronounced.......
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/el/mu/dlw-mu2359ajh.jpg
 
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« Reply #29 on: Sep 16th, 2013, 11:01am »
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"High Roof" control trailer (combo) #2442 is seen leading a train near Hoboken; again, it is easy to visualize this car in its original configuration, with open vestibules (compare with photo of "Boonton" combo in Reply #25).........
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/el/mu/dlw-m2442w.jpg
 
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« Reply #30 on: Sep 16th, 2013, 12:32pm »
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Sidenote:
 
The old steam-hauled cars, which later became MU trailers, were rebuilt by ACF (there were 141 trailers vs. 140 motor cars)
 
The older "high roof" cars were readily identifiable with the "Boontons", albiet now with enclosed vestibules.
 
After MU service began in 1930, the only unremodeled steam coaches left (in commuter service) were those which later became known as the "Boontons"..........
 
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« Reply #31 on: Sep 16th, 2013, 12:46pm »
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Undated photo of "Boonton" #567 at the IRM; looks as though some work on the windows is taking place.......
 
http://www.morscher.com/rr/1984/19840602_03.jpg
 
(courtesy of Passenger Car Photo Index)


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« Reply #32 on: Sep 22nd, 2013, 4:27pm »
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All:
 
A truly classic "Boonton" photo can be found in the "HOBOKEN IS THE HUB" inset of the excellent feature regarding E-L's commuter operations in the April, 1971 issue of TRAINS (page 43)
 
In the foreground (at Hoboken) is a "Boonton" coach (no engine connected); through its open platform we can see an E-8, and, alongside the "E", is an ex-ERIE Stillwell.
 
Another photo (page 44) shows an RS-2 hauling two Stillwells with a "Boonton" spliced in between.
 
A lot of great memories of classic railroading, here......
 
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« Reply #33 on: Sep 23rd, 2013, 2:25am »
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Here's "Boonton" #557 hauling tourists in the great State of Wisconsin; this handsome, historic relic is certainly a loooooong way from the echoing Bush sheds at Hoboken..............
 
http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=79550
 
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I have seen , last Saturday, at Steamtown a number of running DL&W passenger cars. When I  viewed the combine, it has a open vestibule. There are a few of them in the paint shop now. there is one on the tracks used for train runs.

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here is one of the closed vestibule cars that are used on train runs.
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« Reply #36 on: Sep 23rd, 2013, 9:21am »
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toptrain:
 
Thanks for posting these photos; they bring back a lot of memories when these cars were still in revenue service when I was growing up in the 60's.
 
The "Boonton" coach seems to have been caught in a time warp; that is just how I remember the cars looking, 50-odd years back.
 
The second car is one of the former MU's, retired in 1984.
 
Ironic that the trailer units (originally steam-hauled cars) have once again found themselves once again behind a steamer.
 
I know that a number of motor cars, ironically, have also become steam-hauled coaches on various tourists pikes, quite a ways from Hoboken.
 
The Boontons" retained thier original "LACKAWANNA" lettering right up through retirement; the same held true for the ex-ERIE Stillwells, with the exception of the "through line/semi-suburbans" last used on the Port Jervis trains (last run 1974)
 
Hard to believe that the last "Boontons" have been out of revenue service for 42 years now, and the MU's retired since 1984.
 
A lot of water has gone under the bridge since those days.......
 
"JerseyRails815"


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Excellent photo gallery depicting "Boonton" #561 at the IRM; the interior view is especially nostalgic......
 
http://rrpicturearchives.net/rspicture.aspx?id=351841
 
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« Reply #38 on: Sep 24th, 2013, 3:33pm »
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A "mixed" train awaiting the next run back to Hoboken........
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/el/loco/el829akg.jpg
 
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« Reply #39 on: Sep 25th, 2013, 6:07pm »
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Note on the "Boontons":
 
Unlike thier MU cousins, the "Boonton" cars never had "ERIE" added to "LACKAWANNA" on their letterboards.
 
They retained their original "LACKAWANNA" lettering through their retirement......and beyond......
 
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