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Re: Weehawken Elevator - By Dr. Sheldon Cooper on 05/06/15 at 13:50:36 - '8190451309_d3df065e29_b.jpg' 141 KB
Hmm, OK, but that had nothing to do with the West Shore or the NYC....When you said "Weehaken Elevator", I assumed you meant this -


Weehawken Elevator - By waterlevel on 05/01/15 at 08:24:39 - 'WeehawkenViaduct.jpg' 116 KB
1000 feet long and 175 feet high and weighing 5,000,000 pounds, the structure was known as The Viaduct of the North County Railroad Company.  Powered by steam it could lower and raise passenger trolleys connecting to the railroad ferry to
also connect to the Guttenburg racetrack.  After the race track was closed the Viaduct was torn down by Henry A. Hitner's Sons Company of Philadelphia in 1900 and replaced by the trolley line along side Pershing Road.


New York Central "The New York Visitor" publication - By waterlevel on 04/01/15 at 09:25:31 - 'Visitor3.jpg' 358 KB
"The New York Visitor" was published by the New York Central who used the Kellogg Group out of Rockefeller Center on 6th Avenue.  Louise Bascom Barratt was the editor and this issue was from 1943.  With all the WWII traffic of people from outside of New York City this must have been helpful to know where to get the ferries.


New York Central Barge Model - By waterlevel on 02/20/15 at 14:46:12 - 'JeffsModelTrains.jpg' 21 KB
Current New York Central Barge Model on E-Bay being sold by Jeff's Model Trains.


New York Central Tugboat #3 - By waterlevel on 02/07/15 at 13:26:12 - 'Tug3.jpg' 49 KB
Tugboatpainter is selling two images of tugboats on E-Bay.  This one is an
undated photograph of tugboat #3.


1961 Weehawken Rail/Marine Facility Fire Aftemath - By waterlevel on 12/01/14 at 18:35:16 - '_Ferry_Yard_Fire_Aftermath1961.jpg' 107 KB
The 1961 fire that totally destroyed the New York Central rail and marine
facilities sealed the fate of the site.  It was hard to believe that the site was
a key facility for the defense of the nation less than ten years before during
the Korean War.


waterlevel - By waterlevel on 09/06/14 at 09:56:20 - 'TugboatModel16.jpg' 204 KB
Offered up on E-Bay was this cased model of New York Central tugboat #16.
18 inches log by 6 inches to the top of the stack and 4 inches wide.
The price that it sold for was $1200 plus $70.00 for shipping.
It is more than likely that this came out of the estate of Arthur Fournier of Penobscot Bay, Maine who had originally restored the vessel in 1982.  Any information about the model is welcome.


New York Central Tugboat #7 - By waterlevel on 08/01/14 at 09:40:51 - 'NYCTug7.jpg' 152 KB
The cost of acquiring the history of the Marine Division of the New York Central
keeps getting higher.  This image of tugboat #7 is up for sale on E-Bay for $199.
In the past the images of the New York Central vessels have been snapped up
by collectors.  The purpose of this site is to have that history available to anyone
who has interest.  It is unfortunate that in the years that this information has
been available that more who visit the site never post what they have in their
collections.  This link will expire when the auction closes.


Ferry Engine Room - By waterlevel on 07/01/14 at 19:10:07 - 'MainFerryEngine.jpg' 83 KB
This ferry was built in 1917 according to the plaque on the engine.
The ferry is most likely the Stony Point which was built by  
Harlan & Hollingsworth of Wilmington, Delaware. The company
ceased operations in 1926 but was later revived for production for
The engine room worker is not identified.


Ferry run between New York and New Jersey terminals. - By waterlevel on 04/01/14 at 07:52:34 - 'Weehawken1914125.jpg' 87 KB
The New York Central Weehawken on a run from New York to New Jersey.
This photograph was taken in 1914.


Barbara Streisand Rides NYC Tugboat video - By waterlevel on 01/01/14 at 09:30:43 - 'FunnyGirlTugboat.jpg' 18 KB
Barbra Streisand sings in 1967 feature film FUNNY GIRL on the front of a NY Harbor tugboat as helicopter carries camera operator Nelson Tyler filming a long shot up to medium shot and out again to wide shot. "Don't Rain of my Parade" is the song.  Attached is a still from the video of the tugboat.  
Happy New Year to all.
This link is on YouTube


Trolley - By waterlevel on 12/01/13 at 15:15:49 - 'Trolley2804.jpg' 155 KB
Notice the Weehawken yard in back of the trolley as it heads up the hill to Union City. Number 2804 was displaying poster for Palisades Amusement Park on its front end.


Saturday Evening Post Ferry Cover 1950 - By waterlevel on 11/01/13 at 09:45:22 - 'SatEvnPost125.jpg' 392 KB
Thornton Utz was one of the artists that did covers for the Saturday Evening Post.
This one is from February 4, 1950 and although it is not the New York Central
ferry it does show how much a part of the daily life was part of crossing the Hudson River.  Utz was born in 1919 and died in 1999.  
If you have any interest about him more can be found at:


Laws Governing Marine Inspection - By waterlevel on 10/02/13 at 13:22:00 - 'Inspection150.jpg' 422 KB
The U.S. Department of Commerce published "Laws Governing Marine Inspection"
in 1940 that covered ferries and tug boats.  Here is an excerpt from those rules
which all New York Central vessels had to follow.


Weehawken Transfer Bridges Numbers 5&6 #4 - By waterlevel on 09/02/13 at 09:44:09 - 'Bridge1crop.jpg' 241 KB
Transverse section & elevation of Bridge and Apron.
Rail line and location of Bridges 5&6.


Weehawken Transfer Bridges Numbers 5&6 #2 - By waterlevel on 09/02/13 at 09:35:28 - 'Bridge2Panels.jpg' 160 KB
Construction details of the bridge end panels.


Weehawken Transfer Bridges Numbers 5&6 - By waterlevel on 09/01/13 at 15:50:35 - 'Bridge2crop.jpg' 110 KB
There will be a few postings on this subject of the Weehawken Transfer Bridges.
Bridges 5&6 were built by Butler Brothers-Hoff Company of New York in 1907.
How they were built was outlined in the publication "Engineering Record" in their February 15, 1908 edition.  The 75 to 85 foot yellow pine piles were driven and tested over a period of time to make sure that the settling was acceptable by adding more and more weight to them. After settling from a load weight of 22 tons  the piles only dropped about a quarter of an inch.  Each pile was able to support between 10 and 13 tons.  Dredging the Hudson River at a depth of 20 feet enabled car floats and tugs to access the site.  Most traffic from these bridges was to connect to the  bridges at the foot of West 33rd Street in Manhattan.


New York Central Tugboat #31 Pilot House - By waterlevel on 08/01/13 at 11:29:28 - 'NYCTug31Wheelhouse.jpg' 135 KB
The pilot house of the New York Central Tugboat #31 was set up as a ticket booth at the South Street Seaport Museum from a grant provided by the Seaman's Savings Bank.  Built in 1923 in Brooklyn, NY the tug carried a crew of six and in 1970 it was sold to Witte Salvage in Rossville, Staten Island. This pilot house may be one of the few artifacts that is left of the New York Central fleet of tugboats.


Harbor marine graphic in black and white - By waterlevel on 06/02/13 at 18:27:25 - 'MarineOperations125.jpg' 291 KB
This illustration of the harbor traffic on the Hudson River shows how the freight
moved with great coordination by the railroad and its marine division.


69th Street Transfer Bridge Part 3 - By waterlevel on 04/01/13 at 18:18:43 - '69thST.TransferBridgeLayout.jpg' 132 KB
Here is the site and track layout of the 69th Street Transfer Bridge.


69th Street Transfer Bridge Part 2 - By waterlevel on 04/01/13 at 18:16:59 - 'SideView69thStTransfer.jpg' 95 KB
A three quarter view of the 69th Street Transfer Bridge from 1911.


69th Street Transfer Bridge - By waterlevel on 04/01/13 at 18:14:24 - 'Front69thStTransfer.jpg' 83 KB
Looking up the 69th Street Transfer Bridge on the web will bring up multiple sites to review the history of this landmark that was placed on the National Historic Registry in 2003.    
Here is an article that was published about it and how it once looked in 1911 when it functioned as part of the New York Central's maritime inventory.


Abandoned Weehawken Ferry - By waterlevel on 03/02/13 at 12:52:21 - 'Abandoned_NYC_Ferry.jpg' 90 KB
The sad end to ferry Weehawken took a number of years where the elements and vandals slowly brought it to what you can see in this photograph.  It was the  the Army Corps of Engineers that finally dismantled the ferry to make way for Liberty Park.


New York Central Ferryboat Utica at the Weehawken slip - By waterlevel on 01/01/13 at 11:06:08 - 'Utica125.jpg' 77 KB
The New York Central ferryboat Utica was built at the Marvel Ship Yard in Newburgh, NY in 1910.  The Utica was dropped from documentation in 1962.
The boat is show at the Weehawken ferry slip.


New York Central Ferryboat Niagara - By waterlevel on 12/01/12 at 20:54:49 - 'NYCNiagara.jpg' 177 KB
The Niagara was built at the Marvel Shipyard in Newburgh, New York in 1912.
Her dimensions were 183x40x16. As you can observe in this photo that in its hay day it carried a lot of passengers.


West Shore Ferry Timetable 1939 - By waterlevel on 11/01/12 at 21:27:41 - 'WestShoreFerryTimetables-2.jpg' 222 KB
The West Shore Ferry Timetable from April 30th, 1939.


NY Central Manhattan Ferryboat Terminal Plan - By waterlevel on 10/03/12 at 08:59:31 - 'NYCFerryTerminal.jpg' 106 KB
This is a 1906 layout of the New York Central Ferry Terminal at the foot of 42nd Street in Manhattan.


New York Central Ferryboat Albany - By waterlevel on 09/03/12 at 09:57:33 - 'AlbanyNJ125.jpg' 79 KB
New York Central ferryboat Albany leaving Weehawken for New York City.
The ferry was built at Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY in 1925.


New York Central Piers 72 & 73 - By waterlevel on 05/05/12 at 18:42:26 - '1929NYPublicLibrarynycpiers7273.jpg' 113 KB
A Hudson River view of New York Central Piers 72 & 73.  Photo is from 1929.


West Shore Ferry Time Table and Fares - By waterlevel on 04/01/12 at 12:16:31 - 'WestShoreFerryTimetables.jpg' 222 KB
A look at what the cost of commuting was to New York City and back in the days of when the New York Central Ferries operated.


Weehawken West Shore Pier 7 Grain Elevator - By waterlevel on 02/01/12 at 10:25:30 - 'NYCGrainElevator7.jpg' 120 KB
The grain elevator was built on 7000 pilings at a depth of a 152 feet.  It was built  
in 1905 and was taken down in 1968.  The building could hold 2 million bushels.
The architects were George M. Moulton & Company of Chicago, Illinois.  Framed by steel the walls were brick with ten spouts to fill the holds of ships.  The height of the building was 200 feet which made it one of the most imposing structures on the Hudson River.


NewYork Central Tugboat #34 Headlight Magazine - By waterlevel on 01/01/12 at 14:59:49 - 'TugBoat194134.jpg' 77 KB
This photograph of the New York Central Tugboat #34  was published in a 1941 edition of the New York Central Magazine "Headlight".    
Happy New Year to all.


Dry Dock Boring Machine - By waterlevel on 11/01/11 at 17:20:23 - 'UniversalBoringMachine.jpg' 101 KB
The New York Central Dry Dock used a Universal Boring Machine to make parts for its marine equipment.  The Universal Boring Machine Company built these machines from 1920-1949 in Hudson, Massachusetts.  Later it was bought out by the Bullard Company and production was moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut. Models of this machine were named "Beauty", "Brigand" and "Burtel".  Models came in 60,72 and 96 inch beds.  Moving one of these is no easy task since the 72  model weighed in at 28,400 pounds.


Using a wood wedge on a steam engine. - By waterlevel on 10/01/11 at 12:34:02 - 'Wood_Wedge_on_Shaft.jpg' 99 KB
Perhaps those with some steam engine maintenance can tell why the engine room worker is driving a wood wedge in front of one of the journals of this New York Central vessel.   Any help in identifying the man doing the work would be helpful as well.  The images is probably from the 1950's.


New York Central Stony Point & NYC Skyline - By waterlevel on 08/01/11 at 12:47:59 - 'StonyPoint59.jpg' 95 KB
This view of the New York Central Ferry Stony Point opposite 42nd Street, New York was taken in 1959 by William J. Madden.


Ferryboat Pilot With Girl Model 1954 - By waterlevel on 07/01/11 at 20:23:00 - 'Pilot_House_Model_Capt_1954.jpg' 71 KB
New York Central Ferries were rented out from time to time by different companies to tour the New York Harbor and have floating parties.   This view shows the ferry boat pilot with a young model as they steer through the Hudson River traffic.  The year was 1954.


Ferryboat Weehawken colorized - By waterlevel on 05/01/11 at 08:57:03 - 'ColorWEEHAWKEN100.jpg' 74 KB
This computer colorized photograph will give the viewer some idea of what the New York Central ferryboat Weehawken looked like back in its day.


Re: Diesel engine in tugboat #3 - By waterlevel on 03/01/11 at 19:19:54 - 'NYC3Red.jpg' 124 KB
This is what the former NYC Tug #3 looked like before its sinking in Charleston,SC in 2003.


Diesel engine in tugboat #3 - By waterlevel on 03/01/11 at 09:14:10 - 'NYC3.jpg' 118 KB
Back in 2003 New York Central Tugboat #3 was undergoing a restoration by Mr. Robert Richardson in Charleston, South Carolina.  While he was away from the boat some vandals sank the tug and no further word was heard about its disposition.  Here is a photograph of the conversion of its power plant from steam to diesel.
Anyone having additional information about what happened to this vessel would be appreciated.


Color view Pershing Road, rail yard and piers - By waterlevel on 01/01/11 at 10:38:25 - 'PershingRdRailYdsPiers.jpg' 140 KB
This view of Pershing Road, Public Service trolley, rail yards and piers at Weehawken.
For the past nine years this site has been putting up images and information on the New York Central Marine Division.  It is in no small part due to the efforts of Railfan to make this possible.  It is very  likely that there are many images that could be shared to enrich those who are interested in this subject but they are being kept in private collections.  It is sad but true some of these private collections will one day be thrown out or become the victims of improper storage, fire or flood.  Therefore I appeal to those who have not shared their photographs and information about the New York Central Marine Division to come forward and post them on this site for the benefit of those who share a like mind.
Best Wishes and Happy New Year to all.


HO Scale Barge Models - By waterlevel on 09/01/10 at 14:10:19 - 'BargeModels.jpg' 115 KB
The marine rail modeler may wish to look at these sites to start thinking about a Winter project. New York Central decals are available to finish these HO scale barge models.


Ferry commuters - By waterlevel on 08/01/10 at 16:01:36 - 'Ferry_Commuters.jpg' 80 KB
As you can see in this photograph from the Weehawken Historical Commission taken by Charles Schneider that the ferry was very crowded.  People are standing at the foot of the stairs leading to the upper deck since there are no seats left.


New York Central Marine Ad - By waterlevel on 07/01/10 at 22:00:29 - '2947NewYorkCentralAd.jpg' 225 KB
A view of how the New York Central advertised itself with a drawing of the Weehawken piers behind a tugboat.  It said "...part of the world's largest harbor fleet


New York Central Marine Repair Shop Aerial #2 - By waterlevel on 06/01/10 at 11:11:10 - 'NYCMarineMaintenance2.jpg' 201 KB
This view of the New York Central Marine Repair Facility is looking from North to South on the Hudson River.


Re: 1938 Hudson River Children's Educational Movie - By waterlevel on 04/05/10 at 08:41:08 - 'NYCBargeDrawings.jpg' 70 KB
The Hudson River was used to get heating oil up river by barges.  As far as I know the New York Central used their tugs and barges and floatcars to move cargo, mail and food across the river.   Other tug boat and oil companies  moved oil northward which had to be interesting during the Winter with the heavy ice flows going South.
You may find the information on this site about the plans of New York Department of State and the EPA to have an educational barge on the Hudson River a bit more informative:  


New York Central Tugboat #32 with carfloat colorized - By waterlevel on 03/02/10 at 11:13:48 - 'NewYorkCentralFloatbargeColor125.jpg' 135 KB
New York Central Tugboat #32 pushing a carfloat in the Hudson River.  This image has been colorized to give the viewer some idea of what water traffic looked like a half century ago.


New York Central Tugboat #28 With Car Float - By waterlevel on 01/02/10 at 19:44:02 - 'NYCTUG28.jpg' 114 KB
New York Central Tugboat #26 with a pushing a car float in Winter on the Hudson River.


New York West Shore Pier Early View - By waterlevel on 12/13/09 at 14:21:13 - 'WestShorePier.jpg' 87 KB
From this view of the West Shore Railroad Pier looking North you can see that the postcard is probably from the early part of the 20th Century.  What is intriguing is the tower pointing up in the sky on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River in the extreme left of view.
Once again a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who visit this site.


New York Central Ferryboat Kingston - By waterlevel on 11/06/09 at 19:36:13 - 'NYCKingston.jpg' 121 KB
The New York Central ferryboat Kingston was built at the Newburgh, NY shipyard in 1883.  Steam powered the ferryboat was 193 feet long, 36 feet wide and 13 feet high.  This photograph is from the Weehawken Historical Commission.  The Kingston was sold to a group in Norfolk, Virginia in 1916 and did not appear in a list of vessels after 1935.


Engine Telegraph and Bell Signals - By waterlevel on 07/03/09 at 08:44:47 - 'EngineTelegraph.jpg' 97 KB
On the New York Central Ferryboats the pilot communicated with the engine room by turning the engine telegraph to the correct position.  A series of gongs and bell signals told the marine engineer what levers to shift to control the forward, backward and speed of the engine.  
1 Gong    Ahead
2 Bells     Slow
1 Gong    Stop
2 Gongs  Astern
1 Gong    Stop
1 Gong    Ahead Full
Pictured here are one photo of the ferry engine room and the other is of an engine telegraph of a much larger  vessel....the Queen Mary.


The Albany sails again - By thomas_hirsh on 04/26/09 at 12:45:30 - 'HPIM2244_409x307.jpg' 37 KB
After 2 years the Albany is in the water. Thank you for the photos


Can you identify the deckhand? - By waterlevel on 03/02/09 at 11:33:12 - 'Deckhand125.jpg' 105 KB
This photo is of a New York Central ferryboat deckhand.  Does anyone have any information as to who the man is and who took the photo?


Wheel House - By waterlevel on 12/01/08 at 18:08:24 - 'WheelHouse.jpg' 49 KB
The wheel house of a ferry gave the pilot a great view of the harbor.  The large wooden wheel was reminicent of the old wheel houses in the early steam boats.  To change the direction the pilot used the engine telegraph that communicated directly to he marine engineer in the engine room.  In addition to the engine telegraph each signal was accompanied by bells so there would be no mistake.  What the pilot feared most was that when he approached the pier that the marine engineer would reverse the engine too late.  Failure to reverse the engine at the right time would result in injury to the passengers as well as the ferry and the pier. This view is not from the New York Central wheel house but it gives you some idea of what the entrance to it looked like.


New York City West Shore Ferry Terminal 1912 - By waterlevel on 10/01/08 at 09:11:46 - 'NYCWestShoreTerminal1912.jpg' 72 KB
The West Shore Ferry Terminal in New York City changed a lot over the years that it was in operation.  This is what it looked like in 1912.


WWII Welcome Home Sign - By waterlevel on 09/06/08 at 11:31:37 - 'WelcomeWellDone.jpg' 85 KB
Just in front of the Catskill is the sign welcoming home those who served overseas in WWII.  Splashed across the ferry docks it was easy to read as the ships carrying troops sailed up the Hudson River to disembark at the piers in New York City.


Tugboat #16 porthole put up on E-Bay - By waterlevel on 07/18/08 at 19:57:49 - 'Porthole.jpg' 9 KB
The porthole from the New York Central Tugboat #16 was recently put up on E-Bay for $500.00.  The bidding stopped at $89.00 so it was not sold.  Here the text and photo from the auction:
E-Bay seller:
Certified Original NEW YORK CENTRAL 16 Porthole
This is an original Wheelhouse (the upper 3 ports) port hole from this Historic Tugboat
as removed. It is solid brass and rather large at 19 1/2 inches overall, with a 14" dia.
3/4" thick Glass lite.      Glass is in good condition
You can see a small section wire brushed to show you the condition. I have another , untouched if you prefer.
              Would wire brush for additional $50.00 for labor, but would recommend for you to do it.
Because of it's value, will ship in wooden case included in a handling fee of $25.00.
Plus only actual shipping cost     Weight est. 60 lbs
This is'nt some foreign knock off, but an authentic piece of our vanishing maritime heritage


19th Century Ferry Bergen Interior - By waterlevel on 07/04/08 at 07:09:34 - 'Bergen.jpg' 153 KB
One thing you notice about things from the 19th and early 20th Centuries is that very little was spared in the way of decoration.  Even down to the mundane things like manhole covers they had some type of ornamentation.  This view is of the cabin of the new Hoboken Ferryboat  "BERGEN", published in "Harper's Weekly" January 1889. Many of the artisans of that day were emigrants whose work today would put the cost of such decoration out of reach for most projects.


Last trolley out of Weehawken Ferry Shed - By waterlevel on 06/01/08 at 20:11:02 - '150FerryTrolley.jpg' 86 KB
Public Service's trolley #2808 was the last trolley out of the Weehawken Trolley Shed on August 6,1949. The Trolley Shed was located at the foot of Pershing Road to the right of the ferry entrance. The conductor had to switch the track half way up Pershing Road.   The trolley would really let out some screeches when the wheels were not in perfect alignment with the tracks.  Sometimes near Park Avenue and 48th Street when the overhead electric connection would jump off the line, the conductor would have to come out and pull it back on the wire to reconnect it.  Trolleys had a distinctive bell to let you know when it was going to start moving forward.  The seats were made of wicker which you would slide on when you sat down. The ride was slow but it gave you time to read the advertising inside the car.
After WWII pressure was put to eliminate the trolleys in favor or buses. Now in other parts of the country the surviving trolleys are viewed as clean, efficient tourist attractions.


Re: Burning of the Stony Point 1968 - By waterlevel on 03/29/08 at 15:59:35 - 'BayouBrute2.jpg' 120 KB
Bayou Brute salvage tug.


Re: Burning of the Stony Point 1968 - By waterlevel on 03/29/08 at 15:58:02 - 'ftmyersbeach8707.jpg' 81 KB
Fort Myers sinking site.


Re: Burning of the Stony Point 1968 - By waterlevel on 03/29/08 at 15:56:01 - 'Pict0019_capt_bob.jpg' 68 KB
Capt. Bob photo


Weehawken Train and Ferry Terminal #6 - By waterlevel on 02/02/08 at 11:19:03 - 'Weehawken1958Ff.jpg' 98 KB
This photo shows how all the spare wheels and other parts were now gone from the yard that were used to keep the West Shore Line rolling.  After selling off the parts the management claimed it could no longer keep the passenger service operable.  Within a year the West Shore closed down passenger rail and ferry service in Weehawken. Immediately to the right in the photograph is the tracks that exited to and  from the tunnel to the terminal. Carl Larson photo taken in 1958.


New York Central Repair Yard #4 - By waterlevel on 12/15/07 at 20:24:06 - 'Weehawken1958Dd.jpg' 90 KB
Number four in the series of the Weehawken yards.  In this view you can see the ferry departing for New York and an overview of the repair facilities.  It is not very clear but in the left side of the photo is the local diner that was on the right hand side of the trolly/bus shed.  The diner looked like it may have been made from a former trolly car. 13 September 1958 Carl Larson photo.


New York Central Train Shed & Ferry #3 - By waterlevel on 12/02/07 at 15:41:45 - 'Weehawken1958Cc.jpg' 112 KB
This view shows part of Pershing Road, the train sheds and ferry terminal.  13 September 1958 Carl Larson photo.


New York Central Weehawken Yards #2 - By waterlevel on 11/18/07 at 17:37:55 - 'Weehawken1958B125.jpg' 92 KB
This is the second view of the West Shore Railroad yards which steps back to the South looking North showing the old Pubic Service trolley right of way next to Pershing Road.  Carl Larson photo.


NY Central Weehawken yards & piers #1 - By waterlevel on 11/13/07 at 08:53:30 - 'Weehawken1958A125.jpg' 95 KB
The casual observer looking out over Weehawken today can hardly visualize how the New York Central piers and yards use to look like.   This is first of six photographs of the site taken on November 13th, 1958 by Carl Larson.  The view is looking North up the Hudson River.  According to his son Doug he was an avid rail fan. A note of thanks to his father for providing a snapshot in time of this facility for future generations to see.


NYC Rail yard Pier K Weehawken - By waterlevel on 10/01/07 at 19:44:59 - 'WeehawkenPierK.jpg' 159 KB
The North end of the New York Central West Shore rail yard was the scene in 1961 of freighters docking at Pier K.


Barge detail photo #3 - By waterlevel on 09/01/07 at 16:15:00 - 'NYCBARGE-2.jpg' 94 KB
Here is the last of the New York Central barge detail photos.  This should be of help to those who are building models to see a good view of the NYC logo.


Port Morris Bronx - By CHNH on 08/04/07 at 17:39:24 - 'PortMorrisBronx.jpg' 88 KB
Hello everyone  
Could anybody tell me of a good source for finding photographs (both digital and hard) of the NYC rail and marine operations at Port Morris (see arial photo) in the Bronx? Aslo any infomation on the New Haven at Oak Point would be helpful.  


Barge detail photo #2 - By waterlevel on 08/01/07 at 09:08:23 - 'NYC_BARG.jpg' 103 KB
There is some additional detail you can see about this New York Central barge.  Sliding shutters on the windows.  The ladder construction and even some hardware information.  The name of the bardge is Fordham with an identification number of CHL-550-96. Good view of the NYC logo.


Barge detail photo - By waterlevel on 07/20/07 at 09:17:17 - 'BARGEINT.jpg' 101 KB
There is nothing more revealing to the model maker than the original photographs of when the vessel was in operation. This photo also shows part of the tugboat Chauncey M. DePew.  Mr. DePew was the president of the New York Central Railroad and also president of the West Shore.   More on him can be found here:


Re: New York Central Barge Photo - By waterlevel on 07/10/07 at 06:12:14 - 'NYC_BARGE2Closeup.jpg' 69 KB
The name on the barge is WESTPORT.  There will be a few more closeup photos of barges that will be posted soon.


Re: New York Central Barge Photo - By waterlevel on 07/10/07 at 06:08:34 - 'NYC_BARGECloseup2.jpg' 92 KB
The closeup of the crates may give some clues as to the date this photo was taken.  It may have been during WWII or Korea.  I am sure it is of interest to anyone who restores Jeeps.


New York Central Barge Photo - By waterlevel on 07/10/07 at 06:03:33 - 'NYC_BARG1.jpg' 78 KB
You can see a New York Central barge in the background of this photo.  Also in the background to the left is New York Central Tugboat #14.  The cargo in the foreground is from Ford Motor Company in Canada.  Some of the crates are marked Jeep.  Two closeups of this photo will be posted for those interested in reading the crate markings and also one more closeup of the barge for those who may be working on a NYC bardge model.


Re: 1961 Fire of New York 42nd Street Ferry Terminal - By waterlevel on 07/02/07 at 07:52:52 - 'FERRYSLIPS.jpg' 88 KB
This is the final photo of the Weehawken Ferry Terminal fire which shows the New York skyline in the background.


Re: 1961 Fire of Weehawken Ferry Terminal - By waterlevel on 07/01/07 at 15:49:40 - 'FerryFireNY.jpg' 76 KB
Well Mr. Link I went back in the archives only to find that the fire photos were not just from the West Shore but also from the New York side of the Hudson River.  All the photos were filed in the same location. The first posting of this thread will be corrected to show it was taken over at 42nd Street.  Maybe someone can enlighted us as to when the fire took place at the New York 42nd Street ferry terminal.  You can see what looks like the Circle Line boats in the back of this photo.


Re: 1961 Fire of Weehawken Ferry Terminal - By waterlevel on 06/30/07 at 21:34:38 - 'FERRYFire21.jpg' 99 KB
The 1961 West Shore Ferry and Train Terminal brought an end to the historic site.  The closest thing you can see today is the ferry slips in Hoboken and the train station in Jersey City to get some idea of what the old West Shore Terminal was like.


1961 Fire of Weehawken Ferry Terminal - By waterlevel on 06/30/07 at 20:50:32 - 'FERRYFIRE.jpg' 104 KB
No one expected this loss of the huge train terminal in New York in 1961.  It was always thought it had been arson.  


Port Imperial Ferry Terminal - By waterlevel on 05/12/07 at 22:47:10 - 'NewYorkWaterway.jpg' 95 KB
This is a view of the new ferry terminal at the old New York Central ferry site for those who have not been able to get to Weehawken.  You can find more information on New York Waterway at this site:
The trip from one side of the Hudson to the other is about seven minutes.


Stony Point - By waterlevel on 05/09/07 at 10:51:18 - 'StonyPoint100.jpg' 45 KB
New York Central ferry Stony Point leaving New York for Weehawken.


Re: Color Question - By waterlevel on 04/12/07 at 20:33:26 - 'MARINEPA.jpg' 78 KB
These color swatches were taken from the original models of the New York Central Marine fleet that were produced in the drydock shop with the original NYC paint.  This set of colors refers to the ferries but you will find it the same for the tugboats.  Another source that looks very accurate is the New York Central tugboat model produced by Lionel of tugboat number 10.  Someone once said that the nearest thing to the original olive NYC color green is to actually get a jar of olives and match that color.


Albany Upper Deck - By waterlevel on 02/20/07 at 09:37:15 - 'Albanyouterdeck125.jpg' 112 KB
A veiw of the upper deck of the Albany.  The overhead was filled with life preservers.


Albany end view - By waterlevel on 01/23/07 at 08:29:06 - 'ALBANY_3.jpg' 151 KB
This photo was taken just after the ferries went out of service.
The Albany end view is posted here.
If you examine the site you will find the interior photos of the Albany as well.
Best wishes on finishing the model.


Albany topside detail photo - By waterlevel on 01/23/07 at 08:25:57 - 'ALBANYtopside.jpg' 57 KB
Here is a close up of the photo from the last image posted of the Albany in profile.


New York Central Tugboat #26 - By waterlevel on 11/21/06 at 08:43:42 - 'NYC_TUG.jpg' 95 KB
#26 in the dead of Winter pushing a car float on the Hudson River.
The New York passenger piers are in the background.


Re: Vintage NYC Marine Photos - By waterlevel on 09/22/06 at 12:27:29 - 'NEWYORColorCorrected.jpg' 46 KB
A tip of the hat to Robert Black for sharing his father's photos.  
The color has shifted over the years and here is the best that can be done to color correct one of the low resolution images.


Re: Vintage NYC Marine Photos - By Henry on 09/21/06 at 10:01:13 - 'NYCTug16atHobokenSummer1964.jpg' 64 KB
NYC #16 taken in summer of 1964 off of Hoboken Ferry.  


Re: Latest news on #16 - By oneklassyone on 04/30/06 at 20:26:49 - 'BourneTugboat1.jpg' 56 KB
Another shot of the Tugboat, the Bourne.  Not very clear as it was a very bright day and I could not get close to it.  At least not yet.  As it can be seen, it is afloat on its own.  
It is located  in Alexandria, VA in Old Town.  From the North, take U.S. 1 south towards Old Town Alexandria and turn left onto Pendleton Street.  Take it to the end on the Potomac River and it is behind a warehouse pier just inside Oronoco Bay.  More clearer pics coming.


Re: Latest news on #16 - By oneklassyone on 04/30/06 at 01:11:57 - 'Bourne_041406_004.jpg' 35 KB
This tug has only recently arrived in this area.  It looks in fabulous shape.  I am also a long-time train lover from Illinois.  I lived right across the street from the Galesburg Yards from 1964 until the 1990s.  I still have our house there and visit often.  I have many pics and memories.  A shame the old coaling tower and the roundhouse was torn down.


Re: Latest news on #16 - By oneklassyone on 04/30/06 at 01:04:28 - 'Bourne_041406_003.jpg' 34 KB
Just joined.  I have seen this tug, the Bourne, and did some research.  I took this picture of it on the 14th of April.  It is resting in the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia.  It appears that a display is being built in the river but it is in the water.  Sorry for the smallish pic as I was shooting from a distance.  I will load more closer shots soon.


Re: NEW YORK CENTRAL TUGBOAT #16 ENDANGERED - By CAR FLOATER on 02/09/06 at 15:29:02 - 'hull2.jpg' 306 KB
Here's another pic


Re: NEW YORK CENTRAL TUGBOAT #16 ENDANGERED - By CAR FLOATER on 02/09/06 at 15:28:23 - 'hull1.jpg' 131 KB
on Feb 8th, 2006, 9:38pm, Moogle826 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I think another steam tug named baltimore might have a major hull replacement

Hi Moogle -  
If I read you correctly, are are you putting forth the idea that maybe they could graft a new hull on #16?
I wish it were that easy, and maybe in this day and age, it is. However, these tugboats were built in the early 1900's, when hulls were built iron plate by iron plate, and bolted, not welded together. If the site for NYC #13 was still up, you could see some pictures, but luckily I saved some before it went down, showing the hull structure. Not olny that, but ships were almost a unique work of art from builder to builder, and unless everything matches up, they are not interchangable.
I will be happy if we can just save it, nothing more, but that's the first step.


Re: NEW YORK CENTRAL TUGBOAT #16 ENDANGERED - By waterlevel on 01/13/06 at 14:11:54 - '16.jpg' 22 KB
Contact was made with  Mr. Bill Larosa of the Hudson County, NJ Office of Cultural Affairs and Tourism.  He graciously forwarded the information to the townships of Weehawken, West New York and Hoboken.  Joy Sikowsky of the Hoboken Historical Museum indicated they would be intersted in the project.  
Attached is a side view of #16.


Re: NEW YORK CENTRAL TUGBOAT #16 ENDANGERED - By waterlevel on 01/12/06 at 18:49:55 - 'NYC16Closeup.jpg' 50 KB
Lastest information on #16:
Contacted the Mayor's office of Weehawken, West New York and the Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs and Tourism. Will post developments when the occur.
Here is a close up view of the NYC #16 in Cape Cod, Mass.


New York Central Tugboat Indangered - By waterlevel on 01/07/06 at 21:33:12 - 'nyc16_Buzzards_Bay.jpg' 71 KB
I have very little to go on about the New York Central Tugboat #16 that has been located at Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts along the Cape Cod Canal.  I could not access the article dated November 16, 2005 as published in the Boston Herald.  What is briefly written about it is that it may be scrapped to make way for a new CVS store.  Can anyone add any information about this?
Look at this site for what I observed about it:


Re: Second lighting off a boiler photo - By waterlevel on 12/12/05 at 11:53:39 - 'Tugboatgifts.jpg' 25 KB
While we are at it I would like to have the opportunity to direct your attention to a print  of New York Central Tugboats that is available on line titled:  New York City Tugs.
11" x 14" Limited Edition Print. Detailed Tug Boat Scene by Steven Cryan
Another site for what you may want for Christmas is:
That site offers tugboat keychains, letter openers and the like.  
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who visit the site.


Second lighting off a boiler photo - By waterlevel on 12/09/05 at 09:28:13 - 'BOILERLighting.jpg' 70 KB
As indicated in the previous posting here is the second photo of an engineer lighting off a boiler.  Notice the length of the rod to reach the burners.


Lighting Off the boiler - By waterlevel on 12/09/05 at 09:24:32 - 'LIGHTINGOFF.jpg' 66 KB
Here is the first of two photos showing how a rod with a little "waste" as it was called (a rag soaked in fuel) that was used to light off the boiler.


Ferry Engine Room Controls - By waterlevel on 12/06/05 at 19:44:20 - 'FerryEngine.jpg' 63 KB
W.A. Fletcher Company built some of the most powerful engines for the New York Central ferries.  This is a view of the engine controls and the engine telegraph.


Weehawken Painting - By waterlevel on 09/20/05 at 19:01:37 - 'WeehawkenPainting.jpg' 69 KB
Port Imperial is now where the New York Central train and ferry yards once stood.  In the ticket/boarding area for the current ferries that run between New Jersey and New York you can find a few paintings on the wall.  This is one of them.  I can't tell you the story behind it but as you can see it depicts the New York Central tracks in an earlier era of transportation and architecture.  For those who have not seen the landscape of New York and New Jersey from the water I recommend a trip on the Spirit Cruises that depart from Port Imperial.

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