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New Jersey Museum of Transportation & Pine Creek Railroad Museum
PineCreekRailroadwithLicence.jpg
The Ely-Thomas Lumber Company No. 6 train
Established 1952 (1952)
Location Wall Township, New Jersey
located within Allaire State Park
Type Railroad museum
Collections See "Collections" for list
Founder James Wright
Jay L. Wulfson
Pierre "Pete" Rasmussen
Nearest parking On-site

The New Jersey Museum of Transportation is a museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, and operation of historic railroad equipment. The organization runs excursion trains on a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge tourist railroad named the Pine Creek Railroad. The museum is independently operated along with the Allaire Village and is located in Allaire State Park in New Jersey. The museum runs Easter Bunny Express trains in April, Haunted Halloween trains in October, and Santa Special trains on the weekends in December.

History

The origins of the New Jersey Museum of Transportation began with the purchase of a Baldwin 0-4-0T engine from the Raritan River Sand Company in 1952 by a pair of railroad enthusiasts. This first engine was named the Pine Creek No. 1 and was eventually sold to the Walt Disney company, where it was overhauled and renamed the #4 Ernest S. Marsh. The engine is still in use today at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California.

Initially a 2.5-acre (1.0 ha) plot of land on Route 9 in Marlboro was purchased where the railroad was run as a tourist attraction, but in 1952 when the organization was facing large property tax increases the not-for-profit Pine Creek Railroad Division of the New Jersey Museum of Transportation was formed and the operations were moved to its present-day location in Allaire State Park.

While the Pine Creek railroad loop runs adjacent to the abandoned Freehold and Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad that skirts the park (now known as the Edgar Felix Bikeway), it was never part of that rail line right-of-way.

Collection

The following is only a partial listing of equipment that has been or is currently at the Museum.

Original Owner Number Wheel Arrangement Date Built Builder Acquired Sold Status Notes
Steam Locomotives:
Raritan River Sand Co. 10 0-4-0T ? Baldwin Locomotive Works 1950 1959 Off Roster
Hope Natural Gas Company 3 0-4-0T ? H. K. Porter, Inc 1956 1960 Off Roster
Raritan Copper Works 9 0-4-0T 1924 H. K. Porter, Inc 1956 N/A In storage
Ely-Thomas Lumber Co. 6 Two-Truck Shay 1927 Lima Locomotive Works 1955 N/A In Storage One of the last narrow gauge Shays left in the world
Chiriqui Land Co. 46 2-6-0 1914 H. K. Porter, Inc 1969 N/A In Storage
Cavan and Leitrim Railway 3 4-4-0T 1887 Robert Stephenson & Co. 1959 N/A In storage
Lehigh Valley Coal Company 117 0-4-0T 1925 Vulcan Iron Works 2005 N/A On display
Surry, Sussex and Southampton Railway 26 2-6-2 1920 Baldwin Locomotive Works 2014 N/A In storage
Diesel Locomotives:
Plymouth Locomotive Works(?) 1 B ? Plymouth Locomotive Works ? N/A In Storage
Pouch Terminal Co. 2 B 1929 Mack Trucks Inc. 1982 N/A In Storage
Marcus Sand Company 5 B 1920(?) Plymouth Locomotive Works ? Operational
Jackson Model 4000 Track Tamper 12 B ? Jackson 2005 N/A Under Restoration
US Steel 39 B-B 1955 General Electric 1991 N/A In Storage
US Steel 41 B-B 1955 General Electric 1991 N/A Scrapped
US Steel 45 B-B 1955 General Electric 1991 N/A Operational
Alcoa 701 B 1920s Davenport Locomotive Works ? N/A In Storage
United States Army 7751 B 1942 General Electric 1977 N/A Operational
Rolling Stock:
United States Navy ? B-B 1942(?) United States Navy (?) 1977(?) N/A In Storage
Raritan River Railroad 7 B-B ? Raritan River Railroad (?) 1920s(?) N/A Used as Office
Newfoundland Railway 502 B-B 1902 ? 1960s N/A Operational
Newfoundland Railway 509 B-B 1902 ? 1960s N/A In Storage
East Broad Top Railroad 824 B-B ? American Car and Foundry Company 1967(?) N/A Static Display
Central Railroad of Pennsylvania (CNJ) 22866 B-B Early 1940s Association of American Railroads 1983(?) N/A Not Operational
Central Railroad of Pennsylvania (CNJ) 23193 B-B Early 1940s Association of American Railroads 1983(?) N/A Not Operational
Central Railroad of Pennsylvania (CNJ) 24343 B-B Early 1940s Association of American Railroads 1983(?) N/A Not Operational
United States Navy 331787 B-B 1942 United States Navy(?) 1977 N/A Operational
Central Railroad of New Jersey 91155 B-B 1874 New Jersey Southern Railroad 1972 N/A Operational
Central Railroad of New Jersey 91542(?) B-B ? New Jersey Southern Railroad ? N/A In Storage

Grounds

Buildings on the grounds include the Allenwood Station (built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the early 1940s for use in Allenwood, NJ), the Freneau Station (built by the Jersey Central in the early 1900s on the CNJ Freehold Branch), a Union Newsstand (built circa 1910 in Manasquan, NJ, purchased in 1969), a crossing shanty, a maintenance shop, a heavy equipment building, a car barn (used for storage of rolling stock), as well as an office (Raritan River Railroad #7).

Sunken engines

In 1985, two steam engines were found side by side and in an upright position by charter boat Captain Dan Lieb in 90 feet (27 m) of water 5 miles (8.0 km) off the coast of Long Branch. Further identification of these engines occurred in 2004 when a team of diving and railroad enthusiasts working along with the History Channel production team investigated the engines. After viewing several digital images it was discovered, through the evidence of several artifacts on the engines, that they were Civil War-era Planet Class 2-2-2 locomotives from between 1850 and 1855.

On September 25, 2004, the New Jersey Museum of Transportation was granted custody of the two engines by US District Judge Joseph Irenas. The museum hopes one day to raise the relics for display and interpretation at the museum.

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