I grew up in
This web site will explain the history of the line, and its
current state of its Right-of-Way, and any current surviving rolling
stock.† I will hope to clear up much of
the erroneous and false information that exists on the Web today.† Since the
Since published information is so hard to come by, I hope that after gathering the many stories and pictures from those that actually worked with and knew the railroad, someday a new book can be complied for all to read.† (I have since abandoned the idea of publishing a book, as a web site is easy to access and free for all).† If you have stories or information you would like to share, or have any photos or documents I can post on this site, please donít hesitate to contact me.† I would love to hear anyoneís story if they have one to tell.†
I can be reached at Tom_E_Reynolds at Yahoo.com
Since I wrote that introduction in 2004, many new and exciting things have happened in my quest to learn all there was about the little Raritan River Railroad. (and a few sad ones too.)† I have been in contact with many employees of the line, or their siblings.† I had the privilege and honor to meet the late Jack Toth and Bob Kipp, last General Manager and Vice President of the Raritan River Railroad.† And the best was yet to come.† ††
You see, Bob was the last one out in 1980 when Conrail came in.† Bob gave them the keys and took everything home that Conrail didnít want, and put it in his basement and forgot about it.† Boxes and boxes of timetables, revenue statements, income statements, even the old official pass book.† Maps too.† But not just any maps, Bob had the set from 1912, 1940s, and the 1960s.†† Dozens of slides, showing engines, cars, wrecks, just about everything.† They sat down there until he met me.
Previously, after buying some timetables on Ebay (actually I may have bought
I also knew I needed to act quickly.† Bob wanted to sell, but was kind enough to let me copy (digitize) his collection.†† Papers, maps, slides.† I had them all digitized as quickly as I could.† That way they can never get lost, burned, moldy, or destroyed.† Bobís collection will live in cyberspace forever.† It cost a fortune, but will forever preserve the history and legend of the Raritan River Railroad.
Bob Kipp passed away shortly after, but will forever be remembered by me and other Raritan River fans as the kind and generous man who kept the memory (and the details) of the Raritan in his basement.