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Joe Basara’s Pictures

 

Joe grew up on Serviss Avenue in South River during the 70s.  He saw the red Raritan River Railroad switchers running behind his house on a regular basis.  Joe was even around shortly after the fire that leveled the shops complex shortly after Conrail took over.  He was allowed inside some of the Cabooses, got to know the engineers really well, even saw RRRR Crane #3 get cut up.

Here are some of Joe’s pictures and photos to document his life along the old Ricky.

 

Click on each picture or link to see a full 640x800 picture

 

 

 

Early Years

 

 

Post Card from 1953 shows Steam Locomotive #19

 

Later Years

 

 

Diesel Tank in South Amboy - 1983

 

Shops complex in SA - 1983

Shortly after this picture was taken, the

 

The shops complex is abandoned by this point.  Conrail took over in 1981, and immediately shut down the shops.  The existing EMD SW900 switchers were left unprotected and running in Parlin to the annoyance of the town and its residents.  

 

Minimal maintenance was done on them, and after two years of abuse, the switchers were scrapped in 1983.  About the same time, the shops complex was torched (burned to the ground), and the Parlin Station was needlessly torn down.

 

Both the Shops and the Parlin Station could have been rented out.  In fact even the SW900s, had they not been abused and non-maintained, could have been sold off as working engines. 

 

Funny how when Conrail wanted to make a point, nothing stood in their way.

 

 

Shops Complex shortly after the fire - 1983

 

 

RRRR hopper car, used for sand - 1980

 

 

Parlin Station - 1980

 

 

Parlin Station shortly before its torn down.

 

The Parlin Station is also abandoned at this point.  Torn down shortly after this picture was taken.

 

 

Joe on Caboose #6

 

 

Joe in Caboose #6

 

RRRR #6 behind Joe’s House along the South River Branch

 

 

Joe’s laundry in his backyard as RRRR #6 heads down the South River Branch

Shots of the RRRR on the South River Branch are rare and hard to come by!

 

 

Joe stands along RRRR Crane #3 shortly before its cut up. - 1980

 

 

 

RRRR Crane #3 is no more!

 

 

RRRR Crane #3 continues to get cut up - 1983

 

 

Raritan River Inspection Train – 1973

 

See related story here:  Caboose #8

http://www.raritanriver-rr.com/RRRRCaboose8.htm

 

 

 

 

Caboose #8

 

See related story here:  Caboose #8

http://www.raritanriver-rr.com/RRRRCaboose8.htm

 

 

 

Caboose #7 (1nd)

Currently at Pine Creek RR at Alaire State Park, NJ

 

 

(during the late 1960’s, a Vermont Railway caboose was on its way to Alaire State park to be parked as a static display.  The RRRR realizing that this Vermont Railway caboose was in better shape then their current #7 decided to swap the cabooses.  That’s how the RRRR Caboose #7 made it to Alaire State Park)

 

 

 

Caboose Number 7 (2st)

 

 

 

Caboose #6 and #8

 

 

See related story here:  Caboose #8

http://www.raritanriver-rr.com/RRRRCaboose8.htm

 

 

 

 

Caboose #6

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMD #1

 

EMD #2

 

EMD #3

 

EMD #4 - postcard

 

EMD #4

 

EMD #5

 

EMD #6 and Caboose #7

This is a great shot! 

 

Check out this super large scan of the above picture!  Its 1160x760 in size so you can see ALL the details!

 

 

 

EMD #1 - 1975

 

 

 

RRRR Box Car 100

 

This car was never used in interchange service.  It was rebuilt after a fire in the early 70’s and used strictly for online customer needs.

See the fascinating story and current location of Box Car 100 here:

http://www.raritanriver-rr.com/BoxCar100.htm

 

 

For a SUPER SIZED shot of the super rare Box Car 100, click here:

Warning, I scanned it in at 600dpi, so its at least 2048x1500

www.raritanriver-rr.com/JoePhotos_640480/Large/boxcar100-600dpi.jpg

 

 

 

Conrail years on the old Ricky

 

 

CR 8686 - 1982

 

 

 

Conrail in Parlin at Sayreville Jct - 1982

 

 

Conrail GP-15 on SR Swing Bridge – 1982

This was noted as the largest engine ever on the line due to a power shortage by Conrail.

 

 

 

Conrail Caboose 18814 in Browns Yard in the snow – 1983

 

 

 

 

Conrail Caboose 18698 – Parlin – 1983

 

 

 

 

Conrail 9017 at Parlin – 1983

 

CR 1931 switching Dupont at Parlin - 1983

 

 

 

Conrail – Browns Yard in the snow

 

 

 

CR 8671 - 1984

 

 

CR 8686 - 1982

 

 

Conrail 8686 – 1982

 

CR 8686 – Al Ust – engineer – 1982

 

 

CR 8989 - 1983

 

 

 

 

 

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Other Fine Sites Dedicated to the Raritan River Railroad

 

www.RaritanRiverRailroad.com

 

http://www.geocities.com/transit383/rrhist.html

 

http://jcrhs.org/raritanriver.html

 

 

Here is an entire forum dedicated to discussions of the RRRR!

 

www.railroad-line.com/forum/forum.asp?forum_id=2