Meadows Shop Tour Return Visit

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Almost 40 attendees were treated to a tour of the Meadows Shop on our first trip of 2012. We were broken down into three small groups and each group leader from NJ Transit provided an informative and enjoyable tour through various parts of the facility. In addition, there were numerous indoor and outdoor photo opportunities. A very good time was had by all. Special thanks go to Ira at Coach Tours for providing us with a means to exit the facility after the tour.

The ERA is pleased to announce a return visit to the main rail facility of New Jersey Transit, the Meadows Maintenance Complex, in Kearny, N.J., on Saturday, April 14, 2012. We last visited the MMC in 2007 as part of a New Jersey and Staten Island trip, and we know a number of you have expressed an interest in returning. NJ Transit rail has received some new equipment since our last visit to the MMC. In addition to a tour of the maintenance facility to be given by the manager of the Locomotive Shop, there will be opportunities to take photos.

Those attending will have to meet us at Newark Broad Street Station (inbound platform) of the Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton lines in time to catch the 9:19 am train heading to Hoboken, which is scheduled to make an employee stop at MMC. There are at least three ways you can do this:

  1. Just be on the correct platform at Newark Broad Street to catch this 9:19 am train;
  2. Take the 8:11 am Midtown Direct train from Penn Station-New York towards Dover and get off at Newark Broad Street at 8:30 am; you would then have the option to transfer across the platform to the train to Bay Street-Montclair mentioned in “3” that follows; or
  3. Take the 8:08 am Montclair line train out of Hoboken, ride it to last stop at Bay Street-Montclair, and then take it back at 9:00 am out of Bay Street-Montclair, staying on after it stops at Newark Broad Street at 9:19 AM Any NJT fares will be at your own expense.

You will not need a ticket to ride between Newark Broad Street and MMC. We should arrive at the MMC around 9:30 am and estimate that the tour and photo opportunities will take approximately 2-1/2 hours. A Coach Tours charter bus will pick us up at the MMC around 12:00 noon and drop attendees off at either (a) Hoboken Terminal or (b) Penn Station New York. Because only a very limited number of trains are scheduled to stop at the MMC on weekends, the above travel arrangements were the best we could make.

If you have a car and plan to drive to the MMC instead of using the above arrangements, please contact Sid Keyles via email (sidkeyles@optonline.net) or at 201-684-9408. For all attendees, in anticipation of the need for security clearance for all attendees, please make certain to have a photo ID in your possession.

Ticket Price: $20 Per Person

Join us for a very special tour on our return visit to the Meadows Maintenance Complex. The ticket price is only $20 for this tour. A PDF of the trip flyer can be downloaded below. Please write your email address legibly on the application so we can notify you if there are any changes in the arrangements detailed above. This trip operates rain or shine.

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