A Day At The New Jersey Museum of Transportation

The NJMT are the owners of C&L 4-4-0T "Lady Edith," ex-Tralee & Dingle coach 18T, a Clogher Valley box van (I have the number somewhere and will add it when I find it), and an ex-T&D brake third.  Lady Edith is presently out of service waiting for a new boiler, though she's in good mechanical shape otherwise.  The brake and van have just been rebuilt and look great.  18T.... well, that's another story.  After great delay, I was finally able to visit the collection and was given a tour by the museum's Chief Mechanical Officer, Jim LuBrant, who took several hours on a busy Saturday to show me around and answer my endless questions.  Many thanks, Jim!

Here are a selection of photos of the collection.

A look into the shed where Lady Edith rests with the brake and van on the track to the right.

The rebuilt ex-T&D brake with the CVR van to the right.  The brake has original hardware and most of the original undercarriage, but the body is almost all new construction.  The arrangement of windows and doors was a somewhat arbitrary decision on the museum's part.  The windows had been planked over in a rebuild when the T&D dropped passenger service and converted the vehicle to a full brake, but the framing for the windows remained and since the NJMT planned to use it for their passenger service, they decided windows would be a nice thing to have.  It's a handsome vehicle in any event.

A close up of the bogies at the brake end of the vehicle.

A close up of the axle box.

An axle guard of the CVR van.  The raillway's initials are on the journal box.

Lady Edith and the CVR van on the left.

Lady Edith's smoke box.
Lady Edith on the fireman's side.  The boiler wrapper is presently off; her dome and safety valve cover are stored in the CVR van behind her.  Interesting bit of trivia: the boiler (a replacement built by Hunslet in the 1920s) was insulated with oak blocks.  The NJMT removed this and replaced it with asbestos lagging, which had to be removed later at a cost of many thousands of dollars.

Lady Edith's name plates--her name, number, and builder's plates are all original, though the museum has made copies which are safely stored away just in case.

Coach 18T in very sad condition.  It had been stored out in the elements for many years and looks much the worse for it.  Even if I'd thought to try to step inside it, Jim would have prevented me--not at all safe at this point.  I don't know the explanation for the County Donegal paint scheme.

A close up of the bogies of 18T.

While stored outdoors, somebody had the bright idea that if he put a tarp over the roof, the coach would be protected from the elements.  The tarp instead trapped the moisture beneath it and accelerated the rotting of the roof.  Here's a view of the roof formers and planks in the central 1st class compartment and one of the inadvertent skylights--there are several.

A picture taken through one of the window openings in the third class section (no glass) of the benches (very likely original) and the partition separating the first and third class compartments.

One of the benches (likely original) in the outer first class section.  It would have been covered with cushions when in service, which is why it looks more utilitarian than the third class bench.

A look through the end window into the first class compartments.  I had to stand on the front deck of the adjacent diesel switcher (or shunter if you prefer) to get this photo.  There is a legless cushioned bench in the middle compartment, but I don't know if it's original.