Protecting the Past


Not so long ago, there was only one way to travel

across the country — by train. From 1872 through 1929,

Ringoes Station was Hunterdon County’s gateway

to the world. The railroad could take you anywhere —

Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, even the Jersey Shore.

The Black River Railroad Historical Trust is dedicated

to preserving this exciting part of New Jersey’s history.

The mission of the Black River Railroad

Historical Trust (BRHT) is to continue the work

of the founders of the Black River & Western Railroad

through conservation and education. The BRHT is

restoring vintage equipment, preserving objects and

documents from railroad history, and creating an

environment which promotes the joy of railroading. 

The sights and sounds of the railroad are alive in

Hunterdon County, thanks to the hard work

of our loyal volunteers. Trains still run from

Flemington to Ringoes, bringing passengers in 

historic coaches to visit the restored

Ringoes Station and yard.

But there is still much to do. Engine #60,

a 2-8-0 Consolidation type locomotive, is being

refurbished. Engine #60 is the only standard gauge,

steam locomotive in New Jersey engaged in

regularly-scheduled passenger service. A museum

car is being created, with interactive exhibits for

children. Part of preserving the past is passing it

on to the next generation.

You too can be a part of railroad history.

Come aboard today and join the

Black River Railroad Historical Trust. 

Join in 2003 to become a charter member

and receive a certificate suitable for framing!

(Click logo for membership information.)

P.O. Box 232
Ringoes, NJ 08551