The Milford Mile

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Millie and the Milford Mile

The Milford Mile

We Need Your Help!

The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society  is currently operating steam & diesel train rides from Phillipsburg eight miles South to just outside of Riegelsville NJ, our current end of track. Over 70,000 people ride our trains annually. Some day we hope to run the line all the way into the quaint country town of Milford, that's only another seven miles away! The line to Milford is filled with beautiful river views and the farm lands of Hunterdon County.  Everyone should see these views from the railroad.

This Program is called "Buy-A-Tie,  Millie and the Milford Mile".

The Buy-A-Tie program is for the direct purpose of buying railroad ties to help rebuild and extend the section of the former Pennsylvania  Railroad from Milford Station as far North as the money we raise will take us;  Closing the gap to Riegelsville.

This section of railroad has been the home to Millie for 75 years. How long have you or your friends and family lived in the area? From November of 1941 into the late 1970’s Millie worked the plant in Holland moving coal and later, oil into the big power plant. I guess you could say everyone in the area owes Millie a small thanks for all the decades she did her share of  providing the community with electricity.

By late 2008 Millie had been bumped to outside storage for over 25 years, mother nature had not been kind to her at all. She wasn’t far from the scrap yard when a member of the society made an attempt to purchase and rebuild her. Thanks to the plant manager and a few employees it happened. So after six years, just over $40,000 in cash and over 20 people donating over 2,000 hours in volunteer time, she is going through test runs after a extensive rebuild.

Pic:  JCP&L’s / Holland Townships lifelong resident GE 146 “Millie to her friends” keeping Milford’s lights on working the Holland power plant in the mid 1950’s

Donations

Online: 

You may make a donation using a secure online form in increments of $20 by clicking on the link below

DONATE

 OR

If you would rather mail a check, please make check payable to NYS&W Technical & Historical Society Inc. (Memo, Buy-A-Tie-Milford Mile).

Mail to:

NYSWTHS – Attn:  Milford Mile

PO box 121

Rochelle Park NJ 07662

The Retirement Job:

While the 15 miles of railroad between Phillipsburg and Milford is intact the first seven miles North out of Milford is not suitable for passenger service. On Sept24th 2016 the Town of Milford will be holding its annual Milford Alive Event, the NYSWTHS would like to try and return Millie to her home town for everyone to see and enjoy. After hauling coal & oil for 40 years we‘re thinking a retirement job hauling the people of  Milford, Holland Twp and New Jersey might be a fitting duty! Plus it’s a way for her to keep serving the communities she’s been part of since her build date in 1941, when she rolled out the General Electric shop in Schenectady  NY.   To pull this off we have a very small window of opertunity; we need to raise as close to $30,000  as possible so railroad ties and spikes can be ordered and the rebuild completed in time for the big event. (first round of supplies to be ordered on 8-22-16, work will be starting the following week)   
The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society is a no
n profit company as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please consult your tax advisor for further information regarding the deductibility of this contribution. 
On behalf of the NYS&W, Technical & Historical Societ
y, we would like to thank you for your consideration in supporting this truly historic event. Imagine, the first train in Milford NJ in almost 15 years. On this day we will be providing free train rides all day in the Black River &Western’s bay window caboose #133. Through the support of people like you, we have been able to advance our commitment to preserving railroad equipment and archives, as well as educate the general public about railroad safety and heritage here in beautiful Northern New Jersey.

 

Any single person or company making a donation of $250.00 or more will have a brass plate with their name and town engraved on it, then secured on a plaque to be placed on our train. Plus an I supported Millie Tee shirt.

PLEASE.  Many of you could have a company match program at work for 501(c)(3) orginazations without even knowing it.  You raise $500, your company matches it with $500.

Millie basking in the sunshine waiting patiently for a retirement job to begin. Photo July 2016

 

By the early 1980’s the power plant was converting over to natural gas.  Millie was out of a job and pushed outside in nature’s elements for the next 25 years.  Time was not her friend….. But help was on the way!!