Board Officers

Larry Gross
President

Kevin Phalon
Vice President, Operations

Richard King
Vice President, Finance

Ken Brown
Vice President, General Counsel

Joe Mele
Secretary

Arnold Restivo
Treasurer

Our Story:

In the 1980s, NJ Transit sought to retire much of its historic equipment. Recognizing the importance of these artifacts, several NJ-based railroad organizations formed the United Railroad Historical Society. Their goal: provide a way for concerned preservationists to be able to speak with one voice to save these artifacts to educate the people of New Jersey in the state and region's railroad heritage. The pieces that were saved became New Jersey's core collection of historic equipment and are preserved and maintained by the all-volunteer URHS team.

Who We Are:

The URHS is currently governed by the members of 13 member-organizations. Each organization receives one vote on the board of directors, and assigns a group of delegates to represent its members. The board of directors is elected from this group of delegates.

What We Do:

Much of the URHS's collection is stored in Boonton, NJ, in a rail yard leased to the organization by NJ Transit. The yard is home to the URHS's core collection, and is shared by equipment that is owned by member-organizations.


Member-Organizations

Bergen-Rockland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society

Railroad enthusiast group headquartered in Westwood, NJ and Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society

Black River and Western Historical Trust

A not-for-profit organization which manages the public passenger trains and events on the Black River & Western Railroad.

Jersey Central Railroad Historical Society

A non-profit group dedicated to the preservation and restoration of railroad and railroad related equipment, structures, photographs and literature.

Lackawanna Chapter, The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society

Chapter of the country's oldest railroad history organization, covering New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.

Liberty Historic Railway

An advocate and funding organization for the transportation preservation field in New Jersey.

The New York, Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society  

Preservation organization and excursion train operator which recognizes the history of the NYS&W.

North Jersey Electric Railway Historical Society

An organization committed to further the study of historic electric railway operations and equipment.

Ontario and Western Railway Historical Society

An organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of the New York, Ontario, & Western Railway and other area railroads.

Tri-State Railway Historical Society

Organization dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey's rich railroad heritage through restoration of equipment, and publishing of written railroad history.

Volunteer Railroaders Association

Volunteer group which runs fundraising passenger trains and operates motor cars. 

West Jersey Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society

Organization based in South Jersey which hosts meetings and publishes books and periodicals.

Whippany Railway Museum

Railroad museum on the Morristown & Erie Railway which operates excursion trains and maintains a collection open to the public in Whippany, NJ.