Belvidere and Delaware River Railway
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|Headquarters||Phillipsburg, New Jersey|
|Locale||Hunterdon County, New Jersey|
|Dates of operation||1995–|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Website||Belvidere & Delaware River Railway|
The Belvidere & Delaware River Railway Company (reporting mark BDRV) also known as Delaware River Railroad is a class III railroad in the United States. It was formed in 1995 when the Conrail Delaware Secondary line was purchased by the Black River Railroad System, which operates several railroad services in western New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. The Black River Railroad System also owns and operates the Black River & Western Railroad (BR&W). BR&W leases 10 miles of track to BDRV since 2004. Trackage purchased was a segment of the original Belvidere Delaware Railroad, later controlled by the Pennsylvania Railroad and ultimately Penn Central.
The main operation of BDRV is freight service south along the Delaware River from Phillipsburg to Carpentersville, a distance of 7 miles along the scenic Delaware River in New Jersey. Much of the industry is lumber, stone, chemicals and raw materials. Service is provided thrice weekly. BDRV originally served the James River Paper plant in Milford, New Jersey, assuming the task from Conrail: service to the plant ended in July 2003 when the plant closed. The paper plant is currently designated as a Superfund site. Aside from retrieving remaining freight cars from the plant, train service to Milford officially ceased in early 2004. Freight service to Congregated Paper in nearby Riegelsville, Pennsylvania was also terminated in early 2004 when the firm switched from railroad to trucking for product shipment.
BDRV interchanges with Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) in Phillipsburg, which provides connections to the national rail network. Commercial agreements also provide a connection with the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) at Allentown, Pennsylvania. BDRV is a NS handling carrier, meaning NS haulage rates include delivery to BDRV customers by BDRV.
In 2004, the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway (NYS&W) Technical & Historical Society, in partnership with BDRV, began operating Phillipsburg–Carpentersville steam-powered excursions. Service was extended as far as Riegelsville, Pennsylvania in 2016, utilizing former NYS&W locomotive No. 142. No. 142 is a China Railways SY type 2-8-2 Mikado steam locomotive built by the Tangshan locomotive works in 1989 for the Valley Railroad in Essex, Connecticut in Valley No. 1647, and sold to NYS&W in 1992. The locomotive was renumbered No. 142, and operated mainline excursions on NYS&W. The locomotive was brought out of storage by BDRV in 2004 for use on the excursions. NYS&W Technical & Historical Society operates their trains under the banner name "Delaware River Railroad Excursions".
Out of service
NYS&W Technical & Historical Society began clearing the line of vegetation south of Carpentersville, eventually reaching Milford in late 2010. The line south of Carpentersville sees limited service though track gangs frequent the trackage on rail speeders. The borough of Milford has a yearly event called "Milford Alive" which includes rail speeder rides on the line. There are future plans to restore regular train service to the Riegelsville and Milford when track conditions have been further upgraded.
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