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New Shops

The "New" Engine Shed
Constructed circa 1950 - 1951

#16 sits in the engine shed  along with some MOW equipment. 1985. Photo by John Humes. It was all quiet at the Rahway Valley's meticulously maintained shops on this day. The doors are down and locked, not a soul can be seen anywhere. Photo by Tom Piccirillo.

#16 & 17 work the yards in Kenilworth in the 1980s.

In anticipation of the first diesel's (#16) arrival in early 1951, the Rahway Valley Railroad constructed a new three stall masonry building to house its locomotives. The "new" shops (or engine house or engine shed) were constructed in front of the old, wooden, two stall one, that had stood for decades. The new engine house provided a well lit space, enclosed from the elements, where light maintenance work could be performed on the railroad's two diesels (#16 and 17). The engine house also provided some storage space, where some old records and relics were kept. Until 1959, #15 was stored here in her retirement from service, before being sold to F. Nelson Blount.

The diesels were rotated from stall to stall, one held the in-service diesel and one held the stored diesel which might of been received some repairs. Never having a third diesel, the remaining stall would have been used for a variety of things, from storing #15 to boxcars of Canadian Whiskey (see Booze on the Branch).

The shops were always kept in good repair under Clark family management, and under the care of George Davis. The three large doors were originally painted yellow when the shop was erected, but eventually were repainted a dark green color. Everything was always neat and tidy, never a broken window pane, never a thing out of place.

The years went on, Cahill came to manage the railroad, Davis retired, and the Delaware Otsego Corporation eventually took ownership of the line from the Keller family. Later years took their toll on the engine shed, the structure came to look disheveled: vandals breaking windows and large plywood boards covering the broken glass.

Delaware Otsego discontinued service on the Rahway Valley Railroad in April of 1992 and the Kenilworth Yards, as well as the engine house, fell silent. Not long after the railroad's closure, the engine house was torn down.

This photo was taken in 1970. You can see O. Winston Link's coach 
that he was restoring on the side track. The caboose on the side track is NOT 102, but an ex-Jersey Central hack (see the Rahway Valley's 'Other' Caboose ) that someone purchased and stored here.
Collection of George Picyk.

The shops in Kenilworth on March 3, 1985. The obervation coach on the left was part of the rail car rebuilding service that was located on the railroad for some years. Collection of Richard J. King.

This is O. Winston Link's ex-Rutland combine sitting in front of the Kenilworth Shops in the early 1970's. Link stored the coach in Kenilworth for a number of years. Link was a fixture in the Kenilworth yards for many years. Collection of Patty Clark Gilbride.

#116 owned by the Delaware Otsego Corporation spent some time on the RVRR in the late 1980s. #116 is seen here in front of the Kenilworth shops with two ex-NJDOT E9's that someone had rented space here to work on.

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