In 1965, I had
a computer job in NYC, but I was also committed to leading the Leonia,
NJ, troop to Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in Blairstown, NJ, for a week. I left
a message at the office Monday that I had gotten badly sunburned over
the weekend. Thursday morning I drove to Andover and caught the Sussex
train to Netcong, then the (old) Boonton line to Hoboken and into the
I remember well
sitting in that little Andover shed waiting, with my car parked nearby.
The stop was just a wooden shed with a bench along the rear wall, and
I was afraid the train wouldn't come, but it did.
As it happened,
it was cloudy all week and I could not get even a slight tan much less
a burn at No-Be. I took the train back that evening. I always marveled
at the Sussex line tunnel through the Lackawanna Cutoff, and the highway
My father remembers
the milk trains with tank cars that went along the Sussex branch, collecting
farmers' milk or getting it to a dairy. It was my only foray on the
DL&W off the M&E line, and I marveled at the high speed, straight
tracks of the Boonton line which, I hear, has been altered since 1965.
I only wish my
father or I had pictures of a Borden milk car; my only memories are
of stainless steel, unpainted exteriors, black lettering, but I don't
know where those memories are from.
I used to get chills
when I drove through that tunnel under the "cutoff", with the rail line
next to us. The cutoff was indeed an impressive creation. I will be
there when service starts again. Of course by then I will get senior
But that trip from
Andover to Hoboken, with a look at Netcong and a fast trip down the
original Boonton (freight) line make for (increasingly fuzzy) good memories.