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NJ TRANSIT Rail Operations Recognizes the “Forty Year Club,” employees who have been with the railroad since the initiation of Rail Operations service in 1983


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Ridgewood NJ, as part of its 40th anniversary celebration of NJ TRANSIT Rail Operations, NJ TRANSIT honored the “Forty Year Club,” which consists of 28 employees who have been with the railroad or its corporate predecessors since the initiation of Rail Operations service in 1983. At today’s Board of Directors meeting, a proclamation was presented to this distinguished group by NJDOT Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Rail Operations James A. Sincaglia.

“Congratulations to these longtime dedicated NJ TRANSIT employees who are essential to the successful operation of our rail service,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “We applaud their decades of public service to the people of New Jersey.”

“Today, we recognize employees who have been instrumental to the success of NJ TRANSIT’s rail operations over the past 40 years,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett. “Their long-term commitment and dedication has been a cornerstone of our work to provide safe and reliable rail service to our customers.”

The following rail servce employees have 40 or more years of service (listed by year of hire):


  • John Boyington, Block Operator



  • Edward Jocelyn, Chief Engineer Signals
  • George Burke, System Power Supervisor



  • James Watson, Machinist



  • Junus Eruhow, Signal Inspector



  • Bobby Hill, Conductor
  • Andrew Mercogliano, Superintendent
  • Donald Winters, Machinist



  • Michael Kubicki, Maintainer



  • Victor Sanchez, Locomotive Engineer
  • Andrew Youngclaus, Hoboken Car Shop Technician



  • Robert Younger Sr., Roving Bridge Operator



  • Joseph McMahon, Track Foreman
  • Edward Clifford, Supervisor Communications & Signal
  • Lorna Day, Tech/Inspector
  • Gerald Thomas, Locomotive Engineer
  • Gregory Golden, Supervisor, Communications & Signal



  • David Carter, Chief Equipment Strategy, Design & Engineering
  • Tyrone Wilcher, Assistant Chief Power Supervisor



  • Barbara Wiliams, Mechanic A Substation
  • Rosalind Evans, Lead Clerk
  • Ingrid Burnett, Supervisor Crew Assignment



  • Richard Johnson, Carman
  • Laura DeShong, Senior Chief Clerk
  • Manuel Pena, Director Rail Infrastructure Construction
  • Christopher Beluch, Tech-Communications
  • Donald Bogen III, Plumber Foreman
  • Shirelda Hardwick, Office Supervisor
  • Robert Timmerman, Lead Tech
  • Janice Terry, Lead Clerk


In addition to this recognition, as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations, NJ TRANSIT has partnered with The United Railroad Historical Society of NJ to operate a special excursion train entitled the “40th Anniversary Express.” On Saturday, September 30, the train will depart New York and Newark Penn Stations in the morning and will conclude at Hoboken Terminal in the late afternoon. Customers who previously purchased a ticket will travel down memory lane on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Lines in a special train with historic and conventional equipment, recreate the “South Amboy engine change,” and ride the Bay Head loop track in a unique railroad experience. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind event have sold out, but photographers are welcome to (safely) snap pictures along the route.


There’s still another chance to take part on railroad history. On Sunday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all members of the public are invited to historic Hoboken Terminal to see and photograph a special display of NJ TRANSIT’s heritage decorated locomotives. This event is free and open to the general public.


NJ TRANSIT Rail Operations Timeline

Shortly after midnight on January 1, 1983, the first “NJ TRANSIT” trains departed Hoboken and Penn Station New York with crews who were now officially NJ TRANSIT employees. Over the past 40 years, NJ TRANSIT has steadily improved New Jersey’s rail network by investing in modernized equipment, rebuilding the infrastructure and right-of-way, increasing service to Midtown Manhattan, introducing one-seat rides to Penn Station New York on three rail lines, increasing overall capacity, extending electrification on two busy rail corridors, and much more. We look forward to achieving another 40 years of progress as we continue to enhance the travel experience for all NJ TRANSIT rail customers.


  • 1983 – NJ TRANSIT Rail Operations replaces Conrail as the operator of commuter rail service throughout New Jersey
  • 1983/1984 — New Comet II and Comet IIA railcars arrive and Overhaul of Arrow II railcars
  • 1984 — Modernized electrification system debuts on the Morris & Essex Lines; 50+ year-old coaches replaced by modern Arrow railcars.
  • 1986-1988 — Overhaul of Comet I railcars and conversion of Arrow I cars to Comet IB cars
  • 1987 — Meadows Maintenance Complex opens
  • 1988 — North Jersey Coast Line electrification extended from Matawan to Long Branch
  • 1989 — Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL) opens between Lindenwold to Atlantic City
  • 1989-1995 — Arrow III railcars rebuilt
  • 1990 — New ALP-44-0 electric locomotives arrive
  • 1990/1991 — New Comet III railcars arrive
  • 1993 — GP40PH-2-A locomotives rebuilt
  • 1993 — Atlantic City Line service extended to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station
  • 1993-1997 — GP40PH-2-B locomotives rebuilt
  • 1994 – Cherry Hill Station opens
  • 1994 — Morristown Line/Boonton Line extended to Hackettstown
  • 1996 — MidTOWN DIRECT debuts (M&E one-seat ride to NY) utilizing further deliveries of ALP-44 locomotives and new Comet IV railcars
  • 1999 — Hamilton Station opens
  • 1999 – Rollout of new system map with matching color coded rail line timetables issued
  • 2001 — Newark Liberty International Airport Station opens
  • 2001/2002 — New ALP-46 electric locomotives arrive
  • 2001-2004 — Comet II railcars rebuilt
  • 2002 — 7th Avenue Concourse opens at Penn Station New York
  • 2002 — Montclair Branch and Boonton Line consolidated, renamed the Montclair-Boonton Line and new Great Notch Yard opens, allowing debut of MidTOWN DIRECT-Montclair
  • 2002-2004 — New Comet V railcars arrive
  • 2003 — Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction opens ( linking 11 of 12 NJ TRANSIT rail lines)
  • 2003 — High-density signal system completed on eastern segment of NEC, increasing train capacity            to/from NY
  • 2003 — Rail Operations Center opens in Kearny
  • 2003 — Union Station opens
  • 2004 — Ramsey Route 17 Station opens
  • 2004 — Montclair State University Station opens
  • 2004 — Morrisville Yard opens
  • 2005 — New PL-42 diesel locomotives arrive
  • 2006 — Multilevel railcars, designed with the help of customers, begin arriving
  • 2007 — Expanded service on the Pascack Valley Line
  • 2008 — Wayne/Route 23 Transit Center opens
  • 2008 — Mount Arlington Station opens
  • 2009 — Penn Station New York 31st Street entrance opens
  • 2009 — Meadowlands Station opens
  • 2009 — Trenton Transit Center renovated
  • 2011-2013 — New ALP-45 dual-mode locomotives arrive
  • 2013 – Pennsauken Transit Center opens
  • 2016 — Wesmont Station opens
  • 2018 –   Elevator modernization program initiated to upgrade electrical and operating components of elevators systemwide
  • 2019-   Heritage fleet of coaches and locomotives decorated to honor NJ TRANSIT’s predecessor rail companies
  • 2020 — Positive Train Control system successfully made operational and certified by the FRA
  • NJ TRANSIT breaks ground on the Raritan River Bridge Replacement Project
  • 2021 — Portal North Bridge $1.5 billion construction contract approved and awarded
  • 2021 – Locomotives decorated in tribute to armed services unveiled as NJ TRANSIT provides service to the Army-Navy game at the Meadowlands
  • 2022 – Locomotive decorated in “Ride with Pride” scheme debuts, along with a heritage tribute scheme from the NJ Department of Transportation on GP40PH-2 41O1.
  • 2022 – NJ TRANSIT breaks ground on the construction of the Portal North Bridge
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