Miscellaneous Articles from 1871
New Jersey Herald - January 12, 1871 issue
Conductor Duffield had a very narrow
escape on Saturday afternoon last, as the 3 o'clock train was returning
to Waterloo. He was walking backward upon the top of a box car when
he came into violent collision with a bridge suspended across the
track in the vicinity of the "Whitehall station," on the Sussex Railroad.
He was knocked headforemost from the car, and but for the providential
presence of a breakman (sic) at his post, he would have gone down
between the cars and been either killed outright or very seriously
injured. The breakman caught him around the waist and thus saved him.
New Jersey Herald - March 16, 1871
Governor Randolph has approved the supplement
to the Sussex Mine RR and it is now a law.
New Jersey Herald - May 4, 1871 issue
A few days since, it became apparent
to the contractors in the Haines Hill cut, near Hamburg, that a vast
amount of dirt some 75 feet in height from the top of the cut , 45
feet high, was loosening itself, and would probably soon fall. Accordingly
the steam shovel and the men operating it were removed backward about
75 feet, which was no more than accomplished than the whole mess came
falling into the cut where they were. Had it fallen a` few moments
sooner, the steam shovel and its operators would have been buried
under this earthen avalanche.
Sussex Independent - May 26, 1871 issue
The Junction of the Sussex extension
will probably be made on the Stoll property on upper Hamburgh, near
the old furnace pond, about a half mile further south than was first
New Jersey Herald - June 1, 1871 issue
The track to the lime stone quarry at
Andover is completed and car loads of stone are being run from the
quarry to Stanhope to supply the Muscanetcong furnace at that place.
The branch road from the Sussex Road to the Andover
mine, near Andover, is nearly ready for use, the trestle bridge over
the wagon road near that place being in coarse of erection.
New Jersey Herald - June 8, 1871 issue
As the 12:45 P.M. train from Franklin
on Saturday reached the Junction of the Midland, near the Fowler place,
it struck a cow belonging to Mr. Richard Hendrew, breaking two of
her legs, and inflicting other injuries which soon after caused her
The steam shovel completed its work in the Haines
Hill cut, near Hamburg, on Monday of last week and was removed to
the hill near the residence of Capt. Wm. H. Edsall, where on Saturday
night it was ready to begin the work of excavation
During the prevalence of the shower at Andover on
Saturday afternoon, a telegraph pole near the depot was struck by
lightning, the fluid following the wires into the office and injuring
the battery. Several panes of glass were also shaken out of the depot
windows by the force of the shock.
The ballasting of the Midland between Deckertown and
Franklin is about completed.
A Water tank for the use of the Midland is in course
of erection at Hamburgh. Another one will be built at Deckertown.
New Jersey Herald - June 15, 1871 issue
On Wednesday of last week, a miniature
locomotive, named the "Hibernia," from the Hibernia Mine Railroad
in Morris county, was placed upon the branch road leading from Andover
station to the Andover Iron Mine, for the purpose of assisting in
the work of construction. The work of grading on this branch is being
vigorously prosecuted under the supervision of "Squire" Hoppaugh of
New Jersey Herald - June 29, 1871 issue
Contractor Stephens of the steam shovel
at Hamburgh, lost a valuable horse one night recently. The horse had
been fed on dry feed, without wetting, and died from what was known
among horsemen as dry bellyache. The horse was used to snap the cars
from the switch to the shovel, and by reason of perfect training was
New Jersey Herald - July 20, 1871 issue
The grading of the branch from the
Sussex road to the Pochuck mines is nearly completed, and rails are
soon to be forwarded for it.
The work of construction on the branch of the Sussex
Railroad, from the depot to the Andover mine, under the supervision
of Morris Hoppaugh, Esq., having been completed on the 1st of July,
trains are now busily engaged in taking away the ore which has been
accumulating since the re-opening of the mine, about four months since.
The lessees of the mine, Mssrs. Eagle & Schultz, are making preparations
which will enable them to ship daily from 60 to 100 tons to the Pennsylvania
Sussex Independent - July 21, 1871 issue
The work on the Sussex Extension is
being pushed night and day at Edsall's Hill, between McAfe and Hamburgh.
The people of Vernon are very indignant
at the delay of the extension from Warwick, and threaten to revoke
their subscriptions and cessions of right of way, if the officers
of the Warwick //valley Railroad do not take some immediate action
in the matter, and, if necessary, construct a road of their own to
intersect the Sussex Extension at McAffee's Corners. It is the intention
to have railroad communication within one year at furthest. A meeting
will be called in a few weeks to take immediate action in this important
New Jersey Herald
- August 17, 1871 issue
"Sussex R.R. Caboose, No. 1" has been
turned out of the shops at Newton.
A new "Y" is to be constructed to connect the Midland
and Sussex Roads, near the Fowler Place, Franklin. The grading will
be under the supervision of J.L. Quick, Deckertown.
New Jersey Herald - August 24, 1871 issue
Track laying on the Sussex extension
beyond the Midland connection at Hamburg is being pushed, and the
rails are now laid some distance beyond the Haines Hill cut.
New Jersey Herald - September 7, 1871 issue
A brakeman named Pierson, while standing on the
top of a car, was struck by a bridge near Waterloo, on Wednesday
evening of last week, and fell under the wheels of the train. He
died the same evening.
New Jersey Herald
- October 5, 1871 issue
A report is current that the Boston
Franklinite Company will construct at Franklin a railroad from their
mine on the hill to the new furnace, for the purpose of transporting
The connection of Conductors Duffield and Iliff with
the Sussex road has been dissolved. Mr. Benjamin Knox is running the
train of the latter, while for the present, Supt. Case takes charge
of the other.
New Jersey Herald - November 16, 1871 issue
The 7:30 morning train from Newton will
be discontinued after Saturday, the 18th. We understand that a milk
train will be started on the Branchville section this week. New time
table on Monday next.
New Jersey Herald - November 16, 1871 issue
The work of construction has began in
earnest on the new route of the Sussex Road across the meadows. The
channel of the brook that flows into the "Big Spring" has been changed
to avoid bridging, although it will be necessary to bridge the large
ditch, near the spring. At the northern junction and near the spring,
the work of grading is being carried on.
New Jersey Herald - December 14, 1871 issue
A team of horses belonging to Contractor
Saulsbury at work on the short cut of the Sussex road, ran away twice
last week over the twelve foot dump on the grade. Strange to say,
they escaped injury each time.