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New Jersey Herald - January 12, 1881 issue

The water supply of the Sussex railroad company and at the shoe factory was nearly exhausted previous to the rain of Monday.

The mail train on the Sussex road was delayed last Friday evening until 9:30 by the breaking down of the locomotive "Newton" at Waterloo.
According to a correspondent of the Dover Era, the D. L. & W. boys tell a huge story about a Sussex railroad brakemen. They say "that the flagman on the Sussex railroad train which meets No. 4 at Waterloo in the morning, went into the passenger car, during the recent cold spell, after the train left Waterloo, and went to feeling of his ears, and in his attempt to bend them, they both broke off." Who is this earless brakeman?

New Jersey Herald - January 19, 1881 issue

The Sussex railroad company has a new agent at Franklin in the person of Mr. T.M. Bross, who will look after the interest of the Sussex road, while Mr. Al Smith, who has been in charge of that station for some past time, will confine himself to the Midland business.

New Jersey Herald - January 26, 1881 issue

As the 1:30 P. M. train from this station [Newton] was going up the heavy grade near Drake's pond yesterday, one of the wheels under the tender of the locomotive broke, resulting in considerable damage to the tender before the train was stopped. Fortunately the train was running at a very slow rate of speed, or a serious accident might have occurred. The passengers were returned to Newton and were unable to make any connection with the D. L. & W. road until evening.

New Jersey Herald - February 9, 1881 issue

Three trains were stalled on the meadows below Town [Newton], last Friday evening, for over an hour. To break the blockade the first train had to be taken into the station in sections.

The Sussex railroad employees report this the severest winter they have experienced since they have been employed on the road. All trains are running behind schedule time, and the greatest of care is required as the rails and car wheels are filled with frost, and a broken rail or wheel is likely to occur at any time. The employees are kept at work all night moving the accumulated freight along the line.

New Jersey Herald - February 16, 1881 issue

The morning train down last Wednesday jumped the track at Warbasse's Junction, and no connection was made with the D. L. & W. road until afternoon.

New Jersey Herald - February 23, 1881 issue

There is some talk of establishing a creamery at Oliver's station, on the line of the Sussex railroad.

New Jersey Herald - March 16, 1881

There was shipped from this station [Newton] from Dec. 1st to March, 10,250 bushels, or 287 tons of rye. The grain is shipped to H. Dusenberry & Co., of New York, who send it to Europe.

The ore mine, known as the "Waterloo mine," located one mile east of Allamuchy, is now being looked after by capitalists, and there is a probability that work will be resumed at an early day.
A new Fairbank's standard scale has just been placed in the freight depot at Newton. It has a large platform, and for beauty and strength of construction cannot be surpassed. It has a capacity of 2,000 pounds, and is so sensitive and accurate that a two ounce weight laid on the platform will carry the beam. It was procured for that company by Mr. W. P. Nicholas, of this Town, and will be under the control of the freight agent.

New Jersey Herald - March 30, 1881

There was no morning train over the Sussex railroad last Wednesday, owing to an accident to the engine.

The D. L. & W. R. R., it is rumored will run Sunday trains, commencing with the change of their time table in June.
E.C. Case, of the Sussex railroad, has a letter in last Wednesday's Easton Express, denying the statement made to that paper by an engineer employed on the Sussex road for a few days in which it was stated that the engines were in a bad and dangerous condition, the road full of sags, the track bad, etc.
The Muscanetcong furnace company at Stanhope are developing the mines between that place and Waterloo. The ore mined contains two percent of sulpher, and is carted to the furnace yard at Stanhope, piled up with wood, mixed with the fine coal dust screened from the coal used at the furnace, and the sulphur burnt out. The ore is then used at the furnace.

New Jersey Herald - April 6, 1881

The Mt. Holly," a locomotive purchased of a Pennsylvania railroad company, was placed on the Sussex railroad last week. It is a six wheel driver.

New Jersey Herald - April 13, 1881

Last Saturday morning there was a runaway on the Sussex railroad. In the yard at this place [Newton] there is an inclined plane leading to the coal bins, and on the above morning, while "Billy" Nolan was taking his engine down the plane the wheels commenced to slip, and in a few seconds was under full headway, running pell mell into the coal bins. The engine left the track

We now have direct mail facilities with Warwick and other points on the Warwick Valley railroad, Postal Agent Pellet having received orders to go through to McAffee's Valley, at which point the mail matter is delivered to the Warwick Valley road. Heretofore all mail matter from the Newton office for Warwick and other points above the State line was sent via. New York city.

New Jersey Herald - April 20, 1881

The men engaged in boring for water in this place [Newton], struck a white limestone rock a few feet beneath the surface, through which they bored for a distance of thirty one feet, when the drill came in contact with a soft greyish substance. The drill has reached a depth of about forty feet.

The foundation for the creamery in this place [Newton] has been completed, and the frame is on the ground and will be raised this week.
Under a new arrangement the early morning train on the Sussex railroad now leaves Branchville at 6; Augusta, 6:05; Lafayette, 6:15; Branchville Junction, 6:18; Newton, 6:30; Andover 6:42; Whitehall, 6:47; and arrives in New York at 9:20. There is no change in the running time of the evening mail train, so as to arrive at Newton at 6:30 instead of 7:20 as at present.

New Jersey Herald - May 25, 1881 issue

A meeting was held at the depot in this place, [Newton] on Monday evening, by the employees of the road for the purpose of forming a society to be known as the "Sussex R. R. Mutual Aid Association." The meeting was largely attended, and a committee was appointed to draft the by-laws, and report at the next meeting, when a permanent organization will be perfected.

New Jersey Herald - June 1, 1881 issue

A young man from Warren county, who has been employed on the Sussex railroad for a few days as a brakeman, was quite badly injured Monday afternoon by his head coming in contact with a bridge near Augusta. He was looking out from the side of the car at the time of the accident. He remained in an unconscious condition until after the train arrived at Newton. Fortunately the train was running quite slow at the time of theaccident.

It is reported that the Sussex railroad company have been increasing the pay of the engineers and conductors.

New Jersey Herald - July 6, 1881 issue

The Sussex Railroad and Lehigh & Hudson people held another meeting in New York last Friday, but failed to enter into any agreement leasing the Sussex road to the latter company.

New Jersey Herald - July 13, 1881 issue

The Sussex railroad has been purchased by the D. L. & W. R. R. company.

New Jersey Herald - July 20, 1881 issue

The wood work of the Newton depot has received a new coat of paint.

The Sussex railroad has been purchased by the D. L. & W. company as stated last week, and is now in possession of the latter company.
A bridge on the Sussex road, at the foot of the Waterloo mountain, was fired on Monday afternoon by the milk train north. A miner employed at the Cascade mine on the mountain, who was on his way to Waterloo, discovered the fire and extinguished it. One of the cross-beams was badly burned and will have to be replaced by a new one.

Sussex Register - August 4, 1881 issue

William Nolan, one of the best and most reliable engineers on the Sussex Railroad, has taken a position on the Lehigh & Hudson road. He will go to Belvidere and have charge of the construction train, which will give him an opportunity to recruit his health; which has become impaired by many years of constant and faithful service.

New Jersey Herald - August 10, 1881 issue

More milk is shipped from Andover station than any other three stations on the Sussex Railroad.

New Jersey Herald - August 17, 1881 issue

A bridge on the Sussex railroad, about two miles this side of Franklin, was fired on Saturday afternoon last by a spark from the locomotive of the milk train. One of the cross-beams and three ties were badly burned and had to be replaced by new ones.

The new owners of the Sussex railroad are putting in a new side track, between 400 and 500 feet in length, at Monroe Corner, for the accommodation of their patrons at that point. The citizens furnished the ties gratuitously as an inducement to the company.
Engineer Wm. Nolan reported for duty on the Lehigh & Hudson River railroad on Monday, and in the afternoon passed over the Sussex road with the new locomotive No. 1, via. D. L. & W. and Belvidere, Delaware railroads for Belvidere. Track laying will commence at Belvidere this week.
Mr. A. Reasoner, Superintendent of the Sussex Railroad, has notified the employees and all concerned that the road is now under his management, and that all orders will hereafter be issued from his office in Hoboken. The following appointments have been made: Fred F. Chambers, Secretary and Auditor; Fred H. Gibbens, Treasurer; B. A. Hegeman, General Freight Agent; W. F. Holwell, General Ticket Agent. Their N.Y. These gentlemen hold the same positions on the D. L. & W. R. R. The other appointment is that of Mr. Charles Arvis as Agent, who will have charge of the road and will act as general manager. Until telegraph connection is made with the Hoboken office the trains will run strictly under the rules issued by the Superintendent.
The receipts at the Waterloo station for July amounted to $9,144.83, and at Stanhope $5,738. For June the receipts at the latter station were over $9,000.
E. C. Case, for the past three years Superintendent of the Sussex Railroad, left for Green Bay, Wis., on Monday, where he has accepted a position on the railroad under the management of his father.
A new engine and twenty-five card have been delivered at Belvidere for the Lehigh & Hudson River railroad. Track laying will commence in a few days at Belvidere. The iron bridges along the route in Warren are being erected as fast as the iron arrives. The company expect to have the road graded between Andover and Belvidere by the first of October and the track a few days later. There is no doubt but the whole line from Belvidere to Hamburg Junction will be completed and in operation by the 1st of January.

New Jersey Herald - August 24, 1881 issue

  The depot at Branchville was entered last Saturday night and $5 in change and a box of segars (sic) stolen. A valise that had been left in the depot was broken open, the contents overhauled, but nothing taken away.

The telegraph office has been removed from the depot to the Cochran house, where a convenient room has been fitted up in the rear of the reading room. Mr. Joseph O'Malley, of Jersey City, has charge of the office.

New Jersey Herald - August 31, 1881 issue

A switchback railroad is being constructed from the dump at Franklin Furnace to the Trotter Mine near the Green Spot at which place an engine house is also being erected.

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A construction train has been placed on the Lehigh & Hudson River railroad at Belvidere, and the work of track laying is now being pushed rapidly

A passenger car is now attached to the Sunday milk train. It is also reported that with the change of time table this month close connection will be made with the milk train up Sunday morning at Waterloo, instead of in the afternoon as at present. We hope this change will be made, as it will give us our Sunday papers several hours earlier and at a reduced price.

The West End Iron Company are making arrangements to commence mining operations at the old Waterloo Mine, on the mountain between Allamuchy and Waterloo. An engine, boiler and other machinery are now at the mine and are being placed in position. Over five hundred tons of rich ore have been taken from the mine developed on the farm of Mr. Haggerty, near Allamuchy.

New Jersey Herald - September 14, 1881 issue

  The telegraph office at the Sussex R. R. depot has been removed to the ticket office, and our young friend, James Quackenbush, son of Engineer Quackenbush, one of the oldest employees on the road, has been placed in charge of both. The appointment is a good one.

The Sussex and Warwick Valley railroad companies will run special trains during the last three days of the Orange county fair to be held at Warwick on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week. The trains on the Sussex road will leave as follows: Newton, 6:40 A. M., connecting at Franklin with a train that leaves that station at 7:45, Hamburg Junction at 7:55, arriving at the Fair grounds at 8:40. The train leaving Waterloo at 10:17 A.M., Andover at 10:33, Newton 10:45, connects with train at Franklin at 11:40 leaves Hamburg Junction at 11:50, and arrives at the fair grounds at 12:28. Returning the train will leave the fair grounds at 4:30 P.M., making close connection at Franklin with the Midland and Sussex roads. Parties proposing to visit the fair from this section should cut this out for reference.

New Jersey Herald - September 28, 1881 issue

Engineers Quackenbush and Davenport, of the Sussex road, had their engines handsomely draped in mourning in respect to the memory of the late president.

New Jersey Herald - December 21, 1881 issue

The present owners of the Sussex Railroad are continuing the same dog-in-the-manger policy which actuated their predecessors. The New York, Susquehanna & Western, and the Lehigh & Hudson River roads are each compelled to cross their track twice, on grade, and the owners of the Sussex road having refused all terms and resolved on a fight, the new companies above mentioned have made application to the court for the appointment of Commissioners to condemn the right of way across the Sussex track.