Port Jervis Foliage Inspection Trip

Date(s) – 10/15/2023
9:20 am – 5:30 pm


Join Lackawanna Coalition members on a trip to Port Jervis during the season for leaf peeping! We’ll be hoping for a train with actual transparent windows—but will have a good time in any case!

Meet us in Hoboken for the 9:20 a.m. train, which goes through Secaucus at 9:30 a.m. E-mail info@lackawannacoalition.org to get a phone number so we can be sure to meet up.

We’ll be heading home on the 3:04 p.m. back to Hoboken.

map of New York state has a red star at the location of Port Jervis near intersection of Pennsylvania, New York, and extreme northwest corner of New Jersey


Dave Alan sends these details, as of Saturday, 7 October:

Early weather reports call for the day to be clear and cool, so we’re still planning this trip.

We need to take Train 71, which leaves Hoboken at 9:20 a.m. and Secaucus at 9:30 a.m. and is due into Port Jervis at 11:48 a.m. Connections are tricky, because the 9:00 a.m. train from Montclair and the 8:05 a.m. train from Dover will probably misconnect. Travellers will need to take the M&E train one hour earlier or, from the Montclair Branch, take a bus to Newark and catch the 8:16 a.m. train to Secaucus (UGH!). If you need advice about connections from elsewhere, please e-mail info@lackawannacoalition.org.
That gives us slightly more than 3 hours in Port Jervis. During that time, the Boxcar Museum (a railroad museum about the Erie RR, which used to be in the old train station) will be open—the last day of the season. The Dining Car Society should be there, too, and will show us their dining car from the Lackawanna Railroad. 
I will lead us on a walk around some interesting and historic parts of town, to a restaurant called Ben’s Fresh on Main Street; a street that also has some interesting old houses. The owner does some innovative things with the menu, the prices are reasonable, and there is a relatively wide range of offerings. There is also the Fox N Hare brew pub on Jersey Avenue for those of us who want to have a beer.
We will leave in Train 74 at 3:04 p.m. It is due at Secaucus at 5:14 p.m. for a questionable connection with the M&E at 5:20 p.m. It will almost certainly connect at Hoboken with M&E and Montclair trains a hour later.
If you are coming from Main/Bergen territory, be aware that the trains we plan to ride make different sets of stops between Secaucus and Suffern.
Port Jervis: Named for John B. Jervis, engineer who built D and H Canal Indian name Machachkamik or Minisink. First settler, 1690.

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