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Our History

After the numerous needs and issues facing the railroads in the State of New Jersey, Bob Bailey of the Port Jersey Railroad conducted a fact finding and best practices mission, which led to the formation of The New Jersey Short Line Railroad Association (NJSLRRA) in July 1991. Bob Bailey was the President from its founding serving diligently without interruption until December 31, 2018. Also chartering the initial association was the late Ben Friedland of the Morristown & Erie Railway, after whom the Benjamin J. Friedland Award is named.

The initial NJSLRRA Meetings were hosted by New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) for the first years. Over time the meeting migrated to Conrail Headquarters where they are attended by New Jersey short lines, Conrail, CSXT, Norfolk Southern, CP, US DHS and FRA representatives, NJDOT and NJ TRANSIT officials, consultants, contractors, railroad suppliers, and members of the NJ Legislature. In 2019 All the freight railroads decided to create the New Jersey Railroad Association (NJRRA) to work together with a commitment to work with ALL who assist supporting freight rail transportation in the State of New Jersey.

Member Directory

Black River and Western (BRW)

Dover & Delaware River Railroad (DD)

Dover & Rockaway River Railroad (DRRV)

Belvidere & Delaware River Railroad (BDRV)

245 John Ringo Rd
Ringoes, NJ 08551
Phone 908-782-6622

Kean Burenga-
Service Territory:


Cape May & Seashore Line (CMSL)

31 Mill Rd
Woodbine, NJ 08270
Phone: (800) 987-2055

Contact: Tony Macrie

Service Territory: Cape May County

Connections: Norfolk Southern, CSX & Conrail

New York New Jersey Rail, LLC (NYNJ) Marine Rail Division Port Jersey Rail Division (PJR)

26 Colony Road
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Marine Rail Division
Phone: 201-433-0360

Donald Hutton – 201-433-0360
NYNJR Managing Director

Christine Toal, Manager of Administration and Marketing

Cathy Kersting, Acting Operation Manager

Service Territory: Jersey City, NJ and Brooklyn, NY

Connections: NS, CSX, Conrail, New York & Atlantic Railway (Brooklyn, NY)

New York Susquehanna & Western Railway (NYSW)

1 Railroad Avenue
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-547-2555
Fax: 607-547-9834

Nathan Fenno- President – 607-547-2555 x236
Bill Bloomfield – Chief Transportation Officer – 607-547-2555 x265

Service Territory: Northern New Jersey

Connections: CSX at North Bergen; NS at Marion Interchange and Passaic Jct. (Also with CSX, CP and NS at locations in NY State)

Raritan Central Railway (RCRY)

Federal Business Centers Inc
817 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
Phone: 732-417-0222

Eyal Shapira

Service Territory: Edison NJ

Connections: NS and CSX and Conrail

SMS Rail Service (SLRS)

513 Sharptown Rd
Logan Twp, NJ 08085
Phone 856-467-4800
Fax: 856-467-2121

Jeff Sutch- President – 856-467-4800
Brian Murray – GM – 856-467-4800
John McCreavy – Sales – 856-467-4800
Service Territory: Bridgeport,NJ; Westville,NJ

Connections: NS and CSX at these three locations

Southern Railroad of New Jersey (SRNJ)

212 Spring Rd
Hammonton NJ
Phone: 609-567-4190

Steve Kerr – Opeartions Mgr

Service Territory: Salem County

Connections: Conrail, Norfolk Southern & CSX

Winchester & Western (WW)

5550 Winchester Ave.
Suite 3
Martinsburg, WV
Phone: 304-596-2680
Fax: 304-596-2685

Service Territory: Vineland and surrounding Cumberland County



Government Affairs
Rodney Oglesby
Phone: 610)-660-7729

Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Mike Fesen
Phone: 908-353-6369
Cell: 717-319-6870


Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail)
1717 Arch Street, Suite 1310
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 209-2000

Conrail is a switching and terminal railroad owned by CSX and Norfolk Southern. We operate on approximately 843 miles of track throughout New Jersey and Philadelphia. Having convenient locations in Newark and Camden, we provide local freight services for 286 customers in the Jersey/Philly area.

Contacts: Jocelyn Hill – General Counsel

Service Territory: North Jersey, South Jersey/Philadelphia, and Detroit

Connections: NS, CSX, SMS Lines, CMSL, WW, M&E, NYNJ, SRNJ, HIRR, PJR, RCRY, Tyburn, and EJR

Associate Member Directory

Railroad Construction Company

75-77 Grove Street
Paterson, NJ 07503
Phone: 973-413-1814

Lisa Tackach- Business Development
Phone: 973-413-1814


6 Terri Lane
Suite 300
Burlington, NJ 08016
Phone: (609) 387-4357
Fax: (609) 845-1432

Paul Catania- Vice President- Operations
Phone: (609) 387-4357

Hatch & Kirk Inc.

Hatch & Kirk Inc.
5111 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-783-2766
Fax: 206-782-6482

Art Ivins
Sales Manager, Northeast Region
511 Atwood Court
Newtown, PA 18940
Cell: 215-499-3275

IEW Construction Group

IEW Construction Group
75 Sculptors Way
PO Box 8008 Trenton, NJ 08650

Jeffrey P. Michelini
Program Manager
Phone: 609-586-5005, X 127
Cell: 609-775-7509
Fax: 609-586-0356

Orgo-Thermit, Inc

Orgo-Thermit, Inc.
3500 Colonial Drive North
Manchester, NJ 08759
Phone: 732-657-5781
Fax: 732-657-5899

Philadelphia Belt Line Railroad

The Philadelphia Belt Line Railroad Company
601 Walnut Street – Ste 410W
P.O. Box 40028
Philadelphia, PA 19106-0028
Phone: 215-592-7775
Fax: 215-627-4797

Charles E. Mather III – President
Dennis J. Colgan, Jr. – Secretary
Shaun F. O’Malley – Treasurer
James T. Turcich – Vice President
PO Box 278
Medford, NJ 08055
Phone: 973-776-7813

Matthew Denapoli
Sr. Business Analyst

Short Line Data Systems

Short Line Data Systems Inc.
5 Westminster Place
Morristown NJ 07960
Phone: 973-898-1346
Fax: 973-898-1568

Steven Friedland

Specialty Transportation & Regulatory Services

Specialty Transportation & Regulatory Services
4701 Neshaminy Blvd.
Suite 108-278
Bensalem, PA 19020
Phone: 267-324-4002
Fax: 630-925-9409

Wendy J. Buckley

Stella Jones

Stella-Jones Corp.
Two Gateway Center, Suite 1000
603 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Toll Free: 800-272-8437
Fax: 412-325-0208

Jim Jordie 
Regional Sales Manager
Mobile: 717-314-8344

MacKavanagh Railroad Consulting

MacKavanagh Railroad Consulting
12 Willard Way
Berlin, NJ 08009
Phone: 609-704-1270

Kelvin MacKavanagh

Dyer & Peterson

Dyer & Peterson PC
605 Main Street Suite 104
Riverton, N.J 08077
Phone: 973-419-6124
Cell: 609-792-6851

John K. Fiorilla, Esq

Bowers & Company

Bowers & Company CPAs PLLC
120 Madison Street; Suite 1700
Syracuse, New York 13202

Direct Dial: 315-234-1173
Cell: 315-427-0162

James A. Bowers CPA

Atlantic Rail Services

Atlantic Rail Services, Inc.
1 Teaberry Drive
Medford, NJ 08055

Work: 856-983-9226
Cell: 609-781-0896

William Sheppard, President

Manzi & Sons

Manzi & Sons
205 Eddystone Ave.,
Eddystone, PA
Phone: 610-543-3000
Phone: 610-633-1790

Joe Manzi


HDR Inc.
500 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-542-6000

Richard Semenick
Assistant Vice President

Wheeler Lumber, L.L.C.

Wheeler Lumber, L.L.C.
12127 Whitewood Service Road
Whitewood, SD 57793

Phone: 800-843-8304
Fax: 605-269-2497

Jeff Parrett – Senior Business Development Manager

KS Engineers

494 Broad Street, 4th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: (973)623-2999
Fax: (973)242-2955, (973)623-2988
General E-mail:

Kamal Shahid, P.E.

Nisus Corp.

100 Nisus Drive
Rockfort, TN 37853

Ken Laughlin – Vice President Wood Preservation

Keller Engineers of New Jersey, LLC

121 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Camden, NJ 08102

Paul S. Truban AICO, PE, PTOE

Director of Freight & Transpotation Planning

Railworks Track Services Inc.

Railworks Track Services Inc.
PO Box 555 Hilltop & Midland Terrace – Building D
Sewell, NJ 08080

Phone: 413-454-4879

Will Dorris, Area Manager

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.

300 Kimball Drive, 4th Floor

Parsippany, NJ 07054

Phone: 215-491-6500
Fax: 215-491-6501

Raymond Lees, Senior Associate/Vice President


Associated Rail Products, LLC

PO Box 3791

Winchester, VA 22604

Phone: 844-205-1219

Fax: 865-980-8844

Tony Chambers



InfraSteel by Precision Pipe & Products, Inc.

PO Box 102046
Birmingham, AL 35210

Dan (Dano) Dammann

New Business Development




1000 Holland Drive

Crete, IL 60417

Phone: 708-645-6850

Matthew Sturgeon, Regional Sales Manager

A&K Railroad Materials, Inc.

A&K Railroad Materials, Inc.
Suite 220, 157 Waterdam Road
McMurray, PA 15317

David Minor – Vice President

Member Events and News

NJRRA Celebrates Tim Tierney’s Retirement

NJRRA Celebrates Tim Tierney’s Retirement

Tim Tierney joined Conrail in 1978. Working his way through various positions, Tim retires from Conrail as President & Chief Operating Officer. Conrail has been a longtime supporter of the New Jersey Railroad Association. We were thrilled to host a luncheon on...

Trenton Update

Trenton Update

NEW JERSEY RAILROAD ASSOCIATION-   Press Release The New Jersey Railroad Association distributed our press release to the Governor’s office, the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, The NY/NJ Port Authority, all 120 state...

GoRail New Jersey Newsletter

GoRail New Jersey Newsletter

Dear Advocates and Friends,   August is here and that means a couple things: kids enjoying the last days of summer and Congress in recess. In light of the latter, thought I’d take a moment to give you a few updates focused on infrastructure and rail.   Infra...

NJ Senate bill would create entity to push for key rail tunnel funding

NJ Senate bill would create entity to push for key rail tunnel funding

TRENTON — A bill put forward in New Jersey’s Senate is the latest step to try to get crucial federal funding for a new rail tunnel into New York City.   The bipartisan measure announced Friday would create a commission composed of representatives of both states...







Meetings of Interest

American Shortline and Regional Railroad Association

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Eastern Regional Meeting

10/7/2019 – 10/9/2019
Columbus, OH

Yearly Convention

May 2-5, 2020
Gaylord Texan
Grapevine, TX

New Jersey Railroad Association

Meeting Minutes

2020 Meeting Minutes
2019 Meeting Minutes

January 2019

April 2019

June 2019

September 2019

December 2019

New Jersey Railroad Association


GoRail New Jersey Newsletter

GoRail New Jersey Newsletter

Dear Advocates and Friends,   August is here and that means a couple things: kids enjoying the last days of summer and Congress in recess. In light of the latter, thought I’d take a moment to give you a few updates focused on infrastructure and rail.   Infra...

2019 NJ Master Energy Plan

2019 NJ Master Energy Plan

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and Governor Murphy released the draft 2019 Energy Master Plan (EMP), which provides an initial blueprint for the total conversion of New Jersey’s energy profile to 100 percent clean energy by 2050, as directed by...


for Meritorious Service to the Short Line Industry

In recognition of its tenth anniversary, the members of the New Jersey Short Line Railroad Association decided to create an award to be presented annually. The award would recognize an individual who had promoted and served the short line railroad industry with merit and honor over their career.

When it came time to decide whom to name the award after, only one person’s name was considered: Benjamin J. Friedland. In addition to being president of the Morristown & Erie Railway, Ben was one of the founding members of the NJSLRRA and a director of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. His promotion of the industry raised the public’s awareness of Short Lines, as well as improved relations between the larger Class I railroads and the short lines of New Jersey. The sudden passing of Ben in 1998 was a great shock to the railroad industry, but the Association has moved forward in the time since his death to become one of the more highly regarded state rail transportation associations in the country.

It is with great honor that the New Jersey Short Line Railroad Association names this award the “Benjamin J. Friedland Award for Meritorious Service to the Short Line Industry.”

The following people have received the award:

2016 – Richard M. Green, Federal Railroad Administration (retired)

2015 – Arthur Erdman, NJ Transit and Miki Krakauer, NJDOT

2014 – William Herkner, NJ Transit (posthumously)

2013 – Congressman Albio Sires, United States House of Representatives

2012 – Senator Frank Lautenberg

2011 – Jack Lettiere, Retired Commissioner, NJDOT

2010 – Hon. Peter Palmer

2009 – Robert Bailey, President, NJ Short Line Railroad Association

2008 – Governor James Florio

2007 – Congressman William Pascrell, United States House of Representatives

2006 – Ronald L. Batory – President, Conrail

2005 – Kelvin MacKavanagh, Class 1 (Conrail and CSX Transportation) Railroad representative

2004 – Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, NJ State Assembly, and Fred Winkler, Winchester & Western Railroad

2003 – Theodore Matthews, New Jersey Department of Transportation

2002 – Frank T. Reilly, Morris County Department of Transportation Management

2001 – Robert A. Kurdock, New York Susquehanna & Western Railway


2020 NJRRA Officers

John McCreavy


SMS Rail Service Inc.
Phone- 856-467-4800

Mike Fesen

Vice President

Norfolk Southern Corporation
Phone: 908-353-6369
Cell: 717-319-6870

Kean Burenga


Black River & Western Railroad
Phone:  833-752-1849 Ext. 704

Steven Friedland


Short Line Data Systems
Phone: 973-898-1346

Paul Catania

Associate Member Representative

Reltek, LLC
Phone-609 387-4357

Lisa Tackach

Associate Member Representative

Railroad Construction Company, Inc.
Phone- 973-413-1814

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Bridgeport NJ 08014