Old Riverside Train Diner

Does anyone know it the Old Riverside diner (Train) on Rt 46 in Liberty Twp.
was sold? I passed by Saturday and there was a group of cars and vans
emptying out the building'

nomad nomad
Feb '12

I saw the same thing on Friday, somebody emptying it out. Load of garbage bags.

Calico696 Calico696
Feb '12

call the township and see if the property was sold and what is planed for it

Caged Animal Caged Animal
Feb '12

Caged - Sales are not kept at the township level. If you want to know if it's sold, you need to go to the county courthouse.


Re: Old Riverside Train Diner

at this time no property sale has been published regarding that restaurant

oldman oldman
Feb '12

But if someone came before the planning board.......or got a building permit....

Brad
Feb '12

I think it's used occasionally for parking for bus trip to AC.

MikeL MikeL
Feb '12

problem number 1...that place had a bad septic system...replacing the septic system would cost huge amounts of money... problem number 2 the buildings are in terrible shape...the Pullman Railroad car might be the most valuable thing on that property

oldman oldman
Feb '12

Re: Old Riverside Train Diner

here is a better picture of the Pullman dining car Azalea... that currently resides at the closed Riverside restaurant...it was formerly used as a dining car on the Gulf,Mobile & Ohio Railroad...the car is very well known throughout the railroad preservation community

oldman oldman
Feb '12

GC the township clerk is the gossip link of every township if you need some quick info you talk to the clerk ( oh by the way what have you heard about the riverside down on 46 looks like someone is doing work , Bang you get the lo down )

Caged Animal Caged Animal
Feb '12

Thanks for the info.

nomad nomad
Feb '12

There was a band filming a video in front of it on Saturday. I don't know what band it was or any other info. All i saw was a band playing and people filming them as I drove by.


Is that what that was? We rode by and I saw something going on, but didn't realize it was a band filming ~ beautiful day for a beautiful ride Saturday was.

Thanks for the info and the pic, oldman.

happy2bhere happy2bhere
Feb '12

seems like time has come around again...any oldtimers...here remember when the band Blackfoot used to play at the Riverside http://youtu.be/R-pqNtAfTMI

oldman oldman
Feb '12

I remember eating there when I was a kid.

Metsman Metsman
Feb '12

I remember blackfoot playing there , we had our wedding rehersal dinner there the owner was a ok guy friend of uncle

Caged Animal Caged Animal
Feb '12

i used to work there in the Blackfoot days. used to be a hoppin place on weekends.

nonny nonny
Feb '12

I recall seeing the red Gulf, Mobile & Ohio trains at Union Station in Chicago in the 1960's, when they ran to and from St. Louis. That diner may very well have been among the equipment in use then, but looking a lot more spiffy than now.

jerseydutchman2 jerseydutchman2
Feb '12

Re: Old Riverside Train Diner

Here is a photo I took a while back of the Train Car....

Photofun123 Photofun123
Feb '12

I remember when the train car was brought there I can see it being moved off the trailers that brought it there

Caged Animal Caged Animal
Feb '12

I'm waiting for a banner hanging from the train car: "sports bar...coming soon".... ;-)

Seriously though, I noticed today when I passed that someone did some repair work on the roof. There was a small tarp installed on a small portion of the roof. Not sure if that relates to the activity Nomad saw there over the weekend.


Vic,

Now that was funny.... Good one...

Photofun123 Photofun123
Feb '12

LOL Vic.

Calico696 Calico696
Feb '12

Great photo, photofun123 ~ that was fun to say out loud : )

happy2bhere happy2bhere
Feb '12

from what I understand...when the train car was being put in position next to the building...the crane operator accidentally dropped the car and it was damaged

oldman oldman
Feb '12

Had my wedding reception there 42yrs ago...and also our 25th anniversary party. Sad to have watched the buildings go downhill over the years.

OnlyChild OnlyChild
Feb '12

When did that place close? I lived in Liberty from like 1985- 2002 ish and I don't ever remember it being open

Nosila Nosila
Feb '12

Last time my Grandparents ate there was in 1988. Not sure when it actually closed.

nomad nomad
Feb '12

Had my wedding reception there in 1991. Went there for several other parties after that- including my mom's 60th birthday party in 2001. Lost my good Black Overcoat there at that party- too much partying I guess- LOL. Anyway- miss eating there. By the way- in this past week's Warren Reporter, there is an engagement announcement by Joanie and Tony(who owned the Train) for their god kids.

lenape105 lenape105
Feb '12

I worked on the place for Tony... his kitchen was spotless...he was a nice guy...but the buildings were deteriorating...had dinner in the train car once...we had a family party there several times...but we got tired of Joanie... could not deal with her...and I am not the only person who has this complaint...I even remember when Jimmy Doyle had the Riverside... remember the railroad crossbuck and the sign...Doylestown...

oldman oldman
Feb '12

Really 2001??? Wow I must have been clueless as a kid

I told my husband I lived in Liberty most of my childhood and never remember it being open.....and to find out it was open in 2001 just proves I dont pay attention

Nosila Nosila
Feb '12

Good morning,

Does anybody have any pictures of what it use to look like back in the day?

happy2bhere,

Thank you.... It was a good day to take photographs of the place. The property was not as over grown as it is now.

Photofun123 Photofun123
Feb '12

Oldman...searching in my "memory bank" ...didn't Tony's son take over the Riverside after he passed away? If I recall it was about then that we stopped going there...we found out after a couple of times going there then too that we had to make sure and count our change carefully and read over our bill after dinner as it was always wrong.

Joyful Joyful
Feb '12

Sort of strange, I was fishing behind there yesterday and I looked in the windows of the train car, the tables are still set, as if they were open yesterday!

deviljet
Feb '12

nosila, in the mid to late 70's was when they had a lot of live bands on the weekends.

nonny nonny
Feb '12

deviljet,

That was mentioned once before on here (different thread), about how it looked like they just closed the doors and left everything as is. Kinda creepy, haha

Lori...since '73 Lori...since '73
Feb '12

Our family went there once. When the check came, I tried to read the bill as it seemed higher than we thought. My husband told me to just leave a tip and pay the bill. Well, they got tipped twice. They had included a tip on the bill.


I think that it was I who posted about the tables remaining set in that other thread. Always thought it was kind of eerie.

Calico696 Calico696
Feb '12

the tables are still set in the railroad car...because Tony and Joanie had hopes of selling the restaurant to new owners who would keep the place open...two auctions were held and both sales contracts fell through...Tony and Joanie moved to Florida thinking the sale of the property had been settled...they had a bit of a rough time for a while...things must be better now...
I drove by the place the other day...and garbage bags were still piled against the building

oldman oldman
Feb '12

A group of us had dinner in the train on the last day they were opened - and it really wasn't that long ago. 5 or 6 years ago at the most.

The owners used to host a monthly senion citizen lunch, too - in the main building. They charged an insanely low nominal fee that included a nice lunch for the seniors, little give-aways, and even entertainment.

I had heard that the owners bought a condo and moved to Florida with plans for an entertaintainment show for seniors. But when the sale of The Riverside fell thru, they were left in dire straits. Never heard an update on their well-being though.

wood duck wood duck
Feb '12

I went there wen I was young and I'm only 22 I miss that place

lauren11
Jul '12

Sadly the condition of the building continues to go downhill. The roof appears to now be caving in above the front door where a temporary tarp was put in place some time ago.


i was a bouncr there in 1979 blackfoot played there then

carl storms carl storms
Oct '13

Was born there,(well in Hacketstown) lived there till 84 when my parents sold it and retired. A couple whom I only know as Tony and Joanny bought it. I had many wonderful memories there. The river on one side, the mountain on the other. I could tell you all kinds of stories about that place. I was hoping someone would re-open it.

Darin Doyle Darin Doyle
Feb '14

so sad this place is going to be gone I love this place great times


Had my wedding reception at Riverside in 1969, the Doyles were wonderful...back then, the reception package included the meal, wedding cake and band...making it very easy for the bride and in 1994 we had our 25th anniversary party there.

wonderful wonderful
Feb '14

Used to go there on Saturday evenings for dinner at least once every other month. Joannie and Tony were very friendly and made us feel like old friends. (back in the late 80's)

Ms Fishy Ms Fishy
Feb '14

Does anyone know who owned this car before it was turned into a restaurant?

NeiceOfAl NeiceOfAl
Jun '14

I use to go there long time ago with my Grandparents out to eat like during the holidays was fun. Only downside I remember was the place was too small, seats where crushed by other tables tight together, also for desert they always had Ice-Cream sandwiches instead of pies, etc like some places. It was always mostly the same meals, pasta, meat, salad, veggies. Nothing really new. The hallway line was freaking small, the outside line use to be packed on Sundays like 30 people in line. I think the train only sat maybe 20 people - don't remember. It's been years. Everytime We drive buy it - We say "why don't they tear the train down!"

Jill Marie Young Jill Marie Young
Mar '16

Some trucker parking his trailers there all the time now like it's a transfer station. Surprised his loads don't get nicked sitting there.

younggen younggen
Mar '16

Re: Old Riverside Train Diner

I took a few shots inside the rail car at the end of last October. See attached.


So who really knows when it closed?
I lived very close by from 1990 to 2000 and don't remember it being open!

JoeBee JoeBee
Mar '16

In the mid 80's we had returned to NJ and started going to restaurants based on the "full parking lot" theory. Wasn't like the paper reviewed any of the local fare. The train car did a brisk business then so we stopped in, had some "fresh" fish, got some pretty bad food poisoning, and never returned.

The next place with a full lot, we got Lobster Fra Diavolo and out comes a full lobster, in the shell, with spaghetti sauce on top. My FIL and I look at the plate, looked at each other, laughed really hard, and returned it to the kitchen asking them to please remove the shell first......

By this time we were making new friends and you can bet "what's good" was a top question.

Thank God for HL, our restaurant reviews, and the internet. Thank you Al Gore :>)

strangerdanger strangerdanger
Mar '16

So what's the latest with this place, anyone know?
I used to go here with my girlfriend in the late 1980's We would sit for hours talking to the owner, he was a great guy.

CuriousTrainThief CuriousTrainThief
Nov '16

Rad- how'd you get in there? is it still considered private property?


The back door of the train car is open. Yes, it is private property.

eperot eperot
Nov '16

I was there today and shot an Urbex video..pretty cool spot for sure,in real bad shape now,only a matter of time before its demolished,glad i got some shots so we can all remember it though.

Tommy G Thang Tommy G Thang
Mar '18

I always wondered what happened to Tony and Joanie.

HickoryDog HickoryDog
Mar '18

Ive lived in liberty 20 plus years. "Dont try to guess my age". The riverside would b a destination for our family on mothers day. Its just sitting there being deterating. I wish someone would claim it.

Kikinj Kikinj
Mar '18

does anyone have pics of the inside when it was open?

andrew andrew
Apr '18

Re: Old Riverside Train Diner

Here is a picture of the place when it was still serving customers.

unta
Apr '18

Does anyone know what happened to the dining car? Was it preserved? I can't find any information on where it went. Thanks. Geoff Bridgman

Geoff Bridgman Geoff Bridgman
3 weeks ago

Re: Old Riverside Train Diner

Here's a picture I took o the car 7 years go when we last visited there. This past weekend we went back and it was gone. It appears to have been moved recently, but I can't find any information on that.

Geoff Bridgman Geoff Bridgman
3 weeks ago

Wow- was still there when I drove by a few months ago.

Would take quite a bit of work to move such an item without damage.

I am interested in hearing update.


I think its still there hidden by the trees


Yeah, I drove by a couple of weeks ago.. It was still there.. It’s covered with weeds.. You can hardly see it..

Havaclue Havaclue
3 weeks ago

The place is in horrible shape people have vandalized the hell out of it between that and the weather. I’m surprised no one has tried to purchase the train car at least


It smelled of mildew when they were still operating.... i doubt, being on the river, there’s much left.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
3 weeks ago

Re: Old Riverside Train Diner

I think I saw it last time I drove by, about a month ago barely visible. It's being claimed by nature. I took this in 2015.


I passed it the other day. It's just in bad condition. I don't know if Joni and Tony still own it.


Re: Old Riverside Train Diner

There are railroad history groups who would like to acquire and restore the Riverside Restaurant Pullman railroad car. The problem is that no one knows who owns the railroad car.Here is a picture of the Riverside before it got overgrown.


With all the above normal wet weather the last few years, the unchecked overgrowth has really accelerated and has literally consumed the structure and rail car. Sad state of affairs on that property.

Lenny Rock Lenny Rock
1 week ago

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