The Whippany Railway Museum, in collaboration with the Hanover Township Mayor’s Wellness Program and business neighbors Bayer, the New York Red Bulls, and Wegmans, are pleased to present
“All Aboard for Wellness, Fitness & Fun!!!!”
Your journey begins at the Whippany Railway Museum with FREE parking and access to the Museum grounds and building. While you wait for the train that will bring you to a day of “Wellness, Fitness & Fun!!!” activities at Hanover Township’s Central Park, view Historic Railroad equipment, a museum filled with Historic RR Memorabilia and operating model train layouts inside and outside.
Trains depart from the Railway Museum for Central Park at four times: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. During the 30-minute ride heading west toward Morristown, sit back and relax as you learn more of the rich history of the train you’re on, while your kids enjoy word games with a healthy theme.
Ends April 30th
Buy a shirt and help us to continue to restore and maintain our historic RR equipment.
The Museum has launched our Annual Tee Shirt Fundraising Campaign.
This year’s picture is of Steam Locomotive 4039 built in 1942 and our water tower that was built in 1904.
The shirts are 50-50 and come in sizes from Youth XS up to Adult 5XL and are available in short sleeve $20 and long sleeve $24 + shipping
The shirts are only available for purchase on-line and will be shipped direct to you from the supplier within 10 days after the campaign ends on April 30.
Shirts will not be available after April 30th so don’t delay and place your order now.
The Volunteers Thank You for your support.
Armed Forces Day
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Noon to 5pm
Visit the Whippany Railway Museum on Saturday, May 20th... Armed Forces Day... from Noon to 5 PM when the Military Transport Association of North Jersey will display a wide variety of classic, restored U.S. Military vehicles and more at the Museum site.
Visitors will also see restored vintage locomotives and rail cars at the site. This Armed Forces Day event will be run in conjunction with the Museum's regularly-scheduled 'Excursion Train Rides' that will operate on the same day. Visitors can climb aboard an authentic, restored caboose or the elegant Jersey Coast club car and enjoy a relaxing trip back to a simpler era. The train ride is a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip. A unique part of this event will feature two railroad flatcars carrying military "cargo" that will be part of the consist of each train operating throughout the day.
The Military Transport Association of North Jersey is a non-profit organization for people interested in collecting, restoring and operating Historic U.S. Military Vehicles of all types. Check out the MTA's website at www.mtaofnj.org
In Memory of
Alexander M. Hamilton
August 25, 1927 - March 13, 2017
Museum Co-Founder, Charter Member, Loyal Friend and Supporter
After a long and fulfilling life, Morris County Central Railroad Museum (and by extension, Whippany Railway Museum) Co-Founder & Charter Member Alexander M. Hamilton passed away at 89 years of age, Monday, March 13th... two years to the day that his wife Dot passed away in 2015.
Al's steadfast support in championing desires of many young people to be a part of the then blossoming Morris County Central RR (MCC) was one of his many hallmarks. Al, amicable and always ready to patiently respond to a question he'd most likely given the answer to dozens of times before was by far one of the greatest assets the MCC ever had. His hard work, enthusiasm and support of MCC founder and president Earle Gil earned him the respect of everyone at the MCC. Al generally was the first to go to bat for any young interested teen who wanted to be a part of preserving steam railroading in northern New Jersey.
Earle Gil always thought very highly of Al and his dedication to the Morris County Central. When Al and his family moved to New Hampshire at the end of 1971, Earle immediately felt the loss of such a valuable friend and associate. As the years rolled into decades, Earle would occasionally comment that the MCC seemed to begin its decline after Al moved away.
In the year in 2000, Al wrote down his thoughts about the MCC and his words were included in the WRyM's newsletter of the era, "Along The Whippanong" , some of them appear below:
"Hardly a day passes without thinking of the Morris County Central and the many people we came to know as friends. There are many reminders around our home, and I am sure that the Conway Scenic (NOTE: the Conway Scenic mainline runs right behind Al & Dot's former residence in Conway, NH) has some effect as well.
I became aware of Earle Gil and his dream because of my interest in railroading. I became involved as a volunteer in 1965. I knew little of the mechanics or operation involved in steam locomotives or railroads for that matter, but I did know how to use a paint brush and was willing to push a broom. These talents were needed and appreciated. My reward was in the satisfaction and contributing to the realization of the railroad and in the association with all who were involved directly or indirectly.
In time I was offered the opportunity to become a stockholder in the Railroad. This unexpected turn of events led to direct involvement with the operation and management. I was REALLY a part of it... what more could you ask for ? I was able to utilize my trade skills as a press mechanic and pressman in the design and production of the printing needs of the MCC.
The souvenir shop opened as a combined museum / shop which was operated by my wife, Dot. With considerable research and effort, the "Railroad Shanty Gift Shop" blossomed into a local mecca for railfans as well as a source for a memento of the day for all visitors. The shop was attractive and provided a place for visitors to pass time while waiting for their train.
I became the first director of the Morris County Central Railroad Museum (NOTE: the predecessor organization of the present-day Whippany Railway Museum). With some help from volunteers and the persistent dedication and drive of Earle Gil, the Museum did expand. I am very proud and pleased with the Whippany Railway Museum as it is today. It just gets better all the time.
Each year there were marked improvements in the operation and development of the MCC and its satellite functions, i.e. the Museum, Souvenir Shop, Snack Car, picnic grove, public facilities, etc. There was much gratification in witnessing this growth, and there is always pleasure in reminiscing about the MCC."
Al lived a good long life, and right up until his final days, he kept fairly active. Now Al has joined all the other MCC veterans that have gone before... it is so sorrowful to see all our heroes and heroines pass, one after another, year after year.
Rest In Peace, Al... such a good, kind friend and gentle man.
Please join us in welcoming the Erie Lackawanna Caboose Number C-177 to our growing collection of vintage cabooses. The C170 series cabooses were built in March 1946 from “kits” at Dunmore Shops. In late-1985 Conrail retired the former Erie C177 and donated the car to the Jersey Central Railway Historical Society Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, whose members initially restored the caboose to its 1950's appearance. In the fall of 2016, the Jersey Central Chapter donated the caboose to the Whippany Railway Museum. The Museum will start the process of restoration and refurbishment and add this fine example to railroading history to future excursions.
Click HERE to read more information
On Five Spring and Fall days, you and your family can ride in a real railroad caboose for a 45-minute round trip. Trains will be departing from the Whippany Railway Museum in Morris County, NJ. You can get guaranteed tickets today when you order them online. Thanks for supporting the all-volunteer, non-profit Whippany Railway Museum!
Father's Day Train Rides
Trains depart the Whippany Station 1, 2, 3, & 4 PMand is a 45 minute, non stop, round trip.
Buy your tickets on line up until 2 hours before departure time.
At the present time there is still caboose seating available and very limited Club Car seating
Pumpkin Festival 2017
Train Rides and Halloween Crafts/Vendor Fair
Sunday, October 1, 2017
12:30 - 5:30 PM
RAIN OR SHINE - THERE IS NO RAIN DATE
Whippany Railway Museum
On Sunday, October 1, From 12:30pm to 5:30pm, you and your family can enjoy an afternoon amid the Color and Spirit of Fall in the Whippanong Valley of Morris County, New Jersey.
Autumn is a Season of Family Fun, and the Pumpkin, the reassuring signal of seasonal passage, never fails to bring forth the image of cool nights, bright harvest moons, crackling fires, and the warmth of family and friends. And when pumpkins appear, they take on a playful appearance, alerting everyone that the special magic of HALLOWEEN, with its goblins, ghouls, and witches lies just around the corner.
We are asking for your help to reach our goal of raising $100,000 to cover the cost of the fire box stay bolts. Like all steam engines, the fire box is held in it's boiler by over 900 stay bolts. These bolts cost approximately $35 each or $100 each installed.
Please click on the Buy a Bolt link for more information as well as how to make a donation.
The Museum is Open
April through October, Noon until 4 PM.
Admission to the Museum site, including Museum Building, Grounds and Rolling Stock Collection is: ADULTS - $2.00, CHILDREN under 12 - $1.00. Admission fees support our Historic Preservation efforts, as well as building, grounds and artifact maintenance.
You can enjoy an operating O-gauge model railroad layout, railroad artifacts, a gift shop, and outdoor railroad equipment