An important notice for friends and patrons of the Whippany Railway Museum

Due to the Federal Railway Administration status of the museum grounds as well as Transportation Security Administration Directive SD 1582/84-21-01 ALL staff & visitors 2 years or older, are required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth, at all times when on site and onboard our trains. Please see THIS LINK for a summery of the directive and links for more information

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Security Measures - Mask Requirements

EFFECTIVE DATE: 11 :59 pm EST on February 1, 2021

EXPIRATION DATE: January 18, 2022


"The scope in 1582.1 includes: each tourist, scenic, historic, and excursion rail owner/operator, whether operating on or off the general railroad system of transportation." "Tourist, scenic, historic, or excursion operation means a railroad or bus operation that carries passengers, often using antiquated equipment, with the conveyance of the passengers to a particular destination not being the principal purpose".

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Transportation Security Administration is issuing this Security Directive (SD) requiring masks to be worn to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The requirements in this SD must be applied to all persons in or on one of the conveyances or a transportation facility used by one of the modes identified above.


For the purpose of this SD, the following definition applies:

Conveyance - is a definition meaning "train”...
Mask - means a material covering the nose and mouth of the wearer...
Transportation hub/facility - means any train station...


A. Owner/Operators must notify passengers with adequate notice of the mask requirements to facilitate awareness and compliance. This notice must inform passengers of the following:

1. Federal law requires wearing a mask while on the conveyance and failure to comply may result in denial of boarding or removal.
2. Refusing to wear a mask is a violation of federal law; passengers may be subject to penalties under federal law.

B. Owner/Operators must require that individuals wear a mask, as follows:

1. Any persons in a public transportation, passenger railroad, covered by this SD.
2. Any person in public areas of transportation hubs/facilities for purposes of purchasing tickets, waiting areas, and platforms for boarding and disembarking for the duration of travel, boarding, and disembarking.

F. This SD exempts the following categories of persons from wearing face masks:

1. Children under the age of 2.
2. People with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

G. Owner/Operators must manage situations with persons who refuse to comply with the requirement to wear a mask. These procedures must ensure that if an individual refuses to comply with an instruction given by the owner/operator with respect to wearing a mask, the owner/operator must:

1. Deny boarding;
2. Make best efforts to disembark the individual as soon as practicable; or
3. Make best efforts to remove the individual from the transportation hub/facility.

H. If an individual's refusal to comply with the mask requirement constitutes a significant security concern, the owner/operator must report the incident to the Transportation Security Operations Center (TSOC) at 1-866-615-5150 or 1-703-563-3240 in accordance with 49 CFR 1570.203.

Darby LaJoye

Senior Official Performing the Duties of the TSA Administrator

To view the full TSA directive and for further information please review this link & this link


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Whippany Railway Museum
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Whippany, NJ 07981-0016
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