175th Anniversary Celebration of the Central Railroad of New Jersey

Photo by Carl Perelman

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On May 19, 2024 bring your friends and family and join us as we celebrate the 175th anniversary (1849) of the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ), with a ride on the Whippany Railway Museum’s historic excursion train!

To commemorate this special anniversary, the Whippany Railway Museum will host the Central Railroad of New Jersey Veteran Employees Association, whose visiting members will be happy to share their memories of the CNJ (fondly remembered as “The Big Little Railroad”). For this day, the Museum’s trains will be named after famous Jersey Central passenger trains, including: “The Blue Comet”, “The Mermaid”, “The Bullet”, and “The Queen of the Valley”. Each passenger will also receive a commemorative CNJ keepsake, while supplies last.


Photo by Carl Perelman

We are honored to announce that on May 19th – courtesy of NJTransit – NJT Heritage locomotive No. 4109, painted in it’s original, “as-delivered” Central Railroad of New Jersey scheme of blue with yellow letters and numbers, will be displayed at Whippany. 4109 was originally built in 1968 as GP40P No. 3677 and is one of 13 locomotives ordered for the CNJ and funded by NJDOT to replace older CNJ passenger motive power. In the 1980s the locomotive was rebuilt and renumbered to GP40PH-2 No. 4109. NJTransit repainted the 4109 into CNJ colors in September 2019 to honor one of its predecessor railroads and employees that make up the NJT system. 4109 is generally found operating on the Morristown, Montclair-Boonton, Main, Bergen and Pascack Valley Lines.

WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 2024 Rain or Shine

TRAIN DEPARTURES: 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm

WHERE: 1 Railroad Plaza (intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road) in Whippany, NJ

TRAIN FARE: Ticket prices vary: $13. – $26. (*NOTE: Train Fare includes admission to Museum Building & grounds)