All aboard! On Father’s Day, Sun., June 19, spend the day with dad at the Whippany Railway Museum and climb aboard the mid-1900’s excursion train and enjoy an old-fashioned, pleasant Sunday afternoon with family and friends.
Trains feature a unique collection of restored vintage cabooses from historic rail lines that once served New Jersey and the Metropolitan area. The 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland and return is a thrill for the children as they enjoy what for many, will be their very first train ride, and they can also learn about and experience the history of NJ’s rich railroad and transportation heritage. Passengers can combine the thrill of riding the train along with touring the Museum site, featuring its outstanding collection of historic railroad locomotives, rolling stock, operating model train layouts and vintage farm tractors.
The train ride is part of the Museum’s operating heritage railroad excursions and travels the route of the historic ‘Whippanong Trail’ through Whippany, East Hanover, Livingston and Roseland in Morris and Essex counties. The train passes through the remnants of pre-historic Glacial Lake Passaic, a natural swamp which supports abundant wildlife, such as deer, turtles, wild turkeys, hawks and rabbits.
The ride also features the excitement of crossing high above the Passaic River over a steel bridge.
In addition to the antique cabooses that make up the train, visitors can upgrade their excursion experience by choosing to ride in our elegantly-restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) ‘Club Car’ Jersey Coast. The car has the look and feel of a private club with individual leather chairs, mahogany interior accented with stained glass, built-in tables and period ceiling fans. The Jersey Coast recalls the 1930’s when the CNJ operated its deluxe coach train, The Blue Comet between Jersey City and Atlantic City. The striking paint scheme of cream and blue reminds one of a comet streaking through space. It is the only car of its type operating in NJ.
Trains depart hourly from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine from the museum site at 1 Railroad Plaza at the Intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany,
Train fare is $14, adult; $9, child under 12; infants one and younger are free. Train fare includes admission to museum building and exhibits.
Pre-order tickets online using a major credit card. Visit www.WhippanyRailwayMuseum.net and use the link for ‘buy train tickets.’
For more info., call 973-887-8177or visit www.WhippanyRailwayMuseum.net.
The Excursion Train Ride is a fundraising effort to benefit the Whippany Railway Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit operating heritage railroad that is staffed by volunteers. Donations from the public help to keep the museum operational, but funds are still required to support this unique NJ treasure. Proceeds from the train rides will further enhance the museum’s mission and its historic preservation efforts.