to the Whippany Railway Museum on Sun., Sept. 9th for our very
first "Touch-A-Truck & Train Ride" event. This family event offers
children of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore working trucks of
all types, as well as meeting the people who build, protect and serve
the local community.
See a collection of vehicles - fire
trucks, transport vehicles, construction vehicles and public health and
safety trucks - that will be positioned on the Museum grounds.
Attendees can climb into the cabs, honk the horns, examine the
equipment, flash the lights and creatively explore the trucks with
guidance from the respective professionals who will explain the
equipment and discuss the work each vehicle performs.
cab of 120-ton, 111-year old steam locomotive No. 385, where you can
settle into the locomotive engineer's seat, take hold of the whistle
cord, ring the bell, and imagine what it was like to be in total command
of a powerful, fire-breathing iron horse.
Climb aboard our
mid-1900's excursion train as it makes a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip
along the historic "Whippanong Trail". Each train ticket holder will
receive a special commemorative keepsake of the day.
trains feature a unique collection of restored vintage cabooses from
historic rail lines that once served New Jersey and the Metropolitan
area. The excursion 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 New Jersey's
rich railroad and transportation heritage. Passengers can combine the
experience 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.
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, NJ. 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 New Jersey.
DEPART at 1, 2, 3 & 4 PM, Rain or Shine from the Museum site at 1
Railroad Plaza at the Intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road
in Whippany, NJ.
FARE: Adult: $16.00 Child (under 12): $11.00 Infants (1 year and under):
Free (NOTE: Train Fare Includes Admission to Museum Building and
THE MUSEUM: Our Touch-A-Truck & Train Ride event 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 New Jersey treasure. Proceeds from the
train rides will further enhance the Museum's mission and its historic