Volunteer Railroaders Association Inc.

   Our slogan: "SO CLOSE, ONLY THE PAYCHECK IS MISSING."

Our core values

Our mission is to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of and awareness about historic railroad right of way, rolling stock and other related items. Also to educate the public through our many events about the history and future need for railroad operations.

As a group we get involved in the operation of all sorts of railroad related projects. We run passenger trains, own and operate six motor cars and lease and maintain the historic New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad Hawthorne New Jersey station. We are heavily involved in the creation of the future New Jersey Transportation Museum through our membership in the NJ based United Railroad Historical Society. We ask that our members get involved.

More about the VRA

Transportation Heritage Festival

Sunday September 21st, 10 am to 4 pm — Rain or Shine!

The URHS Transportation Heritage festival is back, and this year’s event is sure to be bigger and better than the last! On Sunday September 21, you can visit the United Railroad Historical Society for a fun and educational day with some of New Jersey’s rare and classic trains. For the third consecutive year, the URHS will open the gates of its normally-private Boonton Restoration Facility to showcase some of its historic collection.

Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with vintage railroad equipment and well as visiting classic cars, trucks, buses, and military vehicles. Live music, food concessions, historical & educational presentations, and vendors of railroad-related souvenirs will round out a day that the whole family can enjoy!   click for more info

Night Photo Shoot — Saturday September‭ ‬20th

On the evening of Saturday September‭ ‬20th the United Railroad Historical Society will‭ ‬be hosting our second annual night photo shoot at our Boonton restoration yard.‭ ‬The yard is normally closed to the public,‭ ‬but once a year we open it‭ ‬up to the public to see what’s new.‭ ‬We have a limited number of tickets available for this exclusive event be sure to buy your tickets while they last. more...

 

Order Personalized Paver Bricks

We are nearing the end of the refurbishment of the Hawthorne Station. The move 75′ back from the corner was funded by our recent projects. To complete the job and see the buildings exterior returned to its former glory, we need to do more fund raising. By purchasing pavers you will be en­hancing the future of a building that has seen so much of the past and has many stories to tell generations to come. The paver bricks will be part of the walking path that leads to the station. Click brick at right to enlarge.

Notable VRA trips:
  1993   Tri-State Railway Historical Society & SVA trip on the NYS&W to Baird's Farm.
  1997   VRA sponsor a "Fall Foliage" trip on the NYS&W from Hawthorne to Baird's Farm.
  2000   Naval Weapons Station - Earle. Ran 4 trains…on a 3 mile pier at the annual Sum­mer­fest. A special thanks goes to the VRA for assembling their experienced crew members
  2005   Honesdale Railroad excursion - about 40 motorcars to Honesdale to Lackawaxen.

Membership Meeting

Thursday, August 15th 2014 - 7 pm
Meeting at the Station in Haw­thorne, NJ. All are wel­come – new member prospects as well. Enter­tainment program directly fol­lows the meeting. Presenter may bring ≤ 25 slides.

Hawthorne station restoration

We're working on the NYS&W Haw­thorne sta­tion restor­ation Saturdays on a regular basis. We need to work around the out­side of the building doing lots of different things. Above is the station with exterior resto­ration, painting, gutters & landscaping completed. Click image to enlarge

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Volunteer Railroaders Association Inc.

80 Royal Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ 07506-1810
Phone: 973-238-0555

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Last updated on September 6, 2014

 

Volunteer Railroaders Association Inc. is a New Jersey nonprofit corporation that also is Internal
Revenue Service recognized as a non-profit under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.