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2018 Tuckahoe Transportation Heritage Festival

The United Railroad Historical Society of NJ, Inc. will be hosting its second Spring Transportation Heritage Festival at the historic Tuckahoe train station grounds on Saturday April 28, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm. The event runs rain or shine. The event will be held at the Tuckahoe Village Train station grounds at 31 Mill Road, Woodbine, New Jersey 08270

Tuckahoe, NJ station on the Cape May Seashore Lines RR


You will need to stop at the URHS table at the entrance and pick up a wristband to confirm you have paid for the fee events desired. Please stop at the your Historical Society table at the entrance and pick up your wristband to show for admission to the activities.

To buy tickets: https://urhs.org/2018-spring-railroad-festival-at-the-historic-tuckahoe-station/

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. Food concessions, historical & educational presentations, and other vendors will round out a day that the whole family can enjoy!

The theme for the festival will be Railroads and the Military and in part will honor those who have served our nation in all branches of the military. The Friends of The NJ Transportation Heritage Center have committed two historic buses to be there.

This festival will provide the public with a rare opportunity to ride in vintage train cars and learn about railroad history of the Cape May Seashore Lines, the PRSL, Pennsylvania RR, Reading RR Co., and the Central Railroad of NJ. Train rides, which will depart from the Tuckahoe station, will consist of locomotives and cars, many of which are owned by the URHS of NJ and cared for by the Cape May Seashore Lines Railroad. This Transportation Heritage Festival will also include displays of many other forms of transit history: buses, trucks, cars, and military vehicles.

The Excursion Train

Tavern Lounge 'Good Vibrations' #2786
URHS 317
NYC Tavern Lounge #37

The excursion train will occupy the Conrail RR main and will consist of the Good Vibrations (#2786), NYC Tavern Lounge #37, URHS #329 and URHS #317.

GMTX #2661 Bob Vogel 2016

Seating on the train is general seating and is available on a first-come first-served basis. 

Power for the train will consist of GMTX GP38-2 #2661 and GMTX GP38-2 #2015. GMTX 2661 was recently rebuilt to GP38-2 standards and is part of the GATX Rail lease fleet. The history of #2661 is as follows: CSX Transportation 1945 / Conrail 7671 / Penn Central 2011 / Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines RR #2011.

The Display Train

Open to the public on the Cape May Mainline track will be a Pennsylvania Railroad display train set up that will consist of the Pennsylvania Railroad GP-9 #7000, P-70 coaches #1706 and #1704, and the Pennsylvania Railroad type N5 caboose.

This train will be open to the public and will have reenactors dressed up in military uniforms from the Korean War/Vietnam era situated in and around the train and will be staged once per hour to allow for photos to be taken.

On the station grounds

The grounds are open to the public and will be host to railroad vendors, motor car rides, stationary equipment tours, live steam and other railroad related attractions.

Night Photo Shoot

For rail and photography enthusiasts, the URHS of NJ will host a night photo shoot at the end of the day which will feature several setups and photo angles of URHS of NJ’s historic equipment. Flash lighting will be provided. There is a 30-person maximum for the event. Admission will be $30 per person. 

About the Route

Originally built in 1893, the railroad through Tuckahoe was once referred to as “The Steel Speedway to the Shore,” as its main purpose was to shuttle passengers to the southernmost points of the Jersey Shore. The last scheduled passenger trains ran on the line in 1981 and the Cape May Seashore Lines was founded in 1984. Today, the CMSL hauls freight regularly with historic locomotives owned that are leased from the URHS.

About the URHS Collection

The United Railroad Historical Society of NJ owns a large collection of railroad equipment kept in both northern and southern New Jersey. In addition to several passenger cars, the following equipment is leased to the Cape May Seashore Lines RR and will be either running or on display at the Tuckahoe station grounds.

Pennsylvania Railroad GP9 # 7000 - one of only 3 surviving examples of this type of locomotive owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Built in 1955, this locomotive hauled freight in the mountainous regions on Pennsylvania and later operated for Conrail and New Jersey Transit in New Jersey. This is one of the rarest pieces in the URHS of NJ collection.

Central Railroad of New Jersey GP7 # 1523 - This locomotive is one of two of this type in the URHS collection. It was built in 1952 to haul passengers in New Jersey and continued doing so until it was donated to the URHS by New Jersey Transit. It still pulls passengers and freight on a regular basis.

NYC Tavern Lounge #37 - Originally owned by the New York Central Railroad, No. 37 was one of 13 Tavern Lounge cars (Nos. 35-47) utilized over the New York Central’s fleet of long-distance trains. Car No. 37 was frequently used on the “Commodore Vanderbilt” and the “Southwestern Limited” through the 1950’s. It still sees passenger use on a regular basis.

Vendors are wanted for the event – Spaces are $20 each, and vendors are asked to bring their own tables and chairs. Please email  to reserve your space.

For more information follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/URHSofNJ/, or visit the Cap May Seashore Lines website, https://www.CapeMaySeashoreLines.org You can also email us at  with any specific questions.

Parking lot

The entrance is directly across from the driveway going into the station opposite side of Mill Street. If you are looking at a aerial view it is more or less behind the blue water tank. 31 Mill Road, Woodbine, New Jersey 08270

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The United Railroad Historical Society of NJ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by 15 New Jersey-based railroad preservation groups. The mission of the URHS is to build a railroad museum in the state of New Jersey to house its over 60 piece collection and to raise funds to restore and protect the collection until a permanent site can be acquired.

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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.

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

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.

At left is the station with exterior resto­ration, painting, gutters & landscaping completed. Click image to enlarge

Membership Meeting

Quarterly, 3 rd Thursday - 7 pm

Meeting at the Station in Haw­thorne, NJ. All are wel­come – new member prospects as well. Enter­tainment program directly fol­lows the meeting.

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