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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

Order Personalized Paver Bricks

We are nearing the end of the refurbishment of the Hawthorne Station. The move 75 feet 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.


Hawthorne station restoration

We’re working on the NYS&W Haw­thorne sta­tion restor­ation 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.

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The Volunteer Railroaders Association would like to invite you to our open house for National Train Day, Saturday, May 9th, 2015. By riding our Easter and Santa trains you have helped support our continued restoration of Hawthorne Station. We’d love to have you stop by and see what your generous support through the years has turned into!

Our volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about the station in addition there will be historical railroad displays, model trains and a train simulator for the kids. We’ll be open on Saturday May 9th from 10am to 3pm. We look forward to seeing you!
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