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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

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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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If you would like to come by and visit the historic Hawthorne Station tomorrow, please feel free! Our volunteers will be there from 10 to 2pm doing some cleanup and maintenance to the station and grounds. ... See MoreSee Less

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We would like to welcome all our new Facebook followers! We're very happy you have joined our page. In the next few weeks we'll be posting announcements on a project that we're planning. So please keep checking back. In the meantime, a group of volunteers will be at the station on Sunday, June 14th to do some cleaning and maintenance. If you'd like to stop by to see the station, ask questions or join the VRA, please feel free to stop by anytime after 10am. Hope to see you on Sunday! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Volunteer Railroaders Association was saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Kurdock, a long time resident of Hawthorne and an ardent supporter of our organization.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 4-8 PM at the Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, 557 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne, with a funeral service beginning at 7 PM. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association , 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 or the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Rescue, 2 Shelter Road, Oakland, NJ 07436.
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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!

80 Royal Ave
Hawthorne, NJ
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