Thanks to everyone who rode with us last weekend. We enjoyed seeing all the happy faces, young and old. You helped us raise money to help restore a historic locomotive to active service and complete the landscaping at the historic NYS&W Hawthorne Station. The VRA saved and restored the station a few years back and the landscaping is the final piece of the puzzle to complete the project. Stop by 80 Royal Ave in Hawthorne to see what we have done with the money we raised in the past and stop back in a month or so to see the completed landscaping. A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped make the trains possible. Without them we could never see all those happy faces.
2011 Santa Train: The train was a resounding success. All together, we put 2,174 people on three trains from Wayne-Route 23 to Dover and back. We had a full train crew and parking lot crew. Thanks to Joe Phalon for picking up the lunch that day. Special thanks to Bob Lozanski, Senior Road Foreman with NJ Transit for his help, and to the NJ Transit train crew that day. Without their assistance and cooperation, we would not have had the success we did.
2012 Easter Bunny Train: This year’s Easter train is going to co-chaired by Carolyn Hoffman and myself. The March 31st date is confirmed by NJ Transit for Wayne-Route 23 to Dover and back at 9:30am, 12 noon, and 2:30pm. NJ Transit denied our request to run a trip over Metro-North’s Southern Tier line from Middletown, NY due to single-track territory and scheduling issues. Instead, we are waiting to hear back from NJ Transit about running east to West End or Hoboken from Glen Rock-Boro Hall. This would be an alternative to running west to Suffern in an attempt to lengthen the trip duration. For this train, we are going to need more help than ever, and the more hands the better. We need help with ticketing, putting up signs and banners, and posting the paper signs. Any and all help is greatly welcomed, and here’s to another successful VRA excursion!
The Volunteer Railroaders Association has announced the return of their very popular Easter Bunny Train Ride to be held this year on March 31st and April 1st. Ticket prices remain only $9.00 for children under 12 and $13.00 for everyone else. If you purchase your tickets on line at http://easterbunnytrain.com you’ll save 50 cents per ticket.
On the March 31st the trains will depart from the NJ Transit Rt. 23 Transit Center at 9:30 am, 12 noon and 2:30 pm. These trips will run out through scenic Morris County and back. Along the way the trains will pass by the Boonton Restoration yard, where much of the railroad equipment destined for the NJ Transportation Heritage Center is being worked on or stored.
On April 1st the trains are scheduled to depart the NJ Transit Glen Rock Boro Hall station at 9:30 am, 12 noon and 2:30 pm. These trips will run up through Bergen County and beyond. Spring will be in the air as we ride along enjoying the scenes outside the windows and the activities inside the cars.
During the one hour and 30 minute ride the Easter Bunny will hop through the train and visit each child and give them a special gift from his basket. In addition each child can have his or her picture taken with the bunny so they can always remember their ride, so bring your cameras. Also on board will be other cartoon characters to entertain the kids and make for a great day out for all on board. For more information or to order tickets visit http://easterbunnytrain.com/ or call the VRA at 973-238-0555, major credit cards are accepted.
This year’s trips are funding the restor¬ation efforts of the Hamptonburgh NY Caboose Museum and the Middletown and New Jersey Railroad’s GE 44 Ton locomotive #1. Plus the VRA’s continued effort to help preserve NJ’s rich railroad history.
So why not gather up the kids and Grandparents and join the VRA and the Easter Bunny on these fun train rides. You will not only have a great time with your family you will also be helping to preserve history for generations to come to enjoy.
Tickets for these trains usually sell out quickly so don’t delay call or visit them on-line today. The ticket office is located at 80 Royal Avenue, Hawthorne in the train station. Ticket office hours – see the website. All other times just leave a message and we will call you back.
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Volunteer Railroaders Association picnic,
Saturday, September 10th
To All who worked on the Easter Train,
As you might remember we did not have a dinner after the Easter trains because we were trying to save about $1600 that we desperately needed for the station. At the time we said we would have a picnic for all who worked and while it is much later than we had hoped for we have scheduled the picnic for Saturday September 10th at 2pm. Anyone who worked on the train is invited as well as their immediate families. If you can make it please write back to our firstname.lastname@example.org address and say how many people you will be bringing. Also we had a number of people work on the train that were not VRA members, please pass along an invitation to them to join us as well. We will need to know no later than September 7th how many people to expect.
As we have done for too many years to remember we will once again be running our Easter Bunny Trains Rides in 2011. This year we have asked for an eight-car train to be run on April 16th from Wayne and April 17th from Glen Rock with departures at 9:30am, 12 noon and 2:30pm. This will give us 2160 seats to sell each day and 4320 total for the two days. Selling these trains out will give us most of the money we will need to complete the work on the station, which of course is extremely important.
As with every other year, our first order of business is to get the word out about the trains. So, starting the first week in March we will need to get volunteers out to put up the posters and signs. Please watch your e-mail for dates and times.
With our Internet ticketing system working so well, our need to be at the station to help answer customers’ questions has been reduced – but not eliminated. We will still be looking for people to man the phone on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 to 8pm and also on Saturday afternoons from Noon to 3pm. Any and all help will be appreciated.
On each train day we will need people to wear the four bunnies and four other costumed characters. Plus we will need eight helpers, sixteen car hosts, six parking / platform attendants plus three crew chiefs – a total of at least 41 volunteers each day. So if you or anyone you know would like to help please call the station at (973) 238-055 or write to email@example.com and say you want to volunteer.
#5632 From: VRA Inc Date: Wed Apr 7, 2010 9:22 am Subject: EB Train wrap up meeting Everyone, Well we have once again run a very successful series of Easter Bunny trains and as we have been doing the last few years we are planning a wrap up meeting for Monday, April 12th to talk about the good and the bad and to go over the finances with Tri-State. Anyone who has any input is invited to attend. We will start the meeting at 6:30PM sharp so if you are going to want to get something to eat please do so before that time. I am hoping the meeting will not last very long but you never know, which is why I am calling for a 6:30 start. As always, we want to make sure that we use the lessons learned to make the next trip even better. Thanks, KC
#5628 From: VRA Inc Date: Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:50 pm Subject: Pick up help needed at Hawthorne Station Everyone, KC, myself and Charles have completed packing out all the supplies for Saturday and Sunday's trips. The last piece of the puzzle is that we need 3 or 4 SUV's or pick ups with caps or covers to help pick up the boxes and totes with our supplies. If you can help out, please be at Hawthorne Station at 6:00pm. Thank you all, and I'll see you in less than 48 hours for the train! Jon
#5627 From: VRA Inc Date: Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:17 pm Subject: Easter Bunny Crew Handbooks uploaded All, The hand books are loaded to both groups file sections. Please down load and review. The crew list is also part of the book. If you have any questions please feel free to contact either Jon or KC. Thank you again for everyone's efforts in putting these trips together. Jon