Operation Toy Train in northern NJ & southern NY for 2017

We are once again working with the annual Toys for Tots Train on December 2nd, 3rd and 9th and will be serving as ground staff. We need at least 6 volunteers each day and invite all members, friends or prospective members to help out. If you can help please message or call K.C. Smith.

You can also drop off a toy and visit with Santa when the Toys for Tots Train visits our station on December 2nd between 10 and 10:45. The station is located at 80 Royal Avenue in Hawthorne, NJ.

Thanks, K.C. Smith

Saturday, December 2, 2017
New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway
City / Town Location Address Arrive Depart
Rochelle Park, NJ CVS Pharmacy 150 Rochelle Ave. 9:00 am 9:30 am
Hawthorne, NJ Volunteer Railroaders Association (Hawthorne station) 80 Royal Ave. 9:50 am 10:30 am
Midland Park, NJ Hot Dog Caboose (Wortendyke station) 211 Greenwood Ave. 10:40 am 11:10 am
Wycoff, NJ (Wycoff station) 399 Main St. 11:15 am 11:55 pm
Oakland, NJ Enterprise Rent-a-Car 393 Ramapo Valley Rd. (Route 202) 12:10 pm 12:40 pm
Pompton Lakes, NJ (Pompton Lakes station) 1 Station Plaza 12:55 pm 1:40 pm
Butler, NJ Butler Museum (Butler station) 235 Main St. 1:55 pm 2:25 pm
Sparta, NJ Sparta Train Station (Sparta station) 30 Station Rd. 3:25 pm 4:30 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Middletown & New Jersey Railroad
City / Town Location Address Arrive Depart
Walden, NY The Medicine Shoppe 38 Grant St. 10:15 am 10:45 am
Montgomery, NY 46 Railroad Ave. 11:05 am 11:50 pm
Campbell Hall, NY Hamptonburgh Caboose Museum 38 Erie St. 12:15 pm 1:00 pm
Sugar Loaf, NY Anne Marie’s Country Deli 1398 Kings Hwy. 1:45 pm 2:45 pm
Warwick, NY Kuiken Brothers 33 South St. 3:00 pm 4:00 pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Dover & Rockaway River Railroad
City / Town Location Address Arrive Depart
Rockaway, NJ Potbelly’s Riverside Cafe 26 E. Main St. 9:00 am 10:00 am
Dover, NJ Dover Town Hall 37 N. Sussex St. 10:30 am 11:00 am
Kenvil, NJ Morris County Marine 745 Route 46 West 12:00 pm 12:30 pm
Ledgewood, NJ Mattress Firm 294 Route 10 West 12:45 pm 1:30 pm
Flanders, NJ Flanders Fire Co. #1 and Rescue Squad 27 Main St. 2:00 pm 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Kuiken Brothers Company
City / Town Location Address Arrive Depart
Succasunna, NJ Kuiken Brothers 33 Route 10 East 10:00 am 2:00 pm

More info https://www.operationtoytrain.org

Motorcars in Cape May – Sept 30th and Oct 1st 2017

The Seashore Lines and the Volunteer Railroaders Association are presenting a unique rail adventure on both Saturday and Sunday, September 30th and October 1st. Take a leisurely ride in motorcars, departing from Cape May station (the Welcome Center) and traveling north to the canal. We’ll cross the meadows as we make our way along the line, with who-knows-what wildlife critters and birds we might see!

Trips will depart every hour on the hour starting at 10:00 am with the last departure at 3:00 pm.

Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 (2 and younger are free). Tickets will be available on the platform starting at 9:30 each day. Tickets are first-come. All ages are welcome.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING: Parking at the Cape May station is limited to visitors to the Welcome Center and bus passengers. If you cannot find street or lot parking nearby, there is a free Park & Ride lot a few blocks away. The Park & Ride Lot is located at 921 Lafayette Street, Cape May (Cape May Elementary School) 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m. daily during the summer season, Customers will be able to use Parkmobile’s mobile applications for iPhone, Android, and Windows phones to conveniently pay to park on-the-go. To use the Parkmobile system, customers can register for free through the app or at www.parkmobile.com Once registered, they can use the mobile app, internet, or call the toll-free number listed on the Parkmobile meter stickers and signs to pay for parking. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device.

Hope to see lots of you then!

Station Location – Cape May City Rail Terminal – Lafayette St. & Elmira St. – 609 Lafayette St, Cape May, NJ 08204

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/CapeMaySeashoreLines

Motorcars will not operate during inclement weather.

 

 

Cape May Seashore Lines Speeder train rides: Saturday September 30th & Sunday October 1st

The MotorCars are back for another weekend in Cape May!

The Seashore Lines is working with the Volunteer Railroaders Assn. to operate motorcar excursions from the Cape May station. Trips will go as far as the Cape May Canal and there will be plenty of opportunities to get a close-up view of the wildlife that lives in the marshes, as long as the critters feel like coming.

Trips will depart every hour on the hour starting at 10 am with the last departure at 3 pm.

Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 (2 and younger are free). Tickets will be available on the platform starting at 9:30 each day. All ages are welcome.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING: Parking at the Cape May station is limited to visitors to the Welcome Center and bus passengers. If you cannot find street or lot parking nearby, there is a free Park & Ride lot a few blocks away.

The Park & Ride Lot is located at 921 Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ 08204 (Cape May Elementary School) 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m. daily during the summer season.

Customers will be able to use Parkmobile’s mobile applications for iPhone, Android, and Windows phones to conveniently pay to park on-the-go. To use the Parkmobile system, customers can register for free through the app or at us.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they can use the mobile app, internet, or call the toll-free number listed on the Parkmobile meter stickers and signs to pay for parking. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device.

Hope to see lots of you then.

Easter Bunny to Visit Hawthorne Station

On Saturday April 8th the Easter Bunny will be hopping his way to the historic Hawthorne Train Station, located at 80 Royal Avenue beginning at 11am and staying to greet children, take a picture with them and give each one a gift until 3pm. The bunny will be joined by other costumed characters that are sure to put a smile on every kids face.

During the visit children will be able to take part in an egg and spoon race, watch and play with the toy trains and play bean bag toss. Everyone is invited to look around the station at all of the historic displays, watch a train video or two, view the operating train layout and see a real railroad motorcar, that was once used by railroads to inspect and repair the track.

A suggested donation of $5 is requested to help preserve the train station which was renovated by the Volunteer Railroaders Association in 2011. The group leases and maintains the building and grounds and relays on projects like this one to help fund their efforts. They have started a special committee to help maintain and preserve the station and invite anyone who is interested to join them in this effort.

So why not gather up the kids and Grandparents and come on down to Hawthorne Station on April 8th and join in the fun. Be sure to bring your cameras to record the memories. Please visit www.vratrips.org or https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerRailroaders for more information.

Santa to Visit Hawthorne Train Station

Mark your calendars for November 26th to visit with Santa Claus. This is the day Santa will be visiting the historic Hawthorne Train Station. The Volunteer Railroaders Association has announced that Santa will be stopping by the station between 10am and 2pm and would like to visit with all the good little girls and boys in town. Each child can have their pictures taken with Santa, tell him what they would like for Christmas and each will receive a candy cane. In addition Santa has invited a one of his elves to come with him and a few surprise cartoon characters as well.

The Volunteer Railroaders will have the station and the area outside the building completely decorated for the holiday season and will have lots of railroad artifacts and historical items on display for everyone to enjoy. They will even have a Thomas train layout set up for the kids to enjoy. There is no cost to attend, although donations are greatly appreciated.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy with them to donate to the Toys for Tots program, which helps makes the holiday season a happy one for needy children in our area. Everyone who brings a toy will be entered into a drawing for a very special prize. If you prefer, you can bring a toy on December 3rd between 10am and 10:45am when the very special Toys for Tots Train visits the station. Santa and his Marine escorts will be on hand to accept your donations while the train is at the station.

So grab the kids or grandkids and head on down to the station between 10am and 2pm for what is sure to be a fun experience. The station is located at 80 Royal Ave in Hawthorne. For more information please call the VRA at 973-238-0555 and leave a message.

Operation Toy Train rolls again in 2016

It’s that time of year again!!! Operation Toy Train rolls again in 2016. Join us for our 8th year at familiar locations and even a new one this year!

See the schedule below and visit https://www.facebook.com/OperationToyTrain/ for updates.

Saturday, December 3 – NYS&W Railway
Sunday, December 4 – M&NJ Railway
Saturday, December 10 – M&E Railway
Sunday, December 11 – Kuiken Brothers Lumber – Route 10 E, Succasunna, NJ

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Birding Motorcar trips out of Cape May

Just announced, special Birding Motorcar trips out of Cape May station October 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th, 22nd, 23rd and 29th. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. First trip each day at 8 am then every hour on the hour until 2 pm. Trip lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Regular sight seeing with historical narration trips are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Trip lasts 45 minutes.

For tickets or more information call 973-238-0555 and leaving a message for a call back or just come to Cape May station starting at 7:30 am on the day of the trip. On line ticketing coming soon. Minimum passenger height restriction of 36″ for all trips.

See flyer below for more details. Click images to enlarge.

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These trips are being operated by the CMSL for the benefit of The Volunteer Railroader Association Inc. Please come out and join us these weekends this fall.

The Volunteer Railroader Association Inc. is not affiliated with Cape May Welcome Center. These rides are not part of the daily operations that take place at the Cape May Welcome Center.

Cape May Seashore Lines Intracoastal Waterway Limited photos

Photos of the Cape May Seashore Lines public motorcar trip on Sunday, September 18th 2016.
Trips departed the Cape May station every hour on the hour starting at 10 am with the last departure at 3 pm.

Each trip lasted approximately 40 minutes and brought the passengers out to the Intracoastal Waterway and back. Narration about the area, the railroad and the wildlife was be provided.

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