Jump on a Memorial Day Train Ride this Saturday 5/25 at Rio Grande

This Saturday May 25th we will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with another run of the very popular Motorcar. Trains brought to you by the Cape May Seashore Lines and staffed by the Volunteer Railroads Association members.

The Motorcar Trains will operate from the railroad crossing on Rt. 47 in Rio Grande, NJ just behind the Rio Grande Fire department, look for a couple of our motorcars parked at the crossing marking the location.

The almost 4 mile ride lasts about 40 minutes and takes passengers up to the site of the former Wildwood Jct. station where we will talk about the history of the station, the rail line that went to Wildwood and the history of the area.

Trains will depart every hour on the hour starting at 10am with the last departure at 3pm. Tickets are just $10

for adults and $5 for kids under 12, children under 2 not occupying a seat are free. Tickets can be reserved by emailing us at vratrips@yahoo.com. Any remaining tickets can be purchased the day of the trips at the boarding location with cash or credit card.

All proceeds from these trips go to help the Volunteer Railroads Association (VRA), preserve railroad history. The VRA is a 501c3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

Please feel free to email us for more details.

The Motorcars Will Be Running in Rio Grande This Saturday – May 11th


The Motorcar Trains will be coming to Rio Grande on Saturday May 11th. The Cape May Seashore Lines with the help of the Volunteer Railroaders Association are teaming up to bring you this brand new event.

Each trip, which will last about 40 minutes, and share the experience of riding the rails with everyone on board. There will also be a short presentation on the history of the railroad in the area.

The trains will depart from the Rt. 47 grade crossing (right next to the Rio Grande Fire Department) with departures at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm.

Tickets cost just $10 for adults and $5 for kids 1 to 12 years old. You may purchase your tickets below. Any remaining tickets will be on sale in Rio Grande on Saturday, April 13th.

We hope you and your family come join us for a fun ride!


We are sorry but online purchasing is not available at the moment due to a technical issue.

To reserve your seat(s) on a train please email vratrips@yahoo.com with your request. Please include the number of adults and children as well as the time of the train you would like to ride. Trains will be departing at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Payment will be collected at the site when you arrive.

The Easter Bunny Is Heading to the Hawthorne Station This Sunday (new date)! Stop by and say hi!

This Sunday, March 24th, the Easter Bunny is going to stop by the Hawthorne Station at 80 Royal Avenue, Hawthorne NJ between 10am and 2pm. The bunny decided that Saturday’s weather wouldn’t be the best so we decided to wait the extra day. Word has it that the bunny has agreed to take pictures and is bringing an Easter egg gift for you! Bring the kids (and the pets) and head down to visit.

While your there visit inside the 130 year old station to view the various displays. The event is free, but donations to help maintain the station are always welcome!

The Easter Bunny Thanks All Who Visited on 3/16! A Fun Time For All

On Saturday, March 16th members of the Volunteer Railroaders Association fired up the motorcars, in an event sponsored by the Cape May Seashore Lines,  so that the Easter Bunny could host guests for a 40 minute ride. A fun time was has for all! Even a unicorn showed up to hang up at the Rio Grande station!


We would like to thank all of those who came out to support us! Stay turned for future events.


32nd Annual Lower Twp. Rotary Pumpkin Festival – Saturday, October 14th

It’s the spookiest time of the year at the Cold Spring Village in Cape May and they are planning to celebrate all things Halloween and autumn at the 32nd Annual Lower Twp. Rotary Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 14th.

This fun event will take place on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village and is presented by the Lower Township Rotary Club. Admission to the Village is free! Guests are encouraged to donate non-perishable goods to the ‘Share the Harvest’ Food Drive.

To help raise money for this very worthy cause the Cape May Seashore Lines, with the help of the VRA, will be running Motorcar Trains starting at 10am with departures approximately every half hour until 4pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased on the platform, located at the Rt. 9 entrance to the Village. You can use your credit card or pay cash.

We encourage all passengers to bring a non-perishable food item to help feed the hungry. Families can enjoy pumpkin painting and games throughout the day. A variety of crafters will sell their wares along the Village’s shell-paved lanes. Vendors will be selling hot dogs and other snacks. Plus you can visit a haunted house at the Village Barn!

For more information please contact us by sending a message. Hope to see lots of people on October 14th for this very worth cause.

Location: Historic Cold Spring Village, 733 Seashore Road, Cape May, NJ 08204 https://hcsv.org/

The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern end of the Garden State Parkway.

5th Tuckahoe Transportation Heritage Festival

5th Tuckahoe Transportation Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 24, 2022, 10 am – 4 pm

Tuckahoe Train Station, Mill Road & Railroad Avenue, Tuckahoe, NJ 08270. For GPS enter 31 Mill Road Woodbine.

Classic Trains, Classic Cars, Train rides, Motor Car rides, Garden Railway, Music, Food, and more.

Wristbands will be sold for $10 per adult; $5 per child.

Wristbands are for access to ride the Excursion Train, Speeder Car (Motor Car train), and tour the display Trains.

Proceeds from the sale of wristbands will benefit the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township and the Volunteer Railroaders Association (VRA)


Adult – $10

Child – $5

CMSL Night Photo Session Friday September 23, 2022

The Cape May Seashore Lines, in partnership with the Volunteer Railroaders Association (VRA) and the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township (HPSUT), is proud to announce a very special Night Photo session at Tuckahoe, NJ on Friday, September 23rd. Lighting will be provided by Steve Barry and Mike Burkhart, who are famous for their night photography. Scenes will include former PRSL GP-38s, the recently restored Tuckahoe tower, PRSL RDCs, a Pennsylvania RR Heritage train, CNJ Blue Comet tail car Tempel, PRSL P-70 #9887, ATSF Vista Valley, the beautifully restored Tuckahoe train station and historic motorcars at the motorcar shed.

Your ticket gets you into the Tuckahoe Transportation Heritage Festival the next day. In addition to the historic pieces listed above, there will be even more historic railroad equipment, classic cars, and trucks, train rides, motorcar rides, a garden railway, music, food, and more.

Tickets for the event are just $30 and can be purchased below. Proceeds will be donated to the VRA and HPSUT to help allow them to continue to preserve railroad and Upper Township history for generations to come to enjoy.

Ticket $30

Festival Partnership:

Volunteer Railroader Association Inc. (VRA) vratrips.org

Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township. (HPSUT)  www.uppertwphistory.org
Cape May Seashore Lines Railroad (CMSL)  seashorelines.org

Last updated August 25, 2022

Lehigh & New England Railroad Motor Car on display until end of March

Close out #AnthraciteHeritageMonth by visiting a rare and unique piece of Lehigh Valley history on display now through the end of March! Visitors can check out this original Lehigh & New England Railroad car owned by Volunteer Railroaders. Located in the lobby of the National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem, PA 602 E 2nd St, Bethlehem, PA 18015 (610) 694-6644 info@nmih.org

This car was manufactured by Sheffield and is a model 40-B speeder, a car used to move crew members along the Lehigh & New England’s railroad lines. Sheffield/Fairbanks Morse motor cars were manufactured in Three Rivers, Michigan. By about 1910, the company was making Handcars and Rail Velocipedes. Sheffield moved to gas powered cars as time went by.

Read more at https://www.nmih.org/event/lehigh-new-england-railroad-motor-car-display/

LNE RR 40-B motor car 549 before restoration picture.

Unfortunately, parties unknown stole the trailer that we use to bring the car to different events. We were very thankful the thief did NOT steal the motor car. Faced with a difficult decision, our small volunteer group chose to spend all the money we’d earned and saved for the restoration as well as take out a loan so that the car could be seen by the public.

We would sincerely appreciate your contributions. https://www.gofundme.com/f/lehigh-new-england-rr-motorcar-restoration

LNE RR 40-B motor car 549

4th Tuckahoe Transportation Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 25, 2021

11 am – 4 pm @ Tuckahoe Train Station

The Seashore Lines will be operating short excursion trains in conjunction with the 4th Tuckahoe Transportation Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 11 am to 4 pm!

In addition to the short excursion train rides, a heritage train, consisting of former Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) equipment, will be open to the public.

The former Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) Blue Comet observation car Tempel will also be on display.

A Motor Car ‘train’ [see at top] will be operating short trips, and the Tuckahoe Railroad Station will be open to the public.

A ‘G’ gauge garden railroad will be operational in the station park, along with merchandise tables and a railroad hand car demonstration. Antique automobiles will also be on display.

Scouts will have the opportunity to earn their Railroad Merit Badge at this event!

Central Railroad of NJ Blue Comet observation Car Tempel & PRR Parlor car
PRR coaches with antique car in Tuckaho, New Jersey
Purchase wristbands

Wristband purchase is necessary to ride the short excursion train, the Motor Car ‘train’, and to enter the equipment on display.

Adult wristband pricing is $10.00, and children wristband pricing is $5.00. Wristbands can be purchased the day of the event at a table in the commons area.

Adult $10.00

Child $5.00

Proceeds from wristband sales at this event will benefit the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township and the Volunteer Railroaders Association.

Be certain to mark your calendars for this exciting event!

The Tuckahoe Village Train Station:

Tuckahoe NJ Station, Cape May Seashore Lines Railroad
is situated on Cape May County Routes 659 / Railroad Avenue and 557 / Mill Road, south of NJ State Route 49 and west of NJ State Route 50.

Mill Road and Railroad Avenue

Tuckahoe, NJ 08250

You may need to enter “31 Mill Road Woodbine, NJ” as the location in your GPS.