Delaware & Ulster RR and D, L & S RR motorcar trips

Halloween Ride on the Delaware and Ulster Railroad — Saturday, October 31

Hosted by: East Coast Railroaders Group

Join us on fun filled weekend!

Step 1 — Take Friday off. (This will be worth it!)

Step 2 — Morning, go to Walkway over the Hudson, former New Haven Railroad bridge across the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, NY for spectacular views of the river, city of Poughkeepsie, trains on both sides of the river and the valley.

Step 3 — Go to Phoenicia, NY and take a ride on the Rail Explorer’s rail bike on the Ulster County part of the former Ulster & Delaware Railroad. Make your own reservations separately and soon as these fill up fast!

Step 4 — Come to Arkville, NY by 5 pm, set your motorcar on and join us on a night run up to Highland, NY and back. Afterward we will have a camp fire, where you can cook your own dinner and S’mores.

Camping overnight is available at the railroad or you can stay a a local hotel or Bed & Breakfast. Reserve these on your own.

Step 5 — Saturday, we run the entire Delaware & Ulster Railroad: Arkville – Highland Arkville – Roxbury in the morning AND afternoon with a twilight run to Highland. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner On Your Own.

$65 per round trip, $130 all trips, Delaware & Ulster Railroad only.

Payment can be made via Paypal or Credit Card by using the following Add to Cart buttons and then checking out on the Paypal page.

  • Experienced Motorcars and operators preferred
  • Contact us if you are new or bringing modified equipment
  • Crossing warning devices are Out Of Service
  • We will be flagging ourselves across each crossing
  • No modification on your motorcar is necessary
  • No additional insurance necessary

Step 6 — Saturday evening – Sunday morning travel to Honesdale, PA

Overnight accommodations On Your Own and take a ride on the Delaware Lackawaxen and Stourbridge RR for morning AND night runs! See separate listing for this event below.

Delaware and Ulster — Morning trip

Delaware and Ulster — Twilight trip

The Stourbridge Line — Sunday, November 1, 2020

Hosted by: East Coast Railroaders Group and The Stourbridge Line

Join us in multi season, day and night excursions on the Delaware Lackawaxen & Stourbridge Railroad. Most leaves should be off the trees and you will be able to see the lay of the land as you cruise along the Lackawaxen River and the historic Delaware and Hudson Canal.

Set on starts at 9 am with departure around 10:30 am, return 2 pm, lunch on your own, nice restaurants in Honesdale, Pa. Second departure 4 pm, return 7-8 pm.

No extra insurance or modifications to your motorcar will be needed. Day and night round trips. $65 per round trip, $130 for both trips.

Payment can be made via Paypal or Credit Card by using the following Add to Cart buttons and then checking out on the Paypal page.

DL&S November 1st — Morning trip

DL&S November 1st — Afternoon trip

We are having a work session on the CMSL this weekend at Rio Grande

We are having a work session on the CMSL this Saturday and Sunday at Rio Grande as we prepare for the next chapter of our long and valuable relationship with the railroad. If you are interested in joining us message us.

The plans are a surprise, but it will be a welcome surprise we suspect. If you are in the area around the Route 47 grade crossing Saturday or Sunday stop by and see what we are doing and if you feel so inclined bring a pair of gloves and lend a hand.

We now have a ‘garage’ over our Sickle Bar brush cutting car

Thanks to a donation from Ken and Carolann Smith, we now have a “garage” over our Sickle Bar brush cutting car.

Two of our member, K.C. and Steve, built the garage over the car yesterday in Tuckahoe.

Thanks also go out to the Cape May Seashore Lines for allowing us to keep the car on their property, they certainly are a good friend and working partner to the VRA and to the rail preservation effort in New Jersey.

Keep well America

Did some work at Hawthorne station today practicing social distancing of course (I was by myself). The flag has been lowered in memory of all those who have passed and in honor of all the healthcare workers who are fighting this thing on the frontlines.

Keep well America and soon enough the station and the rest of our country will be open for business again.

KC Smith

Tuckahoe Transportation Heritage Festival on Saturday June 15th

We are pleased to announce that the Cape May Seashore Lines will be hosting the Tuckahoe Transportation Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 15th at the historic Tuckahoe Train Station in Tuckahoe (Upper Township) NJ. The day will feature train rides, historic railroad equipment including a very special Pennsylvania Railroad Heritage Train, a celebration of Flag Day, a chance to visit the Historic Station and the driving of the Golden Spike 150 years ago. Plus there will be Motorcar Train Rides, a G gauge model train layout, food and much more.

The Festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm with train departures every hour starting at 10:30 am, last departure is at 3:30 pm.

Tickets are just $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and a special $25 family rate. The price includes access to all activities including the train ride. You can enhance your train ride experience by upgrading to a First Class car for an addition $10 per person. Please note that you must choose a departure time if you are upgrading to a first class car, if you are not upgrading you can get on any train on a first come first served basis.


First class upgrade: Please select a train departure time, and order an upgrade ticket for every member of your group.

Train departure times

Adult: $10 per person.

Child: $5 per person, under 12 years old.

Family: $25 per family.

You can purchase your tickets in advance above or just come to the festival and buy them at the entrance table. Entrance table opens at 9:30 am and will accept cash or credit card for payment.

Tuckahoe Station is located at 31 Mill Road, Tuckahoe (Upper Township), NJ.

Proceeds from the festival will go towards the restoration and preservation of the historic motorcars owed by the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township and the Volunteer Railroaders Association.

VRA chosen Hawthorne Chamber Member of the Year

Each year, the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce honors a business or member, which have made outstanding contributions to the Hawthorne community over the years.

We are proud to announce that the Volunteer Railroaders Association has been chosen this year as a Company of the Year.

We would be thrilled if our valued supporters and friends could join us as we receive this honor.

Tickets will be held for you at the registration table.

Please contact Meg at the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce if you have any questions.

There will be a dinner and basket raffle on Friday, January 25, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at Macaluso’s Restaurant in Hawthorne.

(Tickets are $60 per person and the deadline to purchase tickets is January 18th. )

Checks should be made payable to the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce and mailed to 471 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506.

You may reach her at or call 973-427-5078.

If you are not able to join us at the dinner, but you would like to make a donation for the basket raffle representing your group, that would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact Meg at the Chamber Office for details and drop-off information.

Operation Toy Train in northern NJ & southern NY for 2018

The VRA is very proud to once again be part of Operation Toy Train and the collection of toys for thousands of children in our area that might not otherwise get a toy for Christmas.

We are also proud to partner with the following businesses, municipal and civic organizations, who have graciously agreed to serve as collection points for you to drop off new, unwrapped toys. We encourage everyone to visit these locations prior to November 30th, drop off a toy and thank them for participating.

The train will arrive at our historic station on Saturday, December 1st at 9:50 am. On board will be U.S. Marines, our volunteer staff and of course Santa, who will pick up all the toys collected and also accept toys from anyone who would like to donate to this very worthy cause. Bring your cameras and take a picture with Santa and the Marines. The train departs at 10:20 am so be sure not to be late. The station is located at 80 Royal Avenue in Hawthorne.

Andy’s Corner, Billy’s Midway Arcade, Celtic Corner, CEO Barber Shop, Diamond Bridge Barber Shop, Fair Lawn American Legion #177, Glen Rock Physical Therapy, Glen Toyota, Hair Hub, Hawthorne Auto Lab, Hawthorne Boys and Girls Club, Hawthorne Chevrolet, Hawthorne Fire Department, Hawthorne Library, Hawthorne Municipal Building, Hawthorne Press, JB Pet Supply, Johnny & Hange’s, John’s Boy Pizza, Learning Tree Pre-School, M & P Foreign Used Cars, Mr. Cupcakes, Olsson’s Pharmacy, Salon TG, Snoopy Nails, St. Clemens Episcopal Church, Star Sunoco, Stewarts Deli, Tastee Pizza, Whims & Wishes, Wyckoff YMCA.