Through the joint efforts of the Volunteer Railroaders Association, Tri-State Railway Historical Society, and Jersey Central Railway Historical Society, we are pleased to announce the return of the Erie Lackawanna Discovery Day on Saturday, April 5th. This event will be run as a prelude to the Eastern Spring Meet. Costs for the day be minimal (noted below). Participants can drive their personal car to the individual sites or utilize NJ Transit (aka the Erie’s Bergen County) as all sites are within walking distance of a nearby train station. We will be touring several local museums and historic EL locations in the heart of the New York Division’s commuter district:
9:00 am Volunteer Railroaders Association’s historic Hawthorne Station, 80 Royal Ave, Hawthorne, NJ
The day will begin at the former NYS&W station. Hawthorne was served by both the Erie and the Susquehanna. The Erie station in town is regrettably long gone but the 1894 NYS&W station remains and has been completely restored by the VRA. During the restoration, the Erie’s famous station green paint color was found on the building. In honor of the years of Erie ownership of the Susquehanna, the station was restored to represent it’s Erie years and proudly wears the two-tone green with red window sash scheme. The station will be open for all participants to explore. Participants using GPS to find their way should use the address: 225 Diamond Bridge Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506 in their device. This is the address of the auto repair shop across the street from the station. For some reason, all GPS/mobile aps send you to the other end of Royal Avenue when the station’s actual address is used. Ample parking is available along Grand Ave between Diamond Bridge Ave and Warburton Ave. The station is less than a 5-minute walk from NJ Transit’s Hawthorne Station. There is no admission charge to the station but any donations are gratefully accepted.
10:30 am Historic Waldwick Tower, Waldwick, NJ
Our next site will be the former Erie signal tower in Waldwick. The tower has been beautifully restored and will be open for viewing. Volunteers will present that day doing spring clean up and maintenance as well. Access to the tower will be from the end of Bohnert Place in Waldwick, NJ. GPS users can use the address 3 Bohnert Place, Waldwick, NJ which is the Midlan Corporation’s address. Visitors to the tower are asked to please refrain from walking across NJ Transit tracks. This is both for your own personal safety as well as so that we comply with the tower’s insurance company requirements. We will be their guests and we are asked to respect this request. As time permits, we can drive over to the NJT parking lot across the tracks if anyone wants to get a photo of the tower. NJT will be operating on their usual weekend schedule to provide photo props as well as transportation. Again, donations are gratefully accepted.
We will break for lunch after the tower visit. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch or visit any of the nearby restaurants. A few of us will be trying Kinchley’s Tavern at 586 N Franklin Turnpike Ramsey, NJ 07446-2800 http://www.kinchleyspizza.com/ The owner is a railfan and has a number of model trains on display at the Mahwah Museum. Speaking of which…
1pm Mahwah Museum
Our next stop will be the Mahwah Museum. Home to an HO model railroad in addition to numerous Erie Railroad exhibits, the museum does ask the nominal admission fee of $5 per person. The museum also has a gift shop with several railroad related items available. They will graciously accept Erie and DL&W fans but they can’t accept credit cards. Please plan accordingly. In addition to the museum itself, we have made arrangements to visit the original Erie Mahwah Station as well http://www.mahwahmuseum.org/page.cfm?page=44 The station is not usually open until June and would traditionally have its own $3 per person admission. However, the museum has graciously waived this additional admission for Discover Day participants. The depot is also home to an original Erie woodside caboose which will also be open for us. Participants are asked to go to the Mahwah Museum (201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430) prior to their visit to the Old Station Museum to purchase their $5/person Discovery Day pass that will waive the separate Old Station admission fee and get you access to the site. Parking will be available at the Mahwah Museum parking lot. The Old Station Museum is next to the NJ station and less than a 2-minute walk from the Mahwah Museum.
The Discovery Day will be held rain or shine as the museums are indoors. Participants can attend all or any of the sites individually at the times named above. We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, April 5th for a good day of EL history. Any questions can be sent to Charles Smith, at email@example.com