Join the Easter Bunny on March 24th

Join the Easter Bunny on March 24th between 11am and 3pm as he visits the Historic Hawthorne Train Station, located at 80 Royal Ave., in Hawthorne. Families are invited to stop by to see the bunny, take pictures and enjoy everything the station has to offer.

Each child who visits will get a gift from the Easter Bunny and get a chance to play with some of the toy trains and play a lawn game outside the station (weather permitting).

There is no cost to attend, however donations to help maintain the station will gladly be accepted.

The host for the day is the Volunteer Railroaders Association and they welcome everyone to attend. You can also participate in the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce’s Hop The Shops event while you are there.

We hope to see lots of you on March 24th and encourage everyone to spread the word.

2018 Tuckahoe Transportation Heritage Festival

The United Railroad Historical Society of NJ, Inc. will be hosting its second Spring Transportation Heritage Festival at the historic Tuckahoe train station grounds on Saturday April 28, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm. The event runs rain or shine. The event will be held at the Tuckahoe Village Train station grounds at 31 Mill Road, Woodbine, New Jersey 08270

Tuckahoe, NJ station on the Cape May Seashore Lines RR

Tickets

You will need to stop at the URHS table at the entrance and pick up a wristband to confirm you have paid for the fee events desired. Please stop at the your Historical Society table at the entrance and pick up your wristband to show for admission to the activities.

To buy tickets: https://urhs.org/2018-spring-railroad-festival-at-the-historic-tuckahoe-station/

Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with vintage railroad equipment and well as visiting classic cars, trucks, buses, and military vehicles. Food concessions, historical & educational presentations, and other vendors will round out a day that the whole family can enjoy!

The theme for the festival will be Railroads and the Military and in part will honor those who have served our nation in all branches of the military. The Friends of The NJ Transportation Heritage Center have committed two historic buses to be there.

This festival will provide the public with a rare opportunity to ride in vintage train cars and learn about railroad history of the Cape May Seashore Lines, the PRSL, Pennsylvania RR, Reading RR Co., and the Central Railroad of NJ. Train rides, which will depart from the Tuckahoe station, will consist of locomotives and cars, many of which are owned by the URHS of NJ and cared for by the Cape May Seashore Lines Railroad. This Transportation Heritage Festival will also include displays of many other forms of transit history: buses, trucks, cars, and military vehicles.

The Excursion Train

Tavern Lounge ‘Good Vibrations’ #2786
URHS 317
NYC Tavern Lounge #37

The excursion train will occupy the Conrail RR main and will consist of the Good Vibrations (#2786), NYC Tavern Lounge #37, URHS #329 and URHS #317.

GMTX #2661 Bob Vogel 2016

Seating on the train is general seating and is available on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Power for the train will consist of GMTX GP38-2 #2661 and GMTX GP38-2 #2015. GMTX 2661 was recently rebuilt to GP38-2 standards and is part of the GATX Rail lease fleet. The history of #2661 is as follows: CSX Transportation 1945 / Conrail 7671 / Penn Central 2011 / Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines RR #2011.

The Display Train

Open to the public on the Cape May Mainline track will be a Pennsylvania Railroad display train set up that will consist of the Pennsylvania Railroad GP-9 #7000, P-70 coaches #1706 and #1704, and the Pennsylvania Railroad type N5 caboose.

This train will be open to the public and will have reenactors dressed up in military uniforms from the Korean War/Vietnam era situated in and around the train and will be staged once per hour to allow for photos to be taken.

On the station grounds

The grounds are open to the public and will be host to railroad vendors, motor car rides, stationary equipment tours, live steam and other railroad-related attractions.

Night Photo Shoot

For rail and photography enthusiasts, the URHS of NJ will host a night photo shoot at the end of the day which will feature several setups and photo angles of URHS of NJ’s historic equipment. Flash lighting will be provided. There is a 30-person maximum for the event. Admission will be $30 per person. 

About the Route

Originally built in 1893, the railroad through Tuckahoe was once referred to as “The Steel Speedway to the Shore,” as its main purpose was to shuttle passengers to the southernmost points of the Jersey Shore. The last scheduled passenger trains ran on the line in 1981 and the Cape May Seashore Lines was founded in 1984. Today, the CMSL hauls freight regularly with historic locomotives owned that are leased from the URHS.

About the URHS Collection

The United Railroad Historical Society of NJ owns a large collection of railroad equipment kept in both northern and southern New Jersey. In addition to several passenger cars, the following equipment is leased to the Cape May Seashore Lines RR and will be either running or on display at the Tuckahoe station grounds.

Pennsylvania Railroad GP9 # 7000 – one of only 3 surviving examples of this type of locomotive owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Built in 1955, this locomotive hauled freight in the mountainous regions on Pennsylvania and later operated for Conrail and New Jersey Transit in New Jersey. This is one of the rarest pieces in the URHS of NJ collection.

Central Railroad of New Jersey GP7 # 1523 – This locomotive is one of two of this type in the URHS collection. It was built in 1952 to haul passengers in New Jersey and continued doing so until it was donated to the URHS by New Jersey Transit. It still pulls passengers and freight on a regular basis.

NYC Tavern Lounge #37 – Originally owned by the New York Central Railroad, No. 37 was one of 13 Tavern Lounge cars (Nos. 35-47) utilized over the New York Central’s fleet of long-distance trains. Car No. 37 was frequently used on the “Commodore Vanderbilt” and the “Southwestern Limited” through the 1950’s. It still sees passenger use on a regular basis.

Vendors are wanted for the event – Spaces are $20 each, and vendors are asked to bring their own tables and chairs. Please email  to reserve your space.

For more information follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/URHSofNJ/, or visit the Cape May Seashore Lines website, https://www.CapeMaySeashoreLines.org You can also email us at  with any specific questions.

Parking lot

The entrance is directly across from the driveway going into the station opposite side of Mill Street. If you are looking at an aerial view it is more or less behind the blue water tank. 31 Mill Road, Woodbine, New Jersey 08270

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The United Railroad Historical Society of NJ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by 15 New Jersey-based railroad preservation groups. The mission of the URHS is to build a railroad museum in the state of New Jersey to house its over 60 piece collection and to raise funds to restore and protect the collection until a permanent site can be acquired.

Santa Claus will be visiting the historic Hawthorne Train Station


Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 16th as that is the day that Santa Claus will be visiting the historic Hawthorne Train Station. The Volunteer Railroaders Association are proud to announce that Santa will be stopping by the station between 11 am and 3 pm 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 one of his elves to come with him and a 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.

So grab the kids or grandkids and head on down to the station between 11 am and 3 pm this Saturday 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.


Hawthorne Train Station 80 Royal Avenue Hawthorne, NJ 07506

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.