The Whippany museum is the place to go for train lovers of all ages. It has many displays and a model train set that kids love. There is also a lot of information about trains from all different eras. The train memorabilia that is displayed is amazing, and it gives you an idea of what trains were like years ago.
This museum is located at 1 Railroad Plaza and has been open since 1965. It is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It is a non-profit that is run by volunteers. The train museum is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of railroads in New Jersey and the surrounding area. It features a restored 1904 freight house, a classic wooden water tank and dozens of historic railcars.
One of the best parts of this train museum is that you can ride a real train on select Sundays. You can choose to ride in a caboose or in a club car. The ride will take you on the historic Whippanong Trail through the towns of Whippany, East Hanover, Livingston and Roseland in Morris and Essex Counties. It is a great way to see the sights of Morris County and enjoy a day out on the train.
A trip to this train museum will teach you about the history of the railways in New Jersey and how they opened up the country for development. It also shows you the ingenuity of how the railroad conquered the west and helped to create towns and cities across the nation. The museum will show you how hard it was to be a railroad worker and why unions became so important in the United States.
You will also be able to learn about the various train schedules and what train stations looked like through the years. The museum is home to a number of locomotives from the various rail lines in New Jersey. These include Central Railroad of New Jersey No. 385 and the only surviving Morris County Central coach No. 1001. The coaches were donated to the museum by Newfoundland Station property owners Matt and Jane Klemchalk and trucked to Whippany in August of 2021. The pair were coupled together for the first time in 41 years and put on display at the museum on October 18.
The only 2-8-4 locomotive in the collection, this locomotive was built by Alco in 1942. It was used for the CB&Q’s steam excursion trains in the 1950s.
This is the oldest steam car in the museum’s collection. It was purchased in 1970 and is the only surviving passenger car from the former Morris County Central fleet. The car was painted in the traditional green and gold colors of the MC Central. It was restored in 2021 by volunteers and donors who contributed countless hours of their time and money.