Phoebe Snow is a fictional character, who used to advertise the Lackawanna Railroad. Her advertising jingles were so popular that Phoebe Snow herself invited people to board the excursion train. The Whippany Railway Museum showcases restored vintage rail cars from the old New Jersey and Metropolitan area. The museum also has an extensive collection of vintage cabooses. In addition, visitors can ride a ride on the Polar Express train.
Restoration of Southern Railway 385 locomotive
A few years ago, the Southern Railway preserved this locomotive for public display at the Museum. Volunteers worked on the locomotive for weekends, lifting the steam engine from a school yard, and performing a thorough inspection of all the parts. These men were familiar with the characteristics of the locomotive from its previous experience on the MCC. They ensured that all axle-bearing surfaces were properly lubricated, and hundreds of other details were addressed.
The three-ton Southern Railway locomotive No. 385 is one of the last remaining H4s that ran on the Southern Railway, and its restoration will cost a substantial amount of money. This will be an important project, since the restoration of No. 385 will be beneficial for the preservation of other steam locomotives. For example, the Monticello Railway Museum has the only other surviving H4 from the Southern Railway.
Museum’s mid-1900s excursion train
The museum is located in a 2-acre park, and visitors can enjoy rides on Engine #62. The museum offers exhibits spanning America’s postal history, Philately (the study of stamps), and transportation. On display are the Concord Mail Coach, Balloon Jupiter Flight, CSS Florida, and de Havilland DH-4, the first airmail plane. This is not to be missed!
The main layout of the museum is composed of two elevations. This train has four running trains, scenery, trestles, tunnels, and a Southern Pacific Depot replica. Working accessories are displayed throughout the exhibit, as well as items from three private collections spanning the early to mid-1900s. Trains included in the museum’s collection include Lionel, American Flyer Standard gauge, and Marx O gauge. The museum will set up a Thomas the Train table for the youngest visitors.
Collection of restored vintage cabooses
A visit to the Whippany Railway Museum is sure to give you a nostalgic taste of the past. Located in New Jersey, the museum is home to many preserved vintage train cabooses that once plied the routes of New York and New Jersey. These vintage rail cars have been restored to their former glory and now feature a unique display of New Jersey history. While visiting the museum, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of this once bustling railroad town.
This restored vintage train caboose was originally owned by the BR&W and was acquired by the Morristown & Erie Railway in the late 1980s. After undergoing restoration, the caboose was painted and lettered. In the mid-1980s, solar-powered lights were added to illuminate the caboose. This vintage train car was used by the Morristown & Erie Railroad for almost three decades. After its acquisition in January 2012, it was included in the Museum’s Summer Excursion Train Rides.
Polar Express train ride
If you’re a kid who has dreamed of meeting Santa Claus, you can make this holiday wish come true when you board the Polar Express train. The train will take you to the North Pole and even visit Santa himself. You’ll get to meet him, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa, and create priceless holiday memories. You’ll even get to see a live reindeer. The journey will last approximately 90 minutes, so you’ll want to take as much time as possible to enjoy the experience.
Tickets are available for this holiday tradition only online. The tickets go on sale at 8am on Saturday, September 10th. If you’re planning to ride the Polar Express in a private room, you may want to purchase a group ticket. A group of 15 people can share a private room, and you’ll get a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. There’s also entertainment and a story reading. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of time to purchase tickets because the trains sell out in a few minutes.