Because New Jersey was so close to the important cities of New York and
Philadelphia almost all of the classic railroads of the Northeast
reached the state; names like the Baltimore & Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Erie, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, Reading, Central Railroad of
New Jersey, Lehigh & Hudson River, and several others.
Additionally, you could find iconic passenger trains like the B&O's Royal Blue and the Lackawanna's Phoebe Snow serving the Garden State. Today, New Jersey train rides
more or less try to preserve this history while offering visitors a
chance to experience things like prepare meals aboard train and
historic, operable steam locomotives. To learn more about all of the
state's tourist railroads please read on below.
Black River & Western Railroad
The Black River & Western Railroad, based in Ringoes, New Jersey operates from the town's restored depot. The tourist line is actually part of the Belvidere & Delaware River Railway Company, a shortline freight railroad. The BR&W operates weekend excursions, murder mysteries, and photo specials during its seasonal operations between March and December.
Cape May Seashore Lines
The Cape May Seashore Lines based in Cape May operates excursion trains
along the Jersey shore operates two separate excursions; between Cape
May Courthouse and Cape May City (a round trip of 22-miles), and between
Richland and Tuckahoe (a 30-mile round trip). The railroad gains its
name from the Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad-owned
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines, on whose former trackage it
Delaware River Railroad Excursions
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions are based in Phillipsburg,
operated by the New York Susquehanna & Western Technical &
Historical Society. Most trains are operated by a Chinese-built steam
locomotive and the railroad features everything from wine trains to the
Polar Express and "A Day Out With Thomas" the tank engine.
Maywood Station Museum
This museum is located within the small, restored New York, Susquehanna & Western depot at Maywood. Inside they have a collection of historic documents, photos, operating model railroad, and displays related to the railroad and area. Additionally, outside on the grounds is a preserved caboose along with original Susquehanna Alco S2 switcher #206. They are open on a limited schedule. Please visit their website to learn more.
New Jersey Museum of Transportation
One of the state's largest railroad-related museums, NJMT was founded in 1952 and located near Farmingdale. Its mission is to preserve the state's history with trains and does so by featuring a large collection of rolling stock and locomotives, some of which are operational. They also operate the Pine Creek Railroad, which provides train rides during certain times of the year. To learn more please visit their website.
Old Station Museum & Caboose
This small museum operates as a subsidiary of the Mahwah Museum Society. It houses the town's preserved Erie depot, originally erected in 1871. The building features a collection of displays and artifacts inside along with an operating model layout. Additionally, on the grounds is a preserved caboose which can be toured. They are normally open during select days in the summer and early fall.
Pine Creek Railroad
The Pine Creek Railroad is operated by the New Jersey Museum of Transportation. The railroad operates every day through the summer and on a limited scheduled in the late winter and September through December.
Phillipsburg Railroad Historians
Founded in 1990, this local organization attempts to tell the story of railroad operations once located around the Phillipsburg area. They are currently located on roughly 4 acres of former Jersey Central property and house their artifacts and displays inside the CNJ's former freight depot (which also includes a gift shop). Additionally, the museum has a growing collection of rolling stock including two small diesel switchers. Finally, they also operate a small, scale railroad offering rides to the public.
Whippany Railway Museum
The Whippany Railway Museum, base in Whippany, New Jersey also
operates excursion trains on the museum grounds using one of a few
operational diesel locomotives on hand.
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