In Memory of
Thomas E. Hodupski
Museum Member, Trustee, & Loyal Friend
December 21, 1950 – February 7, 2015
The Whippany Railway Museum has lost one of its greatest supporters with the passing of long-time member and Trustee, Tom Hodupski.
Tom wholeheartedly enjoyed volunteering at the Museum and went so far as to have his home phone number end in "4039" in honor of one of our steam locomotives. In 1994 when the Museum needed funds to purchase that locomotive, he was there to provide a bridge loan, which was a very kind and generous gesture on Tom's part. He didn't want people to know of this action, but everyone should be aware of the huge part he played in helping No. 4039 come home to Whippany.
Tom also championed the building, maintenance, and operation of the Museum's outdoor G-Scale train layout, which will soon be renamed in his memory. Tom could be found outside operating the model trains in all kinds of weather for the enjoyment of our visitors... young and old alike.
A kind and gentle soul with a heart of gold, Tom will be greatly missed by all those who were lucky enough to call him Friend.
Rest in Peace Dear Tom, we really cared for you and we were always so appreciative of your kindness and steadfast support.
Celebrating 50 Years
During the 2015 season we will be celebrating 50 years of museum history. Join us throughout the year for special events, and celebrations. Follow our web site or our Facebook page to know whats happening and to join in on the fun
March 28, 29, & April 4th
Celebrate the return of Spring with a fun themed train ride through northern New Jersey! The Easter Bunny and helpers will be on board greeting everyone during the 45-minute round-trip ride along the Morristown & Erie Railway's historic Whippanong Trail. Your train ride departs from and returns to the Whippany Railway Museum site in Morris County, NJ. You'll enjoy the comfort of heated passenger coaches as the Easter Bunny makes his way through to visit with you and your child.
These rides usually sell out early, so advance Internet Ticket reservations are strongly recommended!
Whippany Railway Museum
Acquires 1912-era DL&W MU Club Car
It is with much excitement that we announce to all that the Whippany Railway Museum (WRyM) has acquired former Delaware Lackawanna & Western (DL&W) MU Club Car No. 2454 (ex-Erie Lackawanna / NJ Transit No. 3454). The acquisition was arranged with the cooperation and donation of the car to WRyM by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey (URHS). Through the efforts of long-time WRyM supporter Frank Reilly, a very substantial grant has been gifted to the Museum which is being directed towards the complete restoration-to-operation of this historically significant railcar that comes to us with an abundance of NJ transportation history.
The DL&W club cars dated from 1912, and operated in steam locomotive-hauled service before being rebuilt for New Jersey suburban electric MU (Multiple Unit) service in 1930.
Nearly 40 years after it last left Whippany when the Morris County Central RR moved to Newfoundland in December 1973... The MCC's iconic 1923 ex-Pennsylvania Railroad N6b Cabin Car (PRR terminology for "caboose") returned to Whippany. She now sits in a place of honor on a specially constructed panel track at the entrance to the museum grounds. She will be lovingly restored by the museum members and take her place with the rest of the historical equipment we have in our collection. Click here to learn more about this fine car.
For 65 years a railroad that at one time measured but 16 miles in length, made its way through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Nelson County in central Virginia. On this railroad during the 1950's and early-1960's ran five, well-maintained coal-burning steam locomotives that incredibly, escaped the scrapper's torch by what can only be described as sheer luck. Today, two of the steam locomotives of the fabled Virginia Blue Ridge Railway (VBR) survive at the Whippany Railway Museum in Northern New Jersey, while a third one is preserved in South Jersey. Read our history of this unique Old Dominion shortline railroad.
We are asking for your help to reach our goal of raising $100,000 to cover the cost of the fire box stay bolts. Like all steam engines, the fire box is held in it's boiler by over 900 stay bolts. These bolts cost approximately $35 each or $100 each installed.
Please click on the Buy a Bolt link for more information as well as how to make a donation.
Closed for the Winter
The Museum is currently closed for the Winter. We will be reopening at the start of our Easter Bunny Express train rides in the early spring. Online tickets for the new season will be available in Mid January