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It Was 50 Years Ago
February 11, 1964

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It was 50 years ago when The Beatles took America by storm in February 1964. To commemorate that historic moment in cultural history, the Whippany Railway Museum has created two new displays that feature The Fab Four.

After their initial, historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles and their entourage had plans in place to fly to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 11th. This was ahead of their first full concert in America at the Washington Coliseum later that evening, but a heavy fast-moving snowstorm early in the morning of the 11th crippled the New York City-area airports, forcing a last-minute change. It was decided to transport the group via the "Midday Congressional" of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Two new very special exhibits have been set up in the Museum to commemorate this day in NJ railroad history. The display called: "Ticket To Ride - The Beatles Travel on the Pennsylvania Railroad" revolves around the band's rail trip to and from Washington, D.C. on February 11 & 12, 1964.

Our indoor model railroad display has a New York City scene showing the Ed Sullivan Theatre in the center, with the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building flanking the theatre. The Beatles take "center stage" in the lower foreground and the scene depicts the "arrow" stage set for The Beatles on their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964.

Model builder Brian Nunes-Vais and his wife Mary Ann created the entire model scene, and worked from 1964 photos and Sullivan Show set design drawings to create the miniature stage.

The two exhibits featuring The Beatles will be on view until the end of May 2014. Doors open for the 2014 Season on Sunday, April 6th. The displays will be available for viewing every Sunday until the end of May. Why not bring the kids and show them a bit of railroad rock and roll history ?


This Summer - At the Museum

On six summer weekends from May to September, you and your family can ride in a real railroad caboose for a 45-minute round trip. Trains will be departing from the Whippany Railway Museum in Morris County, NJ. You can get guaranteed tickets today when you order them online. Thanks for supporting the all-volunteer, non-profit Whippany Railway Museum!

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MCC Cabin Car Arrives Back at Whippany

Home at Last

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 it to 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.



"Old” Penn Station

Pen Station Model

A new exhibit is now on display at the Whippany Railway Museum to commemorate New York City's “Old” Penn Station. Photographs of the station, vintage post cards, locomotive models and Pennsylvania Railroad memorabilia are included in the exhibit as well as a huge, highly detailed model of the iconic building.

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"Remembering The Civil War"

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Commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War by viewing a new exhibit at the Whippany Railway Museum. The display takes a look at the war through artifacts, documents, period photos, proclamations and more to let visitors view pieces of a conflict that still touches our lives, 150 years later.

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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.


Buy-A-Bolt Fundraiser

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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.


The Museum is Open


April through October,  Noon until 4 PM.

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Admission to the Museum site, including Museum Building, Grounds and Rolling Stock Collection is: ADULTS - $1.00, CHILDREN under 12 - 50 cents. Admission fees support our Historic Preservation efforts, as well as building, grounds and artifact maintenance.

You can enjoy an operating O-gauge model railroad layout, railroad artifacts, a gift shop, and outdoor railroad equipment