New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad
"I am the private individual who purchased Caboose No. 0112 from the New York, Susquehanna & Western RR. The railroad ran an ad in Railfan Magazine offering four cabooses for sale and NYS&W Conductor John L. Treen helped me pick out the best of the lot and got me a bargain price on it. I began restoring it shortly after it arrived in Morristown, NJ and was soon approached by the demolition firm that was dismantling the old Hanover Mill complex of Whippany Paper Board Co. in Whippany. They wanted to lease the caboose for use as a night watchman's office as they had no suitable building at the entrance to the property. A deal was quickly struck and the car was placed at the end-of-track for six months at the site now occupied by the Christian Peter Business Park at 9 Whippany Road. Some time thereafter, Morristown & Erie Railway president Ben Friedland made me an offer to purchase the caboose when he saw it for the first time. I sold the car to the M&E and my wife and I used the money for our first trip to Europe in June of 1982 following our wedding in October 1981.
I still remember my fiance', Leslie's reaction when I brought her to Morristown to see the caboose. "That's nice. What the Hell are you going to do with it?" I told her I might put it in our backyard when we finally were able to afford a house. Although she didn't say anything, her facial expression said it all. By then I am convinced she figured she was about to marry a total nut-case, but marry we did, and we're happily married all these years later.
I am pleased that the caboose is now in the hands of the Whippany Railway Museum, where it can be seen and ridden by future generations who might otherwise never have known what a caboose is.
I had the best of both worlds. I not only owned this caboose and saved it from scrapping, but also got to work onboard her many times during my tenure on the M&E. It doesn't get much better than that."
Al Holleuffer (2012), NJ Transit Locomotive Engineer; former Superintendent, Morristown & Erie Railway; Whippany Railway Museum Charter Member
You and your family can enjoy these trips and events in 2014. All rides depart from and return to the Whippany Railway Museum site in Morris County, New Jersey:
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Since 1965 the Whippany Railway Museum is dedicated to Preserving the Heritage and History of the Railroads of New Jersey through the Restoration, Preservation, Interpretation and Operation of Historic Railroad Equipment and Artifacts from New Jersey and the immediate vicinity