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This page will contain some of the latest exhibits, equipment, projects and special events at the Whippany Railway Museum.  Check here often to find out more information.

In Memory of
Joan R. Terry
Museum Charter Member & Dear Friend
October 11, 1942 - September 24, 2015

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A Memorial Celebration is being held today (Oct. 11th) for Whippany Railway Museum Charter Member Joan Terry who passed away on September 24th after a long illness.

Joan along with her husband, noted artist John Terry, ran the "Railroad Shanty Gift Shop" at the Morris County Central Railroad from 1972 through 1980. Joan was also a Board member of the Morris County Central Railroad, Inc. As a Charter Member of WRyM, she was a great supporter of our many restoration projects, and for that we are eternally grateful.

Joan was an extremely friendly and active person, involved with all manner of interests. She was kind to everyone she came into contact with and she helped countless people through her volunteering and charitable works both in New Jersey and West Virginia.

Joan will be greatly missed by all of us at the Whippany Railway Museum, and we send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to her family.

JOAN TERRY - Daily Record Obituary

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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.

Whippany Fire Department / Civil Defense Siren

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The Air Raid Siren, once a common place signaling device used in communities across the nation. It could be used for alerting firefighters about an active fire, warning the public of a potential natural or man-made disaster, or for less life threatening things such as school closings or that the kids should come home for dinner.

Click HERE to read more about this now fading piece of vital infrastructure.


Crossing Gates - Lead Image

As America became laced with railroads in the latter half of the 19th century, it soon became apparent that safety warning signs and signals should be set up to protect people who wanted to cross the tracks.

Click here to learn about this important part of railroad safety, as well as some examples that are in the museum's collection



The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), “The Standard Railroad of the World”, constructed nearly 1,200 N6b class wooden cabooses (or “Cabin Cars” as they were called on the PRR) from 1914 to 1923.

Click Here to read more about the history of this clasic piece of Museum & railroading History

In Memorial

In Memory of

John A. Snogans

Museum Member, Railroader, Friend
January 25, 1952 - August 14, 2013

A Friend like John comes along but once in a lifetime... Those of us who knew him from both the Whippany Railway Museum and the Morris County Central Railroad have all benefited from his knowledge, compassion and zest for life.

Our lives have been forever changed for the best through our friendship with this unique and gentle man.

Rest In Peace Good Friend.

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