MORRISTOWN & ERIE RAILROAD
At Whippany, directly across the tracks from the passenger depot, stands the former Freight House of the The Morristown & Erie Railroad Today, this classic railroad structure serves as the headquarters of the Whippany Railway Museum.
A visit to the Museum, and the adjacent railroad yard full of historic equipment is a step back in time. Although this yard was constructed at the start of the 20th Century, except for a few minor changes, nearly everything in this isolated area of Hanover Township is as it was so long ago...and that is it's charm.
Sometime during the late-1940's or possibly the early-1950's several employees of the M&E held a New Year's Eve party in the Freight House. At some point during the celebration, a fire broke out, probably from an overheated pot-bellied stove. The Whippany Fire Company responded and managed to extinguish the flames before too much damage was done. After the holidays, M&E carpenters repaired the roof and the structure was as good as new. To this day, a few of the singed timbers remain...a silent reminder of that long-ago party that nearly turned deadly.
In 1967 the MCCRR provided the funding to have the freight house picked up off its foundation and trucked across four sets of tracks to its present site, where the entire building became the home of the Morris County Central Railroad Museum. This move was made to save the historic structure from being demolished and to make way for a new commercial building and parking lot complex begun by the M&E.
From 1967 through the end of 1973 the Freight House and museum helped to entertain and educate many thousands of people who came to ride the MCC excursion trains. At the end of the 1973 season the Morris County Central decided to move its excursion operations out of Whippany. The museum collection was moved as well and eventually set up on view at the MCC's new location at Newfoundland, NJ.
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