The 'Whippanong Valley Railroad'
The layout, measuring 6 feet wide by 16 feet in length was constructed by the friendly folks at Rails To Cottages (RTC) in Rockaway, NJ. This hobby shop offers everything from (as its name implies) model trains to miniature doll houses. RTC owner Lorenz Fischer and his crew constructed the layout over the course of nearly a month of non-stop, feverish work. The layout was completed and installed at the Museum in early-December 2005.
Once everything was custom fit and in working order, the layout was taken apart in pre-fab sections and loaded into Lorenz's delivery truck. Had the volunteers charged for their labor, the project would have cost about $25,000. The Museum paid for much of the supplies required for the layout, including lumber, wiring, structures, and scenery materials.
The layout has been featured in both The Star-Ledger and The Daily Record newspapers. The Whippany Railway Museum is extremely grateful to the fine people at Rails To Cottages for all their outstanding craftsmanship, hard work and long hours that was put into creating this exciting model railway. A brass plaque attached to the layout frame has the following message:
Donated by Rails To Cottages
The Whippany Railway Museum extends its sincere Thanks and Appreciation to the above individuals and corporations for a truly wonderful addition to our displays...one that has been enthusiastically welcomed by everyone at the Museum, and of course, our visitors.
Lorenz Fischer may be contacted at:
You and your family can enjoy these trips and events in 2013. 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