Whippany Railway Museum
"Preserving New Jersey's Railroad History... Since 1965"
Since 1965 families and historians have made the trek to the Whippany Railway Museum. A visit to the Whippany Railway Museum will bring back nostalgic memories long forgotten by adults. Youngsters will be able to look back over the decades to an important period in our rail and transportation history.
Here you can visit the restored, 1904 freight house with its outstanding collection of rail and transportation artifacts and memorabilia, and see the classic wooden water tank, and dozens of historic railcars and exhibits.
We are proud to feature the largest collection of American-built standard gauge steam locomotives displayed in New Jersey. Marvel at one of the oldest steam locomotives in America – Southern Railway No. 385, built in 1907 for fast freight service; Texaco Fireless Cooker No. 7240, built in 1937 for industrial switching duty; and one of the newest steam locomotives still surviving, U.S. Army No. 4039, built in 1942 for World War II service. This engine is being restored and will eventually return to operation at Whippany.
Educational and fun for all ages, the Museum features two operating model train layouts, one indoors, another one outdoors. The Museum also features a gift shop, full restroom facilities and a picnic area.
Ride our special holiday trains during Easter, Pumpkin Patch, Halloween and other occasions throughout the year.
Our popular Excursion Train rides operate on select Sundays throughout our operating season. Take a nostalgic ramble into the past aboard a restored caboose, or treat yourself to a ride in the award-winning Lackawanna Railroad Subscription Club Car #2454, or the elegant Central Railroad of New Jersey club car, "Jersey Coast". View the train and countryside as only railroaders and the aristocracy of the rail world did for over 100 years.
Our trains rides travel the route of the historic Whippanong Trail through Whippany, East Hanover, Livingston and Roseland in Morris and Essex Counties. The train passes through the remnants of prehistoric Glacial Lake Passaic, a natural swamp which supports abundant wildlife, such as deer, turtles, wild turkeys, hawks and rabbits. The ride also features the thrill of crossing high above the Passaic River over a steel bridge.
The Museum is located behind the stone depot at 1 Railroad Plaza at the intersection of Route 10 West and Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. It is just a short distance from Routes 24, 80, 280 and 287.