New York City, New York is the largest metropolis in the United States of America. Before air travel, it was the Gateway to North America, and it still somewhat has that status today although people can fly to most cities in the country. During the American Revolutionary War, General George Washington fought off the British in defense of the city. Famous places in the region include the famous Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island, Central Park, the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower which was built on the site of the World Trade Center Towers that were destroyed on September 11, 2001 with the loss of many lives. A memorial was built to remember the people and the heroes on that tragic day. With all these sites in the city, you cannot forget the sites in the suburbs. In Morristown, you have George Washington’s Headquarters, and you also have Historic Speedwell where the electronic telegraph machine was designed by a man named Samuel Morse. While in New Jersey, there is another site that you cannot overlook.
Welcome to the Whippany Railway Museum in Whippany, New Jersey. Here you will find old rolling stock to include locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses. The first thing you see when you arrive at the museum is the old Whippany passenger depot which remains on its original site. (It is not open to the public.) Across the tracks is the old freight depot that was originally used by the Morris County Central Railroad. (It was originally located next to the passenger depot, but it was moved across the tracks to spare it from being demolished.) Inside the old freight depot is where you will find a model train display and walls filled with displays of trains, photos and paintings showing the history of the railroads that passed through Whippany.
There is so much to see at the Whippany Railway Museum, but this is just part of what is here at the museum.
During the season the museum also has train rides. On select weekends you can ride the train along what is known to local railroad historians as the old ‘Whippanong Trail’. The rides are part of the museum’s mission to preserve the history of the railroad not only in the northern New Jersey region but also across the nation for many generations to come.
The Whippany Railway Museum is located at 1 Railroad Plaza in Whippany, New Jersey at the intersection of New Jersey Routes 10 and 511. It is conveniently located off New Jersey Route 24, Interstates 78, 80 and 287 and U.S. Routes 46 and 202. (You can say that getting here is very easy.) Admission to the museum is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children under twelve. (Please note that they only take cash at the museum for museum entry, gift shop purchases and for excursions, but credit cards can be used to purchase tickets for the railroad excursions through the website only.) Railroad trips cost extra and can vary on the trip. You can get more information and read into the history of the museum to include the history of the Morris County Central Railroad and to purchase train tickets at http://www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.
So, start spreading the news. You are leaving today. You are going to be a part of it, New York, New York, and while there, make a trip to Whippany and the Whippany Railway Museum.