Whippany Railway Museum
Preserving New Jersey's Railroad History... Since 1965
For almost sixty years families and historians have made the trek to the Whippany Railway Museum. Here you can visit the restored, 1904 freight house with its outstanding collection of rail and transportation artifacts and memorabilia. There are dozens of historic railcars and exhibits on view. 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 will eventually return to operation here at Whippany, and it is listed on the New Jersey and National Register(s) of Historic Places.
Bring a Picnic, Spend the Day
Educational and fun for all ages, the Museum features two operating model train layouts: a traditional Lionel 'O' gauge layout indoors, while outside, is a giant 'G' Scale model railroad that features multiple trains operating over nearly 700 feet of track. Unique railroad signals from the past are displayed in a 'Signal Garden' where lights blink and bells ring. Step inside a historic ice-bunker refrigerator car built in 1930, and learn how perishables were shipped to market and kept fresh with tons of ice. We also feature a Gift Shop, Snack Depot, clean modern Restrooms and picnic area.
Be sure to bring your camera !
We Love Holidays
Ride our Special Holiday Trains during Easter, our autumn Pumpkin Patch Train, Halloween and other occasions throughout the year.
Our popular series of train rides operate on select Sundays during the Spring and Autumn months. Take a nostalgic ramble into the past aboard a historic caboose, or treat yourself to a ride in our award-winning Lackawanna RR Club Car 2454, or the elegant Central RR of NJ Club Car, Jersey Coast.