Volunteer Railroaders Association Inc.


Santa Claus will be visiting the historic Hawthorne Train Station

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 16 mth as that is the day that Santa Claus will be visiting the historic Hawthorne Train Station. The Volunteer Railroaders Association are proud to announce that Santa will be stopping by the station between 11 am and 3 pm and would like to visit with all the good little girls and boys in town. Each child can have their pictures taken with Santa, tell him what they would like for Christmas and each will receive a candy cane. In addition, Santa has invited one of his elves to come with him and a surprise cartoon characters as well.

The Volunteer Railroaders will have the station and the area outside the building completely decorated for the holiday season and will have lots of railroad artifacts and historical items on display for everyone to enjoy. They will even have a Thomas train layout set up for the kids to enjoy. There is no cost to attend, although donations are greatly appreciated.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy with them to donate to the Toys for Tots program, which helps makes the holiday season a happy one for needy children in our area. Everyone who brings a toy will be entered into a drawing for a very special prize.

So grab the kids or grandkids and head on down to the station between 11 am and 3 pm this Saturday for what is sure to be a fun experience. The station is located at 80 Royal Ave in Hawthorne. For more information please call the VRA at 973-238-0555 and leave a message.

Hawthorne Train Station 80 Royal Avenue Hawthorne, NJ 07506

We are once again working with the annual Toys for Tots Train on December 2nd, 3rd and 9th and will be serving as ground staff. We need at least 6 volunteers each day and invite all members, friends or prospective members to help out. If you can help please message or call K.C. Smith.

You can also drop off a toy and visit with Santa when the Toys for Tots Train visits our station on December 2nd between 10 and 10:45. The station is located at 80 Royal Avenue in Hawthorne, NJ. More info https://www.operationtoytrain.org

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Dover & Rockaway River Railroad
City / TownLocationAddressArriveDepart
Rockaway, NJPotbelly's Riverside Cafe26 E. Main St.9:00 am10:00 am
Dover, NJDover Town Hall37 N. Sussex St.10:30 am11:00 am
Kenvil, NJMorris County Marine745 Route 46 West12:00 pm12:30 pm
Ledgewood, NJMattress Firm294 Route 10 West12:45 pm1:30 pm
Flanders, NJFlanders Fire Co. #1 and Rescue Squad27 Main St.2:00 pm3:00 pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - Kuiken Brothers Company
City / TownLocationAddressArriveDepart
Succasunna, NJKuiken Brothers33 Route 10 East10:00 am2:00 pm

Order Personalized Paver Bricks

We are nearing the end of the refurbishment of the Hawthorne Station. The move 75′ back from the corner was funded by our recent projects. To complete the job and see the buildings exterior returned to its former glory, we need to do more fund raising. By purchasing pavers you will be en­hancing the future of a building that has seen so much of the past and has many stories to tell generations to come. The paver bricks will be part of the walking path that leads to the station. Click brick at right to enlarge.

Our core values

Our mission is to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of and awareness about historic railroad right of way, rolling stock and other related items. Also to educate the public through our many events about the history and future need for railroad operations.

As a group we get involved in the operation of all sorts of railroad related projects. We run passenger trains, own and operate six motor cars and lease and maintain the historic New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad Hawthorne New Jersey station. We are heavily involved in the creation of the future New Jersey Transportation Museum through our membership in the NJ based United Railroad Historical Society. We ask that our members get involved.

More about the VRA

Hawthorne station restoration

We're working on the NYS&W Haw­thorne sta­tion restor­ation Saturdays on a regular basis. We need to work around the out­side of the building doing lots of different things.

At left is the station with exterior resto­ration, painting, gutters & landscaping completed. Click image to enlarge

Membership Meeting

Quarterly, 3 rd Thursday - 7 pm

Meeting at the Station in Haw­thorne, NJ. All are wel­come – new member prospects as well. Enter­tainment program directly fol­lows the meeting.

Presenter may bring up to 25 slides.


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Volunteer Railroaders Association Inc.

80 Royal Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ 07506-1810
Phone: 973-238-0555

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Last updated on December 8, 2017

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