Volunteer Railroaders Association Inc.

   Our slogan: "SO CLOSE, ONLY THE PAYCHECK IS MISSING."

Birding Motorcar trips out of Cape May

Just announced, special Birding Motorcar trips out of Cape May station October 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th, 22nd, 23rd and 29th. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. First trip each day at 8 am then every hour on the hour until 2 pm. Trip lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Regular sight seeing with historical narration trips are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Trip lasts 45 minutes.

For tickets or more information call 973-238-0555 and leaving a message for a call back or just come to Cape May station starting at 7:30 am on the day of the trip.

On line ticketing coming soon.

Minimum passenger height restriction of 36" for all trips.

Click images to enlarge.

The Cape May Railroad station is located in the Cape May Welcome Center, 609 Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

These trips are being operated by the CMSL for the benefit of The Volunteer Railroader Association Inc. Please come out and join us these weekends this fall.

The Volunteer Railroader Association Inc. is not affiliated with Cape May Welcome Center. These rides are not part of the daily operations that take place at the Cape May Welcome Center. Please make sure you make plans to park off site; NO parking at train station. If you are there more than 30 minutes you can be ticketed.


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

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.

Notable VRA trips:
  1993   Tri-State Railway Historical Society & SVA trip on the NYS&W to Baird's Farm.
  1997   VRA sponsor a "Fall Foliage" trip on the NYS&W from Hawthorne to Baird's Farm.
  2000   Naval Weapons Station - Earle. Ran 4 trains…on a 3 mile pier at the annual Sum­mer­fest. A special thanks goes to the VRA for assembling their experienced crew members
  2005   Honesdale Railroad excursion - about 40 motorcars to Honesdale to Lackawaxen.

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.

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

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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 October 20, 2016

Volunteer Railroaders Association Inc. is a New Jersey nonprofit corporation that also is Internal
Revenue Service recognized as a non-profit under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.