Volunteer Railroaders Association Inc.

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

Cape May Seashore Lines Speeder train rides: Saturday September 2nd & Sunday September 3rd

Success! Our newly restored 20 person car was delivered last night thanks to Andrew Murphy and was unloaded today and United up with our 12 person car and the A3 and CBL Motorcars. Tomorrow we go out on the line to cut the weeds in preparation for next weekends (August 5th and 6th) CMSL Speeder Car trains.

The trips will depart the Cape May station on Lafayette Street starting at 10am with the last departure at 3pm.

Each 4 mile round trip lasts approximately 45 minutes and features a narrated history of the railroad and the area and will allow riders to see some of the abundant wildlife in the area and a close up look at the Cape May Canal.

Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and are available on the platform at Cape May station starting at 9:30am on each operating day.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING: Parking at the Cape May station is limited to visitors to the Welcome Center and bus passengers. If you cannot find street or lot parking nearby, there is a free Park & Ride lot a few blocks away.

The Park & Ride Lot is located at 921 Lafayette Street, Cape May (Cape May Elementary School) 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm daily during the summer season, customers will be able to use Parkmobile’s mobile applications for iPhone, Android, and Windows phones to conveniently pay to park on-the-go.

To use the Parkmobile system, customers can register for free through the app or at www.parkmobile.com Once registered, they can use the mobile app, internet, or call the toll-free number listed on the Parkmobile meter stickers and signs to pay for parking. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device.

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

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.

 

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 August 6, 2016

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