On the April 12th the trains will depart from the NJ Transit Rt. 23 Transit Center at 9 am, 11 am, 1:00 pm and 3 pm. These trips will run out through scenic Morris County and back. Along the way the trains will pass by the Boonton Restoration yard, where much of the railroad equipment destined for the NJ Transportation Heritage Center is being worked on or stored.
On April 13th the trains will depart the NJ Transit Glen Rock Boro Hall station at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. These trips will run up north through Bergen County and back. Spring will be in the air as we ride along enjoying the scenes outside the windows and the activities inside.
During the one hour ride the Easter Bunny will hop through the train and visit each child and give them a special gift from his basket. Each child will also receive a chocolate bunny pop from The Chocolate Box in Hawthorne and an Operation Life Saver coloring book. In addition each child can have his or her picture taken with the bunny so they can always remember their ride, so bring your cameras. Also on board will be other cartoon characters to entertain the kids and make for a great day out for all on board. For more information or to order tickets visit them on line at http://www.easterbunnytrain.com/
These trips are being run to help raise funds for 2 purposes this year. First is to repair a very historic EMD F3 locomotive owned by the Tri-State Chapter. The engine is being prepared to participate in very special event at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. The other cause is to help the VRA complete the landscaping around and preserve the historic NYS&W Hawthorne train station, built in 1894 that they restored recently.
So why not gather up the kids and Grandparents and join the VRA, Tri-State Chapter and the Easter Bunny on these fun train rides. You will not only have a great time with your family you will also be helping to preserve history for generations to come to enjoy. Tickets for these trains usually sell out quickly so don’t delay call or visit them on-line today. The ticket office is located at 80 Royal Ave., Hawthorne in the train station and is open Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday from 12 to 3 pm all other times just leave a message and they will call you back.
The Volunteer Railroaders Association is a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.