Railroad Excursion to Help the Hungry
A very special & unique train will be operated on Saturday, November 7 using historic Central Railroad of NJ and Lehigh Valley RR engines pulling vintage & fully restored coaches built in 1950, a tavern lounge car built in 1947 & a full parlor car.
By: KC Smith
As a way to help feed the hungry in South Jersey all passengers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the train, which will be donated to local food banks in Ocean and Cape May counties.
The sponsors of the train believe that with the holidays just around the corner it is up to us all to help feed those who are having trouble in these trying times. So while you are out enjoying a day on the rails with your family you can also be doing something good for someone else.
This unique train will depart from the Tuckahoe railroad station at 10 am, run north to Richland, then south to Woodbine, and return to Tuckahoe about 4 pm. (From Garden State Parkway exit 20 take Route 50 to County Route. 557, the station is at the railroad crossing.)
At Tuckahoe the beautifully restored Reading RR station, now a railroad museum, and the old switch tower will be open for all to enjoy (tower levers). Free admission to both! Also at Tuckahoe is a great variety of old locomotives and many old passenger cars. Some of this equipment operates and some awaits restoration. Most are owned by the United Railroad Historical Society (URHS), who is sponsoring these trains in conjunction with the West Jersey Chapter NRHS and the Volunteer Railroaders Association.
The proceeds of the trip will go to the URHS to assist in restoration of its collection of nearly 70 locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and work cars. So please come out for this unique trip! You’ll have a great day traveling through the Pinelands, riding America’
There are three fares for this trip. Standard coach is $25 adults and $15 for children under 12. In the Tavern Lounge Car (from the world famous Commodore Vanderbilt) the fare for everyone including children is $35. The fare in the deluxe parlor car is $50 for everyone including children. In the Parlor Car passengers will be offered complimentary continental breakfast and beverages with snacks later in the day. Seating on the train is very limited and is sure to sell fast, so order your tickets today. Box lunches consisting of a deluxe deli sandwich (your choice of type), chips, cookie and beverage (diet or regular soda or water) may be purchased for $7.00 each when you order your ticket(s).
To purchase tickets or for more information go on-line to: http://www.vratrips.org/
Volunteer Railroaders Association Inc.
80 Royal Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506-1810 USA (ticket office)
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A non profit all volunteer group who's heart is into running public train rides. Funds raised are for the NJ state railroad museum and other local rail related historical preservation projects. Motor car aka speeder trips run for members and the public.