Operation Toy Train 2015 – Toys for Tots program

Operation Toy Train is in our 7th year! Please join us December 5, 6, 12 & 13, 2015 as we collect toys for children in the north Jersey area. The Toys for Tots program requests NEW and UNWRAPPED toys for ages infant to 16 years old. Please consider picking up a toy to donate as you begin your holiday shopping. It’s never to early to start! Help fulfill a child’s wish this holiday by putting presents under their tree. Thank you in advance for the continued interest and support of this train! We are proud to assist the Marines in their mission to help needy children in our area have a better holiday. This train collects donated toys in the area to be distributed by the Marines at another time. Operation Toy Train 2014 collected over 25,000 new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.

Morristown & Erie Railway

Saturday, December 5:

Rockaway – Potbelly’s Cafe, 26 East Main Street: 9am – 10am

Dover – Sack’s Paint & Wallpaper, 52 North Sussex Street: 10:30am – 11am

Kenvil – Morris Marine, 745 Route 46 West: 12 noon – 12:30pm

Ledgewood – Sleepy’s, 294 Route 10 West: 12:45pm – 1:30pm

Flanders – Flanders Firehouse, 27 Main Street: 2pm – 3pm

Sunday, December 6:

Kuiken Brothers Lumber Co. 33 Route 10 East, Succasunna, NJ Train on Display 10am – 4pm


New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway

Saturday, December 12:

Rochelle Park – Rochelle Park Station, 3 Railroad Avenue: 9am – 9:45am

Hawthorne – VRA Railway Station, 80 Royal Avenue: 10:05am – 10:50am

Wortendyke – Hot Dog Caboose, 275 Newtown Road: 11:10am – 11:40pm

Wyckoff – 399 Main Street: 11:45pm – 12:45pm

Oakland – Edison Avenue: 1pm – 1:30pm

Pompton Lakes – 1 Station Plaza: 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Butler – Butler Museum, Upper Main Street: 3pm – 3:45pm


Middletown & New Jersey Railroad

Sunday, December 13:

Train that runs through Orange County, NY revised for 2015 schedule:

Walden – Corner of Hepper Street & Grant Street: 10:15am – 11am

Montgomery – Rowley Lumber, 40 Railroad Avenue: 11:20am – 12:05pm

Campbell Hall – Route 207 & Neelytown Road: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Sugar Loaf – Ann Marie’s Country Deli, 1398 Kings Highway: 2pm – 2:45pm

Warwick – Chase Bank, 21 South Street: 3:10pm – 4pm

These are the ONLY locations in New York State that this Toys for Tots train goes to. We are ONLY traveling through Orange County, New York for that day. We are NOT the train that runs near Albany, NY. This is NOT the train that runs in the Albany NY area that gives out gifts. Hope that helps!



NJ & NY Toys For Tots trains: December 6, 7, 13, 14 2014

The Middletown & NJ RR is proud to announce that on December 7th we will operate our Third Annual “Operation Toy Train” in the Hudson Valley Area. Our mission is to collect donated toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. “Operation Toy Train” has been a program since 2009 in NJ. In 2013, more than 10,000 toys were collected on the train. All toys collected will be distributed to needy families in the area. Along the route, the train will stop at 5 locations in NY where members of the public can drop off toys, see Santa Claus, experience a variety of working railroad equipment, and meet members of the Marine Corps.

Members of the public are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at various collection points along the route in the first two weeks of December. At each stop, one or more businesses or organizations has a large collection box. All information will be posted to https://www.facebook.com/OperationToyTrain

On Saturday, December 6th, the train will stop in Rochelle Park, Hawthorne, Wortendyke, Wyckoff, Oakland, Pompton Lakes, and Butler along the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway. Schedule below.

Operation-Toy-Train-NYSW-schedule-2014Sunday, December 7th the train will start off in Warwick, and continue on to Sugar Loaf, Campbell Hall, Montgomery, and Walden along the Middletown & New Jersey Railroad. The schedule for December 7th is as follows: Train will be parked in Warwick overnight December 6th, and the collection of toys will begin in Warwick on December 7th at 9 am. We will depart Warwick at 10 am and arrive in Sugarloaf at 10:20 am. The train will depart Sugarloaf at 11:15 am and arrive in Campbell Hall at 12:05 pm. It will depart at 12:50 pm and head to Montgomery and arrive at 1:15 pm. It will then arrive for its last stop in Walden at 2:35 pm. The train will depart Walden at 3:20 pm.

On Saturday, December 13th, the train will stop in Flanders, Ledgewood, Kenvil, Dover, and Rockaway along the Morristown & Erie Railway, and parked in Roxbury for a collection on the 14th. New this year: A new Morris County schedule! We will run the train in reverse for the December 13th date. Here is the new schedule: Rockaway (Potbelly’s Cafe): 9am-9:30 am; Dover (Town Hall): 10am-10:30am; Kenvil (Morris Marine): 11:30am-12:00pm; Ledgewood (Sleepy’s Mattress): 12:15pm-1:00pm; Flanders (Flanders Fire Dept): 1:30pm-2:30pm.

On December 14, 2014, Kuiken Brothers in Succasunna, NJ has been kind enough to open their doors once again and host our train from 10:00am – 4:00pm. The public is welcome to come and meet Santa and his helpers, enjoy baked goods and hot chocolate, take pictures with the Marines, Santa, and the train. The area Girl Scouts will be collecting toys and dropping off their loot to Kuiken. Please stop by and see us!

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community where the campaign is conducted.

Five railroads are loaning engines, rolling stock, and use of their tracks to “Operation Toy Train”. They are the Morristown & Erie, New York, Susquehanna & Western, Norfolk Southern, Middletown & New Jersey, and New Jersey Transit. In addition to the Marines Corps Reserve, volunteers from the Military Transport Association of Northern NJ, United Railroad Historical Society of NJ and the Volunteer Railroaders Association will help run the event.


For more information contact:Frank Eichenlaub, 845-514-8412 feichenlaub@mnjrr.com

Toys For Tots Train 2013

12/7 - NYS&W Railway, Southern Division
12/8 - Middletown & NJ Railroad
12/14 - Morristown & Erie Railway
12/15 - Kuiken Brothers Lumber Co., Roxbury, NJ

The URHS approved the usage of PRR Baggage car, NYC #43 and the Hickory Creek for these trains.


Santa, a Marine & New York Central #43 at Hawthorne NJ NYS&W station. Photo: Rail Education Programs.