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.
Sunday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org