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!



We are proud this year to be partnering with the Town of Boonton

We are proud this year to be partnering with the Town of Boonton to make this year’s Transportation Heritage Festival a town-wide community event! While you are in Boonton, we invite you to visit the merchants on Main Street. They will be offering special discounts for the day so please pick up your coupons at the train yard. You’ll find a wide array of restaurants, art galleries, gift stores and much more! Please visit the participating merchants to enjoy the promotional offers they’ve created just for the Train Festival. Look for the green train symbol in their window.

Curley’s Ice Cream

Bobby’s News and Gifts

Darress Theatre

Don’s Sandwich Shop

Iconic Images Art Gallery

Pasquale’s Pizzeria

Roma Pizzeria & Restaurant

Scoop Ice Cream

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday! http://lp.swiftpage.com/LP/2V0K1IG7/Visit_Boonton/

A 2nd visiting locomotive to our Transportation Heritage Festival

We are happy to announce a second visiting locomotive to our Transportation Heritage Festival: Norfolk Southern 5303! This engine is a GP38-2 type locomotive that wears the logo for Operation Lifesaver. OL is a national organization that advocates for awareness and safety around railroad tracks.

NS 5303 Shawn A. Leightcap Pottstown, Pennsylvania April 16, 2014

Representatives from New Jersey Operation Lifesaver will be on hand at our event to educate children and adults alike about the importance of rail safety!

Music at this year’s Transportation Heritage Festival


Returning to this year's Transportation Heritage Festival in Boonton, NJ on September 20th, by popular demand, is GirlJam who will be performing live music for the entertainment of our visitors.

More info - https://www.facebook.com/GirlJamNJ/
Wendy Keilin

Also appearing, for the first time at this year's Transportation Heritage Festival is Wendy Keilin, the Crazy Uke Lady who will be performing live music on the ukulele for the entertainment of our visitors.

Transportation Heritage Festival 2015

Web_headerSeptember 20, 2015  |  10am to 4pm  |  104 Morris Ave. Boonton, NJ

On Sunday September 20, you can visit the United Railroad Historical Society for a fun and educational day with some of New Jersey’s rare and classic trains. For the fourth consecutive year, the URHS will open the gates of its normally-private Boonton Restoration Facility to showcase some of its historic collection. Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with vintage railroad equipment and well as visiting classic cars, trucks, buses, and military vehicles. Live music, food concessions, historical & educational presentations, and vendors of railroad-related souvenirs will round out a day that the whole family can enjoy!


FOR FAMILIES: The Transportation Heritage Festival will include displays and entertainment for the whole family. In addition to dozens of classic vehicles that will be on display, much of the railroad equipment will be open to go inside. This includes coach, baggage, and executive private train cars. Kids and adults will love the opportunity to walk through the inside of and sit at the controls of a real diesel locomotive. Purchase snacks and refreshments, enjoy the live music, and make a family afternoon out of your visit to the yard!

10628380_707424382665786_2193933825386246323_nFOR RAIL BUFFS: This year’s event will feature several newcomers to Boonton Yard. New this year will be the URHS’s Erie SW9 no. 436 and well as the world’s last U34CH! Both of these locomotives are under restoration, and visitors will be welcome to see the inside and view the progress of these locomotives before they are road worthy. “New Jersey’s GG1s” will be on display along with two original pieces of PRR passenger equipment. The one-of-a-kind “Century Green” New York Central E8 will also be displayed with our other two restored “streamliners,” Reading 284 and NJDOT 4253. This lineup is subject to change, but all available track space will be used for display!

 10603678_707424422665782_3059282112857974896_nHOURS AND PARKING:

The yard will open to the public at 10 am and close at 4 pm. We recommend that those wishing to photograph our equipment come right at the start time to take photos before crowds grow.

West Boonton Yard is located at 104 Morris Ave, Boonton, NJ, which is easily accessible from Routes 46, 80, and 287. Visitors can have the option of taking the 0.3 mile walk from the NJ Transit station at 100 Frontage Road, or riding the shuttle bus from the Boonton public parking lot at 1 Plane Street, just off Main Street.


  • From northern New Jersey, take I-287 exit 45 and turn left onto Myrtle Avenue. Continue one mile to Main street. To park at the NJ Transit station parking continue straight – the lot will be to the right. For shuttle bus parking, turn right at Main Street. Continue for one mile and take the first left after the Boonton Avenue traffic light.
  • From the central and southern NJ via Route I-80, take I-287 north to exit 44. Turn right onto Main Street. Take the first left for train station parking or continue straight for shuttle bus parking. Continue for one mile and take the first left after the Boonton Avenue traffic light.