• Looking for railroad activities in New Jersey

  • General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.
General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.

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  by airman00
 
I have a question. My name is Michael, and my son and I love trains. Problem is we live in bergen county new jersey, and while there is a slew of old train lines and old trains, there all on private property (owned by a company), and not so we can get a close up look. I'd absolutely love and so would my son (he's 3) to see what it's like inside the cab of an engine or a caboose, stuff like that. Any good train places around bergen county or nearby where we can enjoy our love of trains up close.
  by Mikejf
 
While not famialiar with New Jersey, I can recommend 2 places you can travel to, maybe make it a day outing or a weekend, depending on how far.
First is the B&O Museum in Baltimore, Md. http://www.borail.org/ I haven't been there in a long time but due to your location, it might be close enough for you to visit.

Second I have been to several times. Steamtown in Scranton Pa. http://www.nps.gov/stea/ Definately worth the trip.

I do recommend checking the schedule and plan around it so you know in advance if trains are running and what kind. Also if there is a big event going on and you would rather be there when it is not as busy, that helps too.

As far as active freight or passenger railroads, most do not allow riders anymore. They blame it on the insurance.
Mike
  by Otto Vondrak
 
airman00 wrote:I have a question. My name is Michael, and my son and I love trains. Problem is we live in bergen county new jersey, and while there is a slew of old train lines and old trains, there all on private property (owned by a company), and not so we can get a close up look. I'd absolutely love and so would my son (he's 3) to see what it's like inside the cab of an engine or a caboose, stuff like that. Any good train places around bergen county or nearby where we can enjoy our love of trains up close.
Welcome aboard! Here's a list of railroad activities in New Jersey...

http://railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=127&t=14595

Of course, the closest to you may be the Whippany Railway Museum. If you want to travel a bit, consider the Danbury Railway Museum in Danbury, CT. Railroad museums are your best bet for safely climbing aboard a train and checking everything out.

-otto-
  by GSC
 
The old Cooke Locomotive Works in Paterson features all kinds of cool things, including two steam locomotives outside, for your inspection.

Like mentioned above, daytrips could include, Whippany, Steamtown, Allaire State Park, and a few other reasonably close spots. Check the link Otto posted, lots of good stuff there.