Written by NJ Historian
|Whippany Railway Museum|
|1904 water tank at the Whippany Railway Museum.|
- Replica circa 1905 Pennsylvania Railroad standard scale house, which would house the instruments and controls for weighing freight cars on the scale at the tracks.
- Replica circa 1911 Pennsylvania Railroad standard watch box or "crossing shanty." Before automatic electric crossing gates, crossing watchmen operated manual crossing gates at grade crossings and used a stop sign to control traffic.
- Replica circa 1909 Pennsylvania Railroad standard telephone booth. Telephone booths or boxes, were placed wherever there was a need for a locomotive engineer or conductor to talk to the dispatcher or block controller.
|Whippany Passenger Station, constructed 1904.|
A favorite among children are the cabooses. The museum has many, which are sometimes used for excursion trains. The oldest caboose in the collection is the 1899 four-wheel "Bobber" constructed by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad in Keyser Valley, Pennsylvania. The caboose was leased until 1937 by the Morristown & Erie. On April 26, 1937, it was purchased from the Lackawanna for $100.00 and ran until its retirement in 1952. In 1960, the caboose was sold to a private owner who was a founder of the Black River & Western Railroad, where it was displayed for over twenty-five years. In the mid-1990s, the title was conveyed to the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey and in 1998, an agreement was struck that would return the caboose to its home in Whippany, where it was restored. Other cabooses on-site include a Delaware & Hudson Railroad caboose built in 1913, a Delaware & Hudson Railway bay-window caboose built in 1968, a New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad caboose built in 1948, and a steel bay-window caboose built in 1970 for the Erie Lackawanna Railway.
|Locomotive No. 385, built in 1907.|
Steam Locomotive No. 4039 was built in November, 1942 for the U.S. War Department by the American Locomotive Company of Schenectady, New York. On February 17, 1947, the War Assets Administration sold No. 4039 as war surplus to the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway, where it was used in freight service until the early 1960s. In 1965, No. 4039 was sold to the Morris County Central Railroad where it operated until 1980. In October 1991, the locomotive was acquired by a private collector and moved to Honesdale, Pennsylvania, where the new owner planned to restore the engine. The restoration never took place and on May 7, 1994, the Whippany Railway Museum acquired the locomotive. In 2001, the locomotive was placed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. The museum is currently restoring the locomotive and hope to have it one day riding the rails at Whippany.