Despite a miserable forecast we managed to get our annual Santa Train in before the first drops of rain fell on Saturday December 1st. Santa was once again delivered to our museum site through the courtesy of our neighbors at the Phillipsburg Fire Company Number 1. Santa greeted our guests and led everyone in a short version of Jingle Bells.
As is the tradition, Santa takes a ride on the first train of the day.
Upon return to the station he's available to all who wish to talk to him.... or talk wishes with him. It's hard to tell who is having the most fun, the children or the adults.
This is family fun for the young and young at heart!
In this photo Santa hands out candy canes to women of 3 generations from 1 family who came to ride the Centerville and Southwestern.
Ridership tapered off towards the end which gave the volunteers who made all this possible time for the traditional group photo.
It takes a good deal of coordination and manpower to stage the various open house events we operate every season. We deeply appreciate the talented volunteers (many of whom are not pictured here) for all they do to help make each year successful. Like our full size neighbor (NS), we must maintain facilities, rolling stock, engines and track. Utmost is the safety of our guests. Our flag men and platform personnel are a vital part of our operation. There are volunteers who tend to the finances, advertising, publications and other administrative duties. We are totally volunteer
, no one gets paid, so you know our people are here because they love what they do. We are licensed by the State of New Jersey and must stay in compliance with their regulations. While we may make it look easy we can always use more help. If you have an interest in railroading or have an artistic, woodworking, mechanical or administrative talent that you would like to bring to our group please consider joining us.
You can call us at 610-826-2580 to discuss how your talents can be integrated. Check back as we approach spring for our 2019 operating schedule.