On Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Curt Springstead, Project Manager for the Waldwick Historical Society and Doug Cowieof the Waldwick Community Alliance, will present a brief history of the tower during it’s 106 years of operation and the 18 year effort to rehabilitate it to house the Railroader Museum in Waldwick . Part of the Mahwah Museum Lecture Series, the lecture will take place at the Ramapo Reformed Church, 100 Island Rd., Mahwah. Admission is $3, free for museum members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or call 201-512-0099. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
The “WC” tower is on the National Register of Historic Properties and is the last remaining wood interlocking tower in New Jersey. It reflects the pride that railroads took in the architecture of even very operational structures that passengers had little contact with. The Waldwick Historical Society(WHS) and the Waldwick Community Alliance(WCA) are sister organizations with related missions focused on preserving Waldwick History. The WHS tower project is focused on the railroad worker and the railroad as a major industry in the area. Nearly 50% of households in the Waldwick area had a railroad employee in the family. Exhibits and presentation will focus on the various roles employed in Waldwick with personal stories where available. With help from NJ Transit the WHS is planning to bring back the equipment that the tower housed, very rare pieces, to share with casual and serious rail fans alike.