Special Holiday Hours – Fridays from 6-9 pm,
November 28, and December 5, 12, 19
Holiday Train Display – Friday evenings and weekends
Thanksgiving through Christmas
Santa to Visit – Friday, December 19th
Holiday Train Display
The Mahwah Museum , 201 Franklin Turnpike, announces special holiday hours for The Donald Cooper Railroad. The Railroad – a 15 x 20 foot HO scale model – will be open on Friday nights from 6-9 p.m. for four weeks, from November 28 through December 19.
On December 19, Santa will visit youngsters at the Donald Cooper Model Railroad.
A special holiday treat for children, this railroad operates more than 11 trains – including Thomas the Tank Engine – and youngsters delight in the realistic subway that runs at their eye level. The model contains street fairs, a skateboard park, a subway system, construction sites and a replica of the Great Falls of Patterson. The Donald Cooper Railroad is open on weekends from 1-4 pm September through June. Admission is $5 for non-members, children and members free.
The Mahwah Museum receives operating support from NJ Historical Commission, Dept of State
The Old Station Museum was built in 1871 when the leaders of Mahwah petitioned the Erie Railroad to allow a stop at a newstation in Mahwah. It was in operation until 1904, when the Erie expanded to four tracks and built a new station. Rescued from destruction by the Mahwah Historical Society, and moved to its present location in 1965, it opened as a Museum and has been in operation ever since. The Mahwah Museum Society now operates it as one of its venues. The 1929 Erie cupola caboose was brought to the site, restored and refurbished as a museum as well.
The Station was a vital part of the history of Mahwah. Farmers were able to ship their products to a larger market, the community could provide recreation for summer visitors, and commuters could reach their workplaces in New York City. The Station features a small operating model railroad, a scale model of the Erie system, photos of the early days of railroading in Mahwah, and displays of many other interesting items from the railroad’s history. Visitors also learn about the importance of the caboose as a nerve center of each train and a place for the crew to relax.