About Tri-State

The Tri-State Railway Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey's rich railroad heritage. As a chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS), and a founding member group of the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey , Tri-State is a team player in railroad preservation both at the state and national levels.


  • To PRESERVE and RESTORE historic railroad equipment, documents, and artifacts.

  • To COLLECT and PUBLISH written railroad history.

  • To ENCOURAGE and SUPPORT the increased use of rail transportation.

  • To PROVIDE a monthly membership forum for ideas and projects.



Tri-State volunteers get their hands dirty restoring real-life pieces of history. Our collection of three cabooses have been masterfully restored by volunteers so that they can operate and haul passenger, which they have at the Whippany Railway Museum. Projects like our bay window Erie caboose are always ongoing and in need to willing hands to work on them in Boonton, NJ.



Tri-State hosts public events which bring together both our members the railroad enthusiat community. Between excursion trains, our annual "Tri-State Train Show," and events we participate in via the URHS, Tri-State keeps an active public presence. Our major annual fundraiser is our Santa Claus train in December in Wayne, NJ, which is staffed by volunteers and, of course, Santa. Tri-State has also sponsored several local youths to attend NRHS Railcamp.


Tri-State holds monthly membership meetings at the Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre in Morristown, NJ. Meetings include a business section followed by about an hour of railroad-oriented entertainment - usually slideshows or movies. All visitors (members and non-members) are welcome.


Tri-State RHS began in 1964, with a few members meeting in a railroad freight house. The society grew to become the largest NRHS chapter in the late 1970s, and its activities often broke new ground among similar groups. Tri-State was the first in the area to preserve a working locomotive, Lackawanna F3 #663, which is housed at Steamtown National Historical Site in Scranton, PA. Tri-State was the first in the area to identify and procure and save equipment significant to New Jersey. Today, many of these pieces of equipment remain in Tri-State's collection as part of the over 100 historic locomotives and cars preserved in New Jersey.