THE TRip

Not since 1933 has a public passenger train travelled the route of the Chester Railroad. This Spring, Tri-State Railway Historical Society will provide small group of passengers that opportunity in first-class style. On board the Morristown & Erie Railway's all-first-class excursion fleet, passengers will depart the historic Whippany station and traverse the M&E Whippany Line, former-Lackawanna Morristown Line, and former CNJ High Bridge and Chester Branches, two lines which have not seen passenger service in decades. During this 6-hour, 60 mile round trip, passengers will enjoy lunch served on board, a photo run-by opportunity, and a once-in-a-lifetime trip on New Jersey's historic iron mine railroads. 

Deluxe Coach

Our most economical option makes these deluxe, long-distance coach seats one of the most affordable main line excursion rides in the country. Ticket includes a boxed lunch served on board, route guide, commemorative ticket, and a photo run-by. Additional snacks and beverages will be available for sale throughout the trip.

DINER SEATING

Diner seating is perfect individuals and groups who want to take in the scenery and socialize with other passengers. Ticket includes a boxed lunch served on board, route guide, commemorative ticket, and a photo run-by. Additional snacks and beverages will be available for sale throughout the trip.

LOUNGE SEATING

Lounge seating includes the comfortable rotating chairs in the "Morris County" and "Passaic River" and the plush bench seats in the "Alexander Hamilton." This all-inclusive ticket includes snacks and drinks throughout the trip, as well as a boxed lunch served on board, route guide, commemorative ticket and photo run-by.


THE ROUTE

The Iron Miner is named so because it will travel over two of the last remaining portions of iron mine railroads in northern NJ. Railroads in this region, such as the Lackawanna and Central Railroad of NJ, both of which this train will travel upon, greatly influenced the communities they served. Towns like Chester and Rockaway grew up around the railroads and mines that sustained them. This train will retrace the rights-of-way of the these railroads that were so important to the history of New Jersey.

The trip coincides with Tri-State's reissuing of Iron Mine Railroads of Northern New Jersey by Larry Lowenthal, available for sale here.

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The Iron Miner will depart from the historic Morristown & Erie Whippany Station at 10am and travel west. At Morristown, the train will round the curve around the M&E's maintenance facility and travel out onto NJ Transit's former Delaware Lackawanna & Western Morristown Line. The train will high ball from Morristown, through Dover, to Lake Junction, where the train will cross over onto the rare-mileage portion of the trip. The train will traverse the length of the former-Central Railroad of NJ High Bridge Branch, and double back to also travel the length of the Chester Branch. This will be the first public passenger train to run on these lines since they were put back into service by Morris County. The Chester Branch, in particular, has not seen a passenger train since 1933.