Tri-State and Morristown & Erie to Hold First "Tri-State Railfest"


WHIPPANY, NJ—Tri-State Railway Historical Society announced Tuesday that it is hosting its first “Tri-State Railfest,” on July 14-15 at Morristown & Erie’s historic Whippany Station. The event, a partnership with the Morristown & Erie Railway, is expected to be the largest railroad-related event held in New Jersey since the US Post Office’s railroad stamp dedication brought thousands to the same venue in Whippany in 1994.

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The featured attraction of the event will be the Gramling Locomotive Works’ “Jeddo Coal No. 85” which will be the first steam locomotive to run on this line since 1994. The locomotive will be delivered to Whippany by truck, and will operate exclusively for this event. Tri-State Railfest will also offer tours of visiting railroad equipment (TBA), locomotive cabs, private railroad cars, and museum exhibits, in addition to featuring food trucks, vendors, and live music.

Jeddo Coal No. 85 hauling passengers on the Allentown & Auburn in 2017. Photo by Brandon Bartolotta

Visitors will be able to ride any of fourteen departures of two different trains. The eastbound train, consisting of cabooses and cars from Tri-State and Whippany Railway Museum, will be hauled by the visiting steam locomotive, No. 85. The westbound train will be hauled by Tri-State’s recently acquired diesel No. 19. A limited number of tickets will be sold for this trip, during which passengers will ride M&E’s business car fleet to Morristown, where they will be given a rare opportunity to tour the M&E shop facility.

Tickets will be available at the end of March, and details of visiting equipment, activities, and attractions will be released as they become available. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Tri-State Railway Historical Society, Inc. was formed in 1964 as a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation of the North Jersey region's rich railroad heritage. The group educates the public in the region’s railroad history by operating historic trains, producing railroad publications, and bringing together railroad enthusiasts and historians through public events. Learn more at

The Morristown & Erie Railway provides freight rail transportation services in Morris, Essex, and Union Counties in northern New Jersey. Since 1895, the Morristown & Erie has been moving commodities such as lumber, plastic, food products, and chemicals throughout North America via connections with other national freight carriers. The Morristown & Erie Railway maintains several transload facilities in the New York metropolitan area. In addition, the railroad maintains a fleet of historic, Amtrak-Certified passenger cars, and operates The Whippany Polar Express Train ride annually from November to January. To learn more, visit