Friends of NJ Transportation Heritage Center
Preserving our Transportation Heritage: Railroads - Buses - Trucks - Canals - Trolleys - Ferries
The New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center
The Heritage Center collections include 90 pieces of railroad rolling stock (25 of which are locomotives); 30 historic buses; a half dozen trucks; several trolley cars, and over two hundred truckloads of artifacts, archives, supplies, parts and equipment.
Rail equipment and bus vehicles are stored at locations all over our state. Phillipsburg storage areas total seven acres, four buildings, and seven trailers or containers. Heritage Center leaders are vigorously working on the acquisition of the needed lands for the Museum.
The Friends of the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center is the booster organization for the State Museum and has over 500 members. They publish New Jersey Transport Heritage, a twelve page bulletin, six times per year, focusing on the progress and achievements of the Heritage Center as well as the transport history of our state. They have an annual open house in Phillipsburg and sponsor a Symposium at Drew University, Madison, NJ each Spring.
Phillipsburg Information Center
Open most weekends 10:30 am to 4:40 pm.
Visit the Information Center and Mini-museum in Phillipsburg Union Station with displays, dioramas, models, artifacts, exhibits and gifts of historic New Jersey railroad, trolley, bus, truck, canal and ferry transport.
The Visitor Center is open when the Delaware River Excursion Train operates. For more information call (908) 246-6554.
The Center's business mailing address is PO Box 147, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865-0147.
The Phillipsburg Union Station
The major remaining historic railway structure in town is the Phillipsburg Union Station at 178 South Main Street. It was built by the Lackawanna Railroad in 1914 and shared with the Central Railroad of New Jersey. It is currently occupied by the Friends of the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center as a mini museum and information center. The building is also occupied by the Canal Society of New Jersey; Tri-State Railway Historical Society and Anthracite Railroads Historical Society.
A large model of the fixture New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center is on display. The station is within walking distance of the Bel-Del Lehigh Junction Station. Open hours and contact information are posted on the front door or check website:: www.NJTHC.org.