New Jersey Roads - Whippany Railway Museum

Whippany Railway Museum

Let's start with the obvious part; the museum is located in the former Whippany Station.

A couple of the trains on display. Rail is a kind of road, just not the one I tend to feature here.

Railroads have signals just like real regular vehicular other roads, but the symbols are much different since only trained conductors need to learn them. This signal is so old it comes complete with a ladder for manual operation, not to mention an old pole location number.

Closing out the non-roads rail portion of the page, this timetable may or may not have been at Whippany Station originally, but it's here now.

Okay, time to derail! Wait, that seems like a bad thing. Why would you have a warning sign instead of just preventing this? In rail speak, the sign is warning that a special derailing device is located ahead for workers in the track, so if you don't stop or switch tracks, you'll get hurt so they don't.

Two different types of mileposts, likely erected by different companies. The first tells you it's from the DL&W (Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, and I wish railroad names used the Oxford comma) and was erected at Andover Junction around 1905, 56 miles from Hoboken.

When your teenagers text you "lol", this is what they mean. Be grateful they're learning transportation history!

One railroad company went through more trouble to cast their signs in the days before standardization and highway agencies claiming jurisdiction, and I appreciate that.

North/south and east/west faces of two different crossbucks, again likely from two different railroads due to the differing fonts.

This may be one of the roads crossing your rail. Actually, you can find this sign headlining my NJ 15 page, where it lived until the early 2010s amidst a major reconstruction of 15 at US 46. I'm very grateful to the museum for taking ownership, restoring, and displaying (hey, there's that Oxford comma!) this transportation relic. Click on it for a caring closeup.

Given our location, this sign likely once faced traffic on NJ 10, but is fortunately still just a few feet off the highway.

Couldn't tell you with any certainty where these signs ever were, but again, thanks to the museum for preserving them!

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