MILLTOWN, NJ - Nothing spells the upcoming holiday season more than train layouts. If there's a train lover in the midst, save the date for the Milltown Holiday Train Show. It will be held on November 14 and 15 at the American Legion Joyce Kilmer Post 25 in Milltown. Admission is $5. Children under three are free. Doors will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 and from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 15.
Visitors will be treated to an enchanting winter wonderland along with operating toy train layouts as well as refreshments, a shopping area and crafts. The big guy in red will be making an early season appearance despite the fact that it's a busy time of year for Santa. He's even making the time to pose for photopgraphs.
Train enthusiats will also have the opportunity to chat with columnist, Joseph L. Mania. Mania is a featured writer for the magazine, '"Classic Toy Trains." He will be available to answer any question people may have on the repair and maintenance of their own train layouts. Mania will also be offering free consultations on non-working toy trains.
In addition, a buyer will be on hand for people interested in selling their trains or layouts.
All the proceeds for the Milltown Holiday Train Show will go towards the movement and restoration of the last remaining station from the Raritan River Railroad.
The Raritan River Railroad was founded in 1888. It's 12-mile short line that ran from South Amboy to New Brunswick. On July 4,1890, a passenger train began running on the line that originated in New Brunswick and stopped in Milltown before continuing on to South Amboy.
History buffs will enjoy the Raritan River Railroad artifacts that will be on display at the holiday train show that include photographs and maps. Tom Reynolds will be giving a presentation on the railroad that encompasses its 125-year history. Reynolds authors a webpage on the railroad.
This family fun event is sponsored by the Milltown Historical Society, the Milltown Library, the Raritan River Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and Jim Reid who is the owner of Frosty Automotive.
There really is a little something for everyone at the Milltown Holiday Train Show. Remember to mark the calendar for November 14 and 15 at the American Legion Post 25 on 4 J F Kennedy Drive.