The Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, announces special holiday hours for The Donald Cooper Railroad. The Railroad – a 15 x 20 foot HO scale model – will be open on Friday nights from for four weeks, from . A special holiday treat for children, this railroad operates 10 trains – including Thomas the Tank Engine – and youngsters delight in the realistic subway that runs at their eye level. The model contains street fairs, a skateboard park, a subway system, construction sites and a replica of the Great Falls of Paterson. The Donald Cooper Railroad is also open on weekends from September through June.
The Donald Cooper Railroad was the gift to the Museum by Renee Darboe, a Mahwah resident, whose late husband, Donald Cooper, collected over 700 cars and 70 locomotives during his lifetime. The layout is the devoted work of a group of railroad volunteers who work many hours each week to wire the tracks, maintain the cars and the tracks, and keep the railroad in good condition. The meticulously detailed scenery, largely done by volunteer Starlene Van Dunk, is changed according to season.
The Mahwah Museum, at 201 Franklin Turnpike, also features exhibits “Neighborhoods of Mahwah: 1913-2013” and “Les Paul in Mahwah.” Visitors can learn about the history of the town of Mahwah, and about Les Paul, long-time Mahwah resident, inventor, musician and self-taught engineer. The Mahwah Museum, at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, is open Wednesdays and weekends from 201.512.0099 or visit www.mahwahmuseum.org. Admission is $5, members and children are free. For more information about the Museum and events, call
The Mahwah Museum receives operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission in the Department of State.