About WJC

The West Jersey Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society traces its beginnings to a small band of ardent railroad enthusiasts who were first officially organized as the West Jersey Model Railroad Club. On April 16, 1944, the club received its charter from the NRHS, making West Jersey the sixteenth chapter to be so affiliated. In 1972, the Chapter was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of New Jersey.

West Jersey Chapter has an outstanding reputation for producing high quality periodicals and award-winning books. The Chapter's original newsletter, the Crew Caller, was first published in 1956. In 1974, the publication was upgraded, being printed on coated stock complete with photographs. In September, 1995, the Crew Caller was replaced with West Jersey Rails Quarterly, whose publication continues to this day. Issued four times a year, WJRQ features articles on both rail history and current events.

West Jersey Chapter has published several books since 1973, most of which are available for sale in our online store. For more information on our books, click here.

Monthly membership meetings of West Jersey Chapter feature a wide variety of rail-oriented entertainment, including slide shows, movies, and guest speakers from other organizations and the rail industry. Our Chapter holds an annual picnic and participates in regional railroadiana and train shows. Outings have included fan trips, field trips, rail facility tours, and hikes. We often hold informal fan trips to various regional destinations using regularly scheduled passenger service. Be sure to check our calendar of events for meetings, informal fantrips, and other events of interest. The calendar is regularly updated as new information becomes available.

In addition to the above, membership in the West Jersey Chapter brings you the following benefits:

  • Four issues of West Jersey Rails Quarterly per year.

  • Discounts on most Chapter books, publications, and other merchandise.

  • Optional membership in the National Railway Historical Society.

Interested in becoming a member? Visit our membership page for more information.