About Us Continued.........
On June 5, 2002, the MSHC entered
into an agreement with the NYS&W for
the proposed restoration of the
station and use as a meeting place
for the group as well as museum
featuring local railroad and town
history with emphasis on how the
Borough of Maywood developed around
the station. On June 14, 2002, the
MSHC received a Certification of
Eligibility on the station for
placement on the New Jersey Register
of Historic Places. This
certification was obtained only 10
days after it was applied for by the
MSHC. The station was identified as
one of the oldest existing in the
State of New Jersey still retaining
most of its original character.
As news spread of the proposed restoration in the press, several railroad historical societies contacted the MSHC offering assistance. On June 20, 2002, the MSHC elected to become a division of the tax-exempt 501(c)3, non-profit, New York, Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society, Inc. (NYS&WT&HS). Almost immediately, the MSHC began fundraising initiatives by conducting an engraved brick drive and sought out other donation possibilities. By early July 2002, a long-term lease on the station was struck with the NYS&W. Simultaneously; the MSHC began the restoration project with weekly work sessions.
On August 4, 2002,
the MSHC submitted an application
for permanent placement of the
station on the New Jersey and
National Historical Registers. On
February 18, 2003, Maywood Station
was placed on the New Jersey
Register of Historical Places
followed by May 29, 2003 when it was
placed on the National Register of
The MSHC's main objectives have been to restore, revitalize and preserve the historic Victorian Style station. Stucco had been applied to the exterior of the station in 1920 and the first order of business when the MSHC commenced work in early July 2002, was to remove the stucco and restore the station to its original board and batten appearance. While removing the stucco, numerous paint samples were discovered including what was thought to be the original New Jersey Midland Railroad (NYS&W predecessor) colors. The MSHC, through the assistance of our architect, Thomas A. Fenniman, had the various paint samples professionally analyzed in a lab and the tests found, indeed, that the New Jersey Midland Railroad paint was still present. The colors were certified and the MSHC obtained correct color matches. The station is now the only restored station on the NYS&W painted in authentic New Jersey Midland Railroad colors inside and out. By late July 2002, the station was stabilized with a new roof applied as well as over 5-tons of stucco removed from the exterior walls and the grounds completely graded. By early October 2002, the exterior of the station was completely sanded and primed and painting had begun. Progress continued through 2003 with a new bay window, fencing, interior and exterior lighting, slate flooring, heating and the original rolling freight platform door installed. An engraved brick walkway around the perimeter of the station has been added and the windows have been reglazed and painted. During the summer of 2003, the MSHC commenced restoration work on the station interior. Original color samples taken from the interior were again tested and the station's interior now features the original 1890's-era Victorian colors while the walls have been completely reworked and finished in a natural wood stain. During early 2004, work was completed on installing the new ADA compliant bathroom. The MSHC restored the station's exterior completely during the spring of 2004 and finished the interior in August 2004. Additional restoration work continued through 2005 and, in 2006, additional handicap accessibility and landscaping improvements were completed.
The Official Grand Opening of the restored station and museum took place on Saturday, September 25, 2004. The station museum features artifacts from railroads in the local region and highlights the station's role in the development of the Borough of Maywood through interpretive displays. The Maywood Station Museum serves as a full-functioning "living history" museum preserving railroad and local history for future generations to enjoy. In November 2004, the Maywood Station Museum was listed as a Historical Archive by the State of New Jersey. In January 2007, the Maywood Station Museum became the official site of the New York, Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society's archives, which contain 1000's of drawings, maps, track diagrams, photos, timetables, documents and records covering the history of the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway. Aside from the normal museum operating schedule, the Maywood Station Museum is also available by appointment for class trips; boys and girls scouts trips; senior citizen trips and for other organizations and clubs as well as for movie and television filming; commercial props; photo shoots; etc.
In addition to the Maywood Station Restoration Project and Museum, the MSHC has also restored an actual caboose at Maywood Station. The interior of the caboose features additional displays and an operating model train layout. In late 2008, a new project involving the restoration of original New York, Susquehanna & Western ALCO S-2 diesel locomotive #206 commenced at Maywood Station and the cosmetic restoration was completed in fall 2009. On September 10, 2009, NYS&W S-2 #206 was placed on the State of New Jersey Register of Historical Places joining Maywood Station, which was previously placed on February 18, 2003. On March 19, 2010, NYS&W S-2 #206 was placed on the National Register of Historical Places also joining Maywood Station, which was previously placed on May 29, 2003. In the August 2010 issue of Trains Magazine, NYS&W S-2 #206 was featured in the Preservation section. Trains Magazine is the largest railroad industry magazine with a worldwide circulation of over 150,000 subscribers.
The MSHC is also active in railroad and historical awareness programs; has participated in local charitable events; sponsored children's historical drawing contests; and has been involved in NJ Operation Toy Train in conjunction with the U. S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots toy drive. The MSHC also hosts the popular Easter Bunny at Maywood Station event each spring and the Santa at Maywood Station event each December and as well as other special events at the station each year including Annual Railroad Day at Maywood Station and the Maywood Station Museum Backyard Summer Concert Series.
The volunteer efforts of the MSHC have earned numerous awards for the group. The MSHC has been past recipients of the State of New Jersey Historic Preservation Award for the restoration and preservation of Maywood Station; the County of Bergen Historic Preservation Award in the category of Adaptive Use of a Historic Site for its educational programs, open houses, free concerts and special events held each year; the County of Bergen Historic Preservation Award in the category of Preservation or Restoration of a Structure, Object or Site for the restoration and preservation of New York, Susquehanna & Western ALCO S-2 Locomotive #206; the County of Bergen Historic Preservation Award in the category of Preservation Education for producing the DVD Documentary "The Maywood Station Story"; the County of Bergen Historic Preservation Award in the category of Preservation Education for historical educational programs conducted at the Maywood Station Museum; the County of Bergen Historic Preservation Award in the category of Historic Leadership for recognition of historic awareness; and the County of Bergen Historic Preservation Award in the category of Preservation or Restoration of a Structure, Object or Site for the restoration and preservation of Maywood Station. To date, the MSHC has earned a total of 36 different restoration and preservation awards; commendations; proclamations; and resolutions from all levels of government including the United States Senate, the State of New Jersey Senate, the State of New Jersey General Assembly, the County of Bergen, the County of Bergen Board of Chosen Freeholders, the County of Bergen Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and the Borough of Maywood.
In 2006, the Atlas Model Railroad Company released H.O. scale and N-scale models worldwide of the actual Maywood Station and in 2010 released an O-Scale version. In 2014, the Atlas Model Railroad Company also released an H.O. scale model of Maywood Station Museum's actual New York, Susquehanna & Western ALCO S-2 Locomotive #206.
In March 2009, a professional documentary narrated by Emmy award-winner Carl Quintanilla of NBC News titled "The Maywood Station Story" was released on DVD highlighting the restoration and museum with many historic views. The documentary DVD received the Historic Preservation Commendation Award from the County of Bergen, New Jersey Historic Preservation Advisory Board and was cited as an excellent example of a Historic Preservation effort in the category of Preservation Education.
In January 2010, a book authored by historian and Maywood Station Historical Committee President, Edward S. Kaminski entitled "Maywood - The Borough, The Railroad and The Station" was released by Arcadia Publishing. The 128-page book traces Maywood's history from a farming community through its population and industrial growth brought on in part by the coming of the New Jersey Midland Railway in 1872. Separate chapters include The Borough of Maywood; The New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad in Maywood; and Maywood Station including its role in the development of Maywood and its recent restoration and museum with over 200 quality images and detailed captions. In November 2010,was released by Arcadia Publishing Company.
In September 2016, the exterior of Maywood Station underwent an extensive refinishing of the wood and a complete repainting. This was the first time the exterior of the station had been worked on and painted since the original restoration between 2002 and 2004.
The Maywood Station Museum is available by appointment for commercial photography and movie filming purposes and has become a popular location for wedding, engagement, modeling, and magazine photo shoots; advertising backdrops; film commercials; and movie shoots. Due to insurance reasons, PERMISSION MUST BE OBTAINED IN ADVANCE FROM THE MAYWOOD STATION HISTORICAL COMMITTEE FOR ANY PROPOSED COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY OR FILMING AT THE STATION OR ON THE MUSEUM GROUNDS. The Maywood Station Museum also offers our own in-house photography and video services.
To date, over 22,000 volunteer hours have been spent by MSHC members restoring Maywood Station and transforming it into a museum as well as the restoration and preservation work on Caboose 24542 and NYS&W S-2 #206. The membership of the MSHC currently meet at the station twice a month. New members are always welcome and it is not a requirement to be a resident of Maywood for membership.
The press continues to cover the Maywood Station restoration, preservation and museum in local and regional newspapers, magazines and on television news broadcasts. The success of the MSHC's restoration and museum has evolved into a "case study" by the historical community for other groups attempting similar projects. The historical community has concluded that the MSHC has restored a station like none other since an exceptional amount of the original structure was reworked and restored as a completely volunteer project. The MSHC has been receiving continual local, county and statewide support for their restoration and museum efforts and its roster is comprised of volunteers from all walks of life working for a common goal. The results have been impressive and prove what can happen when a group unites for a common cause to save a piece of its history and at the same time renews pride in its community.