Chase's Day

A few months back a little boy named Chase brought his parents to one of our open houses.  Chase loves trains and loved our layout.  His parents couldn't get him to leave and they stayed the whole day. Chase is handicapped and confined to a wheelchair.  Chase's father was talking to one of our members named Sy Mendel most of the day.  His father was telling Sy how he wants to get Chase a motorized wheelchair but really couldn't afford one.  Little did Chase's Dad know is that Sy was very active with the Shriners Children hospital in Philadelphia.  Well one thing led to another and Sy got Chase's father connected with his friends at the hospital.   Chase is getting free treatments at the hospital and also received a top of the line motorized wheelchair that was valued at $10,000 dollars absolutely free.  This came about because of Chase's love of trains.

In October Chase's father called Sy and asked if he could have Chase's birthday party at our club.  He was willing to pay per person  and had about 10 children with their parents coming.  The party coincided with our Halloween open house so we decided to treat Chase and his family and friends to a birthday party NJ HiRailers Style.  Chef Vinny cooked up a storm and his guests had a ball.  I posted some of the pics from that day.  We just bought Chase a club shirt and have made him an honorary member of the club.  I think we have friends for life.

To try to do our small part for the Shriners hospital we produced a 2015 calander which we sold to raise money for the hospital.

We got to see Chase again at our open house on 2/8/15.  We presented Chase with an NJ HiRailers Shirt with his name on it and we presented the Shriners Hospital with a check for $1,000. We thank all of you who purchased our calendar and took chances at our open house because the proceeds went to a great cause.

The photos below are our own Kevin Martin along with Bernie Callen with the representatives from the Shriners hospital with Chase and his parents.

Chase Kopczynski, Lorraine, his Mom, Andrew, his Dad, RoyHezfeld, Charlie Willer, Alan and Irene Linder.

The man with the child is Mr. Mark, Peerson, Potentate ( he is like the Grand High Exhalted Mystic Ruler ).

Great people   Had a good time with them



Our Story

The NJ Hi-Railers are incorporated as a non-profit organization under the laws of the State of New Jersey. We incorporated on April 4, 2005 when the Articles of Incorporation and the By-Laws were approved by the membership. We are located at 185 6th Avenue, Paterson, New Jersey 07524. Phone: (800) 225-5360.

We accept donations and contributions of trains, train paraphernalia, memorabilia and other train related items. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.


The Club meets regularly on every Wednesday of the month. A business meeting is usually held on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM. Regular members are welcome to work on the layout or run trains any time they wish.  Regular members are given access to the building 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Probationary members will need to be escorted by a regular member for the length of their probation. 

It is customary for all members to put a minimum of 8 hours a month into working on the layout. Working at the club helps members develop friendships and skills. The club has a set of By-Laws that all members will be expected to follow..


The layout is in three distinct sections: the Southern Division features a large passenger terminal and a four track subway system, the Central Division features five mainlines and numerous crossovers and the Northern Division features a large yard with steam and diesel servicing facilities.


The dimensions of the layout are 185.5 feet in length by an average width of 30 feet. The layout is located on the third floor of a building in a room 250 feet by 50 feet with unobstructed views.  The building is an old silk mill hence we named our room Silk City Station.


The “Red” line encircles the whole layout and consists of 420 feet of track that is almost 4 scale miles. 


Go to our Photos page for great views of the layout.