Posted Monday, November 21st, 2011

On Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11, a special train will run through Northern New Jersey, including along the tracks of the Morris County-owned High Bridge Branch and the Dover & Rockaway Railroad, to collect donated toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign.

Along the route, the train will stop at 13 locations, including several in Morris County, where members of the public can drop off new, unwrapped toys, board the train’s caboose to see Santa Claus, experience a variety of working railroad equipment first-hand and meet members of the Marine Corps and Operation Toy Train.

The Saturday schedule includes stops in Pompton Lakes at 1 Station Plaza from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; and in Butler at the Butler Museum at 1 Ace Road from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Scheduled stops on Sunday, Dec. 11 include the Flanders Firehouse, 27 Main St., Flanders from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Sleepy’s, 294 Rt. 10 West in Ledgewood from 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.; Morris Marine, 745 Rt. 46 West in Kenvil from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.; Sack’s Paint & Wallpaper, 52 N. Sussex St., in Dover from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.; the Lakeland Bus Depot, 425 E. Blackwell St., in Dover for toy pickup only at 2:05 p.m.; and Potbelly’s Café, 26 E. Main St., in Rockaway from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community where the campaign is conducted.