About The OBRM
The mission of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum (OBRM) is to heighten public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the railroad's role in our heritage, and to increase public understanding of rail technology and its impact on Long Island life. The OBRM will collect, preserve, and interpret the railroad heritage of Long Island for future generations.
In October 1990, a dedicated group of volunteers began to clean and paint steam Locomotive #35, located in Mitchell Field and which had fallen victim to vandalism. This enthusiastic group persevered in their efforts and, in time, became known as the Locomotive #35 Restoration Committee, a volunteer group under the jurisdiction of the Nassau County Parks Department.
In 1994, the group formalized their efforts and incorporated as Friends of Locomotive #35. The focus of the organization was to raise funds to restore and find a suitable home for Locomotive #35. As time passed, it became apparent that the group's focus was no longer just Locomotive #35, but, rather, a full fledged railroad museum.
In 2006, the group reincorporated as the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum, a 501c-3 educational, not-for-profit corporation. With a new name that better reflected its true mission, the organization continued to strive toward the formation of a first class railroad museum in the hamlet of Oyster Bay.
Through the years, the Museum has secured other historical railroading equipment and, as important, has taken great strides in raising the necessary funding for the restoration of the historic Oyster Bay Railroad Station and Turntable. With some restoration already underway and completed on these and other projects, the Museum remains dedicated to seeing these restoration efforts through to completion.
To this end, in February 2008, the Museum opened its Visitor Center to the public. Located at 102 Audrey Avenue in downtown Oyster Bay, the Center is situated just around the corner from the historic train station (where the Museum will be permanently located) and within walking distance of the Museum's rail yard (site of the historic turntable).