SHOW or TELL... your favorite CNJ-JERSEY CENTRAL loco or train

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February 17, 2013 5:31 PM

As long as I can remember being into toy trains, the JERSEY CENTRAL LINES or CNJ has been my favorite railroad both as 3-rail 0/0-27 and also as 2 rail 1:1 scale!

 

In the early years it was only perhaps a standard gauge Blue Comet, the 2341 and 611/621 switchers. In the past 25+ years, CNJ product availability has literally exploded with nice offerings from many 3-rail manufacturers. However, I like em all regardless of gauge, scale or manufacturer!.

 

Show us your favorite CNJ model.

 

Mine has to be the RMT BEEFs!

 

92626 CNJ Christmas

 

Thanks.

 

Walter M. Matuch

 
 
 
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February 17, 2013 5:43 PM

The 2410:

 

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February 17, 2013 6:07 PM

The CNJ had a lot of nice looking locomotives. My favorite diesel is the TM pictured above and I like a too many of their steam engines to pick one as a favorite.

 

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February 17, 2013 6:30 PM

If MTH hadn't canceled the 3/2 version of the Trainmaster, there would be one on my layout. 

 

I always had a soft spot for the Baldwin cab units.  The freight units had a longer career than the passenger ones, but both very attractive locomotives. 

 

It is hard to find a favorite for me on the CNJ though because so much of it was unique to the CNJ or least rare.  I saw the GP40Ps in all their paint scheme outside of the fading disco stripe some now wear in their greatly rebuilt form.  Liked them.  I liked the flat long hood of the GP7Ps.  In steam the Camelbacks were simply an anachronism at the end while the Pacifics had a lot of class.    For my home layout, my CNJ roster will consist eventually of all the major equipment that ran 1953-1956 so I can catch the end of steam as well as all those interesting diesel designs.  Now about those steel commuter cars ..... some day maybe a scale version?  Hope so!

 

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February 17, 2013 6:34 PM

Lots of CNJ on my link below. The CNJ is one of my faves. Fond memories of the line!

 

 

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"When You're Ready For Real"

 

 

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February 17, 2013 6:39 PM

Three words:

 

THE BLUE COMET

 

-Greg

 
 
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February 17, 2013 6:40 PM

My first and still my favorite: But I love this one:
 
 
 
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February 17, 2013 6:43 PM

CNJ Days 4

 

So hard to choose! Although I did just add an Sw1 and the new Trainmaster.

 

Steve C.

 

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February 17, 2013 7:12 PM

Well, there's always these two in 1:1 scale:  CNJ Commuter Club Car "Jersey Coast" and CNJ caboose 91529 in the "Coast Guard" scheme at the Whippany Railway Museum in NJ...

http://www.whippanyrailwaymuse...ars/the-jersey-coast

http://www.whippanyrailwaymuse...ilroad-of-new-jersey

 

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February 17, 2013 7:15 PM

Great lineup Steve.

 

Love the Blue Comet, in standard gauge or any gauge.

 

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Camelbacks are awesome too.

 

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February 17, 2013 8:30 PM

The 'Green Bullet' Baldwin and passenger cars are distinctive in their CNJ livery.

 

 

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February 17, 2013 8:41 PM

When I get my PS2 upgraded MTH Premier Blue Comet back from the repair shop, I will glady show it with all 7 matching cars.... That's definitely my favorite CNJ train, and I think MTH's model is the best aesthetically.

 

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February 17, 2013 9:21 PM

What a great thread, Walter!  But then again, I'm a bit biased as the CNJ is also my favorite road.  My grandfather was an engineer on the CNJ  (see photos below), and I've been a fan my whole life.  My O-gauge CNJ roster consists of over 25 locomotives and probably 100 or so other pieces of rolling stock...I can't pick a favorite!!

 

Here's my grandfather at the controls of CNJ #107 as it takes on water and coal at the yard in Ashley, PA...

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And here he is (on the right) posing with a co-worker in front of CNJ #1601 in Wilkes-Barre, PA...

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And here's a pair of CNJ Geeps and a CNJ caboose currently in service on my small basement layout.  The caboose weathering was done by Steve P. (or "SIRT" as we know him here on the forum)...

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February 17, 2013 11:21 PM

mikado 4501...Although the first MTH Premier BC engine was PS-1, there is a second MTH Premier version and different roadnumber BC engine that came factory equipped with PS-2. Also, MTH offered, with that PS-2 loco, a set of matching BC passenger cars...but the cars were different names than the original 5 car BC set. Hopefully the new MTH Premier PS-3 BC due later this year will have the missing/remaining BC car names to allow one to recreate all 3 BC train sets in a prototypical fashion.

 

PaPaT...Those Rail King cars look better, I think with the Premier 'Bullet' locomotive as only the BC diner actually had 6-wheel trucks.

 

Either way, any CNJ train or locomotive looks sharp to me.

 

JoeyA...My family worked on the CNJ too. My grandfather on the Sandy Hook steamers and my uncle was a tugboat deckhand.

 

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February 18, 2013 7:15 AM

Jersey Central #113. Located in Minersville, PA. I have to do some changes to my MTH version. 

 

 

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February 18, 2013 4:47 PM

Here's one of them 

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February 18, 2013 8:50 PM

Same here. I loved the Camelbacks I would see from my schoolyard along the tracks in Point Pleasant on the NY&LB.

 

Here's my first MU, an MTH GP-9 and Williams GP-7 with PS2 upgrade. The GP-9 was having trouble with 18 cars on my 2.5% curved upgrade, hence the MU.

 

GP-9, GP-7 MU

 

 

MTH Camel in the Bay Head yard

 

Camelback at Bay Head

 

 

At the engine house. The RS-3 in the background is also a favorite. A Weaver with PS2 upgrade, and an awesome sounding RS-11 sound file.

 

SW-9, RS-3, K4, Camel

 

Having fun on the NY&LB!

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Gary F.

 
 
 
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February 18, 2013 9:31 PM

My favorite is the K-Line Tank Engine, I also have the MTH Camelback that I converted to TMCC, but I just think the detailing on the K-Line is really nice.

 

 

K-Line CNJ Tank Engine N1

 

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February 18, 2013 9:39 PM

Gary - Love your Bayhead loop!  I am modeling the NY&LB in 2 Rail O and having a heck of a time finding the CNJ equipment for it.  So far I have a Reading Weaver Pacific that I am going to have converted from three rail to two and modify into an 820 series Pacific, an old Kemtron GP7 that I need to put the lighting equipment box on the end of the long hood, a Weaver RS3, and a few Walthers passenger cars that can make up some of my business equipment.  Really looking for accurate CNJ commuter cars.  On the PRR side of things I'm completely covered.

 

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