Previous Club Projects

SJSG Previous Club Car Projects

  (All photo's by Bill Lane, unless otherwise noted).

The SJSG club has a history of club car projects dating back to our first project of producing the 1993 NASG convention car. That project proved to be a considerable challenge, but the club managed to make a profit which helpd fund building our first club layout.

It took us a couple of years to regroup and try another car project, which was a personal interest with then president Bill Lane. The club produced another Pennsy-based freight car which also proved to be a success.



1993 NASG Convention car - a PRR x41b Service Merchandise Car

PRR x41b Service Merchandise Car

  Made for us by Pacific Rail Shops for the NMRA/NASG convention.

Prototype x41b Service Merchandise car

  Prototype photo used as the model for the car

The car was sold as a kit with either scale or hi-rail trucks & couplers. The car featured an elaborate four color paint scheme: Pennsy Freight Car Red, Toluibine Red "Merchandise Service" lettering and herald, and an aluminum stripe through the door outlined with white stripes. The car was unique as it was the first Pacific Rail Shops car that had a stripe painted through the door. The car was produced in five numbers; 1993, 118721, 118508, 118502 and 118863.

Advertising for the car read as: "The South Jersey 'S' Scalers and Pacific Rail Shops are pleased to announce the release of the early scheme of the Pennsylvania Railroad's X41b fifty-foot Merchandise Service box car. This car interchanged with other railroads throughout the country in less-than-carload service starting in the late 1940's." The car sold for $39.00



1995 PRR x37b forty-foot double-door Automobile transport car

PRR x37b forty-foot double-door Automobile transport car

  Made for us by Pacific Rail Shops.

Prototype x37b Automobile transport car

  Prototype photo used as the model for the car

The PRR x37b automobile cars kits were produced in two seperate runs as our 5th Anniversary Commemorative Car. The first run was done in the fall of 1994, and the second run was commissioned in the fall of 1995. John Verser was the owner of Pacific Rail Shops at that time, and he contracted with "Middle Division" to do the artwork for the cars. The cars sold for $35.00 as either hi-rail or scale.

The first run of 150 cars was done in six road numbers: 66913, 67368, 65146, 66974, 64709, 64707.

  • 75 cars had "Return when Empty to PRR DETROIT MICH" with number 66913 printed on them.
  • 75 cars had five other car numbers printed on the sides and ends.

The second run of cars consisted of 212 cars with the following numbers and lettering:

  • 64 cars had "Buy War Bonds" with number 64958
  • 49 cars had "Return when Empty to South Buffalo Ry. Co. Buffalo N.Y." with number 67368
  • 49 cars had "Return when Empty to PRR Midvale Phila" with number 65146
  • 50 cars had only road number 66974 printed on them.


SJSG Club cars based on Downs Model Railroad flat cars.

Russ Downs signs flat car

  Russ Downs of DMR.     Photo by Dan DeSantis.

The club purchased all of the last run of reproduction American Flyer PRR flat cars painted by Russ Downs (of Downs Model Railroad) before he sold the company. The club organized a committee to devise several loads we could add to the cars for resale. Russ signed six of his flat cars for us that we've used as club member recognition awards (we have 2 left!)

We added the loads to the cars based on members input:


  • Year 2000: PRR flat with Jeep load. We made 30 cars with 3 Army jeeps on pallets per car. A couple of club members spotted a box full of matchbox jeeps at a local train show, and bought the whole collection. Club members had a jeep-painting party and dressed them up. DMR supplied us with the star decals for the jeeps.
PRR flat with Jeep load

  Russ repainted AM Flyer flat cars and lettered them for the PRR.     Photo by Dan DeSantis.

Jeep loads before & after painting

  A "before and after" look at the jeep loads.     Photo by Hank Worrell.


  • Year 2001: PRR flat with tarp load. Cars were made up with simulated tarp-covered loads; armature & turbine, 2 generators, armature & crate, or a large shaft.
PRR flat tarp covered loads

  Flat cars were made for us by Downs Model Railroad. Club members supplied the loads.     Photo by Michael McConnell.



  • Year 2001: PRR flat with tender load, A prototype was seen at Steamtown.
PRR flat with tender load

  Flat cars were made for us by Downs Model Railroad. Club members supplied the loads.     Photo by Hank Worrell.



  • Year 2001: PRR flat with track load. We produced several cars with lengths of Gargraves track. They did not sell that well.
PRR flat with Gargraves track load

  Flat cars were made for us by Downs Model Railroad. Club members supplied the loads.     Photo by Dan DeSantis.




Current SJSG Club Car Project

For our most recent club car project, Click here.