Nov 25, 2013

Choo Choo History

A reader from the last post asked if any history was available on the engine shown above. This off-rail locomotive, built on an automotive chassis, was produced by the shop of CNJ in 1955 for parades and celebrations.  It's shown above at the National Model Railroader's Convention, in May of that year. By 1956, the air-horns shown in the previous post were added.

Thanks to Mark Rabenold and Dave Beazley, local railroad historians.


Anonymous said...

Many thanks, Michael!

I was that inquiring poster. My memory of that 'train' from boyhood has stuck with me for all these years. I was beginning to think there never was such a train.

As I grow older, fondness for such images grows. Those seemed like such wonderful, innocent times. Perhaps, only to a boy from a poor family.

Anonymous said...

Thats right MM
your arcaick stories are found memories of allentowns pasts. Considering are current situation here in allentown pa were hope is an afterthought?