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Table of Models of CNJ Steam Locomotives              - updated end-Mar 2006

There are virtually no plastic models of CNJ steam locomotive prototypes (the USRA 0-6-0 and M1 Mikado are the exceptions), although there are some old die-cast 4-6-0 models. Only about half of the other steam that the CNJ ran is available in brass.   Because many of the production runs were short, prices can be high. By far the best place to find these models is on eBay. Prices given are the average  and the range (minimum to maximum) over the last five years - not all examples have been included as I haven't been doing this continuously - hence the 'no. on eBay' column is relative only. Prices haven't changed much over this period.

Key:

brass models

plastic & die-cast metal models

kitbashing reference

Articles on kitbashing with contributions by other are also available and now on the Kitbashes page. (David Grover adds some comments on Cole trailers.) There is a Railroad Model Craftsman article on kitbashing a CNJ 0-6-0 B6s by Alan Mende which is referenced below. Finally Lee Town produced a number of kits to adapt commercial plastic models to CNJ prototypes  - although no longer in production they still come up on eBay. Robert McGlone provides photos of his E2 0-8-0 modified with a Lee Town kit (See kitbashes).

  SWITCHERS
                   0-6-0 light switchers
 

1919
Class

Quantity Years Builder no. on eBay eBay
prices

0-6-0 Camelbacks
B2 40 1989 OMI 14 $600
$365 - $900
B3 40 1989 OMI
B3a 40 1989 OMI
B3b/B4 40 1989 OMI

0-6-0 rear cabs - USRA standard

B5 n/a - AHM

>25

 $15-30

B5 n/a 2005 LIfe-Like P2K $265 -
B6s

Article in Railroad Model Craftsman, November, 1999 by Alan Mende gives information on kitbashing a B6s prototype from the USRA model. See kitbashes for photo.

n/a

0-6-0 rear cabs - Wooten firebox

B7s not available
           55  0-8-0 heavy switchers

n/a

0-8-0 Camelbacks
E1 not available

Very similar body profile to 4-8-0; also similar to 4-6-0

lt0-8-0kit.jpg (63420 bytes)

0-8-0 rear cabs - Wooten firebox

E2s/E3s not available
E4s/E4sa

Lee Town conversion kit for 0-8-0 switchers (Mantua/IHC) to E2 and E3. See kitbashes for result.

9

$25-55

 Very similar body profile to 4-8-0; also similar to 4-6-0
  FREIGHT
                         drag freight hogs

1919
Class

Quantity Years Builder no. on eBay eBay
prices

n/a

2-8-0 camelback
I6as not available

Very similar body profile to 4-8-0

n/a

2-8-0 camelback
I4s not available

4-8-0.jpg (18964 bytes)

4-8-0 camelback
K1 175 1985 DaiYng 9 $500
$330 - $635
K1s/K1as

?

1990 PSC 6 $630
$530 - $795
                 high-speed Mikados

1919
Class

Quantity Years Builder no. on eBay eBay
prices

2-8-2 M1 USRA heavy - BLI 2.jpg (10441 bytes)

2-8-2 rear cabs - USRA standard heavy
M1s n/a 2004 BLI

20

$165
$135-190

not brass - from Broadway Limited Imports


2-8-2.jpg (18921 bytes)2-8-2m3as.jpg (18827 bytes)

2-8-2 rear cabs - Wooten firebox

M2s very similar to M2as
M2as 55 1987 OMI 17 $880
$740 - 1,225
M3s 145 1987 OMI (top)
M3as 100 1987

OMI (bottom)

Click here for instructions for converting a Rivarossi Mikado to a CNJ M2/3 - by Victor Roseman and Doug Hunt.

  PASSENGER
                            suburban tanks

1919
Class

Quantity Years Builder no. on eBay eBay
prices

n/a

2-6-2T tank engines

J1 not available

4-6-4T 5.jpg (98375 bytes)

4-6-4T tank engines
H1s ? 1968/71 Hunt/ModW

13

$275
$170 - $405
H1s 475 1969 PFM

20

 $345
$240 - $455
           commuter/mixed traffic

1919
Class

Quantity Years Builder no. on eBay eBay
prices

4-4-2reading.jpg (11398 bytes)

4-4-2 camelback
P6s 300 1983/9 OMI/CustB

7

$430
$370-455

This is a model of a Reading P5 - it is nearly identical to the CNJ P7 which had "Reading" windows and were scrapped late '30s.

n/a

4-6-0 camelback
L4s not available

n/a

4-6-0 camelback                       ex-Reading L3sc
L3s not available

4-6-0 painted.jpg (21597 bytes)
4-6-0 HO Train 2.jpg (31864 bytes)

4-6-0 camelback
L6as 1400 1971

Red Ball

45

$335
$205 - $5
25

L7s/L7as/L8s ? ?

Key

3 $720
$505 - $1,230
L6 ? ? International 9 $155
$80 - $230
L6 die-cast metal

HO train co.

29 $65*
$6 - $150

Red Ball L6as (top). HO Train Co. (bottom). The International brass ten-wheeler is not as close to the prototypes as the others.
* two others went for over $200 and $300 respectively - mad!!

                          express Pacifics              

1919
Class

Quantity Years Builder no. on eBay eBay
prices

reading.jpg (32483 bytes)

4-6-2 rear cabs - Wooten firebox

G1sa ? ? Cust B/OMI

5

$485
$395 - $585

G2sa ? 1980 Empire 6 $405
$310 - $600

This is a Reading G2sa which is very similar to the CNJ Pacific

4-6-2bc.jpg (14451 bytes)
4-6-2.jpg (10382 bytes)

4-6-2 rear cabs - Wooten firebox

G3s/G4s ? recent OMI

11

$930
$555 - $1,550

This is available as the "Blue Comet" or in black

Click here for instructions for converting a Rivarossi/Mantua Pacific to a CNJ G3s/G4s - by Doug Hunt

This table has been assembled from several sources including the "Brown Book of Brass Locomotives" - 3rd ed. John Glaab, Krause Publications, 1994;   "Locomotives of the Jersey Central" - Crater & Owen; and the eBay auction site.  Locomotives are grouped here on appearance as in the tables on the Steam page,  The photos are almost exclusively from eBay.

This table summarises all the available models of (mainly brass) CNJ steam locomotive - and includes a couple of very similar models of Reading prototypes.    The classes have been grouped by appearance for modelling purposes as in the tables on the Steam page.


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