Remembering the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines

FREIGHT CARS WITH A LOCAL CONNECTION

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A light gray covered hopper (photo, upper right) was added in 2017 and has markings for the “Northwest Magnesite Plant”, which was located in Lower Township, near the borough of Cape May Point.  The site was adjacent to Sunset Beach, a popular tourist attraction on the Delaware Bay which features the remains of a sunken concrete ship which ran aground a few hundred yards from shore. The magnesite plant was built during World War II and was operational until 1982.  Rail service to the area ceased in July of 1983.

The flatcar (photo, middle right) is maroon and has PRSL markings in white.  It features cargo containers destined for Hunts Pier, a very popular former amusement pier on the world-famous Wildwood Boardwalk.

In 2019, an M.T.H. Proto3 locomotive was added to the series.  The PRSL AS-616 (photo, below left) replicates a typical engine that the PRSL used for both freight and passenger service, as shown in the photo (below right) taken September 2, 1965, in Haddonfield, New Jersey.  (Photo Credit: Roger Puta)

O Gauge MTH PRSL covered hopper car marked for the Northwest Magnesite Plant in Cape May Point, NJ
O Gauge PRSL Flat Car carrying two crates
Photo of the layout with the PRSL-AS616 Locomotive pulling passenger cars across a girder bridge.
Photo of a real (full-size) PRSL locomotive pulling two passenger cars.

Photo Credit: Roger Puta

Photo of a Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Line (PRSL) emblem