Remembering the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines


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The covered hopper (photo, upper right) 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) has PRSL markings and 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)

A 4-bay PRSL Hopper has recently joined the series (photos soon!), and a PRSL Caboose is planned for early 2020.

A detailed history of the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines can be found on Wikipedia.