At the very apex of the Roaring Twenties, just months before 1929 stock market crash, the Central of New Jersey Railroad inaugurated its twice-daily Blue Comet service between Jersey City and Atlantic City. Heading the fast, luxurious trains were the CNJ's nearly-new Baldwin-built class G-3 heavy Pacifics. Like most railroads in the 1920s, the CNJ had been forced to buy larger motive power to cope with heavier steel trains and increasing patronage. Aging fleets of 4-4-0s, 4-4-2s, and 4-6-0s had become inadequate as business expanded, and the 4-6-2 Pacific type became the standard fast passenger engine on many railroads.
Five G-3 Pacifics headed up the Jersey's famed passenger trains. Three locomotives - painted in a beautiful blue livery with nickel trim and numbered 831, 832 and 833 - covered The Blue Comet's fast schedule along the Jersey shoreline. A fourth G-3, No. 834, was painted green and sped The Bullet between New York City and Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. The fifth locomotive, No. 835, wore gleaming black paint and hauled The Queen of the Valley, a deluxe train from New York City to Harrisburg.
Following on the heels of the 1999 M.T.H. RailKing Blue Comet, the green Bullet and the black Queen of the Valley debut in 2005. Sporting additional detail and the incredible power and performance of Proto-Soundr 2.0, these locomotives could well be the smoothest running steam engines on your roster. Certainly M.T.H.'s patented synchronized puffing smoke and Proto-Speed Control are unmatched by any other manufacturer and give the G-3 a level of performance you have to see to believe.