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All Aboard for Free 'Ride' on Blue Comet at Camden County College


An operating model train exhibit and memorabilia display will combine with a documentary film about a historic Central Railroad of New Jersey train during an afternoon and evening event at Camden County College on March 3.


The South Jersey Railroad Display Club is providing the exhibit and display that will complement the screening of “DeLuxe: The Tale of the Blue Comet.” The entire event is being presented by CCC’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility in the Connector Building on the Blackwood Campus in Gloucester Township. All components of the event are free and open to the public.


From noon to 6:30 p.m., the Connector’s Atrium will host scale models of the Blue Comet train, a modular layout of the Atlantic City Line, a tabletop display of Lionel trains and a Garden Rail display of trains operating around the exhibits at floor level. Railroad-themed books and publications, featuring articles on what was known as the “Seashore’s Finest Train,” will round out the display.


At 7 p.m., filmmaker Robert A. Emmons Jr. – a Camden County College alumnus who is the associate dean of the Honors College at Rutgers–Camden – will introduce his documentary “DeLuxe.” The Blue Comet ran from Jersey City to Atlantic City from 1929 to 1941 on the Central Railroad. Known for its distinctive locomotive and blue-and-cream passenger cars, the Blue Comet was the pinnacle of travel to the Jersey Shore as well as one of the most memorable models created by the Lionel model train company.


Emmons will host a question-and-answer discussion after the screening. Both the screening and the discussion will take place in the Connector’s Civic Hall auditorium.


For additional information about the event or to attend, contact the Camden County College Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, via e-mail at or online at

Published: February 23, 2011