Strates on CSXPhoto posted to FaceBook by Marty Biniasz.

The James E. Strates Shows

By the 1920’s the Warren Tank Car Company of Warren, Pennsylvania, and the Mt. Vernon Car Manufacturing Company of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, were the principle providers of the steel circus flat cars.  In 1926, both these companies were competing heavily to get circuses to convert from the 60 foot cars to their new 70 and 72 foot flats.

The 70 foot Mount Vernon flat cars can be distinguished by the pot belly sides with  ribs. The 72 foot Warren flat car had no ribs and gently arcing sides on both top and bottom. In the image at right, a Warren flat is in the foreground and the next flat is a Mount Vernon.

The JES acquired numerous truss-rod heavyweight passenger cars in 1948 from the Ringling Brothers. [Smith]

In 1967, modern 85' flats started replacing older Warren and Mt. Vernon flats. [p61, Goldsack] This effort was completed in 1971. [p68, Goldsack] As of 1972 there were (38) 85' piggy-back flats and one Warren flat used as the loading car.

The light weight era started in 1968 with the arrival of two Rock Island baggage cars built by Budd. The two Elephant cars were retired and donated to the Circus World Museum.  [Smith] As lightweight passenger cars replaced heavyweight cars, the same road number was typlically assigned.

In June 1972, while in Wilkes-Barre, the entire train was flooded by Hurricane Agnes.

In 1972, while in Elmira, the JES acquired six Pullmans and a dining car from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, to replace cars damaged in the preceding flood. [p.70, Goldsack]

In 1983, JES acquired ten cars, including five of the original Auto-Train bi-level automobile carriers, an original Auto-Train caboose, and four piggyback flats. The plan was to convert the auto carriers into sleeping quarters, but that never materialized and the cars were scrapped. [p.79, Goldsack]

In 1987, JES acquired seven coaches and a baggage car from the defunct Royal American Shows and replaced cars acquired from Erie-Lackawanna in 1972. The baggage car was refitted as a generator car. [p. 84, Goldsack]

The JESX reporting mark was not in use until 2003 [Smith].

Dates in parenthesis indicate dates of known photos, for differentiating eras of cars with identical road numbers or where dates on/off roster are not known. Two main sources are http://www.rrpicturearchives.net and http://passcarphotos.rypn.org.

The IHC cars produced in JES are inaccurate as they represent Pullman 12-1 and 8-1-2 plans.

For now, this is a continual work in progress. The JES tended to rename their coaches every year to correspond with the shows on their schedule. Sometimes the same name would move from one physical car to another. 

Corrections and additions are welcome, with references, please. Thank you.

Road #   Years
Active
Type   Notes   Available Models
JESX 1 1936 - 1972 Passenger Car

ELIZABETH (1942) [p. 13, 23,Goldsack]
STRATESVILLE (1957 [Goldsack], 1966)
<no name> (1967) [Smith]

The history of this car dates back to the 1880's when it was named the "Sinco" and owned by oilman Harry Sinclair of the Sinclair Oil Company. The interior featured a mahogany paneled dining & sitting room, four sleeping compartments and a lounge for entertaining. Strates bought the car in 1936 and it served as a family living quarters, an office and an entertainment center for visiting fair officials, businessmen and celebrities along the route. The car was retired in the early 1970s following water damage occurred during Hurricane Agnes and was replace by our current office car, JESX #21, a former Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad business car. The more modern JESX #21 is currently preserved at our Winter Quarters in Orlando. (Strates Shows]

Named Elizabeth for his daughter, the car had five staterooms, an observation room, butler’s pantry, and bathroom with shower. [Trains]

Burned at Winter Quarters 19xx. [Hall]

Heavyweight 

 
1973 - 1986

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (1978)

Ex-Erie PRIDE OF YOUNGSTOWN. Built by Pullman, plan 4186B [10 roomettes, 5 double bedrooms]. [p. 104, Goldsack]

Lightweight

Walthers 
1987 - (2009)

ANDERSON SOUTH CAROLINA [p. 93, Goldsack] (1995, 1996)

Ex-Royal American Shows, Illinois Central.

Lightweight 

 
JESX 2 1956 - 1972 Passenger Car

SYRACUSE (1957, 1967, 1970)

Ex-Pullman PALM LANE, built 1929, plan 3975C; 3975H (10/18/32) [1 drawing room, 3 compartments, buffet, lounge, sunroom]. EM air conditioning added in 1934. Painted for Seaboard Air Line in 1951. Sold to JES 8/23/1956. [Pullman Project] 

Built in 1929 by Pullman in Lot #6217 to Plan #3975C as the PALM LANE, a 3C-1DR sleeper-buffet lounge solarium observation, 1 of 8 such cars built in that Lot. 4 of these cars were built for the DIXIE FLYER with DIXIE-series names and delivered in late December 1928. The other 4 cars were built for the SEMINOLE LIMITED with PALM-series names and delivered in January 1929. One car, the PALM CITY, was wrecked in January 1947 at Perham, MN, on the NP. At the 12/31/1948 divestiture, 6 of these cars were sold to the PRR in the #854x-series. The PALM LANE was retained by Pullman until sold in August 1956 to James E. Strates Shows as the #2 SYRACUSE (1st). Strates later retired the car, and it went to the Central New York Chapter NRHS. In January 2013, the Chapter leased the SYRACUSE to Iowa Pacific on a long-term basis, and in return, IP is leasing a D&RGW business car to the Chapter, which has been put on display in place of the SYRACUSE. (RRPictureArchives.net]

Donated to CNY NRHS in 1972 after car was in a flood in Wilkes-Barre, PA. In 2012, the car was leased to Iowa Pacific Corp. Offered for sale on Ozark Mountain Railcar on 11/17/21. (web)

Heavyweight 

Walthers 
 1973 - 1986

RALEIGH NORTH CAROLINA, RALEIGH NC (1978)

Ex-Delaware, Lackawanna & Western KITTATINNY. Built by ACF, plan 9008 [10 roomettes, 6 double bedrooms]. [p. 104, Goldsack]

Lightweight

Hallmark
(brass) 
1987 - (2015)

SYRACUSE NEW YORK [p. 93, Goldsack] (1995, 1997 [eBay], 2005, 2006)

Lightweight  

 
JESX 3 1956 - (1970>) Passenger Car

RALEIGH (1957 scheme [Mike Kopischke], 1966, 1967)
HAMBURG (1970)

Plan 2540 [7 compartments, buffet, lounge, open platform]; Smith] Either CONNEAUT or PAINESVILLE listed below.

Nine plan 2540 cars were built to this plan in 1911. Pullman photo 13608, which can be found in Arthur D. Dubin’s Some Classic Trains, illustrates a representative car, PAINESVILLE. A significant feature was that the door from the lounge to the rear platform was offset to the left side, not in the center of the car. The car held 8 compartments and a lounge, but no buffet. See William Foster’s 1923 calendar painting “As the Centuries Pass in the Night” for an illustration. [Passenger Car List]

Four of eight surviving cars were rebuilt to plan 2540D in 1937, with an enclosed vestibule replacing the open platform, a pediment rear end, type UC brake systems and air conditioning. Pullman photos 40892 and 40893, available from Bob’s Photos, illustrate this. The door from the lounge to the vestibule was moved to the center. The accommodations were not changed at this time. [Passenger Car List]

Four cars, including CONNEAUT, GENEVA and PAINESVILLE, were modified to plan 2540F, also in 1938, with a buffet replacing the last compartment, but no change in external appearance, particularly window arrangement. They were assigned to the Atlantic Coast Line. This included CONNEAUT. [Passenger Car List]

In 1945, the CONNEAUT carried Franklin D. Roosevelt's body from Warm Springs, Ga.

Heavyweight 

 
1973 - 1987

SYRACUSE NEW YORK
WINSTON SALEM NORTH CAROLINA (1978)

Ex-Delaware, Lackawanna & Western TUNKHANNOCK. Built by ACF, plan 9008 [10 roomettes, 6 double bedrooms]. [p. 93, 104, Goldsack]

Lightweight

Hallmark
(brass) 
1987 - (1996)

HOLLYWOOD FLORIDA (1994)
<no name> (1995)
HALLANDALE FLORIDA (1996)
GAITHERSBURG MARYLAND (2005 - 2009)

Ex-Royal American Shows; Illinois Central #2682. Modified coach (P2678-class) converted to crew car. 

Heavyweight 

 
JESX 4 1956 - 1972 Passenger Car

YORK (1957 scheme [Mike Kopischke], 1963, 1966, 1967)
DUNKIRK (1970)

Ex-Pullman SUNSHINE, Seaboard Air Line #4115, Atlantic Coast Line #1116, Royal American Shows. Built 1927, plan 3975B; 3975E (4/24/30); 3975N (12/18/34); 3975S (11/23/37); 3975W (11/24/39); 3975E-1 (3/9/49) [1 drawing room, 3 compartments, buffet, lounge, sunroom]. PM air conditioning added in 1934. Painted for SEABOARD AIR LINE, 1951. Sold to JES 8/23/1956. [Pullman Project]

Heavyweight

Walthers 
1973 - 1986

CLEARFIELD PENN (1978)
YORK PENNSYLVANIA (1978, 1981)
HAMBURG NEW YORK (1981)
SAVANNAH GEORGIA (1989 [eBay])

Ex-Delaware, Lackawanna & Western POCONO. Built by ACF, plan 9008 [10 roomettes, 6 double bedrooms]. [p. 104, Goldsack]

Lightweight

Hallmark
(brass) 
1987 - (2009)

ALBANY GEORGIA [p. 48, 93, Goldsack] (1995, 1996, 2005)

Ex-Seaboard Coast Line; Atlantic Coast Line. Coach converted to crew car.

 
JESX 5 1956 - (1970+) Passenger Car

HAMBURG (1963, 1966, 1967)
RALEIGH (1970)

Ex-Pullman. Plan 3959 [3 compartment, 2 drawing room, observation]. Either CRYSTAL FALLS/GOLDEN FALLS or GOLDEN LAKE listed below.

Heavyweight 

Walthers 
1973 - 1986

LANDOVER MARYLAND (1983)

Ex-Delaware, Lackawanna & Western LACKAWANNA. Built by ACF, plan 9008 [10 roomettes, 6 double bedrooms]. [p. 104, Goldsack]

Lightweight

Hallmark
(brass) 
1987 - (2009)

WINSTON-SALEM NORTH CAROLINA (1995, 1996, 2004, 2009) [p. 93, Goldsack]
WINSTON-SALEM N C (2004)

Ex-Royal American Shows, Illinois Central.

 
JESX 6 1956 - 1972 Passenger Car

CLEARFIELD (1966, 1967, 1970)

Plan 2540 [7 compartment lounge observation]. Gutted and turned into a bunk car. [Smith] 

Ex-Pullman GENEVA. [Jim Dillman, Strates Shows]

Ex-Pullman GENEVA, New York Central, Built 1911, plan 2540; 2540D (7/29/37); 2540F (12/15/38) [7 compartments, buffet, lounge, open platform]. Built for use on the New York Central in 20th Century Limited service. Ice air conditioning added in 1937. Displaced in 1938 and had regular assignment on the Atlantic Coast Line through 1953. Rode on 242 trucks. Sold to JES 8/23/1956. [Pullman Project]

Nine plan 2540 cars were built to this plan in 1911. Pullman photo 13608, which can be found in Arthur D. Dubin’s Some Classic Trains, illustrates a representative car, PAINESVILLE. A significant feature was that the door from the lounge to the rear platform was offset to the left side, not in the center of the car. The car held 8 compartments and a lounge, but no buffet. See William Foster’s 1923 calendar painting “As the Centuries Pass in the Night” for an illustration. [Passenger Car List]

Four eight surviving cars were rebuilt to plan 2540D in 1937, with an enclosed vestibule replacing the open platform, a pediment rear end, type UC brake systems and air conditioning. Pullman photos 40892 and 40893, available from Bob’s Photos, illustrate this. The door from the lounge to the vestibule was moved to the center. The accommodations were not changed at this time. [Passenger Car List]

Four cars, including CONNEAUT, GENEVA and PAINESVILLE, were modified to plan 2540F, also in 1938, with a buffet replacing the last compartment, but no change in external appearance, particularly window arrangement. They were assigned to the Atlantic Coast Line. This included CONNEAUT. [Passenger Car List]

Heavyweight 

 
1973 - (1978) Diner

HAMBURG NEW YORK

Ex-Erie-Lackawanna #769.  [p.104, Goldsack] Also called the "pie car". [p.48, Goldsack]

Lightweight

 
(1990) - (2013) Flat Car    
JESX 7 1959 -  (1970+) Passenger Car

BROCKTON (1966)
PHILADELPHIA (1967) [Smith]
NASHVILLE (1970)

Ex-Pullman. Plan 3523 [6 compartments, 3 drawing room]. Either COLERIDGE, COLE, GLEN FERRY or GLEN LODGE listed below.

Heavyweight

Atlas (ex-Branchline)

Walthers

 
1972 - (2009) - [<2015]

ORLANDO FLORIDA (1975)
HAMBURG, NEW YORK [p. 93, Goldsack] (1989, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009)
JAMES FRANCIS JONES

Ex-Pennsylvania Railroad WILLIAM WALLACE ATTERBURY. Built 1949, Plan 4134 [2 drawing rooms, 1, compartment, 1 double bedroom]. Sold 1967. James E Strates renumbered to 8975 by 2015.

By 2015, renumbered to JESX 8975, below.

Lightweight 

Walthers 
 

no name (2008)

Ex-Long Island RR #2926. Pullman-built 1955, class P72 120 seat non-MU coach.

Lightweight

 
JESX 8 1956 - (1970+) Passenger Car

DANVILLE (1963, 1966)
ANDERSON (1967) [Smith]
YORK (1970)

Ex-Pullman AMERICAN FORD, built 1914, plan 2521A; 2521J (3/16/33)[10 sections, observation, lounge]. Built for service on the Missouri Pacific. Reassigned to the Denver & Rio Grande Western in 1937. Assigned to the Great Northern in 1942 and then to pool service in 1945. Ice air conditioning added in 1935. Sold to JES 8/23/1956. [Pullman Project]

Partition added internally. Detroit diesel and genset added between partition and onto the back platform with fuel tank. The rest of the interior remained intact. [Jim Dillman, Strates Shows]

Heavyweight

Union Station Products (sides)
(2008) - (2011) Flat Car    
JESX 9 1956 - (1970+) Passenger Car

<no name> (1966) [Smith]
WINSTON-SALEM (1967, 1970)
SHELBY (1963)

Ex-Pullman. Plan 3988 [1 drawing room, 1 single bedroom, buffet, lounge, solarium]. Either SANDUSKY VALLEY / MASSACHUSETTS or VERMILLION VALLEY listed below.

Heavyweight 

Coach Yard (brass) 
(2009) - (2010) Flat Car    
JESX 10 1956 - (1970+) Passenger Car

FLORENCE (1957 scheme) [Kopischke]
ROCHESTER (1963, 1966, 1967)
HARRINGTON (1970) 

Ex-Pullman. Plan 3959 [3 compartment, 2 drawing room, lounge, observation]. Either CRYSTAL FALLS/GOLDEN FALLS or GOLDEN LAKE listed below.

Heavyweight 

Walthers 
(1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]  
(2009) - (2010)    
JESX 11 1956 - 1972 Passenger Car

CHARLESTON (1957 scheme)
<no name> (1966) [Smith]
SAVANNAH (1967, 1970) [Smith]

Plan 2540 [7 compartment lounge observation]. Gutted and turned into a bunk car. Rode on 242A trucks. [Smith] Either CONNEAUT or PAINESVILLE listed below, based on trucks.

Nine plan 2540 cars were built to this plan in 1911. Pullman photo 13608, which can be found in Arthur D. Dubin’s Some Classic Trains, illustrates a representative car, PAINESVILLE. A significant feature was that the door from the lounge to the rear platform was offset to the left side, not in the center of the car. The car held 8 compartments and a lounge, but no buffet. See William Foster’s 1923 calendar painting “As the Centuries Pass in the Night” for an illustration. [Passenger Car List]

Four of eight surviving cars were rebuilt to plan 2540D in 1937, with an enclosed vestibule replacing the open platform, a pediment rear end, type UC brake systems and air conditioning. Pullman photos 40892 and 40893, available from Bob’s Photos, illustrate this. The door from the lounge to the vestibule was moved to the center. The accommodations were not changed at this time. [Passenger Car List]

Four cars, including CONNEAUT, GENEVA and PAINESVILLE, were modified to plan 2540F, also in 1938, with a buffet replacing the last compartment, but no change in external appearance, particularly window arrangement. They were assigned to the Atlantic Coast Line. This included CONNEAUT. [Passenger Car List]

In 1945, the CONNEAUT carried Franklin D. Roosevelt's body from Warm Springs, Ga.

Heavyweight 

 
(1981) - (2010) Flat Car    
JESX 12 1959 - 1972 Diner

Ex-Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac WASHINGTON. Built 1913, Lot 4200. Air conditioning added in 1934. Renamed ALEANDRIA in 1941. Acquired in 1959. [Smith/RF&P Historical Society] Also called the "pie car". 

Heavyweight

 
(1990) - (2009)    Flat Car    
JESX 13 1948 - 1957 Passenger Car

CORNING (1957 [Passenger Car List])

Ex-Ringling Brothers/Barnum Bailey SARASOTA, previously FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE, previously HAGENBECK-WALLACE. [Smith]

Destroyed by fire at Messena in 1957. [p.43, Goldsack]

 
(1967) - before 1967 Flat Car Warren [Smith]  
(1967) - (2010)    
JESX 14 1959 - (1970+) Passenger Car

PHILADELPHIA (1966) [Smith]
<no name> (1967) [Smith]
FLORENCE (1967)
DANVILLE (1970)
IONIA

Ex-Atlantic Coast Line. Plan 3523 [6 compartment 3 bedroom]. Either COLERIDGE, COLE, GLEN FERRY or GLEN LODGE listed below.

Heavyweight 

Atlas (ex-Branchline)

Walthers

 
(1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]  
(1999) - (2010)    
JESX 15 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]  
(1999) - (2011)    
JESX 16 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]  
(2009) - (2011)    
JESX 17 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]   
(2009) - (2011)    
JESX 18 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Mount Vernon flat [Smith]

Ex Hagenbeck-Wallace [Smith]

 
(1978) - 1986 Baggage Car

ALBANY GEORGIA
SYRACUSE NEW YORK (1983 [eBay])

Mail-baggage car used as a generator-workshop car. 

Lightweight 

 
1987 - (2011)

<no name> (1989, 2004, 2011)

Ex-ATSF. PS corrugated generator car rblt. from baggage - express. 

Lightweight, fluted stainless steel

 
JESX 19 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Mount Vernon flat [Smith]

Ex Hagenbeck-Wallace [Smith]

 
(1999) - (2010)    
JESX 20 (1987) - (2010) Flat Car    
JESX 21 (1965) - (2013) Passenger Car

<no name> (1965, 1995) [perhaps during re-painting]
ORLANDO FLORIDA (1981 [eBay], 1999, 2005, 2007)

Ex-Chesapeake & Ohio #21. Observation used by Strates family.

Lightweight 

 
(1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Mount Vernon flat [Smith]

Ex Hagenbeck-Wallace [Smith]

 
JESX 22 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]   
(2009) - (2013)    
JESX 23 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]   
(2009) - (2011) Ex-TTX.   
JESX 24 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]   
(2008) - (2011)    
JESX 25 (1946) - before 1971 Flat Car Mount Vernon flat (1946 [Goldsack])  
(1967) - before 1971 Warren [Smith]   
(2007) - (2010)    
JESX 26 (1953) - (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Mount Vernon flat (1953, 1967 [Smith])

Ex Hagenbeck-Wallace [Smith]

 
(1996) - (2016)    
JESX 27 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Mount Vernon flat [Smith]

Ex Hagenbeck-Wallace [Smith]

 
(2009) - (2013)    
JESX 28 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Mount Vernon flat [Smith]

Ex Hagenbeck-Wallace [Smith]

 
(2007) - (2010)    
JESX 29 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]   
(1967) - (2013)    
JESX 30 (1990) - (2011) Flat Car    
JESX 31 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]    
(1978) - (2011)    
JESX 32 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]   
(2007) - (2012)    
JESX 33 (1953) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren flat (1953)  
(2009) - (2015)    
JESX 34 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]   
(1990) - (2010)    
JESX 35 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]   
(2009) - (2011)    
JESX 36 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]   
(2008) - (2011)    
JESX 37 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car    
(2008) - (2016)    
JESX 38   Flat Car Warren [Smith]   
(1987) - (2013)    
JESX 39 (1996) - Present Flat Car

Warren [Smith] (1996, 2004)

Ramp car. Lettered "Big John".

 
JESX 40 (1999) Flat Car    
JESX 41 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Mount Vernon flat [Smith]

Ex Hagenbeck-Wallace [Smith]

 
(2009) - (2010)    
JESX 42 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]  
(2009) - (2011)    
JESX 43 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]  
(2009) - (2011)    
JESX 44 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]  
(2009) - (2016)    
JESX 45 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]  
(2009) - (2010)    
JESX 47 (1963) - 1967 Stock Car

(1965)

Retired in 1968. [Passenger Car List]

Walthers 
1968 - >1974 Baggage Car

Ex-Rock Island #800 Budd 1939 [baggage-RPO] or Rock Island #802 P-S 1947 baggage RPO]; see also, #49. Acquired in 1968. [Passenger Car List]

Housed 300 KW Cat., Light Plant & Train Crew Quarters. [p.104, Goldsack]

Still in service as of 1974. [Passenger Car List]

 
(1990) - (2016) Flat Car    
JESX 48 (1973) Tavern Lounge Ex-New York Central business car. [p. 104, Goldsack]  
(2008) - (2013) Flat Car    
JESX 49 (1987) - (1989) Flat Car    
JESX 49 (1963) - 1967 Stock Car

(1965)

Ex-Rock Island #800 Budd 1939 [baggage-RPO] or Rock Island #802 P-S 1947 baggage RPO]; see also, #47. Acquired in 1968. [Passenger Car List]

Walthers 
(2008) - (2010) Flat Car    
JESX 50 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]  
(2008) - (2011)    
JESX 51 1994 - (2020) Passenger Car

HARRINGTON NEW YORK
HARRINGTON DELAWARE [p. 93, Goldsack] (1996, 1997)
PAMPANO BEACH FLORIDA (2004)

Ex-Royal American Shows, Illinois Central. P2679-class coach rblt. to house car.

Heavyweight 

 
JESX 52 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car Warren [Smith]  
(1990 - 2008) Passenger Car

HARRINGTON DELAWARE (1990)
RALEIGH NORTH CAROLINA (1995, 1996, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2008)

Ex-Royal American Shows, Seaboard Coast Line, Atlantic Coast Lines. Coach rblt. to house car.

Heavyweight 

 
JESX 53 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Mount Vernon flat [Smith]

Ex Hagenbeck-Wallace [Smith]

 
1989 - (2006) Caboose

[p. 85, Goldsack] (1998, 2006)

Ex-B&O caboose C-3833 was one of 97 steel bay window cabooses built by the International Car Company in Kenton, Ohio, in 1975. These cars were the first cabooses to be painted in the yellow Chessie System scheme. The C-3833 became the 903833, and it was burned up at Strates' storage site in Taft, FL. [Smith]

Tangent Scale Models 
JESX 54 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Mount Vernon flat [Smith]

Ex Hagenbeck-Wallace [Smith]

 
(1989) - (2010) Ex-TTX.   
JESX 55 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Mount Vernon flat [Smith]

Ex Hagenbeck-Wallace [Smith]

 
(2008) - (2010)    
JESX 56 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Mount Vernon flat [Smith]

Ex Hagenbeck-Wallace [Smith]

 
(1995) - (2011)    
JESX 57 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Keith

Ex-Clyde Beaty

 
JESX 58 (1967) - before 1971 Flat Car

Keith

Ex-Clyde Beaty

 
(2008) - (2013) Ex-TTX.   
JESX 59 (2008) - (2013) Flat Car  89'  
JESX 61 (2007) - (2011) Flat Car  89'  
JESX 101 (2012) - (2018) Passenger Car

Ex-ESRX #801, MNCR/MTA, Penn Central, New York Central. Budd house car rblt. from 108-seat coach, originally from 56-seat coach. Acquired circa 2012. 

Lightweight 

 
JESX 102 (2012) - (2018) Passenger Car

(1st) 

Ex-BKRR #1709, ESRX, MNCR/MTA #2109, Penn Central #1709, New York Central #2577. Budd 108-seat coach rblt. from 56-seat coach. Acquired circa 2012. 

Lightweight

 
(2012) - (2018)

(2nd)

Ex-JESX #101 (1st).

 
JESX 103 (2012) - (2014) Passenger Car

(1st)

Ex-BKRR #2106, ESRX, MNCR/MTA #1706, Penn Central, nNew York Central #2569. Budd house car rblt. from 108-seat coach, originally from 56-seat coach. Acquired circa 2012. 

Lightweight

 
(2012) - (2014)

(2nd)

Ex-JESX 102 (1st).

 
JESX 104 (2012) - (2018) Passenger Car

Ex-JESX 102 (1st)

Acquired circa 2012. 

Lightweight

 
JESX 114 (2011)  Passenger Car    
JESX 8975 [>2009] - (2015) Passenger Car

JAMES FRANCIS JONES

Renumbered from JESX #7.

Lightweight.

 
JESX 80718 (2018)   Flat Car    
    Diner

Ex-Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potamac.

Used as "pie car". [p. 45, Goldsack]

 
  1983   Ex-Auto-Train bi-level automobile car. Purchased with the intent of converting to living quarters but never materialized. Cut up for scrap. [Goldsack]  
  1983   Ex-Auto-Train bi-level automobile car. Purchased with the intent of converting to living quarters but never materialized. Cut up for scrap. [Goldsack]  
  1983   Ex-Auto-Train bi-level automobile car. Purchased with the intent of converting to living quarters but never materialized. Cut up for scrap. [Goldsack]  
  1983   Ex-Auto-Train bi-level automobile car. Purchased with the intent of converting to living quarters but never materialized. Cut up for scrap. [Goldsack]  
  1983   Ex-Auto-Train bi-level automobile car. Purchased with the intent of converting to living quarters but never materialized. Cut up for scrap. [Goldsack]  
  1983 Caboose Ex-AutoTrain.  
Due to a lack of data on acquisitions, I cannot specifically link the following cars which went to JES with the corresponding JES road number. At some point, hopefully the connections will be possible.

Strates two toneThough I have no photo evidence of which car names mapped to which car numbers in 1957, the adjoining article provides the full list of car names as follows: Raleigh, Syracuse, York, Hamburg, Shelby, Florence, Clearfield, Charleston, Charlotte, Danville, Elmira, Corning, and Binghamton. Stratesville, already known as car #1, was also on the train. [Passenger Car List]

I have identified the CHARLESTON car as #11, and the CORNING car as #13, which burned in 1957.

  1956 - 1972 Passenger Car

Ex-Pullman CONNEAUT, New York Central. Built 1911, plan 2540; 2540C (11/12/24); 2540D (8/19/37); 2540F (11/30/38); 2540G (7/7/41); 2540H (2/18/43); 2540G (8/30/45); 2540F (9/28/46) [7 compartments, buffet, lounge, open platform]. Built for use on the New York Central in 20th Century Limited service. Ice air conditioning added in 1937. Displaced in 1938 and had regular assignment on the Atlantic Coast Line through 1953. Often served on POTUS trains directly ahead of the MAGELLAN and had carried the coffin on the FDR funeral train in 1945. Rode on 242A trucks. Sold to JES 8/23/1956. [Pullman Project]

In 1941 CONNEAUT was removed from ACL assignment and modified for use in presidential travel, normally just ahead of the armored presidential car FERDINAND MAGELLAN. The buffet was removed and the eighth compartment was reinstalled (plan 2540G). Subsequently a secretary’s room was carved out of the lounge (plan 2540H).

--In 1945 CONNEAUT carried President Roosevelt’s body from Warm Springs, Georgia, where he died, to Washington D.C. for his funeral and thence to Hyde Park for interment. The wide lounge windows permitted mourners to view the casket as the train passed, and facilitated loading and unloading it at the ends of each leg of the journey. Photos of this event can be obtained by Google searches such as “FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT funeral train”.

--In 1946 CONNEAUT was returned to plan 2540F and to ACL assignment. [Passenger Car List]

Destroyed by in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., by Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

Either JESX #3 or #11.

Heavyweight

 
  1956 -  Passenger Car 

Ex-Pullman PAINESVILLE, New York Central. Built 1911, plan 2540; 2540C (11/14/24); 2540D (8/3/37); 2540F (11/30/38) [7 compartments, buffet, lounge, open platform]. Built for use on the New York Central in 20th Century Limited service. Ice air conditioning added in 1937. Displaced in 1938 and had regular assignment on the Atlantic Coast Line through 1953. Rode on 242A trucks. Sold to JES 8/23/1956. [Pullman Project]

Either JESX #3 or #11.

Heavyweight

 
  1959 -  Passenger Car

Ex-Pullman COLERIDGE, built 1923, plan 3523 [6 compartments, 3 drawing rooms]. Ice air conditioning added in 1939. Rode on 242 trucks. Sold to JES 5/25/1959. [Pullman Project]

Either JESX #7, #14, ??? or ???

Heavyweight

 
  1959 -  Passenger Car

Ex-Pullman COLE, New York Central. Built 1925, plan 3523A [6 compartments, 3 drawing rooms]. Ice air conditioning added in 1937. Rode on 242A trucks. Sold to JES 5/25/1959. [Pullman Project]

Either JESX #7, #14, ??? or ???

Heavyweight

 
  1959 -  Passenger Car

Ex-Pullman GLEN FERRY. Built 1925, plan 3523A [6 compartments, 3 drawing rooms]. Ice air conditioning added in 1936. Rode on 242A trucks. Sold to JES 5/25/1959. [Pullman Project]

GLEN FERRY was assigned to the Southern Pacific prior to sale to the JES [Southern Pacific Passenger Cars Volume 2: Sleepers and Baggage-Dorms, pg. 133].

Either JESX #7, #14, ??? or ???

Heavyweight

 
  1959 -  Passenger Car

Ex-Pullman GLEN LODGE. Built 1925, plan 3523A [6 compartments, 3 drawing rooms]. Ice air conditioning added in 1936. Rode on 242A trucks. Sold to JES 5/25/1959. [Pullman Project]

GLEN LODGE was assigned to the Southern Pacific prior to sale to the JES [Southern Pacific Passenger Cars Volume 2: Sleepers and Baggage-Dorms, pg. 133].

Either JESX #7, #14, ??? or ???

Heavyweight

 
  1956 -  Passenger Car 

Ex-Pullman SANDUSKY VALLEY / MASSACHUSETTS (1938), New York Central. Built 1929, plan 3988; 3988A (12/7/33); 3988B (7/30/37); 3988C (8/21/37); 3988D (6/8/38) [1 drawing room, 1 single bedroom, buffet, lounge, solarium]. PM air conditioning added in 1935. Renamed MASSECHUSSETTS in 1938. Rode on 2411A trucks. Sold to JES 8/23/1956. [Pullman Project]

Either JESX #9 or ???

Heavyweight

 
  1956 -  Passenger Car 

Ex-Pullman VERMILION VALLEY. Built 1929, plan3988; 3988A (2/21/33); 3988E (1/6/38); 3988F (2/3/38); 3988G (5/18/38); 3988H (11/28/38) [1 drawing room, 1 single bedroom, buffet, lounge, solarium]. PM air conditioning added in 1934. Rode on 2411 trucks. Sold to JES 8/23/1956. [Pullman Project]

Either JESX #9 or ???

Heavyweight

 
  1956 -  Passenger Car 

Ex-Pullman CRYSTAL FALLS. Built 1928, plan 3959A [3 Compartments, 2 drawing rooms, observation]. PMB air conditioning added in 1934. Renamed GOLDEN FALLS in 1937. Rode on 2411 trucks. Sold to JES 8/23/1956. [Pullman Project]

CRYSTAL FALLS was assigned to the Union Pacific in the 1930s.

Either JESX #5 or #10.

Heavyweight

 
  1956 -  Passenger Car

Ex-Pullman GOLDEN LAKE. Built 1929, plan 3959B [3 Compartments, 2 drawing rooms, observation]. BTR air conditioning added in 1948. Rode on 2411 trucks. Sold to JES 8/23/1956. [Pullman Project]

Either JESX #5 or #10.

Heavyweight