About Me Button

Conventions Button

Custom Painting Button

Links Button

Got Dachshunds button

Home Button

Howie Waelder Button

My Layout

My Models Button

Other Interests Button

Photography Button

PRR Builders Photos Button

PRR In S Scale Today Button

S Scale Modules Button

Solidworks Button

South Jersey S Scale Modelers

PRR J1 6156


The “War Baby” of C&O Design the PRR borrowed.


S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_1 small


S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_2 small S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_3 small


The PRR J1 was made by Boo Rim and imported by River Raisin Models in October 2002. River Raisin Models took over the project from the failed last Gang of 100 group.




The J1 was announced almost at the same time as the B&O EM-1, and about a year before I got married. When faced with the either or choice, I chose to get the EM-1 instead. The J1 was not really “PRR” enough for me. I did not have any articulated locos so the EM-1 won the choice. When we got through our wedding OK with the wedding paying for itself I ordered a J1 as well. I originally ordered as factory painted, but changed it to unpainted just before I got it.


These photos were taken with my first digital camera, a Fuji S602. It took really amazing still photos with great depth of field. That led to the demise and sale of all of my film cameras


I changed the order to unpainted because I wanted a unique loco number to the factory painted models. I bought 2 extra tenders because wanted one without antennas, so I made those modifications. Also I wanted to replace the drop front coupler casting with a working Kadee coupler. My friend Charlie Carangie painted everything. This was my first loco ever with DCC. Charlie did the DCC installation as well.


Photo Taken 1-11-02

S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_5 small



Photos Taken 4-27-03


S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_6 small S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_7 small S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_8 small



Cam Wiper

I eventually became versed in DCC installations. The original Soundtraxx DSD decoder was replaced with a Tsunami Heavy Steam. Note that a one amp “HO” decoder worked just fine in a LARGE S Scale locomotive. A Tsunami has NEVER fried in any of my locos.


 This is my first cam wiper I designed. It is held in place with the 2 screws at left. The fine adjustment screw is at right.

S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_9 small



Photos Taken 2-15-17


The J1 is such a towering beast! I always thought that even with the MASSIVE 210f82a tender the J1 made it look small, and just tagging along for the ride. It is evident especially in the side view of the Builders photo above.


This weathering on the tender is representing a water “sweat line”.

S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_10 small S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_11 small S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_12 small



S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_13 small  S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_14 small


Another Tender

I wanted a tender for the J1 without antennas so I removed everything and filled in all the holes. Both tenders still need some electric pick up and lighting work. I use a regular motor decoder in the tender just to control the backup light.

S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_15 small S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_16 small 


S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_17 small S_Scale_PRR_J1_6156_18 small.


Back to

Steam Locomotives Button


Updated 2-25-18

All photos and content © Lanes Trains 2005-2018