Our Equipment

Through the generosity of several railroads, railcar lessors, and donors, Operation Toy Train owns three of its own railcars for use on its annual collection train.

Boxcar No. 1947

Boxcar No. 1947 is numbered for the year that the Toys for Tots Foundation was founded. This car was built in December of 1979 by the FMC Corporation at their Gunderson Metal Works in Springfield, Oregon. The 50-foot long, 5,277-cubic-foot capacity boxcar was originally Minnesota, Dakota & Western Railway (MD&W) No. 8061, assigned to haul rolls of paper throughout the northwestern United States. The car was eventually sold to General Electric (GE) Railcar, a leasing company, where it was renumbered NADX No. 8206 and continued to be leased out in paper-hauling service. The car was stored in Michigan around 2015, shortly before GE Railcar sold its entire lease fleet to Wells Fargo Rail of Chicago, Illinois.

The car sat unused until August of 2018, when Wells Fargo Rail graciously donated the car to Operation Toy Train. Prior to shipping the car to New Jersey (with the movement also donated by Wells Fargo Rail), it was completely mechanically refurbished by the Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad (E&LS) of Wells, Michigan, who donated all of the work. Funding for its unique winter camouflage scheme and lettering was graciously donated by Liberty Historic Railway. The car was painted in November of 2018 by Jeff Conner of Greenville, Pennsylvania, while the lettering and banners were provided by FastSigns of East Hanover, New Jersey. Storage for the car throughout the year is donated by the Dover & Rockaway River Railroad (DRRV) and the Holland Manufacturing Company of Succasunna, New Jersey.


Boxcar No. 2009

Boxcar No. 2009 is numbered for the first year of operations for Operation Toy Train. This car was built in March of 1964 by the Pacific Car & Foundry Company at their plant in Renton, Washington. The 57-foot long, 3,970-cubic-foot capacity car was originally a mechanical reefer, used exclusively to transport frozen or refrigerated food products throughout the United States.

In the early 2000s, the car was acquired by The Firefighters Education and Training Foundation of Sherborn, Massachussetts, who assigned the car to the Massachusetts Call / Volunteer Firefighters Association as training car MCVX No. 91101. When the car was retired from this service, The Firefighters Education and Training Foundation donated the car to Operation Toy Train in October of 2018. CSX Transportation donated all of the mechanical work to get the car roadworthy as well as the movement of the car to New Jersey.

Funding for its unique Marines-inspired paint scheme and lettering was graciously donated by Liberty Historic Railway. The car was painted in November of 2018 by Jeff Conner of Greenville, Pennsylvania, while the lettering and banners were provided by FastSigns of East Hanover, New Jersey. Storage for the car throughout the year is donated by the Dover & Rockaway River Railroad (DRRV) and the Holland Manufacturing Company of Succasunna, New Jersey.


Boxcar No. 1775

Boxcar No. 1775 is numbered for the year that the U.S. Marine Corps was founded. This car was built in October of 1965 by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) at its Sam Rea Shops in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. The 50-foot long, 4,444-cubic-foot capacity boxcar was originally numbered in the PRR No. 110000-series, a class X58 insulated boxcar built for general service. It could haul nearly any kind of climate-sensitive merchandise freight throughout the United States, but it was used primarily to move bottled beer. It served in this capacity through the 1968 Penn Central merger and into Conrail in 1976.

In the early 1990s, this boxcar was selected for a unique assignment. Rebuilt as Conrail No. 368191 in August of 1992, this car became Conrail’s “Safety on Rails Theater” (S.O.R.T.) car, touring the Conrail system in support of Operation Lifesaver. The interior of the car was remodeled as a theater, complete with a movie projector to show railroad safety films to everyone from schoolchildren to first responders.

When Conrail was split up between Norfolk Southern and CSX in 1999, this boxcar became the property of Norfolk Southern. It was graciously donated to the Military Transport Association (MTA) of Budd Lake, New Jersey in 2009 and painted in its unique camouflage scheme by volunteers from the MTA. Storage for the car throughout the year is donated by the Dover & Rockaway River Railroad (DRRV) and the Holland Manufacturing Company of Succasunna, New Jersey.