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by Jim Kelly

Members of the Standard Gauge Module Association had a busy day at the World's Greatest Hobby Show on Saturday, February 26, 2011. After the show ended, 11 members drove to Clinton, NJ for dinner at the Clinton Station Diner, the home of one of the only two known surviving New Jersey Central Blue Comet cars.

Having dinner in the Biela observation car were SGMA members and friends (L-R) Jim Cottzolla, Jim Kelly, Pat Rolland, Clem Clement, Kirk Lindvig, Chuck Lindvig, Ryan Gillette, Joe Zarnowski, Chris Bogus and Bruce Gillette...Also Renee (taking the picture.)

The Biela observation car is beautifully preserved and is now a part of the restaurant thereby offering diners a chance to have a meal in a real Blue Comet car. The portions were plentiful and tasty, and the service was excellent.

The car features authentic Jersey Central lighting fixtures.

Trains run around the ceiling in the main dining room.

The Biela still has its vintage trucks, couplers and a nostalgic observation platform.

Click here for more information about the Clinton Station Diner

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