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The “Funtown Special” was a different version of the train ride that was popular among Jersey Shore visitors. The “Funtown Special” was a replica of a modern train that transported travelers along the Funtown Pier railroad track. Compare with the famous Iron Horse that is featured in previous posts.
This is another great postcard showing the Funtown Iron Horse. More images of the train were posted on July 3, 2010.
The annual 40 & 8 convention in Seaside Heights included a promenade of parade trains along the Boulevard. This event was a favorite of children who lined the Boulevard waiting for members of the many 40 & 8 groups to throw candy from their trains and box cars. Formally known as “La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux,” the title “40 & 8” comes from the box cars that were used during the First World War to transport troops to the front in France. Each car had the emblem 40/8 stenciled on the sides, which meant that it could carry 40 men or 8 horses. These cars were known as forty-and-eights. They were seen by the troops as a miserable way to travel, and this organization of United States armed forces was thus called the 40&8 in an attempt to make some light of the common misery they had all shared. These views are from the early 1970s.