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History

Developed especially for the North East Corridor, the innovative and speedy Metroliner drew considerable attention for it's bold design patterned after contemporary airliners, and offering similar amenities that were a radical break with traditional railroad passenger service. Embodying state-of-the-art technology, the electrically powered cars could be mixed and matched to meet long-distance or local service requirements as needed, and regularly operated at speeds over 100mph, a considerable accomplishment at the time. Although developed by the Pennsylvania Railroad, the trains were actually operated by Penn Central following the 1968 merger, and became a star of the Amtrak fleet following its start-up in May 1971. Over the course of 27 years, Metroliners moved uncounted millions of riders until being withdrawn from service in 1995. Several were depowered and rebuilt as cab control cars, and Snack Bar Coach #860 has been preserved at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

Product Listings

HO Budd Metroliner Snack Bar Coach
Amtrak Phase I - December 2013
Tsunami Sound & DCC $259.98 each
920-14800 #861
920-14801 #868
Standard DC $169.98 each
920-13800 #863
920-13801 #864

HO Budd Metroliner Parlor Car
Amtrak Phase I - December 2013
Tsunami Sound & DCC $259.98 each
920-14820 #884
920-14821 #889
Standard DC $169.98 each
920-13820 #886
920-13821 #888
HO Budd Metroliner Coach
Amtrak Phase I - December 2013
Tsunami Sound & DCC $259.98 each
920-14840 #809
920-14841 #823
Standard DC $169.98 each
920-13840 #822
920-13841 #830

Product Features

Based on the unique trains as they operated from 1968 to 1995, all-new tooling captures the unique profile of the Coach, Snack Bar Coach and Parlor, and each features a real-metal finish to simulate stainless steel. Powered by a skew-wound motor driving a single helical geared power truck in each unit, the cars will be offered with a dual mode Tsunami® sound and DCC decoder, or as standard DC models.

  • Based on Equipment in Service 1968-1995
  • All-New Tooling for 3 Prototype Car Styles
  • One Helical Geared Power Truck & Skew-Wound High Torque Motor in Each Unit
  • Classic Amfleet Phase I Scheme on Standard Edition Cars
  • Detailed, Spring-Loaded GE or Westinghouse Pantographs per Prototypes
  • Working Headlight, Gyra Light, Reversing A-End Red Marker Lights, Number Boards and Interior Lighting
  • Real Metal Finish Simulates Stainless Steel
  • Correct A & B End Details
  • All Grab Irons Factory Installed
  • Factory-Printed Road Numbers
  • Prototypically Accurate Window Tinting
  • Available with Factory-Installed Tsunami® Sound & DCC
  • Proto MAX™ Metal Knuckle Couplers

Consist Info

The trains ran from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Washington, DC and to New York City, offering fast, frequent service on short headways. As self-propelled, multiple unit cars, the actual consists of Metroliner trains could easily be adjusted as needed.

The cars were run in multiples of twos, most often in mixed sets of four to eight cars. Depending on time of day and the number of tickets sold, some trains ran with as many as 10 cars when required.

When service began, Metroliners offered fast, frequent schedules on short headways between Washington, DC, and New York City. The trains ran in six-car "couplets" that included three Coaches, two Snack Bar Coaches and one Parlor. All seats were reserved, and tickets limited to the number of seats available.

Deluxe Edition

Special Limited-Time Offer!
DELUXE EDITION PENNSYLVANIA METROLINERS
Nothing moves faster than a Metroliner -- and this limited-edition train will be no exception! Ready for your railroad with dual mode Tsunami sound and DCC control, the four-car set depicts the original test cars delivered with Tuscan stripes and PRR Keystone herald. This scheme was never used in revenue service as the Penn Central merger took place soon after. There's also a set of factory-installed Preiser engineering team figures!

Reserve Today! With a single production run limited to just 350 sets, and available only while supplies last, this one-of-a-kind model is sure to be the crown jewel of your operations of collection.
  • Rare PRR Delivery Scheme
  • One-Time Production Run
  • Factory-Installed Tsunami® Sound - Operates on DC or DCC
  • Factory-Installed Preiser EST Team Engineer Figures Inside
  • Strictly Limited to 350 Four-Car Sets — Cars Not Available Separately
  • Ships December 2013
HO Budd Metroliner PRR Deluxe Edition With Tsunami Sound & DCC
Limited-Run 4-Car Train Set $1,199.92
Includes one each of the following - individual cars not available:
920-14819 Snack Bar Coach #850 - December 2013
920-14839 Parlor Car #882 - December 2013
920-14858 Coach #800 - December 2013
920-14859 Coach #826 - December 2013

Metroliner

Audio/Video



Bob Watson Phone Interview



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Metroliner or Download Quicktime (32 MB)

Metroliners in action video is courtesy of Green Frog Productions, from their Penn Central 4 DVD


Photos

Metroliner Pre-Production Models
Metroliner Snack Bar Coach
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Snack Bar Coach with GE Pantograph
Metroliner Coach
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Coach with Westinghouse Pantograph
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Metroliner Parlor
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Metroliner Coach Pic 1
Metroliner Coach Pic 1
Metroliner Coach Pic 2
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Metroliner Coach Pic 3
Metroliner Coach Pic 3
Metroliner Parlor Pic 1
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Metroliner Parlor Pic 2
Metroliner Parlor Pic 2
Metroliner Snack Bar Coach Pic 1
Metroliner Snack Bar Coach Pic 1
Metroliner Snack Bar Coach Pic 2
Metroliner Snack Bar Coach Pic 2
 


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