8-1-2 Sleeper Joins Walthers Heavyweight Car Collection
Milwaukee, Wis. -- Walthers announces the release of the latest in a new
series of Pullman-built heavyweight cars in HO Scale, the
These fully-assembled and highly detailed models are based on plan #3979-A
and will be available in December 2004 and January 2005, priced at just
Since rolling out its Budd and Pullman-Standard streamlined cars, Walthers
passenger cars have continuously broken new ground and the new Heavyweights
are no exception.
Modelers who appreciate truly realistic details will be amazed by the full
interiors. All of the seating, walls and fixtures are molded as separate
parts. This permits incredible detailing, with upper berths folded against
the ceiling and rubber tiles on the floors where they were found on the
prototype. In addition, parts are molded in realistic colors and some are
painted to bring the interior to a new level of realism.
And for the first time, these cars will come with side door handrails
installed, while a complete set of add-on handrails and grab irons are
provided for those who wish to superdetail their models.
Additional features include: scale dimensions and rivets, a full underbody,
removable roof with air conditioning ducts, scale set-back windows,
machinery® semi-scale knuckle couplers, correct trucks with RP-25 metal
wheels, factory-installed electrical pickups (interior lighting kits will be
offered separately; #933-1087 for DC $10.98 and #933-1088 for DCC $7.98),
swinging drawbars to handle layout curves down to a 24-inch radius, and
By the mid-1920s, the general public was requesting more private
accommodations aboard Pullman cars. And many were willing to pay the extra
fares for the privilege. As a compromise, Pullman introduced a new plan with
an 8-1-2 interior arrangement, which offered a wider selection of sleeping
space for every budget while still carrying a large number of passengers.
Most of the interior was given over to eight open sections, which featured
upper and lower berths. For those who wanted a bit more space and privacy,
two mid-priced compartments were available. These also provided upper and
lower berths, along with their own sink and toilet. For those who needed
plenty of room, such as a family traveling together, a single drawing room
was provided. This was the largest and most expensive of all Pullman
accommodations, providing the same features as a compartment, as well as a
sofa. If needed, small doors between each private room could be unlocked to
create a larger suite.
A popular car on luxury trains for many years, Walthers new 8-1-2 is based
on the 242 cars built to Pullman plan #3979-A between 1928 and 1930. The
model represents cars modernized in the 30s with mechanical air
conditioning, some of which remained in service into the early 1960s. Some
retired cars were converted to maintenance-of-way sleepers, and were used
into the 1980s.
The new 8-1-2 Sleepers will be available painted and lettered in the
following schemes; car name and number decals are also provided so several
can be used in the same train:
The new Pullman 8-1-2 Sleepers will be available starting in December 2004.
For more information on this new model, or to locate a dealer, visit
Walthers on the Internet at www.walthers.com. Call 414-527-0770 or write
Walthers, PO Box 3039, Milwaukee, WI 53201-3039.
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