From the introduction of the M-10000 in 1934, Union Pacific set a new standard for luxury with its Streamliner trains. As ridership grew in the late 30s, UP ordered new equipment to provide daily service. Although WWII brought an abrupt halt to the project, by 1946, UP and partners CNW, SP and Wabash had over 100 new cars on order to begin daily "City" runs on several routes. As delivery delays mounted and competitors rolled out new trains, UP opted to rebuild some prewar cars and ordered still more new equipment. While other roads began cutting back in the 1950s, UP expanded service with new "Astra Dome" coaches, lounges and diners. And in 1955, a new service agreement saw Milwaukee Road cars added to UP trains. Despite its ongoing investment in new equipment -- by 1965, UP had purchased 642 brand-new cars -- and commitment to service, losses escalated and UP turned over operation of its trains to Amtrak on May 1, 1971. Today, several original "City" cars survive in museums, as well as in UP's excursion fleet, which sees service behind the company's restored steam and diesel power.
Walthers newest name train makes it easy to model these great streamliners in HO and includes:
Complete Consists for:
-City of Los Angeles 1955-60
-City of San Francisco 1955-60
Great Starting Point for modeling:
-City of Portland 1955-59
-City of Denver 1955-59
-City of St. Louis 1955, 1958-60s
-Combined City of Los Angeles/San Francisco 1960s
-Combined City of Portland/Denver 1959-1960s
Union Pacific City Cars Now with Factory-Installed Grab Irons & Handrails
Surrounded by western lore and breathtaking scenery, travel aboard Union Pacific's City trains rose to a new level with the arrival of "Astra Dome" cars in the mid-1950s. Riders aboard the great "Domeliners" enjoyed daily service and a view that was second to none between Chicago and points west. And now, modeling these great streamliners is easy, with this exciting series of Walthers models:
The first three trains in this chart are typical City Streamliner consists (each day's train varied by season and demand) that you can model using Walthers cars. The Walthers UP City cars are also great starting points for the five additional trains shown.
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UP Cities Newsletters
In case you missed one of our UP Cities Newsletters, here are all three newsletters that were sent out. These PDF files contain additional modeling resources and product highlights. They provide great information for anyone looking to model the UP streamliners.
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