Walthers Rolling Stock Great Northern "Empire Builder" Streamlined Cars
Pullman-Standard "...River" Series 7-4-3-1 Sleeper
Walthers Part # 932-9033
HO scale, $64.98, sold out at Walthers
Unveiled in June 1929, the "Empire Builder" quickly established itself as the
flagship passenger train of the Great Northern. Named for GN founder James
J. Hill, it ran from Chicago (via the Burlington to St. Paul) to Seattle,
with a separate section to Portland. Post-war plans for the new streamlined
version were unveiled in early 1945 with the arrival of EMD E7A-A diesels
attired in brilliant Omaha Orange and Pullman Green (later known as the
Empire Builder scheme); deliveries of matching cars continued through 1947.
Not content with this upgrade, GN completely refitted the train once more
in 1951 and assigned A-B-A sets of F units as standard power. The Empire
Builder reached its pinnacle of luxury in 1955 with the arrival of
brand-new Vista-Dome and full or Great Dome cars offering incredible views
of western scenery. This longer and heavier train was pulled by A-B-B-A
sets of F units. Based on the 1955 train, Walthers offers a complete series
of authentic models to re-create this legendary streamliner:
Regular hours are Monday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 9-1. Closed Sunday & all major holidays.
Summer hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day) Tues-Fri 11-6, Sat 9-1. Closed Sun, Mon & all major holidays.
5619 West Florist Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53218
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