Walthers Rolling Stock ACF Baggage-Dormitory - Ready to Run
Great Northern #1200-1205 (Empire Builder, Omaha Orange, Pullman green)
Walthers Part # 932-9035, p. 121 Walthers 2013 HO Scale Reference
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:
932-9040 Budd Great Dome "...View" Series Lounge #1390-95
932-9033 P-S "River" Series 7-4-3-1 Sleeper
932-9036 P-S "Pass" Series 6-5-2 Sleeper
932-9038 "Coulee" Series 6-4-1 Observation
PLEASE NOTE: As these cars are the correct prototype length and feature
full underbody detail to match the prototypes, a minimum 24" radius is
recommended for operation.
PROTO 2000 GN EMD F7 DIESELS:
920-40587 A-B Set w/Sound & DCC
920-40589 A-B Set Standard DC
920-40588 A Only w/Sound & DCC
920-40590 A Only Standard DC
For more details about Walthers Empire Builder series, click here.
* Fourth in 10-Car Series
* Completely New Car
* Superbly Detailed Inside & Out
* Authentic Paint & Lettering
* Car Name & Number Decals
* Correct Truck Sideframes
* Metal RP-25 Wheels
* Factory-installed Electrical Pickups
* Easy DC or DCC Interior Lighting Installation
* Working Diaphragms
* Knuckle Couplers
Baggage-dormitory cars on the Empire Builder didn't carry passengers, but
had an important role. On the long-distance run between Chicago and the
West Coast, porters, chefs, waiters, car attendants and other train staff
stayed on the train for the entire trip. Working and sleeping in shifts,
dormitory cars provided them with a place to rest, relax and wash-up. A
small baggage compartment provided additional storage space for passenger
luggage and express shipments. In Empire Builder consists, the baggage
dorms were usually coupled behind baggage-mail cars and ahead of the first
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