Walthers Rolling Stock 1948 20th Century Limited Club-Lounge - Ready to Run
New York Central Shore Series (2-Tone Gray)
Walthers Part # 932-9310, p. 122 Walthers 2014 HO Scale Reference
HO scale, $69.98, sold out at Walthers This product is on-sale today for $26.98
* Based on 1948 Train * Authentic Paint & Lettering * Superbly Detailed
Inside & Out * PROTO-Max(TM) Die Cast Metal Knuckle Couplers
No other train fired the imagination of the American public like New York
Central's 20th Century Limited. Its exclusive clientele and blistering
schedule between New York and Chicago made it the stuff of legends for 65
years. A favorite with business and industry leaders, its luxurious
accommodations - including a red carpet on the platform at New York - also
attracted stars of stage and screen, further fueling the train's celebrity
status and romantic image.
New equipment finally arrived from Pullman in 1948, supplemented by
refurbished 4-4-2 sleepers and RPOs from the 1938 trains. Painted in a new
version of the two-tone gray scheme, sleepers and observations were named
for various bodies of water in salute to the "Water Level Route" slogan. Up
front, matched sets of EMD E7s provided 4000 horsepower to meet the 16-hour
westbound, 15-1/2 hour eastward schedule.
20TH CENTURY CONSIST A typical consist in the late 1940s would include the
following (the actual number of sleepers would change daily to meet demand,
and the train usually ran in two sections):
E7 A-B Diesel Set (used for entire trip) One RPO/Baggage Five 4-4-2
sleepers Three 10-6 sleepers One Lounge One Dorm/Kitchen One Full Diner
Three 13 Double-bedroom sleepers ATSF 10-6 or 4-4-2 Sleeper* One
*Starting in 1946, ATSF and NYC offered run-through service so
coast-to-coast passengers wouldn't need to change trains at Chicago; Santa
Fe cars went east on the "20th Century," while New York Central 4-4-2
Bridge and 10-6 River sleepers went west on the "Chief."
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.
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