Kato USA Inc
Olympian Hiawatha 9-Car Passenger Set - Post-1952 Version - Ready to Run -- Milwaukee Road (orange, maroon)

Kato USA Inc
Olympian Hiawatha 9-Car Passenger Set - Post-1952 Version - Ready to Run -- Milwaukee Road (orange, maroon)

$280.00
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Scale
  • Milwaukee Road (CMStP&P)
  • Walthers Part # 381-106082
    p. 532 2018 HO Scale Reference Book

Product Information

The nine-car Kato Olympian Hiawatha includes the following cars: Baggage-Dormitory 1313, 48-Seat Coach 524, 48-Seat Coach 531, Super Dome Lounge 53, Diner 115, 14-Section Touralux Sleeper "Mount St. Helens" 5746, 10-6 Sleeper "Lake Pewaukee" 8, 10-6 Sleeper "Lake Oconomowoc" 5, 8-DB "Skytop" Lounge-Observation "Coffee Creek" 15. This ready-to-run model has all the signature cars of this luxurious streamliner. Cars feature injection-molded bodies decorated in the post 1952 scheme, interior seats, metal wheels and Kato magnetic knuckle couplers. The interior of cars can be lighted with optional installation of 381-11211 or 381-11212 Interior Light Kit version two with white LED (sold separately).
 
On June 29, 1947, the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul and Pacific Railroad's (Milwaukee Road) inaugurated its streamlined flagship "Olympian Hiawatha" on a 43-hour, 30-minute schedule between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.
 
The Olympian Hiawatha ran through scenic Idaho, Montana's Bitterroot Mountains and Washington's Cascade range. This was advertised as being a |speedliner.} The railroad contracted industrial designer Brooks Stevens to design the train consist, which included some unique and signature cars of the Milwaukee Road. In 1952, the first full-length "Super Dome" cars were added, which included 68 dome seats and 28 lounge seats. The dome area featured seats positioned lengthwise, facing the 625 square foot double-pane windows - ideal for sightseeing yet insulated for harsh weather.
 
The Olympian Hiawatha was a favorite of many travelers during the post-war travel boom and continued to operate into 1961.