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The 1960s found the Broadway enjoying its status as the finest train in the country, and it was actually making money. Colorful brochures extolled its many creature comforts and conveniences: there were two cozy lounge cars where one could relax with a favorite beverage as the scenery rolled past, enjoy a good night's sleep in one of six different types of sleeping car accommodations, or linger over a superb meal served in the finest Pennsylvania Railroad tradition.
In large part, it was this extra attention to detail and efforts to maintain the long-standing traditions of service that made the Broadway one of the more profitable trains on the Pennsylvania in this era. For many a hurried jetsetter and overworked executive, the train was truly their refuge - $5.95 still bought a complete made-to-order prime rib dinner served on fine china instead of a mysterious frozen entree on a plastic tray. The only turbulence one was likely to encounter was the steady thunder of the wheels as the train raced through the night. In the fall of 1967, the Broadway would actually become the last all-Pullman streamliner, but only for a few weeks. In mid-December, the Broadway assumed the duties and schedule of its running mate the General, which added coaches to the consist for the first time, along with additional head-end cars moving express and storage mail.
In this form, the Broadway entered the Penn Central years and remained a bright spot, running with a mix of equipment painted in Tuscan, Sea Foam Green and stainless steel, until 1971, when Amtrak began running a Broadway Limited of its own.
Today, a new generation of modelers and railfans are rediscovering what made the Broadway great. At least three cars have been restored, including the Mountain View Observation at the Railroader's Memorial Museum, at Altoona, Pennsylvania. A 10-6 sleeper Scioto Rapids and Tower View are at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. Several K4, GG-1, and E8A locos have been saved around the country, and Pennsylvania #5901, the sole surviving E7, has been cosmetically restored and is displayed at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
Welcome Aboard the Broadway Limited, Pennylvania's finest train of the 1960s —
These superb HO replica cars feature:
Pennsylvania EP-22 (EMD E8A) Passenger Diesels feature:
A true showpiece in operation, or on display, WalthersProto® breaks new ground with TWO Deluxe Edition nine-car Broadway Limited trains, each featuring different car names and numbers!
But that's only the beginning as Deluxe Edition Broadway 4-4-2 Sleepers and Kitchen-Dormitory cars come factory-equipped with an exclusive SoundTraxx® Tsunami® SoundCar™ digital sound decoder and speaker! This all-new dimension of realism and operation brings authentic sounds to the train itself, including wheels and brakes, opening and closing doors, and unique arrival and departure announcements!
Other features available only on Deluxe Edition Broadway cars include:
Limited to just 250 sets each and sold only as a complete nine-car train, both are completely railroad-ready, with no work needed to enjoy.
Deluxe Edition cars are scheduled to arrive in the same month as Standard models, with the first release expected in September 2015. Individual Deluxe Edition cars vary in price between $110.00 and $175.00 each.
Remember - past Deluxe Edition train sets have sold out in a matter of hours - contact your participating dealer, visit walthers.com or call us at 1-800-487-2467 immediately to reserve yours!
920-812 Deluxe Edition Broadway Limited Train - Nine-Car Set #1
Includes one each of these exclusive cars:
70' PRR BM70n RPO-Baggage #6534
85' Budd Mansfield Inn 21-Roomette Sleeper
85' Pullman-Standard College Creek 12-4 Sleeper
85' ACF Imperial Meadows 4-4-2 Sleeper equipped w/SoundTraxx® Tsunami® Soundcar™ sound decoder and speaker
85' Pullman-Standard Harbor Cove 5-Bedroom Lounge
85' Budd 68-Seat Full-Diner #4614
85' Budd Kitchen-Dormitory #4615 equipped w/SoundTraxx Tsunami Soundcar sound decoder and speaker
85' Pullman-Standard Clarion Rapids 10-6 Sleeper
85' Pullman-Standard Mountain View Observation
920-813 Deluxe Edition Broadway Limited Train - Nine-Car Set #2
Includes one each of these exclusive cars:
70' PRR BM70n RPO-Baggage #6541
85' Budd Logansport Inn 21-Roomette Sleeper
85' Pullman-Standard Chickies Creek 12-4 Sleeper
85' ACF Imperial Ridge 4-4-2 Sleeper equipped w/SoundTraxx Tsunami Soundcar sound decoder and speaker
85' Pullman-Standard Harbor Rest 5-Bedroom Lounge
85' Budd 68-Seat Full-Diner #4620
85' Budd Kitchen-Dormitory #4621 equipped w/SoundTraxx Tsunami Soundcar sound decoder and speaker
85' Pullman-Standard Conewago Rapids 10-6 Sleeper
85' Pullman-Standard Tower View Observation
As America's last all-Pullman train, the Broadway Limited was truly in a class by itself in the 1960s. Operated as two complete trains (one each east and west daily), assigned cars were seen without side skirts, removed as they came due for shopping. Power in this era was typically three-unit sets of EMD E8A units, sometimes mixed with older E7A and B units. Our newest HO Scale Name Train brings you an authentic 1960-67 consist of nine deskirted cars built to WalthersProto standards, including a new RPO-Baggage car, rebuilt Harbor Series Sleeper-Lounge, the later View Series Observation with new large tail sign, and matching EP-22 diesel power.