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Vanderbilt Heavyweights Green 2 Pack

 

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Brand new in master carton, but we opened the carton to take the picture. Beautiful scale illuminated passengers cars, perfect models of the classic Pullman 12 section, 1 drawing room cars from the heyday of real railroading.
  • These were used on every railroad in the country that had sleeping car service, always labeled PULLMAN and always in PULLMAN green paint no matter what railroad they were on.
  • The only exception in the whole USA was the Pennsylvania RR and the Norfolk and Western, who somehow cut a special deal with Pullman to have Tuscan Pullman Cars.
  • Metal 6 wheel trucks.
  • Brand new in master carton; we opened the carton to take the picture (cars include diaphrams (not shown) to allow passengers an enclosed crossing between 2 cars)
  • Hudson's used t o pull trains of up to 18 of these cars along the Hudson on the NYC RR (all labeled Pullman except for the Diners and Baggage cars which were labeled NYC)
  • The original all steel Pullmans contained 12 'sections' and 1 drawing room
  • The drawing room was a private room
  • The sections had one lower birth and one upper birth. Open by d ay with 2 facing seats, the porter made the 2 seats into the lower birth at night, and the upper b irth was hinged and dropped down
  • You climbed a ladder to get up to the upper birth, and you pushed a button to have the porter bring the ladder when you had to get down
  • Curtains were hungs between the aisle and the birth for privacy, b ut weren't sound-proof
  • Car names on these cars, Willow River and Willow Valley) were usually a ssigned to the NYC, but were reassigned to other R ailroads when the NYC was assigned newer all-steel all-bedroom cars
  • On some branch lines, 2 train consists (1 coach and 1 Pullman)were also the norm on the NYC
  • The Lackawanna had a named train called the Interstate E xpress which provided overnight sleeping car service between Syracuse and Philadelphia and betwen Philadelphia and Syracuse every evening.
  • Running on the Lackawanna from Syracuse to Binghamton with other Pullman's, coaches and a fancy lounge car bound for NYC, the Pullman was taken from Binghamton to Scranton by a seperate engine and passed off to the Central of NJ in Scranton on a route bypassing both the Lackawanna and CNJ stations in Scranton, thence to Allentown, w here the Reading took over (adding it to a train w ith a diner and coaches too) for the rest of the t rip to Reading Terminal at 8th and Market in Philadelphia
  • It's in the record books as the only ONE CAR PULLMAN TRAIN in the USA; no coach passengers were carried between Binghamton and Allentown
  • You could actually save a couple of dollars by booking coach from Syracuse to Binghamton and from Allentown to Philadelphia and sleep between 10:45 PM and 6:00 AM. In the early 30's the fare all the way by Pullman was under $ 10 and 2 bucks was a lot
  • These are beautiful scale illuminated passengers cars; perfect models o f the classic Pullman 12 section, 1 drawing room c ars from the heyday of real railroading
  • These w ere used on every railroad in the country that had sleeping car service, always labeled PULLMAN and always in PULLMAN green paint no matter what railroad they were on
  • The Pullman company owned t hem and provided the porters too; Pullman was the largest 'hotel' in the world, hosting over 250,000 guests each and every night. And, wow, those old cars were so heavy and rode so smooth that you hardly knew you were moving
  • The only exception to the color in the whole USA was the Pennsylvania RR and the Norfolk and Western, who somehow cut a special deal with Pullman to have Tuscan Pullman Cars.
  • Metal 6 wheel trucks.
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