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I know people sell individual cars for specific trains, either repainted or rebuilt, but I don't think I've seen whole trains for sale with mixed cars from different sets plus custom-modified cars to match  a prototype. Since I changed from the PRR to NH I have this batch of passenger trains I won't be using but wonder if there's a market for such things.

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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2014, 01:31:42 AM »
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I'm sure someone (who doesn't have ability or means to do this) would love to get their hands on a custom-made specific train set made using an prototypically-accurate consist and livery.
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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2014, 01:49:56 AM »
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If you're running on sections of the Shoreline or the Mainline, you still need Pennsy varnish for Boston-NY/Washington consists.  Both heavyweights and lightweights, as well as mail and baggage equipment.  Only a handful of NH intercity consists were pure NH.  Most included PRR equipment regularly, just as Pennsy's Washington trains that originated in New England more often than not contained NH equipment. 

PRR roomettes mostly, but also full bedroom sleepers and combinations of the two.
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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2014, 01:30:34 PM »
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there is certainly a market
and of course the cost one would have to pay to have such will affect how the market responds
do you have a price in mind?

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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2014, 05:58:18 PM »
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Some more info:
These train consists are from the 1950-53 time frame. All but one (the Fort Pitt) of the trains represent ones on the Chicago-NYC route. Most are not complete full-length trains but shortened layout-sized versions. Pool cars (UP, ATSF) from other roads are included (UP, ATSF) in the trains that had them. However, the cars left off were usually duplicates of one type -- instead of three P85s, a set would have only one. It would be easy to expand the size of the consist by adding extras from RTR cars available.
I plan to keep some of these sets or parts of them to use for NH-PRR pool trains, so I don't have specifics yet on which I'll sell.
Sorry this is vague but I thought I'd give some info on types and era for those interested.

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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2014, 07:53:52 PM »
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did you model any mail trains (sorry for the thread drift)
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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2014, 08:22:52 PM »
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"did you model any mail trains"

It would figure, the poor guy will probably get $75 for his Broadway Limited, and $750 for the mail train- which is definitely not an "out of the box item."  Might bid on one myself, if it was mostly a collection of various road's baggage cars and had a couple X-29s and maybe a NYC rebuilt troop car or something.  But I would be a more likely customer for odds and ends head end cars than a full train, if only because Christmas is coming, and my kids don't collect trains.

Old East- I hope this works out for you.  From what you wrote, your approach to passenger trains is similar to mine (although sounds like you are farther along).  But one of my trains will have a few "out of the box" models, a few that are "pretty close" with some paint or decals added, and some built from sides or majorly kitbashed (my all time achievement being a sort of close ATSF 1100 chair car out of 2 diners and some scrap doors from 2 combines that had been chopped up for baggage car parts).
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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2014, 09:58:40 PM »
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I'm interested in what you may have to offer.  PM sent earlier.

Thanks,
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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2014, 01:14:22 AM »
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Mail trains ... I forgot about train 99, the catch-all express-mail. While it never had a fixed consist, I used this train to haul REA reefers (steel and wooden), X-29 express cars, a B70-M, Pennsy baggage cars, a P70, and some foreign road express cars, all selected by a card-order system. On my schedule this train was the one clearing out all the express stuff at the freight house and post office tracks each session. Never got the R-50 I wanted to run with it... but I have an excess of PRR express stuff now so I might decide to sell a batch as a set. As with the others, these cars are from a variety of manufacturers.
Would these sets be more attractive if a Kato E8 was included? Or is that better as an optional add-on?

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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2014, 02:11:34 AM »
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Piece out the sets.  I've found greater success unloading consists that aren't in heavy demand by selling the cars individually.
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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2014, 07:16:32 AM »
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I'd suggest keeping the Kato E8's separate.  I have plenty of E8's, just need something for them to pull! :D

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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2014, 11:36:19 AM »
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I'm very interested in mail trains and these sorts of things. I just don't know a lot about them.
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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2014, 11:37:59 AM »
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PM sent yesterday. Definitely interested.
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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2014, 01:00:45 PM »
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I call dibs you scavenger bitches!

my thread drift...   :)  my mail train  :ashat:


you are welcome to see them at my house :)

lol

p.s. bring your own E8's

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Re: "Custom selected" PRR name train sets from a mix of manufacturers
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2014, 01:11:06 PM »
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I call dibs you scavenger bitches!

my thread drift...   :)  my mail train  :ashat:


you are welcome to see them at my house :)

lol

p.s. bring your own E8's

lol

Can you promise to yell at me if I bring an early era 5 stripe DGLE AB set that may or may not be prototypical to the consist?
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