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Passenger car possibly useful for modelers of early American RR
« on: December 26, 2016, 12:27:46 AM »
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Browsing through DM-Toys website I ran into a BRAWA model of an early passenger car stock # 65255.  While it is depicting European car, the writeup has the following info:
Mr. Klein, a design official, went on a learning trip to the USA. One of the results of his efforts was that the Royal State of W├╝rttemberg Railways K.W.St.E. did not build its first vehicles based on the English style. A sample carriage was bought in the USA and was duplicated as wooden constructions by native factories and craft shops. Until 1867, the K.W.St.E. ordered 350 of these roomy four axle carriages in different versions. In 1899, a conversion program was started where some of the "Americans" were fitted with new addons with modern double windows. From 1906, these carriages were classified as third and fourth class and were used until the 1930s.



I'm not very familiar with the early American RR so I don't know if this car could pass for an American prototype (after removing the buffers?), but I thought that someone might find this info useful.
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Re: Passenger car possibly useful for modelers of early American RR
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2016, 01:11:51 AM »
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Looks sorta like a UP Emigrant car from the 1860's-70s.

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Re: Passenger car possibly useful for modelers of early American RR
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2016, 12:39:02 AM »
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The main difference I can see is that most 1800s American passenger cars had wood sides.  This one looks like it has been rebuilt with steel sides.

On the other hand, well-maintained passenger cars of the period had tightly fit siding with good paint, usually varnished, so the boards wouldn't really show.  Nothing like even a new boxcar (not varnished), and certainly not the weathered wooden cars of the 1940s and later.
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Re: Passenger car possibly useful for modelers of early American RR
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2016, 12:38:23 PM »
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A neat find none the less!
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Re: Passenger car possibly useful for modelers of early American RR
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2016, 07:02:09 PM »
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First thing that jumped out at me was Lincoln's funeral railcar. [ Guests cannot view attachments ]

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Re: Passenger car possibly useful for modelers of early American RR
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2016, 01:03:29 AM »
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Mecgp7:  My sister and I saw Lincoln's car, or at least its replica, this summer.  It was at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum near Lexington, while touring at least the Midwest.
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Re: Passenger car possibly useful for modelers of early American RR
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2016, 05:19:51 PM »
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Lincoln Funeral car in Springfield, IL  April 2015



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