Aurora & Portland Owner
Alan, I found my BLI Zephyr dining car. Same name as you have, Silver Plate.
This represents a Santa Fe "Palm" series 10-6 sleeper (10 roomettes, 6 double bedrooms) purchased from American Car and Foundry (ACF) in 1951. They ordered 13 cars in Lot #3359, Plan #9014.I have received this coach and I don't know which kind of coach it is exactly, or in which train it was used. I know this is a Walthers H0 model, but nothing apart from that. The model didn't have a box. Could you give me some clue on this coach?
Most manufacturers do this. Passenger cars are so unique to different roads and have enough variation that it's impossible to keep up with them.Walthers have a habit of naming models for the wrong car.
Yes, that one is a dining car. And modeled quite accurately by BLI.I don't know about Walthers messing up their decorations, but if that is supposed to be a car on the Cal Zephyr, with the name "Silver Plate" and the door in the middle of the car, it is a dining car! The door is where the kitchen is so the cooks can upload their supplies, and also get a breath of fresh air! The fluting on the car's sides is typical of Budd-built passenger cars for the C.B.&Q, one of the lines that ran the CZ. Can't say for sure if the corrigation is correct in all respects. The "Q" named most of their passenger stock and streamlined diesel motive power "Silver something or other". In this case, the "Plate" part of the car name refers to the dishes that meals were served on. If you don't want it, send it to me, and I'll run it on my Zephyr.
Interesting question you started here. Something that I noticed as did everyone else no roof top vent...... BUT......there are side vents at the roof line where the side wall meets the start of the roof pitch. I was looking at some other pictures and these seem to only occur on sleepers cars. I see 3 of them in your picture on one side and possibly one on the opposite side?Hello,
I have received this coach and I don't know which kind of coach it is exactly, or in which train it was used. I know this is a Walthers H0 model, but nothing apart from that. The model didn't have a box. Could you give me some clue on this coach? Thanks in advance.
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A couple of club members have the BLI models and the differences between them and the Walthers product is marked. Walthers have made improvements in the last releases by having first, factory installed grab irons and in the last runs, window gaskets and passenger figures installed (for a higher price). Otherwise, they appear to be the same cars as before.Yes, that one is a dining car. And modeled quite accurately by BLI.
You are certainly welcome. And I have found some conflicting information. There is an article in Model Railroader, August 1993, by Andy Sperandeo [RIP] that states these cars were used in the Super Chief from 1951 to 1964. Knowing Andy this is probably accurate.Really, gentlemen, thanks a lot for all efforts you are taking to answer me. Thanks.
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