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N Scale - Centralia Car Shops - CCS7506-04 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, ACF Observation Lounge - Great Northern - Missouri River

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N Scale - Centralia Car Shops - CCS7506-04 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, ACF Observation Lounge - Great Northern - Missouri River Image Courtesy of InterMountain Railway
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Brand Centralia Car Shops
Stock Number CCS7506-04
Original Retail Price $49.95
Manufacturer InterMountain Railway
Production Type Regular Production
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Body Style Centralia Car Shops Passenger Observation Car
Prototype Passenger Car, Lightweight, ACF Observation Lounge (Details)
Road or Company Name Great Northern (Details)
Road or Reporting Number Missouri River
Additional Markings/Slogan Empire Builder
Paint Color(s) Green and Orange
Print Color(s) Yellow
Paint Scheme Empire Builder
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Lightweight/Streamlined
Model Subtype ACF
Model Variety Observation Lounge
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: The 2-1-1 Observation – Buffet Lounge is a new N scale release from Centralia Car Shops. This new model is painted silver, to represent the Pullman car Muskingum River. The lettering is black. The new car is tooled with interior details and lights. The car is equipped with Micro-Trains® trucks and couplers.

I am not overly impressed with the delivery of this model. It looks great but mine arrived broken. It came with a damaged antenna wire and the pull-strip for activating the batteries was unreachable without disassembly of the body. For a $50 model this is pretty bad to have not one but two defects. I was only able to remove the battery activation strip after removing the batteries. I then discovered that the batteries were dead or the wiring was defective. Furthermore the batteries had leaked, damaging the battery storage plate. After trying to repair the antenna and failing, I threw the model in the spare parts bin.

Prototype History:
American Car & Foundry was a prominent player in the post-war lightweight streamlined era. They produced many different models for most of the major players in the passenger space. Most of these cars were of the 'Smoothside' style. Being lightweight, they were equipped with 2-axle high-speed bogies. One example of this period is the Observation-Lounge car built for the Great Northern by Pullman Standard in 1951 for the Empire Builder as the “Mountain” series observation cars. The cars were configured as 2 Roomette-buffet-lounge-observation units. These cars were moved to other GN trains such as the Western Star in 1955, and replaced by the “Coulee” series 6-4-1-observation cars.

Road Name History:
The Great Northern Railway (reporting mark GN) was an American Class I railroad. Running from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, it was the creation of 19th century railroad entrepreneur James J. Hill and was developed from the Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad. The Great Northern's (GN) route was the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the U.S.

The Great Northern was the only privately funded - and successfully built - transcontinental railroad in U.S. history. No federal land grants were used during its construction, unlike all other transcontinental railroads.

The Great Northern was built in stages, slowly to create profitable lines, before extending the road further into the undeveloped Western territories. In a series of the earliest public relations campaigns, contests were held to promote interest in the railroad and the ranchlands along its route. Fred J. Adams used promotional incentives such as feed and seed donations to farmers getting started along the line. Contests were all-inclusive, from largest farm animals to largest freight carload capacity and were promoted heavily to immigrants & newcomers from the East.

In 1970 the Great Northern, together with the Northern Pacific Railway, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway merged to form the Burlington Northern Railroad. The BN operated until 1996, when it merged with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Centralia Car Shops is an N-Scale manufacturer based in Des Plaines Illinois. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Des Plaines hobbies. Des Plaines Hobbies was founded by Ron Sebastian in 1984. Centralia subcontracts its manufacturing to InterMountain and 'piggy-backs' the production runs onto the InterMountain runs using the same factories in China as InterMountain. Shipping from factories in China is also coordinated with InterMountain as is distribution to retailers.

Des Plaines Hobbies is a old fashioned hobbyshop with an emphasis on Model Railroading. It was started 33 years ago when you could purchase a tube of glue and sticks of balsa wood. That is still true today, although we have added a few items. About 20 years ago we ventured into some light manufacturing and are also home to Centralia Car Shops, S Scale America, and O Scale America lines of kits, decals and parts. Also along the way we have purchased a few small lines that we still offer such as Microscale's S Scale decal line and Mullet River Model Works HO and S lines.

Des Plaines Hobbies is located 3 1/2 miles north of O Hare International Airport at 1524 Lee/Mannheim (US 12-45). Pace buses conveniently run north and south on Lee/Mannheim from O Hare and the Des Plaines Metra station (1 mile north). For drivers, there is parking for a couple hundred cars out front and on the right side of the store. We are located on the south side of the Jewel food store under the red awning. Come for a visit. ADA restroom available. Coffee is usually hot, if not, ask and we will put a pot on.

Item created by: gdm on 2019-10-17 14:00:11

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