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RailSmith - 302003 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Observation, Blunt-Ended - Southern Pacific - 9044

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Stock Number302003
Original Retail Price$54.00
Body StyleWalthers Passenger Car Pullman Mixed Set
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
PrototypePassenger Car, Lightweight, Observation, Blunt-Ended
Road or Company NameSouthern Pacific (Details)
Reporting MarksSP
Road or Reporting Number9044
Paint Color(s)Silver with Red Stripe
Print Color(s)Black
Coupler TypeMT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler MountBody-Mount
Wheel TypeChemically Blackened Metal
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date2022-09-01
Item CategoryPassenger Cars
Model TypeLightweight/Streamlined
Model SubtypeObservation
Model VarietyBlunt-Ended

Specific Item Information: Presenting the SP observation #9044 in silver & red on the 1958+ Cascade!

Southern Pacific had a total of nine blunt-end observations. The paint scheme of these for the assigned trains, would evolve over time. In 1958 the Sunset Limited scheme of silver with the thin red stripe, so loved by the ESPEE brass, was adopted to be what they called the General Service scheme. Not to be confused with the Golden State silver & red which was slightly different.

So it was in 1958, that the Cascade was ‘freshened up’ from the two-tone-gray scheme to this new silver scheme.A total of three blunt-end cars wore the General Service scheme. Two wore the Golden State ‘simulated stainless steel’. scheme.

This car #9044, was one of those three ‘GS’ cars.

According to the Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society, three of the blunt-end Obersvations were painted in the General Service scheme of silver with the red stripe. The two Golden State cars were painted in a variation of the silver & red yet different from the General Service scheme. Actual photo here of 9040 on the City of San Francisco.

The Cascade logo on the drumhead was removed at this time, so no drumhead decoration is on this car 9044.
Model Information: RailSmith released sets of mixed body styles in the Pullman lightweight series starting in 2019.
Road Name History:
The Southern Pacific Transportation Company (reporting mark SP), earlier Southern Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Company, and usually called the Southern Pacific or (from the railroad's initials) Espee, was an American Class I railroad. It was absorbed in 1988 by the company that controlled the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and eight years later became part of the Union Pacific Railroad.

The railroad was founded as a land holding company in 1865, later acquiring the Central Pacific Railroad by lease. By 1900 the Southern Pacific Company was a major railroad system incorporating many smaller companies, such as the Texas and New Orleans Railroad and Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad. It extended from New Orleans through Texas to El Paso, across New Mexico and through Tucson, to Los Angeles, through most of California, including San Francisco and Sacramento. Central Pacific lines extended east across Nevada to Ogden, Utah, and reached north through Oregon to Portland. Other subsidiaries eventually included the St. Louis Southwestern Railway (Cotton Belt), the Northwestern Pacific Railroad at 328 miles (528 km), the 1,331 miles (2,142 km) Southern Pacific Railroad of Mexico, and a variety of 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge routes.

In 1929 SP/T&NO operated 13848 route-miles not including Cotton Belt, whose purchase of the Golden State Route circa 1980 nearly doubled its size to 3,085 miles (4,965 km), bringing total SP/SSW mileage to around 13,508 miles (21,739 km).

By the 1980s route mileage had dropped to 10,423 miles (16,774 km), mainly due to the pruning of branch lines. In 1988 the Southern Pacific was taken over by D&RGW parent Rio Grande Industries. The combined railroad kept the Southern Pacific name due to its brand recognition in the railroad industry and with customers of both constituent railroads. Along with the addition of the SPCSL Corporation route from Chicago to St. Louis, the total length of the D&RGW/SP/SSW system was 15,959 miles (25,684 km).

By 1996 years of financial problems had dropped SP's mileage to 13,715 miles (22,072 km), and it was taken over by the Union Pacific Railroad.

Read more on Wikipedia.
Brand/Importer Information:
RailSmith is a brand launched by Lowell Smith in 2019. Lowell acquired the toolings from Walthers.

With each release, RailSmith will bring passenger cars from across the spectrum of North America’s railroads, with the goal of building entire trains over a period-of-time. It is our plan to release cars that might be for a specific train, but you can use these cars as you see fit, as did the railroads.

Production plans are grand, but we believe they are also achievable. We do not have the capabilities to release an entire train at once, but being able to focus on one release (two-or-three cars at a time), we can build a train over time.
Item created by: CNW400 on 2022-05-04 09:27:56

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