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RailSmith - 753603 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Fluted, RPO - Spokane Portland & Seattle - Geo B. Armstrong - 32

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Stock Number753603
Original Retail Price$52.00
BrandRailSmith
ManufacturerRailSmith
Body StyleRailSmith Passenger Car 72' Fluted Railway Post Office
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
PrototypePassenger Car, Lightweight, Fluted, RPO
Road or Company NameSpokane Portland & Seattle (Details)
Road or Reporting NumberGeo B. Armstrong - 32
Paint Color(s)Silver with Green & Yellow
Print Color(s)Yellow
Coupler TypeGeneric Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler MountBody-Mount
Wheel TypeChemically Blackened Metal
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Announcement Date2022-10-12
Release Date2023-07-01
Item CategoryPassenger Cars
Model TypeLightweight/Streamlined
Model SubtypeFluted
Model Variety72 Foot RPO
Scale1/160



Specific Item Information: Railway Post Office #32 – Spokane Portland & Seattle. Built for the MKT’s Texas Special in 1947 by Pullman-Standard this car was sold to the Spokane Portland & Seattle in 1968. Painted in the current scheme for the day, ‘broad stripe’. This is a Prototype car and to the era of this paint scheme, has no skirts. Our release will also have dark trucks and under frame, not as shown.
Road Name History:
The Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway (SP&S) (reporting mark SPS) was a United States-based railroad incorporated in 1905. It was a joint venture by the Great Northern Railway and the Northern Pacific Railway to build a railroad along the north bank of the Columbia River. Remnants of the line are currently operated by BNSF Railway.

The railroad was chartered in 1905 by James J. Hill to connect the two transcontinental railroads owned by him, the Northern Pacific (NP) and Great Northern (GN), to Portland, Oregon from Spokane, Washington, to gain a portion of the lumber trade in Oregon, a business then dominated by E.H. Harriman's Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads. Construction began in 1906 under the name Portland & Seattle Railway, proceeding eastward from Vancouver, Washington. 1906 also saw the start of construction of the line between Vancouver and Portland, including work on three major new bridges, crossing the Columbia River, the Oregon Slough and the Willamette River. The northernmost of these was the first bridge of any kind to be built across the lower Columbia River.

In January 1908 "Spokane" was added to the railroad's name, making it the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway. SP&S freight and passenger service (from Pasco) to Portland was inaugurated in November 1908. By 1909 the railroad had completed construction of its line up to Spokane along the Snake River. In 1910 SP&S gained control of the Oregon Electric interurban railway, which the Great Northern had acquired two years before. Under the control of the SP&S the railroad was extended southward to Eugene, Oregon by 1912. SP&S also operated a second subsidiary railroad in western Oregon, the Oregon Traction Company, which owned a route to Seaside, Oregon. A third route on which the SP&S operated extended southward from Wishram, Washington to Bend, Oregon was the Oregon Trunk Railroad.

Read more on Wikipedia and The Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway Historical Society
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 2022-10-12 23:39:45. Last edited by CNW400 on 2023-11-01 09:43:57

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