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N Scale - RailSmith - 753602 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Fluted, RPO - Frisco - Normandy - 251

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N Scale - RailSmith - 753602 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Fluted, RPO - Frisco - Normandy - 251 Image Courtesy of Lowell Smith


Stock Number 753602
Original Retail Price $52.00
Brand RailSmith
Manufacturer RailSmith
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style RailSmith Passenger Car 72' Fluted Railway Post Office
Prototype Passenger Car, Lightweight, Fluted, RPO
Road or Company Name Frisco (Details)
Road or Reporting Number Normandy - 251
Paint Color(s) Silver & Red
Print Color(s) Red
Paint Scheme Meteor
Coupler Type Generic Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Announcement Date 2022-10-12
Release Date 2023-07-01
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Lightweight/Streamlined
Model Subtype Fluted
Model Variety 72 Foot RPO
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: This Railway Post Office car was built by Pullman in 1947-48 specifically for the Meteor. The METEOR ran from St. Louis to Oklahoma City and had connecting cars to New York City (Pennsy) and Washington DC (Wabash), and Chicago (GM&O), and to Jersey City (B&O).

Road Name History:
The St. Louis - San Francisco Railway (reporting mark SLSF), also known as the Frisco, was a railroad that operated in the Midwest and South Central U.S. from 1876 to April 17, 1980. At the end of 1970 it operated 4,547 miles (7,318 km) of road on 6,574 miles (10,580 km) miles of track, not including subsidiaries Quanah, Acme and Pacific Railway or the Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railroad; that year it reported 12,795 million ton-miles of revenue freight and no passengers. It was purchased and absorbed into the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1980.

The St. Louis - San Francisco Railway was incorporated in Missouri on September 7, 1876. It was formed from the Missouri Division and Central Division of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. This land grant line was one of two railroads (the other being the M-K-T) authorized to build across Indian Territory. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, ATSF, interested in the A & P right of way across the Mojave Desert to California, took the road over until the larger road went bankrupt in 1893; the receivers retained the western right of way but divested the ATSF of the St. Louis-San Francisco mileage on the great plains. After bankruptcy the Frisco emerged as the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad, incorporated on June 29, 1896, which also went bankrupt. On August 24, 1916 the company was reorganized as the St. Louis - San Francisco Railway, though the line never went west of Texas, being more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from San Francisco.

From 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 2022-10-12 23:45:32

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