LSC2021 Custom Coach Yard Santa Fe 1964 7-Car "Super Chief" Passenger Car Set
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The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, often referred to as the Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the largest railroads in the United States, operating between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California. Aside from being a pioneer in freight rail transport, the Santa Fe was also known for its prestigious passenger trains, including the legendary Chicago - Los Angeles Super Chief!
The Super Chief was one of the named passenger trains and the flagship of the Santa Fe Railway. The Super Chief was known as the “Train of the Stars,” because of the celebrities it carried between Chicago and Los Angeles. The Super Chief was inaugurated in May of 1936, and initially operated once a week from both Chicago and Los Angeles. After more cars had been delivered to the Santa Fe, the Super Chief ran twice weekly beginning in 1938 and daily after 1948. Between 1947 and 1951, the Super Chief was re-equipped with new, gleaming stainless steel streamlined passenger cars. Adding to the train’s mystique were its gourmet meals and Hollywood clientele. The Super Chief was world renowned, due to its five star service, five star meals and high speed travel, reaching speeds of 112 miles per hour! With its Super Chief service, the Santa Fe set a standard of excellence that was unprecedented at that time. When Amtrak took over operation of the nation’s passenger service on May 1, 1971, the 35 - year run of the Super Chief on the Santa Fe ended, though Amtrak used the name on the same route for three years, until 1974. Through the years, its passenger list would include many Hollywood stars and national dignitaries. The train’s appeal was not limited to those in the entertainment industry, as it also played host to numerous former presidents. These included Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald W. Reagan and their wives and families.
By the early 1960s, Santa Fe was going through some changes of their own when it came to passenger train operations. One of those changes was the consolidation of the El Capitan trains (Hi-Level cars) and the Super Chief. Three trains were run each day on the Chicago-Los Angeles round trip. Train 17 (westbound) was running their first train with hi-levels and sleepers combined. The second train (17B) was mostly Pullman cars only with the exception of the service lounges and dining cars. Train 18 (eastbound) consisted of a combination of all cars for the return trip to Chicago from LA.
Our seven piece set depicts a shorter version on the westbound train to Los Angeles (Train 17B). As this train was mostly a Pullman train crossing the country at night, much of the passengers were sleeping in their berths on their travels to Los Angeles.
The cars by then loss their side skirts with the exception to the Pleasure Dome cars. Upgrade trucks with disc brakes and improved mechanicals made riding these cars a bit more pleasurable.
Set Included the Following Cars:
CY1204 PSCM Pleasure Dome #504
CY1207 PSCM 36-Seat Diner #604
CY1208 PSCM Dorm Lounge #1344
CY1224 PSCM Regal 4-4-2 Sleeper "Regal Ruby"
CY1235.1 PSCM 11-DBR Sleeper "Indian Falls"
CY1235.2 PSCM 11-DBR Sleeper "Indian Scout"
CY1236 ACF Palm Series 10-6 Sleeper "Palm Leaf"
All cars produced in nickel-plated brass by Samhongsa of Korea in mid-1990s for The Coach Yard and have been custom finished in our LSC Custom Shop with added detail, interiors and passengers. Each car includes Kadee Couplers and working diaphragms.
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