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New York Central 20th Century Limited

It was promoted as The Greatest Train in the World.  Its extra-fare opulence, comfort and reliability were intended to impress, and they did.  Since 1902, the flagship of the New York Central had been the New York–Chicago 20th Century Limited, but the greatest Century of all was the 1938 streamliner styled by Henry Dreyfuss.  In 1937, the New York Central was among the first railroads to enter the streamliner era with its Cleveland–Detroit Mercury.  Once that train’s appeal was established, the 20th Century Limited became the next natural candidate for streamlining.


The NYC hired the 32-year-old Dreyfuss to style this first, all-private-room train in America using Pullman car designs shared with the Pennsylvania Railroad’s contemporary Broadway Limited.  The Century appeared in tasteful tones of gray and blue offset by complementary tan, copper, and rust colors.  Dining and lounge interiors were sophisticated with rounded shapes and surfaces.  The diner was as elegant as a four-star Manhattan restaurant with other on-board services equally impeccable.  The train had a secretary, a telegraph, valet service and barber shop.  A red carpet was rolled out from the concourse to train-side for boarding passengers.


Before their introduction, more than 100,000 people walked through Century train sets on display in both New York and Chicago.  Then, at 5 p.m. on June 15, 1930, the first of the new trains departed simultaneously from the two cities the same hour at which the first two new Broadway Limiteds departed.  Their arrival times were likewise identical.  At first, the Century operated as a 13 car train, but later expanded to 17 cars and operated in two sections.


Fine Art Models has designed and built the an eleven car consist of the 1938 Century using the drawings from Pullman’s original archives - the first company ever permitted to do so.  These cars perfectly complement our Dreyfuss-streamlined J3a Hudson locomotive which pulled them, and make an interesting contrast with our cars of the 1938 Broadway Limited.  Each one is constructed of brass with sprung trucks and ball-bearing axle journals.  Every door that is supposed to open, does and each car has functional end diaphragms.  Complete underbody detail exists as well as complete interiors with lighting.  Real glass is used for the windows.  We encourage you to find the 20th Century or Broadway Limited of this quality in any museum today. 


Following please find the 1938 Century Cars Fine Art Models is producing:


•    Car No. 5020  -  Baggage, Railway Post Office Car  (never produced) 

•    Car No. 680  -  Dining Car (never produced)             

•    Car No. 681 *  -  Dining Car (never produced)              

•    Century Club   -  Dormitory, Barber Shop, Lounge       

•    Manhattan Island   -  Observation                

•    City of Indianapolis  -  17 Roomette                

•    City of Chicago *  -  17 Roomette                  

•    Cascade Glory   -  10 Roomette, 5 Double Bedroom           

•    Cascade Valley *   -  10 Roomette, 5 Double Bedroom      

•    Westchester County   -  13 Double Bedroom            

•    Imperial Castle   -  4-4-2 Bedroom               

•    Imperial Mansion *  -  4-4-2 Bedroom               

•    Imperial Palace *  -  4-4-2 Bedroom                


* Optional car for 13-car consist



References

Cook, Richard J. Sr., The Twentieth Century Limited, 1938–1967, Lynchburg, Virginia 1993, TLC Publishing, Inc.

New York Central 20th Century Limited - 4-4-2 Bedroom Car


Scale:                            1:32

Release:                        1998

Limited Edition:              50

Model Size:                   32”L x 4”W x 5”H

Base Type:                    Black Walnut

Base/Case Size:           35”L x 8”W x 8”H

Availability:                    Sold Out


New York Central 20th Century Limited - Observation Car


Scale:                            1:32

Release:                        2001

Limited Edition:              50

Price:                             $3,500

Model Size:                   32”L x 4”W x 5”H

Base Type:                    Black Walnut

Base/Case Size:           35”L x 8”W x 8”H

Availability:                    Available


New York Central 20th Century Limited - Club Car


Scale:                            1:32

Release:                        2001

Limited Edition:              50

Price:                             $3,500

Model Size:                   32”L x 4”W x 5”H

Base Type:                    Black Walnut

Base/Case Size:           35”L x 8”W x 8”H

Availability:                    Available


New York Central 20th Century Limited - 13 Double Bedroom Car


Scale:                            1:32

Release:                        2004

Limited Edition:              50

Model Size:                   32”L x 4”W x 5”H

Base Type:                    Black Walnut

Base/Case Size:           35”L x 8”W x 8”H

Availability:                    Sold Out


New York Central 20th Century Limited - 10-5 Bedroom Car


Scale:                            1:32

Release:                        2004

Limited Edition:              50

Model Size:                   32”L x 4”W x 5”H

Base Type:                    Black Walnut

Base/Case Size:           35”L x 8”W x 8”H

Availability:                    Sold Out


New York Central 20th Century Limited - 17 Roomette Car


Scale:                            1:32

Release:                        2005

Limited Edition:              50

Model Size:                   32”L x 4”W x 5”H

Base Type:                    Black Walnut

Base/Case Size:           35”L x 8”W x 8”H

Availability:                    Sold Out


New York Central 20th Century Limited - Dining Car


Scale:                            1:32

Release:                        2005

Limited Edition:              50

Model Size:                   32”L x 4”W x 5”H

Base Type:                    Black Walnut

Base/Case Size:           35”L x 8”W x 8”H

Availability:                    Never produced


New York Central 20th Century Limited - Railway Post Office Car


Scale:                            1:32

Release:                        2005

Limited Edition:              50

Model Size:                   32”L x 4”W x 5”H

Base Type:                    Black Walnut

Base/Case Size:           35”L x 8”W x 8”H

Availability:                    Never produced