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Pennsylvania Railroad 1938 Broadway Limited Passenger Cars


The “Standard Railroad of the World” was the claim the Pennsylvania Railroad made for itself at the height of the passenger train era and, in 1938, its flagship train became the New York–Chicago Broadway Limited. 


In 1934, the Union Pacific’s new M-10000 articulated lightweight train made a national tour, including stops along the PRR.  Seeing the streamliner’s acceptance by the public, the Pennsy began considering how to modernize its own passenger service in kind.  At first, it hired an engineering firm to develop a high-speed multiple-unit electric train like the M-10000, but then decided its new, bi-directional GG1 Electric Locomotive, hauling conventional cars, would be more practical.  They commissioned industrial designer, Raymond Loewy, to style the GG1 and began thinking about a new train for it to pull.


Meanwhile, rival New York Central introduced its own first streamliner, the Detroit–Cleveland Mercury, which also attracted press and public attention, whereupon it decided to streamline its flagship 20th Century Limited.  Acting quickly, to avoid losing ground in the lucrative New York–Chicago market, the Pennsy proposed to the Central that the two roads jointly develop the Century and a new Broadway Limited together.  To its relief, the New York Central agreed.

 

Together, the two railroads approached Pullman-Standard to build their new cars, leaving it to Loewy and Central designer Henry Dreyfuss to give the two trains differentiated identities.  This they did—while the Century emerged in a conservative two-tone gray, Loewy’s train featured warm shades of Tuscan red and maroon with vivid yellow and blue accents in the public rooms.


The Pennsy bought enough equipment to streamline, not only the Broadway, but also some additional cars for the Spirit of St. Louis, the General and the Liberty Limited.  It inaugurated this Fleet of Modernism on June 15, 1938, the same day the new 20th Century Limited entered service.


Fine Art Models

Fine Art Models has designed and built the original 13 car consist of the 1938 Broadway Limited, using the drawings from Pullman’s original archives - the first company ever permitted to do so.  We have built a total of eight (8) unique cars in the Broadway consist including the heavyweight diner and RPO car and six (6) lightweight streamlined Pullman cars.  These cars perfectly compliment our GG1 Electric Locomotive, which pulled them, or our T1 Duplex 4-4-4-4 Steam Locomotive.


Each car 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 Broadway Limited Cars Fine Art Models is producing:


•    Car No. 6529  —  Railway Post Office Car (streamlined heavyweight)

•    Car No. 4420  —  Diner (streamlined heavyweight)

•    Car No. 4423 *  —  Diner (streamlined heavyweight)

•    Imperial Plateau  —  4-4-2 Bedroom

•    Imperial Point *  —  4-4-2 Bedroom

•    Allegheny County  —  13 Double Bedrooms

•    New York County *  —  13 Double Bedrooms

•    City of St. Louis  —  18 Roomettes

•    City of New York  —  18 Roomettes

•    City of Washington *  —  18 Roomettes

•    City of Columbus *  —  18 Roomettes

•    Harbour Springs  —  2 Double Bedroom, Secretary, Barber Shop, Bar-Lounge

•    Metropolitan View  —  2 Master Rooms, 1 Double Bdrm, Buffet/Lounge, Observation


*  Optional car for 13-car consist



References:

Welsh, Joe, Pennsy Streamliners–The Blue Ribbon Fleet, Waukesha, Wisconsin 1999, Kalmbach Publishing

 

Pennsylvania Railroad 1938 Broadway Limited Passenger Car - Railway Post Office Car


Scale:                            1:32

Release:                        1995

Limited Edition:              75

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

Base Type:                    Mahogany Roller

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

Availability:                    Sold Out


Pennsylvania Railroad 1938 Broadway Limited Passenger Car - Dining Car


Scale:                            1:32

Release:                        1995

Limited Edition:              100

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

Base Type:                    Mahogany

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

Availability:                    Sold Out


Pennsylvania Railroad 1938 Broadway Limited Passenger Car - 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:                    Mahogany

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

Availability:                    Sold Out


Pennsylvania Railroad 1938 Broadway Limited Passenger Car - 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:                    Mahogany

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

Availability:                   Available


Pennsylvania Railroad 1938 Broadway Limited Passenger Car - 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:                    Mahogany

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

Availability:                    Available


Pennsylvania Railroad 1938 Broadway Limited Passenger Car - 13 Double Bedroom Car


Scale:                            1:32

Release:                        2004

Limited Edition:              50

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

Base Type:                    Mahogany

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

Availability:                    Sold Out


Pennsylvania Railroad 1938 Broadway Limited Passenger Car - 18 Roomette Car


Scale:                            1:32

Release:                        2005

Limited Edition:              50

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

Base Type:                    Mahogany

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

Availability:                    Sold Out