65 foot pass. coaches?

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Harpo, May 20, 2005.

  1. Harpo

    Harpo Member


    I recently acquired from the consignment bin at my LHS three lighted Bachmann PRR coaches in N gauge. For a couple of bucks I couldn't pass these by, but I'm curious about the fact that they are a scale 65 ft long, not 80. So far I haven't found any prototypical info, but then I havent looked really hard yet. These appear to be possibly commuter coaches, probably steel, but I'm thinkin' maybe open platform at one time, rebuilt to closed. Does this ring a bell with anyone? I seem to recall reading something about this somewhere...


  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Welcome to The Gauge :thumb: Sounds like you have "shorties", coach models that are selectively compressed to capture the spirit of the prototype while maintaining the ability to go around sharper curves found on smaller layouts. I have a set of Life-Like Scene Master coaches that I pull with a "modern" 4-4-0 American that looks just right doing it. I've upgraded the couplers and wheelsets and few are the wiser for it. :thumb:
  3. absnut

    absnut Member


    Check out this site:


    He has a lot to say in Part I about the Bachmann shorties and possible prototypes.

    And welcome aboard! :wave:


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