seeking short passenger cars

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by gjxj, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. gjxj

    gjxj New Member

    I'm looking for some short steam era passenger cars that will look right on
    a tight layout. Ive found a few references to 36-40 ft passenger cars, but can't find anyone who makes them.. Ideas..?
  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Roundhouse/MDC makes them under the "Overton" name. I don't know if Horizon has them in current production, but you may find them in a well equipped local train shop or at a train show.
  3. gjxj

    gjxj New Member

  4. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member

  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

  6. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    One thing to keep in mind is that the "steam era" lasted for 130 years or so--from the 1830s to the 1960s! The little Overton cars are cute but they are most appropriate for a pre-1900 layout, and even then they were rare. You might be better off with some of the 60-foot "shorty" Athearn passenger cars. Unless you are running 15" radius or tighter curves, a 60' passenger car should work fine.
  7. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member

  8. gjxj

    gjxj New Member

    Thanks all, this is a christmas tree layout, so 'cute' is pretty much what we are after. I have an 18in minumum, so longer cars will 'work' but they just don't look right to me. I think the overtons will work well with my IHC 2-6-0.. (If they are wrong period I dont want to know..)
  9. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member

    Actually the Overton cars - there only 2 built I think - were early 20th century on the Sierra Ry in California. They were shorter than usual to fit the switchback tail on a particular segment of the Sierra Ry.

    Their cuteness factor and size has made them inordinately popular with model railroaders (don't ask me how I know this). 50 ft and longer passenger cars (Overtons are 34 ft) were the norm by the turn of the century even on most narrow gauge railroads. Before Roundhouse made them, Ulrich made them in cast metal (I have those kits too).

    yours in cute and small (not me - my trains!)
  10. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    It was probably the only regularly scheduled passenger train that used a shay for motive power! The grades and curves on the Angel's branch of the Sierra were too great for rod engines to handle.
  11. wjstix

    wjstix Member

    Walthers / Rivarossi offers an RPO, Baggage, Utility Coach and Utility Combine that are each 60' long - just like their prototypes.

    Athearn makes (if I remember right) a 63' RPO, 67' Baggage, and 72' Coach that are prototypical length. They also offer a Diner, Pullman, and Obs car that are 72' long but should really be 80'. Rivarossi/IHC also offer Baggage, RPO, Combine and Coaches that are correctly around 66-70' in length.

    BTW you asked about 40' cars...the Burlington actually did have some 40' heavyweight cars they used on some branchlines.

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