$227.48 (as of October 25, 2018, 6:10 pm)
The lightweight, streamlined passenger car was once a product of the Great Depression. At the same time as the heavyweight steel cars built in the teens and 1920s were dependable and regularly luxurious, their dark colors and solid, battleship-like exteriors did little to lift the spirits at a time when all the nation needed a pick-me-up. As noted railroad historian John H. White, Jr. put it in The American Railroad Passenger Car, “Some hope all the way through these gloomy years was once offered by a new design concept called streamlining. It presented a sleek, modern image of speed and innovation. What had been an obscure technical term in aerodynamics was once made into a household word through an astute publicity campaign mounted by several railroad traffic departments. It succeeded in creating a general interest in railroading practically unknown since the opening of the first transcontinental line. The majority of lightweights were 80’–85’ long, which scales out to about 21” in O gauge. Many O gauge modelers, alternatively, find cars of this length impractical, as they require large curves and create long trains that can overwhelm a typical-sized layout. For those reasons, our Premier lightweights are about 70 scale feet in length — reproducing the feel and appear of prototype streamliners in a model which will round O-42 curves with ease and look at home on most scale-detailed O gauge layouts.It is hard to match the excitement and beauty of a long, sleek passenger train speeding down the rails. M.T.H.’s Premier Line scale streamlined passenger cars and sets will bring exactly the right, realistic look to your passenger consists.
No other manufacturer matches the quality and value found inside an M.T.H. Premier Line passenger car. The use of an intricately detailed, yet durable ABS body atop smooth rolling die-cast metal trucks results in a lightweight car that may not bog down a locomotive struggling to pull heavy aluminum passenger cars. What’s more, each Premier Line passenger car features detailed ca