What's the Preferred Next Rapido NH LT WT Stainless Steel Car?

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Peter R Ness
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March 29th, 2018, 9:08 am #151

Boy, talk about thread drift - and longevity! lol.  Lots of great discussion and info, though.

I'm in Reggie Day's camp pack on page 2 or 3 almost a year ago...200-series (County) cars.  I can see the need and volume for grills and diners, but a couple point should be made, despite the sales levels for the brass sides raised earlier - and it's hard to challenge good data!

Consider:
If you're running a consist with an FL-9 pr EP-5 you need these cars- even if one per train - how many FL-9's did you buy and how many EP-5s?  Right...

If you're not running and FL-9 or EP-5 you need these cars. Why? because you can get the version with the really cool telephone antenna on the roof!

You really do need "more than one": of these cars no matter what era or motive power you model.  Remember, a bunch of these cars were reconfigured and the baggage section eliminated...Oh! nope. no one has mentioned that one yet...so, a County is not a County is not a County....

Reggie already mentioned there were survivors into other railroads.

Lastly on the sales volume of brass sides; that was a while ago - there were no FL-9s or EP-5s other than brass, so possibly a smaller market than today. Also a more edumacated. larger market today,

Meat wagons may come first, but I think the County cars should not be counted out.

Regards,
Peter
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DBrion
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March 29th, 2018, 3:52 pm #152

I'm in Peter's corner with regards to suggesting the next Rapido LW SS car.

According to the book The Official Pullman Standard Library Vol. - 10 Northeast Railroads, the New Haven had an overall total of 20 baggage-lounge and baggage-parlor lounge combines in several configurations.  The New Haven had 10 diners and 15 grill cars.  In terms of quantity the combines and the food service cars were about equal.  In terms of utility and assignment to various trains I do not know.  IMHO the combines offer a different yet very cohesive makeup for the overall LW SS fleet.

I would vote for the 200-series combines.  I have no favorites about which of the several configurations should be selected.
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NewHavenGeek
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April 12th, 2018, 8:52 am #153

I'd like the diners and grill cars
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Statkowski
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April 12th, 2018, 9:23 am #154

Coaches we've now got, same with parlors.  Gotta have food service.
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jkelley01938
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June 18th, 2018, 8:11 am #155

Yes Union Station Products
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RRRich67
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June 25th, 2018, 5:43 pm #156

nhhe52 wrote: Very condensed!
I'd vote for the parlor/buffet/lounge combine.  They ran on both the "Bankers"/"Connecticut Yankee" (#67 & #80) and the "Nathan Hale" (#69 & #86) on the Hartford Division.  Usually trailed by a grill car!

Rich Teed
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John Sheridan
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June 26th, 2018, 9:42 am #157

The 200 series Combine cars ran on just about every named train. They also used them on the Merchants, etc as a divider car to keep the rabble from the coach sections from mingling with the extra fare Parlor passengers. 

Just about every train in the 1950s & 1960s had 1 of these in the consist. 
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John Sheridan
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June 26th, 2018, 9:47 am #158

Statkowski wrote: Coaches we've now got, same with parlors.  Gotta have food service.
We asked the members when selling the Coaches & Parlors "what next would you like to see" ?

The overwhelming answer: Food Service cars. 
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nhhe52
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Joined: March 26th, 2004, 12:19 am

June 26th, 2018, 6:24 pm #159

Perhaps Rapido would offer the combine in conjunction with the food service car(s).  They just announced the 5-car Tempo train set which I believe has three different passenger car configurations.

If they don’t get enough pre-orders for the combines they can cancel it.

Ed
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Vandibe
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June 26th, 2018, 7:06 pm #160

Thread jack...

JKelley,

Have you tried the Union Station passenger car sides? I found them awhile back thinking I might be able to use them for food service with the coaches and parlors but I wasn’t ready to deal with donor cars, detail parts from multiple manufactures, etc.

If so, may I contact you offline for your thoughts and recommendations, like which donor car might be best, etc.

Eric
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