Produced by Bethlehem Car Works
Pullman Sleeper 8-1-2 - HO Scale
Pullman offered a variety of sleeping accommodations in their cars, ranging from the lowly section to the delux Drawing Room. Pullman described its sleeping cars by the number of each type of accommodation, such as 8-1-2 for an 8 section – 1 drawing room – 2 compartment car.
There were 28 of these cars built to Plan 3979A as part of Lot 6261 in May and June of 1929 for Empire Builder service. Their names were ALEXANDER HENRY, ALEXANDER RAMSEY, ARTHUR A. DENNY, CHARLES A. BROADWATER, GEORGE B. WINSHIP, HENRY H. SIBLEY, HENRY M. RICE, ISAAC J. STEVENS, JAMES N. GLOVER, JOHN JACOB ASTOR, JOHN McLOUGHLIN, MARCUS DALY, PARIS GIBSON, THOMAS BURKE, GENERAL BENTEEN, GENERAL CANBY, GENERAL CUSTER, GENERAL FREMONT, GENERAL GIBBON, GENERAL LEAVENWORTH, GENERAL MERRILL, GENERAL MERRITT, GENERAL MILES, GENERAL SCOTT, GENERAL SHERIDAN, GENERAL SHERMAN, GENERAL SULLY and GENERAL W. C. BROWN. There were apparently three of these assigned to each train initially, but they were also used on the Winnipeg Limited, and possibly for other service.
The number actually operating on the GN is believed to have decreased by the time they were air conditioned, about 1935. A document in AFE 50498 called "Statement Showing Air Conditioned Passenger Train Equipment Assigned to our line as of October 31 1935" shows only the cars in bold listed above.
All of the cars that were air conditioned and continued in use on the GN received Ice Actuated Air Conditioning. All of the cars listed as being air conditioned on the GN were sold by Pullman for scrap in the early 1960s. Some of the others which went off-line prior to air conditoning were later sold to various railroads and leased back to Pullman.
The kit is based on the Branchline Trains plastic kit. Kit comes with trucks but without wheel sets and couplers. Intermountain wheel sets are recommended.
Additonal information on these cars may be found in GNRHS Reference Sheet 110 (September 1986).
Prototype info courtesy of Ken Middleton.