Branchline is producing a
series of high quality plastic heavyweight cars. This site will examine these
cars with the Santa Fe in mind. The major problem for Santa Fe modelers is that
Santa Fe steam ejector air conditioning equipment has not been modeled for any
of these cars.
ATSF nor would they have NORMALLY been seen on the ATSF. However, Art Gibson writes,
" Indeed the NYC coaches offered by Branchline were seen
on the Santa Fe and, one of them, went out in a spectacular style.
the summer of '46 (if my feeble mind recalls correctly), train 2nd #8 was running
late, and very fast. On the eastbound track (left hand running) at Melvern, Kansas,
there is a leftward sweeping curve that is also on a descending grade and swings
in alongside the westbound track that is lower and on the south side of the e.b.
track. Power on this late afternoon was engine 1313, a light 4-6-2. Due to excessive
speed, the train left the rail and flew over the w.b. track and skidded to a stop
on the south bank of the cut. The rider car on this train was New York Central
1473, a coach. (This is the car modeled by Branchline, if I am seeing things correctly.)
wrecked equipment was later towed to Topeka on a "hospital train" pulled
by the 1824 (2-6-2). The 1313 was scrapped the following Jan. 1947. I "think"
the NYC 1473 was also scrapped, but do not now remember its exact disposition."
Series, Pullman 8-1-2
The Cent seris
were built 1928-30. In 1948, the Santa Fe purchased 28 of these cars from Pullman.
Branchline will offer:
in my possession show the following cars:
1/27/52 California Limited: Centanda,
1/22/54 California Limited: Centanda, Centdale
10/16/53 Grand Canyon: Laurel Wood
9/26/48 Scout: Centarora,
10/17/52 Scout: Laurel Valley
10/18/52 Scout: Centdale
Scout: Laurel Valley (Bad date, as Scout discontinued in 1954)
series cars from other roads might have also appeared, especially on the Grand
Other sightings would be welcome.
Series, Pullman 10-1-2
The Lake cars
being offered by Branchline are as built (1927) with two vestibules. When Santa
Fe purchased Lake series cars in 1948, they eliminated one vestibule and
enlarged the lounge area. Therefore, Santa Fe Lake cars do not match this
Santa Fe owned Lake cars:
|Dean Lake||Echo Lake||Lava Lake||Moose Lake||Star
|Dell Lake||Fern Lake||Lona Lake||Spear
However, Keith Jordan
reports that Santa Fe had 6 additional Lake cars which were assigned to
the ATSF but still owned by Pullman. These had steam ejector air conditioning
and double vestibules. These were:
|Lake Bonaparte||Lake Bryant||Lake Clealum||Lake
Kengosa||Lake Owen||Lake Worth|
Sedgwick (Plan 3585A) Was also assigned to the ATSF.
Undecorated Branchline car could be painted for these cars.
of the models should come with steam ejector air conditioning: 5238 Erie Josephine
Lake and 5239 Erie Lake Worth.
Some consists from my files:
9/15/31 Grand Canyon: Lake Clealum, Lake Isabella, Lake Roland,
Dean Lake (All Pullman owned at this time)
8/25/52 Grand Canyon: Lake Martha
(PS owned, with SE air)
8/29/52 Grand Canyon: Lake Martha
Canyon: Western Lake (Wabash)
Jordan reports: "There is
confirmation that Lake Bryant and Lake Owen operated on the Temple-Clovis trains
circa WWII and later."
This is a work in progress. Please
make contributions. Corrections and input to Steve