Forum members, Scott Mann GGD is going to make MR 21" passenger cars. I have asked for additional cars - about 15 cars total - and he seems up for that. I do not know enough about MR cars and the Web is not much help. The MR 261 group has only 2 actual MR shop built cars. From your knowledge / books could you send to me or post a list of car types/ / names / and car numbers of Olympian Hiawatha cars that the MR shops built for around the 1947 era? Are you going to order any of the cars? Thanks Bruce Clark
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The Olympian Hiawatha was never a really long train because it competed with the Empire Builder and the North Coast Ltd. Realistically nine or ten cars is about par for that train. All of the consist tables I looked st were in that 9 or 10 cars
I agree with GN Man about what I would like to buy. The latest 3rd Rail/GGD back page ad in the most recent OGR announced these cars for sale/ reservation in three CMSP&P paint schemes, but no "great dome" cars. I'm going to try calling Scott today to ask about that. The great domes, according to a cursory search of the internet, only appeared in the 1952 and UP schemes. Scott is pretty committed to prototypical authenticity, so I would expect that if he offers an accurate great dome it will only be with correct trucks and in the late orange/maroon or UP Armour yellow paints. I'm sure the costs of producing the great dome with the unique three axle trucks might be somewhat higher, perhaps prohibitively so. Nevertheless it would be a shame to make an otherwise accurate consist without offering the prototypically correct great dome. I also have the K-Line set. I guess I could use that great dome to round out my 3rd Rail consist, but there would most likely be issues with color match and proportional differences. I'll let you guys know what Scott us thinking when/if I reach him.