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Who makes a nice passenger car that doesn't cost a small fortune? I'm looking for a few that I can customize that I want to give as a gift that would most likely sit on a shelf as display pieces so turning radius isn't a concern. I plan to repaint them completely so road name doesn't matter. I would also like to have full detailed interiors. Any ideas which ones would be a good starting point? Preferably a heavyweight style.
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depending how handy or motivated you are, the American Standard line of heavyweight kits are also worth a look. they are build up kits that make extremely well-detailed models, but require an amount of work.

they show up at swap meets and ebay. all-in price with trucks is similar to GGD prices, but not RTR.
I am now finishing a Mac's Car Shop 62 seater for The Congressional. The PRR ran this from D.C. along the Northeast Corridor. The kit is aluminum without a lot of interior detail, but it is scale and the windows are correct. I picked this up at the Cleveland Show.......for a song!

This car will be assigned to my Penn Central passenger train, which is about as prototypical as I can make up a train. It will be decorated in the "transitional" scheme which means......it's still got some PRR markings as well as the PC letterboard. If any of yinz remembers the PC.......you could see about anything running on their passenger trains. PRR....NYC....rust...you name it!

If you can find any of these kits, do not hesitate to tackle construction. I have modest skills and I believe my efforts have paid off!

These kits show up from time to time on the auction site: ---y. But shows are good,too! good luck! Tom in Picksburgh
The following may be helpful.

$130-$150 Atlas Budd cars.. more prototypes arriving in the coming year.






$75-$125 K-Line extruded aluminum cars




$130-$160 Golden Gate Depot (plastic)





$130-$160 Golden Gate Depot (extruded aluminum)






$90-$125 Weaver extruded aluminum



$80-$125 Weaver various

Pullman Bradley Cars 2005-2006



$80-$450 Mac Shops (extruded aluminum kits)


$50-$450 American Lightweight/American Standard Car Co. kits



$450-$1100 Pecos River Brass











$300-$750 Precision Scale Co. (brass imports)








$350-$800 Oriental Limited (brass imports)




$80-$400 Midland Reproductions (extruded aluminum kits)


$85-$450 Midland Reproductions (brass etched kits)






$450-$1100 Lionel Smithsonian Pullman cars





I need to gather some more photos but this is pretty good stretch of the passenger cars in O scale.

Beaver Creek
Sunny Side Shops
Holly cats- I almost forgot about one of my favorites, Wasatch Model Company!

I must confess its been a long while since I've seen these on the market, March Meet two years ago...$1200 a car. They were in 1994 $450 unpainted and $600-$700 painted.

I'll drop in some photos of these later.

Truly Golden Gate Depot plastic heavyweight cars are fantastic. For the money they are perfect. I'm going to experiment with using a Pullman Car Co. Resin kit and take the 6/6 Poplar series sides and install them on a GGD!! I'll keep you guys posted on that one.
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Posted January 20, 2012 11:15 AM
I am now finishing a Mac's Car Shop 62 seater for The Congressional. The PRR ran this from D.C. along the Northeast Corridor. The kit is aluminum without a lot of interior detail, but it is scale and the windows are correct. I picked this up at the Cleveland Show.......for a song!


Tom,
Glad you like the kit. You purchased it from me, and I may still have one or two Mac Shops Congressional cars left to sell. As I recall you also got a pair of GGD trucks in the deal. Reply to this post if interested in additional cars.

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