NP NEWS! A new Northern Pacific Heavyweight?!?

EMD F7A Nov 1, 2018

  1. EMD F7A

    EMD F7A TrainBoard Member

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    Good morning everybody! Halloween passed with nary a hitch and here I am sipping over my morning coffee, checking the updates on new releases. Imagine my surprise, when I find that Micro Trains has just announced the first release of a retail/commercially available Northern Pacific heavyweight passenger car, ever! This is fantastic news, and while I truly love Lowell Smith for what he has done I think it is fantastic to see a more affordable option finally coming to market! In the spirit of this, let's go over the list of all of the northern Pacific passenger cars produced thus far, as far back as I know.

    -Rapido streamlined (corrugated) 1960's Loewy Green set with their F units
    -Con-Cor streamlined (smooth side) cars, including the rare box set with F3 ABA locomotives (which I have!)
    -Roundhouse/MDC Overtons in olive with yellow stripes
    -Walthers smoothside in Loewy green
    -Intermountain smooth side cars in Loewy green
    -Intermountain smooth side cars in Loewy green
    -Intermountain smooth side cars in Pine Tree scheme (wrong colors)
    -Rapido (modern release) smooth side cars in Loewy green
    -Lowell Smith heavyweights and smooth sides in Loewy and Pine Tree (all very limited release)

    Mind you, the only trains above that were ever generally completed somewhat accurate were released by Con-Cor, and Intermountain if you don't expect dome cars (which may come someday, but if you haven't already been collecting these cars for literally over a decade you will never have the full train).

    Now the fact that Lowell Smith is about to release a fresh line of stunning passenger cars and from the sample images on his email last week, it looks like us Northern Pacific fans will be included!

    While I know this is just one car, Micro Trains has a tendency to tease upcoming multiple car releases in their heavyweight line with just one or two cars at first. it would be hard for me to truly express my excitement at this, and the idea of having a complete heavyweight trained to pull behind my brand-new BLI F7 set in the matching scheme, well it really has my holiday train-buying plans swiftly perking up!

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  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Wow. Such a reminder of my youth. Classic colors, appearance. (y)
     
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  3. bremner

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    I agree, it looks great and fits my era. too bad they never made it out to small Pacific Electric branches.
     
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  4. EMD F7A

    EMD F7A TrainBoard Member

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    I'm sure you've custom painted a fleet by now... did they have any matching-consist passenger trains?
     
  5. bremner

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    I have a pair of cars, and the PE had four different shades of red that changed over the years, and used to run 3-5 car trains.

    The last red is Santa Fe Red and was introduced in 1939. I will have 5 cars in that red and one in the earlier maroon
     
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  6. BarstowRick

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    Awesome! Now I wish I had bought the earlier ones.
     
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  7. NorsemanJack

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    I'll just come out and say it. I won't be happy until we have a Kato release with all the correct car types and matching Kato F units. I know I'm not the only one......
     
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  8. SP&S #750

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    Excellent, I have GN cars, now I need to get NP ones back. Man I regret selling off my fleet in '16.
     
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  9. EMD F7A

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    Oh don't get us started! hahaha

    I've ordered three at my LHS, I'll post pics of these with heavyweights with other brand Loewy cars for color matching when they arrive!
     
  10. EMD F7A

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    We win! These Coaches are BE-A-UTIFUL! I've gotta go to storage and collect other brand cars for a paint color match-up. But... GUESS WHAT?!?!?

    We get a Sleeper too!! HOLY INCOMING PASSENGER CARS, BATMAN! Can't hardly wait to get this train behind my BLI F7's... Happy Holidays indeed!

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