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Introducing the N-scale 80-ft Baggage-Horse Express Cars from Wheels of Time.

 

SP Rebuilt Baggage Car and SP Baggage-Horse Car in two-tone gray

Baggage-Horse cars were used to transport the finest racing and show horses
nationwide. Wheels of Time Baggage-Horse cars are based on the design from the St. Louis Car Co. built in 1937.

In service, these cars were interchanged with other railroads to provide seemless transportation from one race event to the next - destinations such as: Santa Anita, Belmont, Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Arlington Park, Bay Meadows.

Operational-wise, Baggage-Horse cars often ran in premier train service or specials to expedite their delivery of the horses. The horse trainer typically rode with the horses,while the owner rode in luxury a few cars back in the people part of the train.  Typically, these cars were coupled at the front of the train closest to the locomotive. This allowed a smoother ride - less slack action -  and the ease for the engineer to switch out the cars at the race track or fair grounds without any delays.

These Baggage-Horse cars can accommodate up to 24 horses but typically carried 12 to 16 horses per car. The "A" end has a full end door for loading automobiles. Many horse trainers use this end of the car to ship their automobile and equipment for their racing or polo horses. A trainer and owner typically will have one car dedicated to their horses. In the original horse carrying configuration, they carried a 380 gallon air pressure water system (A.P.W.S.) tank and had the standard UC brake gear. Later, S.P. rebuilt a number of these cars into other configurations including Baggage-Express service. They had upgraded brake systems D-22-P brakes for operations with lightweight streamlined equipment. Wheels of Time model will have these detailed differences.

Reserve until June 1, 2016. Fall ETA.

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S.P. originally purchased 20 cars from the St. Louis Car Co. and were the last new heavyweight cars. Unlike all other purposefully build cars for S.P., these cars utilized conventional heavyweight construction style including fishbelly underframes as oppose to the Common Standard design. They were classified by S.P. as 80-BH-1.

Item # Heavyweight St. Louis (built 1937) Car 80-ft Baggage-Horse Car, Class 80-BH-1
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1001 Southern Pacific, dark olive, wood doors, car no. 7230 $48.95 Sold Out
1002 Southern Pacific, dark olive,  wood doors, car no. 7234 $48.95 Sold Out

 

N-scale Southern Pacific 80-ft Baggage-Horse Car in two-tone gray 

These S.P. cars were repainted in two-tone gray as then the new standard passenger paint scheme.  These two-tone gray cars were routinely in the Lark trains between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Item # Heavyweight St. Louis (built 1937) Car 80-ft Baggage-Horse Car, Class 80-BH-1 Price

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1003 Southern Pacific, two-tone gray,  wood doors, car no. 7231 $48.95 sold out
1004
Southern Pacific, two-tone gray,  wood doors, car no. 7237 $48.95 sold out

 

N scale Southern Pacific 80-ft Baggage-Horse Car in Dark Lark Gray

S.P. 7233 repainted sometime in 1965 and remained in service carrying horses and large zoo animals such as elephants until about March 1971.

Item # Heavyweight St. Louis (built 1937) Car 80-ft Baggage-Horse Car, Class 80-BH-1 Price

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1005
Southern Pacific, solid gray,  modernized doors, car no. 7233 $48.95 Sold Out

 

 

Item # Heavyweight St. Louis (built 1937) Car 80-ft Baggage-Horse Car, Class 80-BH-1 Price

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Unlettered, dark olive, wood doors $48.95 Sold Out

 

 Southern Pacific Baggage Car (rebuilt) Class 80-B

S.P. rebuilt their Baggage-Horse cars for Baggage-Express service and were retired in 1970. These cars have upgraded braking system which the Wheels of Time models will have. The two-tone gray paint scheme lasted until the cars were retired in the 1970. Cars were used in S.P. premier train service as well as trains like the Coast Mail.  Car 6503 was regularly assigned to the Starlight and later reassigned to the Lark in storage mail service. These cars were classified by S.P. as 80-B.

Item # Heavyweight St. Louis Car 80-ft Rebuilt Baggage-Express Car, Class 80-B; (High Speed Control Brakes D-22 HSCE for only items 1007-1010. All other cars uses Standard UC Brakes) Price

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1007
Southern Pacific, two-tone gray,  modernized doors, car no. 6270 $48.95 Sold Out
1008
Southern Pacific, two-tone gray,  modernized doors, car no. 6503 $48.95 Sold Out

 

SP Daylight Baggage Car (rebuilt from Baggage-Horse) Class 80-B

 

These S.P. cars were assigned to the San Joaquin Daylight trains. They had upgraded braking system to be more compatible with S.P. Daylight equipment. The Wheels of Time models will reflect this braking system. They were retired in 1970.

Item # Heavyweight St. Louis Car 80-ft Rebuilt Baggage-Express Car, Class 80-B; (High Speed Control Brakes D-22 HSCE for only items 1007-1010. All other cars uses Standard UC Brakes) Price

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1009
Southern Pacific, San Joaquin Daylight,  multiple pane doors, car no. 6506 $48.95 Sold Out
1010
Southern Pacific, San Joaquin Daylight,  multiple pane doors, car no. 6507 $48.95 Sold Out

 

C&O Horse Express Cars

These Wheels of Time cars represents Chesapeake & Ohio's last group of horse express cars. They were converted from all-steel parlor cars originally built in 1912 and 1914 by Pullman Co. The C&O's Huntington Shops did the conversions in 1941 and 1942.  Originally numbered 210-215 and cost of conversation was a mere $81,767 per car.

They can accommodate up to 24 horses.  These cars were heated and insulated to keep the horses warm and owners happy. They were painted in the C&O tri-color "For Progress" paint scheme sometime in 1950s.  In later years, these horse express cars no longer carried horses but were used in express services. The express agents favored these cars due to the efficiency of off-loading express shipments with three large doors per side which allowed packages to be quickly arranged for drop off.

Item # C&O Huntington Shops (1941) Horse Express Cars Price

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1011
Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, C&O For Progress Paint, modernized doors, car no. 210 $48.95 Sold Out
1012
Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, C&O For Progress Paint, modernized doors, car no. 211 $48.95 Sold Out
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Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, C&O For Progress Paint, modernized doors, car no. 212 $48.95 Sold Out

 

The Santa Fe Railway converted a series of steel chair cars and coaches to Horse Express Cars in 1951 and in 1953.  These "Fine Cars for Fine Horses" as stated in one railway ad -  carried 24 horses. On the Santa Fe they were used to transport thoroughbreds from Del Mar and Santa Anita Race Tracks. They left the roster in 1971-72. Wheels of Time cars share a close resemblance to the Santa Fe cars.

Item # Converted Steel Heavyweight Horse Express Cars (1951-1953) Price

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1014
Santa Fe, "Railway Express Agency" "Horse Express" coach green, car no. 1980 $48.95 Sold Out
1015
Santa Fe, "Railway Express Agency" "Horse Express" coach green, car no. 1983 $48.95 Sold Out
1016
Santa Fe, "Railway Express Agency" "Horse Express" coach green, car no. 1986 $48.95
1017
Santa Fe, "Railway Express Agency" "Horse Express" coach green, car no. 1989 $48.95 Sold Out

 

The Santa Fe Railway converted former Horse Express car for their Maintenance-of-Way service.

Item # Steel Heavyweight Horse Express
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Santa Fe, Maintenance-of-Way, silver, 199860 $48.95 Sold out