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Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Nason “All-Service Express” car

Not long ago I was able to acquire an example of a sand-cast aluminum model by Nason, one that they marketed as their “All-Service Express” car.

Of course, it is actually a type of baggage car, more specifically a PRR B60b Baggage Express car. These were rebuilt later with “porthole” windows and served many years in revenue service. For reference, this website has many drawings of PRR baggage cars, and the drawing of this specific car is here. 

The above linked drawing is a bit crude, but you can see how it matches the car as produced by Nason pretty closely. They introduced the series of sand cast passenger cars in 1934 (more here).

One curiosity of the model is that it was produced with an unusual version of a Commonwealth truck. These were used on the Erie, New Haven, and Boston & Maine – but not the PRR. Perhaps Nason selected this truck thinking it was a modern design (for 1934) and would see wider use that in actually did.

This model is complete and won’t need a lot of work to have ready for the layout. I’m still pondering it a bit, in particular deciding if I want to letter it for my Orient or the PRR. Sometimes it pays to just live with a model a while to see where inspiration leads. In any case though, this is certainly a model to keep your eyes peeled for.

In closing, I’d add that I have an extra frame, if you have other parts but are missing a frame do be in touch.

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