The New Haven Railroad was an early pioneer in using streetcar body designs for "Hi-Rail" operation on branchlines and times of day when passenger ridership was low.
A Railbus of some kind was to be found on just
about every railroad, large and small. They usually had a "nickname" of some sort, adopted by the Road Crews as well as the
Roundhouse "worker bees" who had to keep them running... some of these "nicknames" were not complimentary and can not be
printed here ! On some roads they were just know as "Critters".
On most roads there were one of a kind, built as
an experiment ,usually by combining parts from other pieces of equipment on or near the railroad destined for the scrap yard, but someone
would convince a Roundhouse foreman, or member of management that it would fulfill a useful purpose at low cost to the railroad.
Most of these did not work out very well and
wound up as part of the Maintenance of Way Dept, or, as "Railfanning" started to be popular after WW II used for Railfan Charters,
or to take local groups such as the Rotary Club out to a State Park or to the Beaches.
There was one major exception to this "rule"
and that was the Rio Grande Southern in Colorado, that built the famous "Galloping Goose" so they could keep the mail contract
they had with the Post Office, and yet not have to use a steam loco, cars, and a full crew for the travels up and down the 50 miles
of trackage they had to service with mail. Eventually they actually had 7 "Galloping Gooses" all of similar, but not identical designs.
A few railroads, such as the New Haven actually
had some built brand new for service on branchlines where the passenger traffic was low and did not warrent running a locomotive,
cars, and full train crew up and down the branch for a handful of passengers each day.
So while we have actual photos of the New
Haven units and the "Maintenance of Way" is based on a Railbus that is at the St. Louis Transportation Museum, the others are
more of less "what could have been", but hey this is supposed to be a fun Hobby, if you like the idea then buy one and have some
fun on your layout, or the club layout with it... it will be a "conversation" starter everytime you run it on the layout.
A word about the Con-Cor Trains Railbus Model:
Just like the railroads often did, we
took our existing "HO" model of the Pre- WW II "PCC car" made it ready for standard 2-rail operation. (Called Hi-Rail by some).
We pulled out the electric motor, and put in a 6 cyclinder Diesel from one of the old Ford Trucks sitting unused in the yard.
Then we took off the trolly pole since we would not be running under trolley wire, and then added an air intake to where the
trolley pole mechanism used to be to get some fresh intake air down to the diesel, as well as to the interior of car for cooling on
those hot summer days... sorry guys no A/C aboard.
And since we needed to repaint the old
rusted car body, we decided we may as well paint it in a color that would attract the Tourist and Charter Trade and drum up
some extra cash flow for our Organization. (a "503c" non-profit... and woohoo, we are selling seats very nicely thanks you,
especially on the weekends.)
Features of the Con-Cor Trains Railbus Model:
Interior (seats etc)
Painted Motorman figure
Optional DCC Sound Decoder available directly from Con-Cor Trains
Smooth drive train with 5 pole skewed armature motor
8 Wheel Drive
Run on 9 inch radius (at slow speed)
Lighted Destination Board
A word about our Choice of Paint Schemes
For this new series of Railbus models
(or Critters to some), we chose some of the most famous of Railroad paint Schemes over time. Not appropriate for your time era
you say, well consider this, all Railroad and Transportation Museums have at least one Railbus in their collection. And since they
used rather simple drive trains they are usually restored and operational. So just run one on your layout, and if anyone makes a
negative comment, just say, Hey, that's from the Rail Museum, they are doing a special Railfan charter run today.
More comments on our choices of paint
schemes can be found after the product listing table below.
More comments about our choice of Roadnames for the Diesel Railbus:
The New Haven had a series of Railbus's
built for them for daily use. Not too many photos survive, but some can be found in various New Haven Ry. literature.
The famous "Southern Pacific Daylight"
Paint scheme. Recognized all over the world. So even if your railroad does not have a Southern Pacific connection maybe
that Rail Museum in the area has one of these old SP cars for Tourist runs.
The famous Pennsylvania "Lowey" Fleet of
Modernism paint scheme applied to our Railbus, looks pretty sharp does it not! Pennsy fans would flock to ride this car on
Museum excursions. Hey, maybe that is a good idea for a Module "Vinette" of passengers waiting to ride the Railbus !
Union Pacific famous Yellow and
Who doesn't recognize the
famous Southern Railway "Crescent" paint Scheme.
The Milwaukee Road "Hiawatha"
Paint schemes is also well known the world over. With Chief Hiawatha on the side of the car, this would surely be
a great paint scheme for a Rail Museum to offer special Charters on for Railfans !
This Maintenance of Way
Scheme of School bus yellow and dove grey roof is modeled after a Railbus in the St. Louis Transportation
Museum. No railroad name is on it, so it would be home on Any Railroad, in Any Time Period. The Destination
Board is marked "Employees Only".
**Special Note on the Con-Cor DCC Sound Decoder
**Note: If you order your Railbus direct from us, we can install the DCC Sound Decoder
for you, and test it before we ship. If you choose to order direct from one of our dealers, that is fine, but we do not install decoders for dealers,
so the dealer will be able to order the decoder from us, but he or you will have to install it. There is no Pre-Order discount available on the
Decoders due to the amount of labor involved to dis-assemble the model, install the DCC Decoder and speaker, test run it for you, and then
re-assemble the model before we ship it. Thank you for your understanding of our policy.
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