In this day of expensive
brass passenger cars, modelers are looking to some earlier models as alternatives.
The Suydam cars were produced without underbodies, except for RR-1. Lambert later
took up the line and added underbodies to all of them. None included trucks. The
Suydam cars had a MSRP of $18.95-21.50. In the Spring of 2004, you should expect
to pay $75-100 for them on Ebay.
The cars appear to be based
on the illustrations found in Santa Fe Car and Locomotive Plans for Model Railroaders,
1948, 1953, ATSF.
Below are cars of interest to the Santa
Standard Cafe Observation||1513-1514||Air
conditioned, but lacking roof hatches.|
4-1 Lounge||Vista|| |
Standard Pullman 12 section|| ||No real prototype|
| ||8110||Pullman, 10-6||Palm|| |
24 Rmt||Indian|| |
Standard Santa Fe Diner||1400-1418||Air
conditioned, but lacking roof hatches, kitchen roof vents, upper windows should
be blanked out.|
| ||8210||Diner||600|| |
crude roof hatches.|
| ||8310||Dome Lounge||500-505|| |
| ||8320||Full Length Dome|| || |
Standard Coach Chair||3130-3133||Air
conditioned, but lacking roof hatches|
seat Coach||2861-2945|| |
Standard Combination||2602-2607 Rider||2'
too long, Vestibule end is wrong.|
| ||8610||RPO||80-81||Not completely accurate.|
configuration is incorrect on one side, Vestibule end is wrong. It needs more
grabs. 2544 is at the Illinois Railroad Museum.|
Standard Baggage||1710 - 1839|
| ||8710||Baggage Car|| ||Not accurate for any
ATSF car. It is a cross between the 3432 Budd and 3409 ACF series.|
named Santa Fe, it was renamed Atchison in 1957.|
View the Suydam catalog for RR-1 - RR-4.
View the Suydam catalog for RR-5 - RR-8.
View the Lambert Associates Catalog 5A (1973).
View the Lambert Associates Catalog 9
Santa Fe Passenger Cars, in the Santa Fe Modeler by Lambert, by
Michael W. Flick. See also Modeling the Fast Mail Express in The Warbonnet, 2nd Quarter, 2011, for more details.
Corrections and input to Steve