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Executive Line Illinois Central Cars Are Rolling

‘Ridin on the City of New Orleans!’ is one of my favorite train songs, and I can’t help but hear it when I see these cars. (listen and watch the music video below, if you haven’t heard it)

I received an email from John who was ‘just hoping’ that I would do the Illinois Central cars for my Executive Line. I was planning to do that, and it turns out that John’s grandfather was assigned car IC 6 and that body was really close to the body style I was intending to use. So, there you go John! And thanks for all of the IC technical drawings if their Office Cars.

The Illinois Central is one of those lines that often saw cars interchanged on many other lines. But who needs an excuse to buy a beautiful car like this? Micro-Trains did a great job with getting the colors and lettering just right!

Next to ship is the Chicago and North Western car #400. This car does not have the black stripe under the windows, but does have a roof and end details added. You may know that the last three C&NW business cars I released sold very quickly, so better not delay on this sweetheart. They will be shipping end of October!

See and reserve your Executive Line cars here!

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Lowell Smith

A native of Portland, Oregon, Lowell Smith married his church choir sweetheart Barb in 1978. After a lifetime of rail-fanning, Lowell and Barb ventured out in 1992 to launch a new business in Portland, Oregon. Read more

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  1. Geary Chase on October 21, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Another great series Lowell. Executive cars roll on every railroad so please keep them coming. Each new release keeps us on the edge of our seats wondering which road is next…

    • Lowell Smith on October 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Geary. See you in Springfield!

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