Southern Pacific’s ‘Cascade’
SP Trains 11 & 12 from Oakland to Portland with connecting cars to Seattle
It was August in 1950 when the streamlined Cascade was rolled out. As the counterpart to the Shasta Daylight, the two-tone gray was predominantly sleepers known for the accommodations. The Cascade survived until Amtrak.
RailSmith plans to produce Two-Tone Gray (TTG) and Silver & Red general service-painted cars for this train. Most of the cars, of course, can be used on other ESPEE trains, but it is the Cascade that I will be focusing on.
Production of a ‘blunt end’ observation, and a classic Dome Lounge would be awesome, and I think there would be a few fans that would agree. But, are there enough N Scale ESPEE (and UP) modelers that will make it worthwhile? Time will tell. I want you to know, though, these are on our radar.
The first two Sleepers here were owned by and lettered Northern Pacific in ESPEE’s General Service paint for Cascade service. These cars continued north to Seattle on the Coast Pool Trains.