RailSmith- NP Diner 453 ‘North Coast Limited’ -1954

Out of stock



Shipped August 2023

Did you miss your NCL diner? Another road number will be produced ‘down the track’. Not sure when.


N SCALE.  Northern Pacific Diner 453 –Vista Dome North Coast Limited!

This dining car was built by Pullman in 1947 for service on the new ‘Streamlined North Coast Limited’. Build as a Lunch Counter-Diner’, it was later converted to this full diner version.

There were six cars in this series, #450-455. Three of those cars were converted over time, and we have chosen this particular road number as it was one of those three cars.

In 1953 it was converted to a full diner, and its skirts were removed as our model is.

In 1958, it was assigned to the Mainstreeter.

In 1962 a lounge section was added, then called ‘Economy Buffet’, and in 1967 it was assigned to the 407-408 Portland to Seattle Pool Trains. Diner Road  #453 is one of two cars that followed all of this exact path of use.

The use of the slogan ‘Vista Dome North Coast Limited’, is known to have been used even on the Coast Pool Trains as John Strauss writes in the Four Ways West book NP Volume 5. Page 20 tells the path a diner would make from train 26 (Seattle to Chicago), to 25 (Chicago to Seattle), to 408 (Seattle to Portland) to 407 (back to Seattle) and back to Train # 26, the east bound North Coast Limited!  What a fun story. So these diners with this NCL slogan emblazoned on their sides, were seen in Portland as well.

This is a Prototype car, and includes antenna detail installed.


Consider the ‘Jim Hill’s Full Meal Fleet’ for discount on all of the dining car paint schemes coming in this release, check that out here.

Read more about the production of this new body style


Out of stock

Latest On The Track


“You seem to be the shining light in an industry that’s seen a lot of change since the early 2000’s when I was last in the hobby”.


What a trip! We had a great time- exceeded our expectations by a mile. The Silver Lariat was simply stunning. A gem on the rails. The scenery and weather were perfect. The delays were not an issue for us at all. All just a good days work on the railroad! Thank you for all the…


Nothing better than receiving that white box from Lowell Smith.

R. M.

Lowell, I just want you to know – you make this hobby fun!

M. Magliaro

I received my #99 business card in the mail today. It looks superb. Thank you for another wonderful job. You are really filling a niche.

Jerry E.

Received GN A10 today. Absolutely stunning! I am very pleased. Thank You all.


AFT is a real dream come true for me. Thanks for all your hard work!

Rick S.

Every new release from your Signature Series gets me revved up for the rails.

Jim and Jo Ann K.

Every aspect of the trip was professionally done.  You and Barbara were on top of every change and your matter-of-fact assurances speak highly of your professionalism.  Jo Ann is a retired chef  and we know what good food is, and the meals provided on the CZ trip were stellar! BRAVO to you and Barbara for…

Paul G.

I just received my Carolwood Pacific cars yesterday. They are exquisite! Every attention to detail was paid here, and I can’t thank you enough for putting this into production.  They are going to look amazing, circling my main Street miniatures display.