RailSmith-SP COLA OBS #9041

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This production run is planned to arrive Q3- 2022.


Presenting the SP observation #9041  in yellow & gray for the City of Los Angeles!

Southern Pacific took five of their Plan 4140 sleepers and converted them to blunt-end cars to give the City of San Francisco a ‘finished end look’ for that train. Unlike the four Cascade and Golden State Obs cars that were built at Pullman, the five COSF cars were rebuilt in the SP shops. The end look all being the same.

This car #9041, was one of those five cars that served most of its life on the COSF so we have listed it also under that train.  While the 9041 was used mostly on the COSF, this particular car actually was run by the UP on the City of Los Angeles during 1960 & 1961. According to the SPHTS, it was thought that UP sent 6-6-4 sleepers to the SP for Overland Route service in exchange for the use of blunt-end 10/6 cars.  We have relied on the Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society for all of our information. Actual photo here of 9041 on the City of Los Angeles is by Kyle Brewster.

This car has no drumhead in place as one was not used for this service on the COLA.  With this in mind, you could use this observation on any UP train, in your railroad world.

RailSmith Blunt End Observation features: accurate newly tooled end detail including operating rear & interior lights, photo etched door safety bar, period and car accurate drumhead (not lit), as well as Micro-Trains True Scale Coupler on the rear of the car.

If you would like all four of the SP OBS cars being released at this time, there is a special ‘Fleet Offer SPOH’  for ‘SP Observation Heaven’. Click Here.

Production costs seem to be volatile these days and we expect that the retail price of these cars will increase at or before delivery, so please reserve your car today for your best pricing.

This is a Prototype car, and a limited production.





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