Texas Special ‘Tioga Rapids’

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This is an exclusive special run, RailSmith car decorated for us by Micro-Trains Line.

Shipping in January!!



Texas Special – Pennsy’s  ‘Tioga Rapids’

Shadowlined Cars – The Pennsylvania Railroad contributed cars for the Texas Special for passenger connections in New York.  Known as ‘interline’ cars, they were painted to match and lettered for the Texas Special consist of red and silver. But as these cars were smooth sided cars, they were given the distinctive shadow line paint to blend into the rest of the train.

The Tioga Rapids along with the Swatara Rapids were assigned to The Texas Special in 1953 and painted in the shadowine scheme.  In 1956 when the Tioga Rapids was shopped for service, it was decided not to repaint the shadow-lining as it was so costly. This is that version of Tioga Rapids.

The black & white photo here is the Tioga Rapids in this paint version.

We are excited to announce that Micro-trains has been commissioned to decorate this RailSmith car. This car will be stunning, smartly decorated in the prototype as seen here as it was run on The Texas Special.

Tioga Raipds is a 10/6 Pullman Standard Sleeper. This is a Prototype car.



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B. Kutch

Love your 3-rail O Scale Atlas Woodside Reefer series. Looking forward to future issues.


Thank you ever so much for being such an integral part of the model railroading hobby!

Bill S.

That car is about the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in N scale!  Excellent work!


Lowell, thanks to you and your company SP&S modelers (myself included) are having a much easier time modeling the North Bank Road. Thank you for your hard work!

Linda and Pete B.

Just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity to be with you and the many other happy folks who experienced the Feather River Canyon trip.  I know you put a lot of work into making this special trip a reality and it all came together extremely well!


Thanks, Lowell, for another awesome addition to an already incredible train.


These are indeed miniature masterpieces.


I really am enjoying what you are producing, Lowell! Thanks for doing it. Jerry

Rick S.

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


The thing I love about all the things you do is the fact that everything is so well thought out, so beautiful and so unique.