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Texas Is Special!

I am excited to say the announcement that ‘we are producing this train’ has been met with much enthusiasm and support.

This is a photo of a pre-production sample, hence no couplers.  Soon, we will be announcing three Texas Special coaches.

The Texas Special’s paint scheme is a real eye catcher, as you can see.  As I dig deeper into the history of this train, I see connecting cars to the east by the B&O, Pennsylvania & New York Central – all cars that would be fun to bring to this series.  According to the book ‘More Classic Trains’, there were two lightweight consist sets for this train in 1948, but three train sets were needed to operate the San Antonio to St. Louis line, so heavyweight cars were brought into service.

According to Steve Goen’s book Miss Katy, by Four Ways West, there was a total of eight of these older cars that were painted red and silver, and shadow-lined to blend into the consist.  Although it is hard to say that any heavyweight car can ‘blend in’, it was the common practice in that era to enlist older cars, and it served well to fix the schedule problem.  These heavyweight cars were interspersed into the streamlined consists so as not to have one train set be all streamlined or all heavyweight.

Although I plan to produce a complete streamline Texas Special, it would be accurate and fun to bring some of these shadow-lined red and silver beauties, as well.

Aren’t trains fun!

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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

6 Comments

  1. Paul Bender on December 19, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Lowell,

    I am really looking forward to these.

    For a time, there was also a Chicago-San Antonio car on the Texas Special. This car line used 14-4 MKT/Frisco cars and 12-4 Wabash cars in the “Blue” series.

    The TRRA Historical Society produced a wonderful special edition on the Texas Special about 10 years ago. There was also one on the Meteor. I think both are out if print, but they both have information about the connecting cars.

    Paul

  2. Nathaniel Goodman on December 27, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Lowell, Yes these look wonderful, they will be intermixed with my Con Cor set which used semi-accurate cars and the bright red also made them look great.

  3. Steve Allen Goen on December 27, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Please let there be a “Anson B. Jones” baggage-RPO, a “Sam Houston” dining car, and. “Stephen F. Austin” lounge-obs car.

    • Lowell Smith on February 28, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      You bet Steve!! I cannot wait either! all of the above!

  4. Roger McCoy on February 27, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Lowell: Are you going to produce or have produced matching locos for the Texas Special?

    • Lowell Smith on February 28, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      You bet I am Roger!! I hope to make formal announcement in 2 months. But I did say that I was doing them in an earlier blog post about the RailSmith cars and specifically the Texas Special. Spread the word! thanks!

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