Available N Scale Models

Kato UP Yellow & Grey releases:
December 1992
106-024: 1 (UP) in 4 car set.
December 1998
106-1101: 1 (UP) in 4 car set.
106-1102: 1 (UP) in 4 car set.
February 1999
106-1201: 1 (WAB) in 4 car set.
106-1301: 1 (SP-not prototypical) in 4 car set.
July 2004
106-5013: 2 (UP) in 4 car set.
April 2008
106-1055: 1 (UP) in 4 car set.
April 2011
106-080: 1 (UP 7001) in COLA set.

Prototype

After being ordered in 1954, Union Pacific took delivery of ten American Car & Foundry Plan 76-1939 (Lot 4097) Dome Coaches in 1955.  The cars were delivered in UP’s Armour Yellow and Harbor Mist Grey.  The trucks were painted Grey upon delivery, but the bearing caps appeared to be painted silver to indicate roller bearings.  Of the ten cars, five were assigned to the Challenger and five to the City of Portland.  As the Challenger was considered the all-coach counterpart to the City of Los Angeles, when the two trains were combined these Dome Coaches could be seen in train 103/104, the COLA.

 

N Scale Models

Kato first released their model of a UP Dome Coach in December of 1992 when they released their first 6 and 4 car sets of smoothside passenger cars.  Four other releases followed as listed in the “Available N Scale Models box to the right.  In April 2011, Kato released the 11-car City of Los Angeles set which included a single Dome Coach 7001. This car is pictured here.

Other Schemes

On the UP, these cars were only painted in UP’s Armour Yellow and Harbor Mist Grey.  The 10 cars were numbered 7000-7009.

June of 1972 saw 6 Dome Coaches sent to Auto Train including 7000, 7001, 7002, 7003, 7005, 7007, and 7009.

7004 and 7008 went to the Alaska Railroad in May, 1972.

In 1958, five more Dome Coaches were ordered by the UP, this time from Pullman Standard.  They were numbered 7011-7015 and were assigned to the City of St. Louis.  Wabash also ordered a single Dome Coach, No. 203, for the same service, bringing the total to 6 cars assigned to the CoStL.  The Wabash car was painted in UP’s yellow and gray and had Wabash lettering.  Kato released a model of this car, but the fonts didn’t translate correctly from the artwork.  Later in life this sixth Dome Coach received Norfolk And Western lettering as the N&W took over the Wabash (1964).  Following that it became Southern 1613 and eventually QNS&L 13510

The best place to track other more recent ownership of these and other dome cars is Web Lurker’s DOME.main.
 

Links & Resources

Book: Ranks, Harold E. and William W. Kratville, The Union Pacific Streamliners, Kratville Publications, 1974.
Web: Web Lurker’s DOME.main

More Information

As always, if you have more information to share about this particular prototype car, or want to share your N scale model or consist information, please let us knows so we can keep this resource up-to-date.

Appropriate Passenger Trains:

Union Pacific City of Los Angeles
Union Pacific City of Portland
Union Pacific Challenger
Union Pacific City of St. Louis