The 20th Century Limited ran between Chicago and New York via the New York Central’s “Water Level Route”.  Centralia Car Shops has released most of the cars needed for a circa 1943 consist, while ConCor’s well-aged Hudson steam locomotive can still gracefully handle the business end.

Featured Consist from Sept. 6, 1943:

From Passenger Train Consists 1923-1973 by Robert J. Wayner
NYC 5450 J3a 4-6-4 Hudson
NYC 5017 Baggage-Mail
NYC Century Club Dorm-Buffet-Lounge
NYC Cascade Wonder 10-5 Sleeper
NYC City of Cleveland 17 Roomette
NYC City of Dayton 17 Roomette
NYC Cascade Glory 10-5 Sleeper
NYC Cascade Whirl 10-5 Sleeper
NYC Imperial Fountain 4-4-2 Sleeper
NYC 680 Dining Car
NYC 684 Dining Car
NYC Imperial City 4-4-2 Sleeper
NYC Imperial Dome 4-4-2 Sleeper
NYC Onondaga County 13 Dbl Bedroom
NYC Hampden County 13 Dbl Bedroom
NYC Montgomery County 13 Dbl Bedroom
NYC Ashtabula County 13 Dbl Bedroom
NYC Maumee River 2-1-1 Buffet Lounge Obs
ConCor 4-6-4 Hudson
Kitbash Kato or Concor
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Centralia Car Shops 10-5 Sleeper
Centralia Car Shops 18 Roomette Sleeper
Centralia Car Shops 18 Roomette Sleeper
Centralia Car Shops 10-5 Sleeper
Centralia Car Shops 10-5 Sleeper
Centralia Car Shops 4-4-2 Sleeper
Centralia Car Shops “Eastern” Diner
Centralia Car Shops “Eastern” Diner
Centralia Car Shops 4-4-2 Sleeper
Centralia Car Shops 4-4-2 Sleeper
Centralia Car Shops 13 Dbl Bedroom Sleeper
Centralia Car Shops 13 Dbl Bedroom Sleeper
Centralia Car Shops 13 Dbl Bedroom Sleeper
Centralia Car Shops 13 Dbl Bedroom Sleeper
Centralia Car Shops 2-1-1 Observation

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Notes:

The CCS announcement of “Eastern” diners sparked the interest in this train, which the consist listed as having the two diner numbers produced by CCS.  Unfortunately, this 1943 consist was before the time of the 1948 delivered diners.  The prototype 480 and 484 diners were lightweight cars built with 6 wheel trucks, and unfortunately, different window patterns.  Still, the CCS diner is a NYC diner, so it has the look, and wouldn’t be objectionable until a better alternative is made.

The 17 Roomette cars in Wayner’s consist refer to 10 Plan 4068E cars delivered in 1938 as 17 Roomette, 1 Section sleepers.  They do not differ externally from the CCS 18 Roomette car compared to plans and photos in The Official Pullman Standard Library, Vol. 2.

NYC 5017 was a baggage mail built to Plan 7406 and delivered in 1938.  Perhaps the easiest kitbash would involve a Kato UP prototype smoothside baggage mail.  Remove one of the RPO section windows, make the remaining four taller and of framed construction, and paint to match the CCS cars.  The other starting point is the older ConCor baggage mail car that Fred Klein and Charlie Vlk identified as a GN car HERE. While the ConCor car has 5 windows like the Kato car, it does have framed windows. 

NYC’s Century Club is the most difficult car to model in this train.  For the ambitious, drawings of these Plan 4076 cars are included in The Official Pullman Standard Library, Vol. 2.

This consist is listed on Wikipedia also, but was entered incorrectly.  The consist as listed in Wayner’s book is correct on this page.