This set will do 2 complete models in HO Scale.
These decals are Screen Printed.
Below is a brief write up
of The East Wind Story and Train Consists by Ross Hall.
Great Depression of the 1930s took its toll on domestic vacation travel, and
the Maine Chamber of Commerce developed a plan for a new train to bring summer
vacationers to the northern New England coastal resorts. A consortium of
the PRR, NYNH&H, B&M, MEC railroads picked up the idea, pooled their
management, motive power and rolling stock, and from 1940 until 1955 (ex.
1943-5) operated the East Wind as a seasonal daily train running between
Washington, DC and Bangor, ME. For the first seasons, an exclusive color
scheme was used for the cars, all of recent construction or rebuilding.
Highball Graphics sheet contains the material needed to letter the cars of the
1940 and 1941 East Wind. These decals were prepared directly from
photocopies of the actual PRR stencils of its “Futura” font used at that
time for its passenger equipment. Based on photos and other archival
material, exact numberings can be specified for consists of those two initial
years (see below).
agreed-upon color scheme was applied by the PRR in its Altoona and Wilmington
roofs, lower skirtings, underbodies and trucks. This corresponds to the
“locomotive green” specified in the PRR’s painting agreement of 5/30/40.
Note: Brunswick green is very dark, almost black, and may appear so in
some kinds of lighting.
letters & numbers, window belts & striping: "three 3/4"
stripes between aluminum belt and bottom of car to be equally spaced, with
”aluminum paint and aluminum stripes to be stopped at the side of the corner
post on the end of the car.” We suggest Floquil Bright
Yellow : car sides (ex. window belts & stripes) and ends. It is now
difficult to determine the precise hue; the PRR's EW press material refers to
“canary yellow.” We suggest Model Master #2011 Cadmium Yellow Light.
Note: this 3-color pattern was extended to the full-width diaphragms of the
PRR P70KR and PLC70R cars.
the oval semi-circle at the the head of the baggage cars and front end &
diaphragm. We suggest Engine Black for this.
decal letters and numbers, plus the yellow "bent arrow" logo on the
baggage car, are coded to match the above-suggested colors.
To even out irregularities in height between the various cars, the roof line
of the lowest car was carried to all others, likewise, the bottom sill
line of the highest car. For the window belt, the same idea: the
aluminum extended to one inch above the highest side window, and to one
inch below the lowest side window. This gave the appearance of a
matched consist. The modeler should therefore ideally assemble the
complete set of cars before painting.
Engine Black letters w/Yellow Stripes underneath and silver numbers 5576-5577 on the decal sheet are applied to
the baggage car.
Mist letters, numbers and diner names go on all other cars, centered on the
involved 12 cars, as follows:
2 NYNH&H 5570-5589 Series Baggage
2 NYNH&H 5200 Series "American Flyer" Grill
6 PRR P70KR
are four 1940 consists from head to rear (attested dates):
P70KR (2) 4272-3
Grill Car 5201
for the 1940 consist:
first two PRR coaches ran with their vestibules (B ends) back-to-back.
The final PRR coach ran with its B end at the front. All coaches carried
car designating cards EW 1 through EW 3 in the full-sized windows nearest to
the B end. Extra coaches carried EW 4 etc. as needed. The last two cars
continued from Portland to Bangor on an MEC train, returning for the following
day's southbound run.
the East Wind’s ridership grew during its first season, extra cars were
added to the tail as needed, in the following observed sequence: a PRR P70GSR
coach, an NH “American Flyer” 10-window coach, a second NH Grill Car, and
two additional “American Flyer” 10-window coaches. These were not
repainted for the East Wind, but remained in NH #212 Hunter Green and PRR
“Fleet of Modernism” Tuscan/Maroon, respectively. One P70GSR has
been identified from films as #4324.
replaced names on the ACL Tavern-Lounge cars of the 1940 consists: 5203 (So.
Carolina) and 5204 (No. Carolina). The cars can be kitbashed from
Walthers Heavyweight Paired-Window Coaches (modernized) stretched to attain
the proper length.
1941 consists are also documented. Here are two, registered at the
PRR’s Sunnyside Yard:
P70KR (2) 4285
& 4273 4286
for the 1941 consist:
records show that a number of P70KR coaches went to the East Wind in its
livery: 4235, 4269, 4271, 4273, 4279-4281, 4286, 4287, 4289, 4290, 4293, 4296,
4 ACL diners were repainted and renamed for seasonal use on the East Wind: “
Fayetteville” > “Washington,” “Fort Myers” > “Bangor,”
“Ocala” > “New York” and “Sarasota” > “Portland.”
All were 36-seaters, the last three distinguished by 5 small windows on each
side of the galley end. The “Washington” is best represented by the (HO)
Rivarossi heavyweight diner (see also the forthcoming Walthers heavyweight
diner). The PLC70R and one P70KR continued from Portland to Bangor on an
MEC train, returning for the following day's southbound run.
Charles Jr.: “The East Wind - New England Canary.” In: PRRTHS The
Keystone, Vol. 38, No. 4 (Winter 2005), pp. 10-55. (the best overall
treatment, with good EW color pix).
Charles, Jr., & Tilp, Peter: Pennsylvania Railroad Passenger Car
Painting and Lettering. Upper Darby, PA: Pennsylvania Railroad Technical
& Historical Society, 1988. Pp. 112-3
& Maine Railroad Historical Society (B&MRRHS) "Modeler's
Notes," No. 19 (Oct. 1990), No. 27 (Oct. 1992).
Wayne: “The Pullman-Bradley Lightweights.” In: NHRHTA
Vol. 16, Issue 3 (1985), pp. 6-19. (NH Am. Flyer cars).
Larry: Atlantic Coast Line Passenger Service: The Postwar Years.
Lynchburg, VA: TLC Publishing, 1999. P. 116 has a rare photo of the ACL
tavern-lounge car “North Carolina,” used on the 1940 East Wind!
Kevin J.: Passenger Trains of Northern New England in the Streamline Era.
VA: TLC Publishing, 2004.
of the Boston & Maine Railroad, Vol. 5: The films of Dana D. Goodwin”.
B&MRRHS, Lowell, MA, 1991 (videotape with numerous EW run-bys).
Robert H.: “Pennsylvania Railroad P70KR Coach.” In: Rails Northeast,
Vol. 9 No. 5 Issue 81 (June, 1981), pp. 22-30.
Arnold: “Remember?…The East Wind.” In: B&MRRHS B&M Bulletin.
Vol. VII, No. 4 (Summer 1978), pp.21-27