Blue Bird – Later Era Budd cars, Pullman dome and E8’s to receive Banner Blue paint

We are pleased to announce that, thanks to the help of members of the Wabash Railroad Historical Society, we will be painting the Blue Bird cars with the blue color appropriate to the era.
The “as delivered” Blue Bird Budd six car sets and the “as delivered” Pullman Standard built dome parlor will have the darker ” Wabash Blue “. The “as delivered” E7A and E8A’s painted in the “tri color scheme” will likewise receive the darker “Wabash Blue”.
The “later era” Budd six car sets, the Pullman standard dome parlor, the Norfolk & Western versions of the cars and the solid blue E8’s in both Wabash and N&W lettering will be painted the lighter  “WAB #41 Banner Blue”.

Blue Bird Status and Pricing

The Wabash Bluebird will close for reservations on August 9th. This will be the last day we can accept reservations for this project. Pricing for this project has proven challenging due to extreme fluctuations with Korea/US currency exchange rates. Pricing estimates are as follows. Single dome MSRP is estimated to be between $680 and $730. Single cars without domes estimated MSRP between $600 and $650 and six car sets estimated MSRP between $3920 and $4220.

Thanks for your interest – we expect this to be a very nice set of models.

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Wabash BlueBird Pilot Models

Here are photos of the uncorrected Blue Bird pilot models. Some of the key corrections include: the production models will have correct color see through ( not fogged ) glass in the dome and car side windows. The seats and dome floors will be lowered to the correct height. Railings will be eliminated and window shades will be added in the walkways under the domes. Please see your dealer to order.

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