CB&Q - D&RGW - WP


Exposition Flyer's first ascent of the Rockies,
June 11, 1939.
Richard H. Kindig Photo
James L. Ehernberger Collection


Exposition Flyer ascends West Burlington, IA Hill in March, 1940.
Hank Kuepper Photo
David Lotz Collection

THE EXPOSITION FLYER
Inaugurated on June 10th, 1939, the new Chicago to San Francisco Exposition Flyer was intended to be a temporary train to cater to tourists visiting the Golden Gate International Exposition, however lasted until the inauguration of the California Zephyr in 1949.  The lavish fair, located on the man-made Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay drew enough passenger trade for the CB&Q-D&RGW-WP combined train that it became credible competition for the Union Pacific-Southern Pacific Overland Route.  This was the first through train over the combined route, made possible by the Rio Grande's Dotsero Cutoff which saved 150-miles over a circuitous route through the Royal Gorge.  Many regard the Exposition Flyer as the train that inspired the famous California Zephyr.  In fact, starting in 1948, when the new CZ cars were delivered, they were first used on the Exposition Flyer.
     The train's original consist provided a variety of accommodations: Pullmans (some coast-to-coast), tourist sleepers, reclining chair cars, a diner and a fine observation-lounge car for Pullman passengers.  Even pre-war Budd stainless steel equipment made appearances on the Expo.  However, we've decided to do this train as an all-heavyweight train and do the pre-war Budd cars in a later project.   We are producing a basic eight-car set with equipment that was utilized throughout it's career, but with the Pullman 10-section lounge/observation that was used during the war years.  We are then offering add-on sets to allow you to choose the diner and observation cars for your favorite railroad as well as additional standard Pullman cars that were used on the Expo.
      While we have already selected the cars we are offering, we still invite you to provide input via email into the motive power you would like to see us do.  Email us at research@railwayclassics.com.
      The Exposition Flyer was a train of leisurely grace, was full of amenities and capitalized above all else on scenery.  Railway Classics is proud to produce this classic train in HO scale for the discriminating modeler and collector.

 
Exposition Flyer Brochure
Exposition Flyer christening by Misses Treasure Island,  Feather River Canyon, Salt Lake City, Denver and Chicago - CB&Q Photo

Builder: To be determined
Available only in factory finish including glass, interiors, lighted tail sign and Kadee couplers.

  Code Description Status

Retail

  EXPF01 Exposition Flyer - Basic eight car set which includes:
CB&Q Baggage -  BA-18 Class Nos. 1567-1576
CB&Q Chair Car/Smoker - PB-22 Class Nos. 6200-6202
D&RGW Chair Car Nos. 1000-1004
WP Coach Nos. 301-314
Pullman 16-Section Tourist Sleeper
Pullman 8-5 Sleeper - Clover Series
Pullman 10-1-2 Sleeper - Lake Series
Pullman 10-Section Lounge Observation - Mount Series

On Hold

TBD

    EXPOSITION FLYER ADD-ON SETS    
  EXPF02 Exposition Flyer - CB&Q Add-on car set which includes:
CB&Q DA-5 Diner Nos. 170-177
CB&Q DL-3 Solarium/Observation No. 209

On Hold

TBD

  EXPF03 Exposition Flyer - D&RGW Add-on car set which includes:
D&RGW Mount Series Diner
D&RGW Lounge Observation Canon Series

On Hold

TBD

  EXPF04 Exposition Flyer - WP Add-on set which includes:
WP Diner Nos. 501-508
WP Lounge Observation Nos. 651-653

On Hold

TBD

  EXPF05 Exposition Flyer - Pullman Add-on set which includes:
Pullman 6-6 Sleeper - Poplar Series
Pullman 10-1-1 Sleeper - Lake Series 

On Hold

TBD


EXPF06 Exposition Flyer - CB&Q Budd Add-on car set which includes:
CB&Q Budd Lightweight Stainless Steel Chair Car
         Nos. 4700-4702  Silver Chariot, Silver Trail, Silver Spring
CB&Q Budd Lightweight Stainless Steel Diner 
         Nos. 190-192  Silver Pheasant, Silver Inn, Silver Spoon 
CB&Q Budd Lightweight Stainless Steel Observation
          Nos. 302-303  Silver Fountain, Silver Hours 

On Hold

TBD

    CB&Q INDIVIDUAL CARS APPROPRIATE FOR EXPO SERVICE    
CBQ46 CB&Q BA12 70 baggage 
              Nos. 1540-1542 Pullman Green Railroad Roman Lettering

On Hold

TBD

CBQ50-PC6 CB&Q PC-6 chair car 
              Nos. 4500 - 4504 Pullman Green Railroad Roman lettering

On Hold

TBD

CBQ50-WB CB&Q PC-8 chair car 
              Nos. 4514 in the Buy War Bond Red, White & Blue

On Hold

TBD

CBQ51-RL CB&Q DA-5 36-seat Diner 
              Nos. 171, 173-175, 177 Pullman Green - Railroad Roman Lettering

On Hold

TBD

CBQ52 CB&Q DL-3 Solarium Lounge 
              Minneapolis, St. Paul Club  Pullman Green Railroad Roman lettering

On Hold

TBD

    RIO GRANDE INDIVIDUAL CARS APPROPRIATE FOR EXPO SERVICE    
DRGW01 50-passenger chair car Nos. 1000-1004

On Hold

TBD

  DRGW02 Observation cars Granite Canon & Spanish Fork Canon

On Hold

TBD

    WESTERN PACIFIC INDIVIDUAL CARS APPROPRIATE FOR EXPO SERVICE    
WP01 60-foot Baggage - Harriman Style Nos. 121-140

On Hold

TBD

WP02 70-foot 84-passenger Coach-Smoker - Harriman Style Nos. 310-314

On Hold    

TBD   

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