• BLW/ZT: Illinois Central City of New Orleans 3 Decade Pack

    From BLW/ZT: Illinois Central City of New Orleans 3 Decade Pack

    Introducing, the BLW/ZT Illinois Central City of New Orleans 3 Decade Pack! Gaetan and Rick have worked to produce a set that accurately depicts the City of New Orleans (CoNO) as it looked in 1948, 1958 and 1968. The set is compatible with both MSTS and Open Rails.

    The set includes 23 locomotives and 70 cars.

    The 1948 version of CoNO includes both new coaches and rebuilt RPO/baggage, baggage/dorm, lunch/lounge, diner and tavern/lounge observation cars built for the inaugural runs of this all-day coach train that covered the nearly 1,000 miles between Chicago and New Orleans in 15 hours and 55 minutes, including 22 stops.

    Train #1 left Chicago and Train #2 left New Orleans at 8:00 AM Central time, arriving at the opposite terminal at 11:55PM the same day.

    The cars built for the original 1948 CoNO are represented in this set, with full skirts, car names and drop steps, enough for two complete consists.

    Motive Power - In the original orange, brown and yellow with extra side stripes, green and white nose logo

    • E6A #4001-A, #4001-B (previously released as Troop Train bonus)
    • E7A #4007, #4011
    • E7B #4101

    Passenger cars:

    • Two RPO/Baggage cars (#403 #404)

    Two Baggage/Dormitory cars (#1903 #1904) with the diamond IC logo and train name on the sides

    Sixteen 56 seat coaches:

    • #2614 BARONNE
    • #2615 DAUPHIN
    • #2616 DELGADO
    • #2617 FELICIANA
    • #2618 GENTILLY
    • #2620 MAUREPAS
    • #2622 TANGIPAHOA
    • #2623 TULANE
    • #2624 PONTALBA
    • #2625 PONCHATOULA
    • #2626 POYDRAS
    • #2627 PLAQUEMINE
    • #2631 SPRINGFIELD
    • #2632 LITCHFIELD
    • #2633 CLINTON
    • #2636 KANKAKEE

    Four 48 seat 'day-night' coaches:

    • #2610 CHARTRES
    • #2611 CALCASIEU
    • #2612 CARONDELET
    • #2613 CLAIRBORNE

    Two Lunch/Lounge cars:

    • #4200 CANAL STREET
    • #4201 DE SOTO

    Two Diners:

    • #4106 JACKSON SQUARE
    • #4107 LEE CIRCLE

    Two Tavern/Lounge/Observation cars:

    • #3305 MARDI GRAS
    • #3306 AUDUBON CIRCLE

    The cars 1958 CoNO shows the cars as modified, skirts removed, fixed steps added, car names removed on all but the tavern/lounge observation cars.

    Motive Power - In the orange, brown and yellow with yellow, black and green nose logo. Lower headlight twin-sealed beam, upper mars light.

    • E7A #4012, #4016 - rebuilt with new vents, and E8 style number boards
    • E8A #4026, #4032
    • E8B #4104
    • E9A #4036, #4040
    • E9B #4106

    Two RPO/Baggage cars (#403 #404), skirts removed

    Two Baggage/Dormitory cars (#1903 #1904), skirts and train name removed, fixed steps added

    Eight 56 seat coaches, skirts and names removed, fixed steps added: #2614, #2615, #2617,#2620, #2622, #2625, #2626, #2627

    Four 48 seat 'day-night' coaches, skirts and names removed, fixed steps added: #2610, #2611, #2612, #2613

    Two Lunch/Lounge cars, skirts and names removed: #4200, #4201

    Two Diners, skirts and names removed: #4106, #4107

    Two Tavern/Lounge/Observation cars, skirts removed: #3305 MARDI GRAS, #3306 AUDUBON CIRCLE

    The cars 1968 CoNO uses the same cars as the 1958 with two exceptions.

    Motive Power - In the simplified orange, brown and yellow with yellow, black and white IC "Rail" logo, upper and lower headlights twin sealed beam.

    • E7A #4015, #4017 - rebuilt with new vents, and E8 style number boards
    • E8A #4018, #4027
    • E8B #4105
    • E9A #4041, #4042
    • E9B #4108

    Two Dome Coaches (purchased from Missouri Pacific): #2211, #2212

    Two Tavern/Lounge/Observation cars, names removed: #3305, #3306

    Other Locomotives and rolling stock:

    EMD SW7 - #9418. #9429

    80' Streamlined Baggage Car (Orange, brown, yellow) - built for City of Miami #1800, #1801

    73' HW Baggage cars: #755, #757, #800

    60' HW Baggage car: #675

    73' RPO/Express: #374

    REAX Express Refrigerator cars: #350, #429, #1227

    We hope you enjoy this set, and apologize for the time it has taken to produce it!

    Special thanks to our testing crew, Stephane Benoit (a.k.a. Bennycdn), David P Carleton, Uli Ehlers, Tim Spencer, Rick Berg and Chris Parker.

    Also thanks to Jeremy Hughes (aka Kazareh, aka Komachi) for the original idea - in 2015!

    Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library for the Pullman reference books including engineering drawings and photographs of CoNO equipment

    Robert J. Wayner and his book "Passenger Consists 1923-1973" for the consist information

    Matt Maloy (and his Dad) from Elvas Tower for prototype information

    Gerry Storey for the OpenRails eng files

    www.railfonts.com for some of the fonts used in this set

    Rick Franzosa
    BLW/ZosaTrains (C) 2020
    BLW (Belanger Locomotive Works) (C) 2020
    Purchase From BLW/ZT: Illinois Central City of New Orleans 3 Decade Pack

    2 Comments
    1. jkorienek's Avatar
      jkorienek -
      I gotta I gotta I gotta get these.
    1. railbuff87's Avatar
      railbuff87 -
      I have to get this as well once money permits.
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