The Bachmann HO Silver 85' Full Dome Passenger Car McKinley Explorer 50 models the 85' Full Dome Passenger Cars built by the Budd Company for the Santa Fe Railway in 1952 for service on the Santa Fe's passenger train fleet. When Santa Fe joined Amtrak in 1971, leaving the passenger train business, these full dome cars were purchased by AutoTrain, that had them in service up to their 1985 bankruptcy and resulting shut-down. The Budd Company was founded in 1912 by Edward Budd in Philadelphia, PA, using the concepts of stainless steel and shot-weld to build automobile bodies. In the 1930s with the railroad industry attempting to modernize their passenger trains, Budd applied the stainless steel-shot weld concept to railroad passenger cars. Budd was purchased by Thyssen AG, the German steel manufacturer, in 1978 and ceased all rail car production in 1987.
McKinley Explorer: Westours (Referenced on this rail car- See Image) purchased the former AutoTrain Full Dome cars in 1985 for service in Alaska. Westours had studied the tourist market and had concluded rail passenger service on the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Denali National Park would be profitable. Since that time Westours has become Holland America, the cruise line. Currently McKinley Explorer is a premium passenger car service owned by Holland America and Princess cruise lines. Most of their business is cruise line passengers who travel to Denali National Park. This service by McKinley Explorer operates only to Denali National Park- service through to Fairbanks is provided by Alaska Railroad.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
L 11 3/4" (29.8 cm) X W 1 3/8" (3.5 cm) X H 2 1/4" (5.7 cm)