The Bachmann HO Silver Series PS1 40' Box Car Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo is a standard 40' box car built by Pullman Standard following the AAR Postwar box car design. George Pullman launched the Pullman Palace Car Company in 1867- he had designed a sleeping car that became the standard for the railroad industry. In 1924 the manufacturing part of Pullman (the company also leased sleeping cars) was organized as the Pullman Car and Manufacturing Company. The Standard Steel Car Company merged with Pullman in 1934, creating Pullman-Standard. Building both passenger and freight cars, PS was a major railcar manufacturer. With declining passenger business Pullman-Standard built their last sleeping car in 1956. Freight cars continued to be built but PS struggled and spun off divisions until finally in 1984 Trinity Industries bought Pullman-Standard's remaining plants, ending almost 120 years of business.
Travel Tip: George Pullman built the company town of Pullman as a model community just south of Chicago for his huge manufacturing plant and employee housing. Pullman is now a National Historic District close to CTA lines. A great side trip when visiting Chicago!
Road Name and History:
Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway: The Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway was chartered in 1884 to build a rail line from Toronto, ON, to the International Railway Bridge gateway to US railroads at Buffalo, NY. In 1892 the TH&B purchased the Brantford, Waterloo & Lake Erie Railway which gave the company a Brantford-Waterford, ON, route. In 1895 the Canadian Pacific Railway along with the New York Central Railroad took possession of the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo, which they jointly operated until 1977. The TH&B reached neither Toronto or Buffalo- it used its parent road's tracks to reach each city. In 1972 Canadian Pacific Railway purchased the NYC's interest in the railway, with merger into CP taking place in 1987. The Hamilton-Welland line of the TH&B is still in operation by the Canadian Pacific.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.