new Branchline 80' SAL coach : LUSENET : ACL and SAL Railroads Historical Society : One Thread

If anyone's seen Branchline's Blueprint Series 80-foot coach kit for Seaboard (numbered 843), I'd be interested in your opinion(s) with regards to its realtive accuracy and quality. I believe these may have been the coaches SAL bought from the C&O. IMHO, the kit looks nice. The Blueprint Series also includes many HW Pullmans lettered for SAL and ACL. Thanks.

-- Bob Venditti (, April 08, 2004


I am currently building one of these kits - it's a "close-but no cigar" model. There is one more window on each side than the actual SAL coaches. The kits build well, but there are some glitches - go to the Passenger Car List on Yahoo e-Groups and search for some of the reviews - things like the car is a little tall, and the roof doesn't fit well unless the seat strip is filed down in width a little bit. Also, you'll need to add air conditioning compressor and roof ducts (NERS parts work). Finally, it appears the trucks will need to be changed out...


-- Paul Bizier (, April 09, 2004.

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