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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sunset NSL Silverliners #10C – 415 Introduction & Operation

Using the photos and a scale drawing of the interior of 415, this is an O scale drawing of the walls along the passageway around the kitchen. The base trim is 0.015" x 0.188" (1-1/2" x 9") styrene while the door and other wood trim is 0.015" x 0.060" (1-1/2" x 3") styrene.
Ed Halstead Drawing

There are some important items to point out regarding the exterior of the 415 as a tavern-lounge with or without the Silverliner paint. We all know the 415 was of a different series of cars than the coaches. Some NSL cars had a different coupler pull (uncoupling) mechanism. The Sunset coaches are correct. They have what looks like a small wheel inside of the step well. What's missing is the cut lever or handle. Since this area is painted black and almost no one knows it's missing, I made no attempt to add the cut lever. On the 415 the uncoupling was done by an on-the-ground trainman pulling an uncoupling handle attached to a chain. In the photo below the handle for the cut chain can be seen in the grab iron under the left edge of the anticlimber.
Greg King collection

In the photo above the 2 "Darth Vader" vents can be seen over the lavatory. The 4 frosted windows in back of the motorman's cab are - 2 for the lavatory and 2 for the kitchen. There are screens over the kitchen windows. No matter what time of the year, there were screens over the kitchen windows.

This photo shows another interesting feature of the 415 - the whistle above the motorman's window. There are no horns on the roof of the car. With the exception of the whistle and a retriever all the other features of the end of 415 were the same as the Silverliner coaches.
Greg King collection

The next photo is of the corridor side of 415. Take a look at the far left end of the car. Note the set of louvers in line with the windows. The last window was blanked over by the NSL with louvers cut into the metal. This is where the heater cabinet or locker is located inside of the car. All the NSL cars upgraded with electric heat had a similar arrangement. Air was drawn into the car through the louvers and heated before it was then blown into the interior of the car. On the model this window has to be blanked over with the louvers and painted red.

The other item to notice is the long box under the car near the far truck. This has to be the box holding the propane tank. I'll show you what I've done to the underbody of my car. The underbody has to be simple since the car is a trailer. I kept one of the boxes, although it is not very big, as the propane box.
John Giove Collection

The underbody of my 415 model after excess items were removed but before the excess solder was cleaned up.

For those who have the Greenliner set I would take off all the items I removed from my underbody. Three or perhaps only 2 tanks are required. The air and hand brake items are needed.

Here is an interesting photo of the 415 much like the one above but in Greenliner paint. The 415 is at the Harrison St. shops. The date of the photo is unknown. Notice there is no propane tank box under the car but the last window is blanked off with louvers showing.
J. Terrell Colson Collection

Photos and drawings of the roof of 415 will be shown when work on the roof is done.


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