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Item Number: FVM40103

Fox Valley Models' Milwaukee Road 1935 bunk coach car was designed around the standard 1935-built coaches. The main difference from other cars built at that time was the different window arrangement. This is for different sections in the car including fold down bunks for sleeping arrangements. The cars were intended to carry local passengers and rest areas for crews on the Olympian Hiawatha, and were also used on other overnight trains.

The Hiawathas were named passenger trains operated by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad (also known as the Milwaukee Road), and traveled from Chicago to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The original train takes its name from The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. There are a number of Hiawatha-themed names within the city of Minneapolis, the terminus of the original train. The Hiawatha inaugurated service bettwen
Chicago and the Twin Cities on May 29, 1935, on a regular, daily 6-hour schedule covering 410 miles. The first Milwaukee Road Hiawathas were streamlined lightweight trains designed to meet competition from Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad's (Burlington-Route) Twin Cities Zephrs, and Chicago and North Western Railway's Twin Cities "400." Unlike the diesel-powered Zephyrs, the Hiawatha trains were pulled by steam locomotives of the Atlantic (4-4-2) wheel arrangement.

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