The Great Northern Empire Builder at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum

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The Great Northern Empire Builder at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum

The Great Northern Empire Builder tours the Oregon, California & Eastern at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum.

In 1951 Great Northern Railway introduced a brand new Empire Builder trainset, naming it the Mid-Century Empire Builder. It was powered by three EMD F3 passenger locomotives, and it used a 17-car westbound consist. All cars were flat-roofed.

During 1955 the Great Northern took delivery of dome coaches and full-length lounges; all were called Great Domes (the use of the word Great applied to the railroad, not the type of dome). Great Northern subsequently changed the name of the train from Mid-Century Empire Builder to the Incomparable Great Dome Empire Builder. This train represents the summer tourist season Empire Builder. The configuration is essentially correct from 1956 through 1964. The summer train had 4 power units and 17 cars.
This 17-car consist was as shown above for the westbound trip from St. Paul, MN to Spokane, WA. For the eastbound trip from Spokane to St. Paul, one of the 72′ storage mail cars was removed.

The locomotives and all the passenger cars are by Walthers Proto. All but the 72′ cars are from the latest run of the Empire Builder by Walthers in 2013 and 2014. The Storage mail cars are from an earlier Walthers run. All 4 of the locomotives have DCC and sound. The decoders are Tsunamis by SoundTraxx.
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