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The Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha

Prototype Information:

From 1947-1961, the Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha ran passenger excursions between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest, operated by the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul and Pacific Railroad.

 

The Olympian Hiawatha took scheduled excursions through scenic Idaho, Montanas Bitterroot Mountains, and Washingtons Cascade range. On June 29, 1947, the Milwaukee Road inaugurated its streamlined flagship on a 43-hour, 30-minute schedule. This was advertised as being a speedliner. The railroad contracted industrial designer Brooks Stevens to design the train consist, which included some unique and signature cars of the Milwaukee Road.

 

In 1952, the first full-length Super Dome cars were added, which included 68 dome seats and 28 lounge seats. The dome area featured seats positioned lengthwise, facing the 625 square foot double-pane windows. Ideal for insulation, and sightseeing.

In 1955, the Milwaukee Road announced that they would operate Union Pacific streamliners between Chicago and Omaha. This meant that the Hiawatha would be painted in Union Pacific’s Armour Yellow colors. In 1956, the line was officially “partnered with Union Pacific” as they navigated the next couple years competing with both airline and automobile travel. The Hiawatha train wore the UP colors into the sunset as The Afternoon Hiawatha ran up until January 23, 1970. The next year, The Morning Hiawatha service was also discontinued and replaced by Amtrak lines.

Motive Power:

The Milwaukee Road used a total of three different locomotives to pull the consist between Chicago and Olympia, WA in the early 50’s – two electrics (used on electrified portions of the journey) and the EMD FP7 – a specialized variation of the F7A which was lenghtened to accomodate a larger water resevoir for its steam generators (a necessity for long distance passenger service like that of the Olympian Hiawatha). While E units could also have filled this role (and did, in later years), their A1A truck design (spreading their weight and giving them less traction) made them less than ideal for handling the steep grades of the Milwaukee’s route through the Rocky Mountains.

For the Olympian Hiawatha release, Kato will be making a new FP7A locomotive and a new tooled version of the F7B featuring a winterization hatch (a necessity for trips through the northern US and across the Rockies!)


EMD FP7A – Click for a larger image

EMD F7B w/ Winterization Hatch – Click for a larger image

Passenger Car Features:

  • Totally new FP7 mechanism and new F7B shell to reflect the prototypical appearance of the Milwaukee equipment
  • All new uniquely tooled cars for the Hiawatha train.
  • Each car is equipped with low flange wheels and KATO magnetic knuckle couplers.
  • the Post 1952 Super Dome and Distinctive Tail car will be exquisitely modeled with full maroon interiors and flush windows.
  • Interior of cars can be lighted with optional installation of #11-211/212 Interior Light Kit version 2 with White LED.

Car Types; click for higher resolution images

Baggage-Dormitory

48 Seat Coach

Super Dome Lounge

Diner

14 Section Sleeper

10-6 Sleeper

Skytop Lounge Observation

Feature videos:

Announcement Video: See the original announcement video of the N Scale Olympian Hiawatha train – shot from the interior of the “Cedar Rapids” Observation Parlour car!

Product Promo Video: Learn about the history of the prototype train as well as get a full rundown of the features of this 9 car set! This promo video cuts together real life footage of the train while showing the model in operation!

Models:

Stock #

Description

Road #

Msrp

Stock #

Milwaukee Road "Olympian Hiawatha" Post 1955 Scheme

Description

N Milwaukee Road "Olympian Hiawatha" Post 1955 Scheme

106-089-1 N Milwaukee Road "Olympian Hiawatha" Post 1955 Scheme With Preinstalled Interior Lights

Set Includes:

Baggage-Dormitory #1309

48 Seat Coach #520

48 Seat Coach #529

Super Dome Lounge #55

Diner #119

14 Section Touralux Sleeper "Mount Spokane" #5740

10-6 Sleeper "Lake Nashotah" #2

10-6 Sleeper "Lake Coeur D'Alene" #9

8-DB Lounge-Observation "Gold Creek" #16

Road #

N/A

Msrp

$320 Base 9 Car Set $455 Pre-Lit Cars

Stock #

EMD FP7A and F7B

Locomotive Two-Pack

Description

EMD FP7A Milwaukee Road Locomotive Two-Pack Post 1955 Scheme

106-0432-DCC EMD FP7A Milwaukee Road Locomotive Two-Pack Set Post 1955 Scheme w/Pre-Installed DCC

106-0432-s EMD FP7A Milwaukee Road Locomotive Two-Pack Set Post 1955 Scheme w/Pre-Installed DCC + Sound

w/ Winterization Hatch Milwaukee Road

Road #

#96A

#96B

Msrp

$240 for Analog/DC. $440 for Digital DCC. $640 for DCC+Sound

Stock #

Description

EMD FP7A Milwaukee Road Post 1955 Scheme

176-2303-DCC EMD FP7A Milwaukee Road Post 1955 Scheme w/Pre-Installed DCC

176-2303-S EMD FP7A Milwaukee Road Post 1955 Scheme w/Pre-Installed DCC + Sound

Road #

#96C

Msrp

$120 for Analog/DC. $220 for Digital DCC. $320 for DCC+Sound