Chuck Davis’ Business Car #352

A photograph of the prototype that Chuck has modeled.

Ever since the photo of 352 was published in the Morning Sun Lehigh Valley book, I was intrigued by the car. Constructed at Sayre in 1944 from a 1912 Pullman-built 70′ baggage car, it was sold to the Boston & Maine in 1955 as their business car No. 11. I was told it was the V.P.’s car, and he said it never rode well. This probably explains why they sold it and why it was seldom photographed. The B&M sold it 3 years later to the Bessemer & Lake Erie, and I couldn’t find out what happened to it after that.

kitbashTwo Con-Cor diners were chopped up for the sides, which were added to a cut-down AHM observation car frame, which was shorted to 70′. An old Walthers plastic 80′ roof was cut down to match. Both ends were sort of kitbashed.



Interiors and figures were added to the models before attaching the roof.

I had tried making a radio antenna for a model of #353, but could never get it straight. I used solder paint to attach the supports right on the roof, and I think it came out well.

finished-car-right finished-car-leftSo now I have a business car to run on the layout.