In 1964, the D&RGW crews in Durango, Colorado were in full swing
revamping the image of the Silverton Branch. A failed attempt to
abandon the branch line prompted the railroad's newfound commitment to
more properly exploit the growing tourist trade. New steel coaches
arrived in 1963 and 1964 to accommodate a second train on the daily
runs to Silverton, Colorado. The railroad also purchased property
around the depot to attract new businesses that would cater to the
visiting throngs of tourists and rail buffs throughout the summer. Rio
Grande Land was born!
Baggage car 126 and Combine 212 had previously been used to haul
general supplies for the Silverton trains. Now they were outfitted with
concession equipment for the growing passenger business. It was
therefore decided to utilize freight Boxcar nos. 3219 and 3468 to
handle the baggage needs. To keep these cars looking comparable with
the decade-old "Grande Gold" paint scheme, they were decorated in the
bright livery to compliment the passenger car fleet on the daily summer
runs to Silverton. We have accurately recreated economy door boxcar no.
3219's gold paint scheme with the Flying Grande herald for you - it
will make a great companion to the previously-released 3468 boxcar!
This is the only numbered car of this production run to only be
available in a non-weathered version.
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