Maroon 95x Pullman Heavyweights
In 1953, Gilbert converted its original link couplers to knuckle couplers, and its sheet metal trucks to sintered trucks, throughout its product line.  They took that opportunity to convert the Pullman Heavyweights to doors that didn't open.  In addition to reducing the cost of manufacture and assembly, this resulted in a car that was structurally stronger, better able to survive rough play by young boys

The 95x cars have the name of a scenic spot under the windows: Pikes Peak for the 952 coach, Niagara Falls for the 953, and Grand Canyon for the 954.  The maroon cars were made with no silhouettes in the windows in 1953 & 1954, and with silhouettes from 1955 through 1958.

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#952 Pikes Peak coach without silhouettes made in 1953 & 1954.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
#953 Niagara Falls Combination without silhouettes made in 1953 & 1954.
#954 Grand Canyon Observation Car without silhouettes made in 1953 & 1954.
(This is a picture I took at a train show courtesy of
#952 Pikes Peak coach and #953 Niagara Falls Combination with silhouettes made from 1955 through 1958.
#954 Grand Canyon Observation Car with silhouettes made only in 1955.
(Photo courtesy of an anonymous donor.)

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