1953, before Gilbert started putting colored stripes on the 9xx
streamlined cars, they made two varieties with no color stripe: chrome
and satin silver. I have the whole chrome set
and am working on getting the satin set. I've gotten the 960
Columbus combination car, 962 vista dome car, and 963 Washington
observation car, but stilll need to get the hard-to-find 961 Jefferson
coach. Neither the TM Guide nor Bob Tufts' "Almost Complete
Guide" show a 961 Jefferson. Greenberg's Guide does show one, and
there was a set of four cars sold on ebay in the fall of 2005 with a
961. The satin version of the cars were sold in three sets, none
of which had a 961 coach.
|#K5334T Silver Comet Set made in 1953. It was also sold as #2H310.
|#K5357W Challenger Steam Passenger Set made in 1953.
|Satin finish #960 Columbus Combination Car made only in 1953.
|Satin finish #961 Jefferson Coach made only in 1953. It didn't appear in any sets.
(Photo courtesy of Steve Blackburn of SnS Trains, Boise.)
|Satin finish #962 Hamilton Vista Dome Car made only in 1953.
|Satin finish #963 Washington Observation Car made only in 1953.
|Here's the whole set.|
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