My last post, about the Renaissance of Newark PCC 6, included discussion and a photo of Philadelphia PCC 2168, preserved in Baltimore wearing its 1970s “Gulf Oil” colors.
Look what arrived in the mail on Monday:
Yes, that’s right. Long after I heralded Bowser’s decision to produce an HO PCC in these colors — including 2168 as one of the road numbers, no less — I finally got around to ordering one.
It’s going to be a few days before this car is operational. They don’t come factory lubricated, so a little disassembly and chassis-only breaking in time will be required. In the meanwhile, here sits 2168 beside a traditional metal PCC by Bowser in the later GOH (General Overhaul) livery adopted in the 1980s. That model was a home-painted project using SEPTA logo and striping decals from IHP and destination sign decals from Custom Traxx.
Both of these models represent preserved specimens, incidentally — 2168 at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and 2709 at the Seashore Trolley Museum. I’m happy to say I have ridden both in preservation.
More about the Bowser model once I’ve had the chance to get it oiled and operating.