HO Scale GE Silverliner IV MU Cars

GE Silverliner IV MU Cars

Photo by Mike Bartel

Photos of Silverliner IV Single Unit assembled production kit
Shown with Bachmann pantograph (not included)
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These MU electric commuter cars can trace their heritage back to the PRR Budd Pioneer III commuter cars of 1958. When the NJDOT needed a replacement for the aging MP54 MU cars back in the mid 1960s, they turned to the St. Louis Car Co., which was already building an order of Silverliners based on the Budd cars for the PRR's Philadelphia area commuter operations. With a few changes in the tooling, the Arrow I was created for NJDOT. The basic design of the Silverliner was widened, center doors were added, and oval passenger windows replaced the square windows of the PRR St. Louis cars. After the Arrow I cars entered service, more cars were required, but this time both the Philadelphia and NJ commuter operations turned to General Electric, which designed a car based on the Arrow I design for both systems. Utilizing body shells built by aerospace firm AVCO, GE built orders of Silverliner IV cars for both the PC and RDG, and successive batches of Arrow II and Arrow III cars for NJDOT. The Silverliner IVs and Arrow IIs began delivery in 1974, while the last batch of Arrow III cars was delivered in 1977.
All these MU classes use the same carbody and trucks, but the Silverliner IVs have the long roof blisters, no center doors and Faively pantographs. Silverliner IVs were built in single-unit and married pair configurations. Arrow II cars were built with short roof blisters over the center loading doors, and Faively pantographs, and they were built as married pair sets only. The Arrow IIIs were built with short roof blisters over the center doors (two separate units on either side of the roof, unlike the single-piece units of the Arrow IIs) and Stemman pantographs. Arrow IIIs were built in single-units and married pairs.
Most of the original fleets of Silverliners and Arrow IIIs are still in regular service, though the Arrow IIs were retired in the late 1990s. Reportedly, their floors were in bad shape when they were retired. There was talk of SEPTA acquiring the Arrow II fleet at that time, and even more ambitious talk of a private firm acquiring them for a Philadelphia/Harrisburg high-speed service, but nothing came of these ideas. SEPTA did acquire one Arrow II for use on its overhead wire train, which at this writing, is still in service as such.

IHP intends to produce kit versions of all these classes, with all the detail variations. These will be our most advanced and complete MU car kits to date. We are developing our own all-new Faively and Stemman pantographs for use with them, too.

Silverliner IV kits will be produced in single and married pair versions. The single units will include the option of PC or RDG-style pilots. The Silverliner IVs are being modeled as they were delivered, and not with subsequent physical modifications like ditch lights. The kits are supplied nonpowered but can be powered with any available suitable power truck.

*Undecorated, nonpowered assembly KITS
*One-piece accurate body shells w/stepwells
*Single and Married pair versions
*Underbody details accurate for all car types
*Interior correct for all car types
*Body details (Auxiliary Roofs, blind/cab ends, side doors, numberboards, roof electrical details, air scoops and vents) correct for all types
*Diecast Metal GSI trucks with 33" wheels
*Optional pilots for PC or RDG types (single cars only)
*Working Faively pantograph
*Flush-fitting tinted window inserts
*Decal sheet for PC-stype car numbers
*Kadee-compatible coupler pockets
*Minimum Recommended Radius 22"


87147ASilverliner IV Single Unit (PC and RDG version)
87147BSilverliner IV Married Pair 2-car set

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