Budd "Shovelnose" Trainsets

     In May, 2005River Raisin Models introduced the famous Budd 'Shovelnose' trainsets.  Three unique Trainsets were produced, modeled after the "as delivered" prototypes:

     The models will be built in brass with nickel silver plating, and be correctly detailed with interiors, interior lighting, and several other features. The lettering will come from railroad drawings and the colors will be accurate.  The models will be DCC ready and a version with hirail wheel sets will be offered. All the research materials including copies of original Budd drawings are coming together. Delivery will be early 2005.

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     A popular misconception is that the "Flying Yankee" and "Pioneer Zephyr" are identical.  They are not!  The two 3 unit train sets are completely different in window configuration and will be correctly executed by our builder.  Close enough is NOT good enough at River Raisin Models!

     Ralph Budd (Not related to the Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Company) chose the name "Zephyr" for his new trainset. It was chosen for its symbolization of renaissance in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales".  The original Pioneer Zephyr was introduced in April 1934, during a very tough period in the history of the United States.  It did indeed signal a renaissance in railroading.  Somehow this seemed an appropriate project and sentiment for Dan and Jim as all of us face the challenges of this time in our own history.


Below are photos of the production models.

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Flying Yankee

Flying Yankee

Flying Yankee


Flying Yankee (B&M/MEC #6000)

     The Flying Yankee, B&M/MEC #6000, is currently being restored by the The Flying Yankee Restoration Group of Glen, NH.  It is currently in the shops at Claremont, NH. Their goal is to restore it to operating condition so that it can tour the country. To see the current status of the restoration, learn more about the history of the Flying Yankee, and find out how you can contribute to the restoration effort, click the image at the left to visit the restoration group's web site. Note they also host open houses from time to time, where you can see the restoration results so far.

     Other resources on the #6000 Flying Yankee you may find of interest include:

     The Streamlined Flying Yankee Comes to New England - reproduction of the Boston & Maine/Maine Central brochure introducing the Flying Yankee, published in the B&M Bulletin (Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society), June 1985, pages 4-8.


The Zephyr's Eastern Sister - B&M 6000: A New Era in New England Railroading, by Chuck Crouse, B&M Bulletin, June 1985, pages 9-16.


Streamlined Train No. 6000 - Scheduling History compiled by Leroy C. Hutchinson,B&M Bulletin, Spring 1982, pages 29-33


The Passenger Car Library - Volume 2: NYC and North Eastern Railroads, by W. David Randall, published by RPC Publications Inc., 2000, pages 108-115.


Flying Yankee - New England's first streamliners by Carl Byron, Classic Toy Trains,February 1998, page 71.

Nashua City Station Flying Yankee web pages -  a brief history as well as a collection of past and present photos


Reminisces of the old Flying Yankee, compiled from notes by Richard F. Dole,B&M Bulletin, June 1985, pages 17-19. Using information from various sources, the author sketches a chronology of this famous B&M/MEC name train starting with its inception in the steam era in 1883, and ending with its abandonment in 1959, including the period when the streamlined No. 6000 took the name and ran.

Burlington Pioneer Zephyr #9900

      Today the Pioneer Zephyr makes its home at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago, IL. The Zephyr is the centerpiece of the Museum's new permanent exhibit, All Aboard the Silver Streak. Walk through the train, take a guided tour, and learn about the science that made this famous train come to life. Click on the image to the left to explore the Pioneer Zephyr on line via the Museum of Science & Industry's on line exhibit.  To get more information on exploring the real, fully restored Pioneer Zephyr by visiting the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago.

Other resources on the Pioneer Zephyr you may find of interest include: