SP6318 isn't on this list, so I'd be interested in the image.
In addition, a number of heavyweights (including sleepers) were "Daylighted" for MOW service, as were a number of the business cars, and I was told by a former SP executive that there was also a business train. I have no good details for road numbers for any of these.
I did a bit of research on 6318 and it seems that it started out in green (no surprise) and was repainted in two-tone grey about 1950 and was seen on and possibly customized for "Lark" service. Of course none of this proves it wasn't painted Daylight Orange.
During the 2nd half of the 50’s the following heavyweight cars were painted and lettered for the Daylight:
Baggage 6029, 6204, 6507
RPO 5070, 5218, 5219
Diner 10038, 10040
Hamburger Grill 10507, 10509
Compare with this list:
12-1 Pullman Sleeper "Alamo 8-1-2 Pullman Sleeper "De Peyster" 28-1 Parlor Car #2929 Paired Window Chair Car Observation Car #2950 36-Seat Diner #10148 Baggage Car #6085 AZL needs to make up a few more cars
The link I posted earlier is a bit more comprehensive and includes some train assignments. Note that these lists are for revenue service, so there is still a range of Daylight cars in business and MOW service not mentioned. But I agree for the Baggage, RPO and diner AZL could produce more Daylight cars. I'd be interested in single units of all three (both roof styles). As for the lounge, combine and the hamburger grill, as I recall they would need new shells. The Combine 3176 is one I'm working on. It's SP RPO chassis and roof, 45% paired window coach and 55% SP baggage car shells, in case AZL might want to produce it.
But when it comes to SP paint, most heavyweights were painted in two-tone grey by the early 50s and run on the secondary trains. When we talk about "Daylight" I would point out the that the original HW Daylight was pearl grey. Finally, some of the HW baggage cars were ultimately painted in simulated stainless steel and red.
isn't really that big an effort. Cut the coach at the appropriate window then work the baggage shell down until the mated sections fit the RPO chassis. To me the biggest issue will be the steps when I convert to MTL trucks. There are also grab irons and ladders and a couple more roof vents to add.
I was wondering what you found objectionable with the Märklin cars? Updating my set is on my snow-day list this year and other than an interior for the dome they seemed reasonable.
I'd also being interested to hear a bit more about your pad printing. I've always thought that it would be a good side business, but never could figure out how to make it profitable on less than 100 car imprints per day.
i will ask my experts whether they can do such a car.
If they can, is there anybody else interested in one or two?
As for myself, I've already got the cars I need to build this. Probably would have been cheaper to 3D print it, but I already have plans for the leftovers. Just waiting for a snow day to do it.
The combine is an interesting project. Every railroad had a few: for use on short turns and south of the Mason-Dixon line for third class service. Really no standardization between roads. This particular car was assigned to the Sacramento Daylight, a daily turn between Sacramento and Tracy to connect to the San Joaquin Daylight. I'm just lucky that the AZL models are SP compatible. For the other SP combines: modelingthesp.com/Passenger_Cars/Coach_-_Baggage.html
... The Marklin passenger cars have the wrong roof contour. Compared to AZL and MTL, they are "too squatty."
The under car defects can be easily dealt with ...especially with the Daylight cars ...because it is painted black.
I hadn't really noticed but until now but I've only run them with the Märklin F unit, which itself is a bit squat. From the info I have at hand, the HW cars were typically about 3-6" higher than the LW cars, but that really shouldn't be noticeable and they should definitely match MTL. I think I see another after Christmas project coming on.
This is from a guy who has hundreds of z-scale passenger cars, already. I'd rather someone just sell me the UP parlor, diner, baggage and sleeper cars I'm missing.
Well it seems that AZL has another run of heavyweights coming in, maybe if we all whine hard enough, they'll tell us if there are more armour yellow cars in the future.