Western Coil & Electrical Company Burlington Zephyr

Western Coil & Electrical Company Burlington Zephyr

The Western Coil & Electrical Company of Racine, Wisconsin produced Burlington Zephyr sets in the 1930's. In 1978, the Consoli family obtained the remaining parts inventory from Western Coil and continued producing these sets. The Zephyr pictured on this page is from Consoli family production.

The Consoli family reportedly used original Western Coil head-end power and observation cars. The Pullman cars were reproduced from Western Coil tooling. Original style Barber-Coleman unidirectional motors were obtained for use on their train. The Consoli cardboard vestibules (bellows) between the cars were hand-folded.

There are some differences between the Western Coil and Consoli sets. The Consoli Zephyr has wires running through the cars that connect with barrel-type connectors. The Western Coil does not. The Consoli head-end power car shell rests unsecured on the motor pivot. The Western Coil has the motor secured to the power car with a cotter pin.

Instructions for this train may be found here.

Following are photos of the individual train cars.

Western Coil & Electrical Company Burlington Zephyr head-end power car

Burlington United States Mail Railway Post Office head-end power car.

Western Coil & Electrical Company Burlington Zephyr Pullman car

Railway Express Agency Pullman car.

Western Coil & Electrical Company Burlington Zephyr Pullman car

Railway Express Agency Pullman car.

Western Coil & Electrical Company Burlington Zephyr observation car

Burlington Zephyr 9900 observation car.

Some information on this page is from an article in the October 1986 issue of The Train Collectors Quarterly.

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