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Comet Coaches and Cab Cars

Introduced by Pullman-Standard as a replacement for aging commuter cars, the soon nicknamed “Comet” cars were frst built between 1970 and 1973 for the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad’s services out of New Jersey.

Given their success with the E-L and then New Jersey Transit, the use of the Comet car quickly spread to other commuter agencies. Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority received their first cars in 1978, Metro-North and Connecticut DOT (or ConnDOT) in 1983, Philadelphia’s SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) in 1987, and Montreal’s AMT (Agence me´tropolitaine de transport) in 1989. In 2008, SEPTA and Frontrunner of Salt Lake City received original E-L/NJT Comet cars to bolster their fleets. Additionally, LA’s Metrolink leased the Frontrunner cars from 2008 to 2010 due to a fleet shortage.

The original “Comet” cars built for the E-L were designed strictly for low platforms, but evolution of the car design by Pullman and later Bombardier evolved the “Comet” design to support both high- and low-platform boarding, on-board washrooms, accessible seating and, after 1990, a wide center door for high-level platform boarding.

Rapido brings its experience with passenger car models to this long forgotten fleet of cars used for commuter travel across major cities in the United States and Canada. The Rapido cars will feature the same great attention to detail you’ve come to expect, including free-rolling wheels, detailed underbodies, interior lighting and more.

  • Controllable interior and cab car lighting
    •Full underbody and interior detail
    •Correct inside-bearing trucks with metal wheelsets
    •Accurate painting and lettering
    •Tinted windows
    •Constant interior lighting in DC and DCC
    •Metal side grab irons

Passenger Car Lighting Kit

No more flickering lights over switches and other dead spots, no more drain on your power pack caused by a fleet of passenger cars all drawing power, no more lighting meltdowns due to high track voltage, turn car lighting on and off with ease without the cost of a decoder in every car.

Sound impossible? Nope, its Easy-Peasy... Rapido's battery powered Easy-Peasy lighting kits!.

Installation is just as easy too - no soldering, no complex wiring, and no problems on DC or DCC.

Note: These will also fit Micro-Trains Heavyweight Passenger cars (except for RPO)

Part # Price
AMT Montreal
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Coach $59.95 $53.95 RAP-528034
Cab Car $69.95 $62.95 RAP-528035
CDOT Connecticut
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Coach $59.95 $53.95 RAP-528036
Cab Car $69.95 $62.95 RAP-528037
MBTA Boston
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Coach $59.95 $53.95 RAP-528038
Cab Car $69.95 $62.95 RAP-528039
MNCR New York
Car Type Picture MSRP OUR PRICE PART #
Coach $59.95 $53.95 RAP-528040
Cab Car $69.95 $62.95 RAP-528041
NJT New Jersey
Car Type Picture MSRP OUR PRICE PART #
Coach $59.95 $53.95 RAP-528042
Cab Car $69.95 $62.95 RAP-528043
SEPTA Philadelphia
Car Type Picture MSRP OUR PRICE PART #
Coach $59.95 $53.95 RAP-528044
Cab Car $69.95 $62.95 RAP-528045
Car Type Picture MSRP OUR PRICE PART #
Coach $59.95 $53.95 RAP-528046
Cab Car $69.95 $62.95 RAP-528047