The prototype was a heavy-weight 1920s dining car that was modernized and stream-styled by B&O in 1946.
The model is built in wood with car sides scratch made with roofers aluminum sheet metal. Cast metal Keil Line ands and Golden Gate Depot trucks were installed. It features is a fully detailed interior with light fixtures in the ceiling as well as table cloths, roses in bud vases, bottles of B&O's Deer Park spring water and menus at each table.
The model was built for someone who specifically wanted B&O 1035 modeled in O scale to be a display piece for his collection of B&O dining car china. A display track was also built for it. The roof on the model can be propped open to show the detailed kitchen, pantry and dining room. The model was also built so it could be run on an O scale 2 rail layout if desired.
B&O 1035 was the only car of class F-4bc. Its claim to fame was service in one of two specials B&O ran for Queen Elizabeth II's October 1957 trip from Washington DC to Staten Island NY and a ferry ride to Manhattan. Actually there were TWO trains that weekend: An 11 car press train and the 12 car royal train.
The royal train consist included B&Os only stream-styled baggage car, seen as the above scratch-built O scale model, as well as the 12/1 Pullman St. Paul fpr a crew car. There were also four all-room heavy-weight Pullmans, two all-room with lounge Pullmans, B&O diner 1035, two US Army communication cars and B&O office car 100.
Both trains were operated as military Main Trains under great secrecy in that Cold War era. The trip as run non-stop in two segments, with a well guarded overnight hold at Camp Kilmer in New Jersey.
Both specials were a magnificent 'last bow' for Pullman's classic, heavy-weight high-end accomodation equipment in two-tone gray paint. Each car was carefully selected for its fittness and appearance, then thoroughly cleaned, inside and out.
Routing was B&O from Washington DC to Philadelphia, then Reading Company from Philadelphia to Camp Kilmer NJ via the Port Reading line. After a well guarded overnight stay, the following morning each special proceeded separated by an hour over the Lehigh Valley from Camp Kilmer to Staten Island Junction near Cranford NJ.
There, the Staten Island Rapid Trainsit forwarded each train about 12 miles to Stapleton Yard. A motorcade and parade took the royals and their retinue to the St. George Ferry Terminal for their trip to Manhattan for anther parade and a reception at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.