ESU/Pullman has finally shipped the first of the RhB Panorama cars they announced in February 2017.
No, this is not a typo - it took over a year from the original announcement.
The original announced ship date was end of second quarter 2017 and the ship date just kept getting pushed out a quarter at a time.
ESU bought the tooling for the cars from Kiss; they are basically the Kiss RhB Panorama cars but with a number of improvements.
There are 12 different cars of two different eras with first and second class cars with different road numbers for each era.
- Trucks were redesigned with new tooling to reflect the correct type for each era
- Current pick-up improved over the one used by Kiss which was essentially the Aristocraft method
- More elaborate and detailed interior
- Each car includes a decoder to control the lights and the lit destination board