Schlafwagen are one of my interests, so I'm trying to put together a small fleet of appropriate DSG cars for an early 70s era. There's not a lot to work with in 1:87 length.
Long ago I happened across a couple of Roco sleepers at a local train show, much to my surprise. This is the Roco 45077 DSG WLAB I picked up there:
I searched for another of these cars I had seen in photos in Era III lettering, but never managed to obtain one. Then a couple years later Roco released a 3 car set consisting of two versions of the WLAB in DSG lettering, plus another in TEN paint. I didn't want the TEN car, so I passed on it, and as it always seems to happen, was kicking myself for a long time after. I set up an Ebay search for that set, and again, never succeeded in purchasing the set. I pretty much forgot about it (but Ebay never did, apparently.)
Then RailTop released a series of WLA sleepers, and seeing that there weren't a lot of Era IVa sleepers to be had, I purchased 2 of them. They are among my favourite cars:
Years went by, and my purchases dropped off quite a bit, for various reasons. A few months ago, I went through my old searches and came across Roco 44179, and not remembering what it was for, executed the search. I quickly remembered what I had been looking for, and was delighted to find someone was trying to sell just the two coaches out of the 3 in the set that I wanted. I put in a bid, and, amazingly, I won:
Will Berghoff's site doesn't have a lot of praise for the rounded roof version Roco sold as Era III, since Roco just changed the roof on their WLAB-175. In the three pack, though, they represent the two versions of the WLABm-175 reasonably well:
The photos show the earlier (top) and later (lower) roof forms of that type. I'm sort of glad I never succeeded in getting one of the Era III cars.
Anyway, I understand that ACME has a WLABmh-174 out now, one or two of which I may have to add to the fleet, too. I'm trying to figure out if there are any other 1:87 DSG sleepers I should be looking for.