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    1952 Cadillac Station Wagon Hearse „Funeral Director"

    "Combination cars" like this Cadillac hearse with beacon on top were used as hearses and ambulances in smaller towns and rural areas.

    I think it's pretty cool that Busch decided to replicate one of those vehicles in H0.

    Busch
    (ex-Praliné casting for those wondering why it might look familiar)
    1/87 scale

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    I stumbled on one of these Busch coaches, though mine is about ten or so years old now. Different livery in all black and no light on the roof.

    Nice find!
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    • #3
      Neat combo from Busch. I think a lot of younger people are surprised to learn that often times hearses did double duty in many communities as ambulances. I know where I grew up that was the case - still remember my dad telling stories of being called down from the sheriff's office to help them switch the hearse over to the ambulance - getting the red light on the roof and the stretcher in the back and other things like oxygen tanks, etc. So, wish I had taken pictures back then.

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      • #4
        nice piece.

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        • #5
          Well executed
          - Jeff
          Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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          • #6
            Thanks guys!

            Originally posted by pjedsel View Post
            I think a lot of younger people are surprised to learn that often times hearses did double duty in many communities as ambulances.
            Absolutely! I too was surprised when I first heard about those combination cars a few years ago.
            Thanks for sharing your memories with us.
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            • #7
              Nice piece! Busch/Praline got a lot of mileage out of that tool--there are dedicated ambulances, dedicated hearses, combination cars, and even an oddball--one painted up with 1970s graphics ("RESCUE" and the Star of Life), as if it were a unit kept in a rural town for years past its time.

              Here locally, until probably the early '70s when the first rescue squads were founded (though one dates back to 1956 and my own town ran one ambulance until the rescue squad formed in '73), one of the local funeral homes did run combination cars.

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              • #8
                Always impressed with nice HO models having such fine details on something so small, it's a great looking model.
                Doug

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                • #9
                  Thanks again for your comments!
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