Car Names Numbers and Consists was published in 1972, and at over 250 pages, it is one of the most thorough books on the subject of American passenger cars. It was typeset on an old-fashioned typewriter long before the days of word processing and on-demand printing. It is a truly remarkable book. In my forty years of using this book I have only spotted one possible error and noted a few areas that are somewhat vague. His coverage of the eastern railroads and the western railroads is remarkable, especially consider the sheer numbers of various railroad cars that are covered. Yes, his coverage of the Louisiana & Arkansas is a bit thin, but this book dates back to pre-Internet days, not to speak of the fact the the topic is, itself, obscure. There have been subsequent books about individual railroads, but every railroad researcher that I know has a copy of Car Names and Numbers.
In addition to this title, Wayner self-published 27 other books, including one about the New York Metropolitan Opera. To be sure, some of his books have not worn well with time. “Diesel Locomotive Rosters” is laden with errors, due, in no small part, to the fact that it is a reprint of the Railroad Magazine series on the topic, which dates back to the 1950’s. But, overall, Wayner remains the place to start for a lot of passenger car research.
Railroad research has significantly improved over the years, thanks in no small part to the internet and its ability to distribute the work of many individual authors and researchers.
So, between the different car colors and the lore of the train, passenger car modeling is interesting and rewarding.