Saturday 20 June 2020

LLSR Boxcar, Plus Loading Conveyor Part 3

This 50 foot Detroit & Mackinac boxcar, made by Athearn, spent time on the bench recently undergoing patching and a light weathering process.

I decided that I'd patch over the giant DM logo/reporting mark on the left, but wanted to first remove it from the side of the boxcar.  The Detroit & Mackinac graphic on the right-hand side is going to remain.  To remove the logo took about 25 minutes.  I first brushed MicroSol over the area, and then covered it over with a single "ply" of paper towel, and kept it wet by adding  a drop or two more of the MicroSol.  After about 20 minutes, I lightly scrubbed the white logo with a wet Q-Tip and it pretty much peeled right off.

The fading of the original paint was done by spraying it with ModelFlex Concrete Gray. Flat black was used to cover the area where the large logo had been, and one door has been primer to compensate for transgressions by forklift operators.  Earlier paint patches on either side of the door.

I've checked the list of reporting marks on, and going by the reporting marks listed on that site, the LLSR reporting marks that I used on this boxcar are fictional.  Here's the (slightly embellished) story behind their use on this freight car...

While I was in the train room one evening, my adoring wife (that's right, I'm adorable) wandered into the train room, and after looking around for a few moments, she asked me how come I'd never painted a freight car for her (and that's when the fight started).

So, to make a long story short, the LLS part of the reporting marks on this boxcar are her initials. I used the "R" letter because there were no "X's" left on the decal sheet. I believe this to be the first (and maybe the last) LLSR boxcar anywhere.
LLSR 2281 all finished up and rolling along on the JSSX.

And here's a couple of views of the covered hopper loading conveyor that I've been working away at for the last little while.  I've got it positioned the layout now, still just test fitting the scene.
A piece of MDF is cut to fit into the space available, and then painted as concrete slabs.

I still have scenery to put in to blend the scene together with the existing track spur.  This "industry" will be able to accept one or maybe two covered hoppers at a time. 


  1. Nice job on the conveyor project. I was wondering how they fed the electrical power to the conveyor? Also in some earlier photos it looked like there is an overhead safety line for the employees to attach a fall restraint harness line to. Will you be adding one as well?

  2. HI Ken...Thanks for looking in. I believe that a cable would be run from a small shed to the conveyor to power it. I have a shed ready, and I have an idea for a fall arrest cable, although due to the space available, I may have it strung from the former REA building on the other side of the track.


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