The photo at the top of the blog for the month of March features a single boxcar being pulled toward it's destination by JSSX 815. I thought I should feature that boxcar, as it's the first car (not that there's been many), that I ever really put under a knife, saw, and of course paint. It's probably the oldest model in the current inventory too. We won't look too closely at the boxcar data stencils though, as they're for a fifty foot boxcar.
It must have been at least 25 years ago that one of the model railroading magazines (Model Railroader I think) had an article about how to kitbash 2 Athearn blue-box boxcars into a CN 60 foot combination door. At the time, I was interested because I had seen lots of those cars passing through here on freights going to and from the USA, and I still see them occasionally.
I believe that the prototype cars were built for CN by Trenton Works in Trenton, Nova Scotia. I like the "long and low" appearance of these type of boxcars. A much different look than the high-cube cars we see so much of these days.
Here are a few looks at the combination door car as it proceeds along the JSSX to the consignee.
That boxcar fits right in with the rest of your layout!ReplyDelete
Yes, thanks Steve. It's not a highly detailed model like those available today, but they don't all have to be standouts, and this one does lend in fairly well.ReplyDelete
Time for an update on your Model Train Geek blog soon?