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.