Monday, July 30, 2018

Colorado Refer

Here is a D&RGW 30' "short" refrigerator car #50 in the 1930's paint scheme. This of course was built from a PBL kit, painted with Star brand freight car red and refer yellow.  I didn't mask the car when I painted it, I simply angled it away from me when spraying the corners and the roof edges. I weathered it using a wash of foundation and ink.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge

Here are six SP narrow gauge cars I built for a client. There are three Type I cars and three Type III cars. These were built from PBL kits and painted with Star Brand SP Sunburst Red. While the car bodies are pretty much the same between the two types, the main differences are the trucks, the brake rigging underneath and use of end doors on the Type I cars. Also, many of the Type III cars actually lacked retainers. What I found interesting about these cars is their lack of turnbuckles on the truss rods.
When it came time to number these cars I had to do a bit of research. I found out that just about all the freight cars on the SP were acquired from other railroads such as the Carson and Colorado. Also, in 1946, the SP re-numbered all it's narrow gauge rolling stock. Prior to 1946, the boxcars wore a three digit number. After 1946, they were all changed to two digit numbers. The other big difference was the herald. After the 1946 re-numbering, the herald was not reapplied.
The SP narrow gauge historical society has some excellent resources online. Researching their archives was especially helpful:

Type I Cars

Type III Cars