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Paint Shop - 01; Savannah & Atlanta Boxcar 947, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

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ps_sa947_01.jpg: naked Athearn body

As you can see what I collect if you read the title of this blog, I'm collecting 50' boxcars painted boxcar red. I have some cars made by MTL and other manufacturers. But I'm still searching for about 10 MTL 50' boxcars painted boxcar red, such as A&WP 51128 (in reasonable price!).

Besides that, I'm trying to grow my collection by painting and decaling undec cars. So, I named this series of article after the famed and missed Model Railroader column.

This time, I tried to paint a boxcar to Savannah & Atlanta scheme. According to the 1974 ORER, there are several SOU's 50' boxcars carrying SA reporting mark. I chose SA 900 - 999 series XM boxcars. The prototype photo suggests that this car was made by Pullman or ACF, I selected Athearn PS - 1 boxcar with 9 ft door for the model because of its door style and width.

First of all, I decided to strip off only the white lettering from the boxcar red body of factory painted Conrail scheme car. When I dipped the body into isopropyl alcohol, not only white letters but all the paint was naked. As a result, I couldn't get the "boxcar red only" nor "dimensional data only" but I got "totally undec" car.



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Paint Shop - 02; Savannah & Atlanta Boxcar 947, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

ps_sa947_02.jpg: Savannah & Atlanta 947

I decided to model SA 947 because this is the only prototype photo I could find (taken in 1964). The car SA 986 found in the Fallen Flag site lacks trucks and doors at the time when the photo was taken, but the scheme is visible in the photo.

SA947 prototype photo found in Boxcars & Freight Cars of North America site;
SA986 prototype photo found in Fallen Flags site;

Fortunately, Microscale provides the decal for the car (To tell the truth, I chose the scheme from the Microscale and other decal producers' web catalog).
I changed the roof walk with MTL steel roof-walks, also is the brakewheel. I spray painted the body boxcar red with TAMIYA TS-33 (DULL RED) and the roof silver with TAMIYA TS-30 (SILVER LEAF). I used Microscale #60-55 decal for the lettering.

Parts list:
MTL #499 05 050 AJAX BRAKE WHEELS
MTL #499 55 021 STEEL ROOFWALKS
Decal I used;

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Paint Shop - 03; Savannah & Atlanta Boxcar 947, part 3 [Works_Boxcars]

ps_sa947_03.jpg SA 947

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

SA 900 - 999 series boxcars:
After the description of UMTRR by George J. Irwin; the SA series 900 to 999 is shown with AAR Designation XM and description "Box" only. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 4 inches, inside height 10 feet 5 inches, outside length 54 feet 6 inches, extreme height 15 feet 1 inch, door opening 9 feet, and capacity 4928 cubic feet or 110,000 pounds. There were 62 cars of the possible 100 in the April 1974 ORER,

Savannah & Atlanta Railway (reporting mark SA), a 142 miles railroad connected Savannah, GA and S & A Junction near Camak, GA began its history as the Brinson Railway opened in 1907.
In 1917, the entire 142 miles route between Savannah and S & A Junction became Savannah & Atlanta Railway.
In 1951, the railway was sold to the Central of Georgia Railway.
In 1963, along with its parent C of G, SA became Southern Railway subsidiary.
In 1971, SOU merged C of G, SA and Wrightsville and Tennille, to single Central of Georgia Railroad and the name SA was vanished. But, the reporting mark was still surviving on ORER and equipments in at least 1974.

The map below is the part of "Union Pacific Map of the United States" printed in 1971, with the SA route traced by the author.

map_sa.jpg: SA route map

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Paint Shop - 04; Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic (Soo Line) Boxcar 15564, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

ps_dssa15564_01.jpg: Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic (Soo Line) 15564

I decided to model DSS&A 15564 because there is a nice prototype photo in the RR Picture Archives site. Though the car carries SOO reporting mark at the time when the photo was taken in 1969, I thought it would bring nice contrast with MTL DSS&A 15500 released in 1986.

DSS&A (SOO) 15564 prototype photo found in RR Picture Archives site;

Microscale provides the decals for the car.
I changed the roof walk with MTL Steel Roof-walks, also is the brakewheel. I spray painted the side boxcar red with TAMIYA TS-33 (DULL RED), the end and the roof black with TAMIYA TS-29 (SEMI GLOSS BLACK). I used Microscale #60-4112 and #60-1048 decals to represent the after merger scheme.

Parts list:
MTL #499 05 050 AJAX BRAKE WHEELS
MTL #499 55 021 STEEL ROOFWALKS
Decal I used 01;
Decal I used 02;

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Paint Shop - 05; Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic (Soo Line) Boxcar 15564, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

ps_dssa15564_02.jpg: DSA (SOO) 15564

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

DSS&A (SOO) 15500 - 15599 series boxcars:
The DSS&A series 15500 to 15599 is shown with AAR Designation XM and description "Box, Stl" only. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 2 inches, inside height 10 feet 6 inches, outside length 53 feet 10 inches, extreme height 15 feet 1 inch, door opening 15 feet, and capacity 4864 cubic feet or 100,000 pounds. There were 88 cars of the possible 100 in the April 1974 ORER,

Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railroad (reporting mark DSA), a 623 miles railroad connected Duluth, MN and Sault Ste. Marie, MI began its history as the Iron Mountain Railroad established in 1855.
In 1886, Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway established.
In 1949, reorganized as the Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railroad.
In 1961, folded into Soo Line Railroad and the name DSS&A vanished.

The map below is the part of "Union Pacific Map of the United States" printed in 1971, with the DSS&A route traced by the author.

map_dssa.jpg: DSS&A route map


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Paint Shop - 06; Delaware and Hudson Boxcar 25019, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

ps_dh25019_02.jpg: Delaware and Hudson 25019

I decided to model DH 25019, because this is the only single door 50' car I could find the prototype photo on the web. I shove the sill according to the prototype photo found in the Boxcars & Freight Cars of North America site.
The car found in the site has its lettering rather tinged with yellow at the time when the photo was taken, but the scheme is clearly seen in the photo. They did have yellow letterings on some cars, but the decal I have is white. So, this time I did white lettering scheme.

D&H 25019 prototype photo at Boxcars & Freight Cars of North America site;

Microscale provides the decal for the car. Highball Graphics does both white and yellow letterings. I used MTL #077 00 000 undec car. I cut the sill of the car referred to the prototype photo.
I spray painted the body boxcar red with TAMIYA TS-33 (DULL RED). I used Microscale #60-38 decal along with #60-4350 for the dimensional data.

Decal I used;

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Paint Shop – 07: Delaware and Hudson Boxcar 25019, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

ps_dh25019_03.jpg: DH 25019

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

DH 25018 and 25019 boxcars:
The DH 25018 and 25019 boxcar is shown with AAR Designation XM and description “Box, Stl., 8 Belt DF Loaders. Inside Width Between Sides 9’ 3/8” – Between Belt Rails 9’ 5/8”. 12’ Section Nailable Stl. Flooring at Doors”. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet, inside height 10 feet 5 inches, outside length 54 feet 4 inches, extreme height 15 feet, door opening 8 feet, and capacity 4765 cubic feet or 110,000 pounds. There were both 2 cars in the April 1974 ORER,

Delaware and Hudson Railway (reporting mark DH), an over 700 miles railroad connecting Scranton, PA, Schenectady, NY and Montreal, Canada began its history as the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company’s Delaware and Hudson Gravity Railroad established in 1826.
In 1906, reached Montreal.
In 1930, reorganized as the Delaware and Hudson Railroad.
In 1968, reorganized as the Delaware and Hudson Railway.
In 1988, declared bankrupt
In 1991, purchased by Canadian Pacific Railway

The map below is the part of “Union Pacific Map of the United States” printed in 1971, with the D&H route traced by the author.

map_dh.jpg: D&H route map



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Paint Shop – 08: Grand Trunk Western Boxcar 596246, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

ps_gtw596246_02.jpg: Grand Trunk Western 596246

When I was looking for a boxcar red boxcar which I can create with my surplus decal, I found a boxcar with the body similar to the one made by MTL, GTW 596246 at Fallen Flag site. I shove upper half of the ladder on side as seen in the photo, but gave up with the one on the end.

GTW 596246 prototype photo found in Fallen Flag site;

I used MTL #037 00 000 undec car. I spray painted the body boxcar red with TAMIYA TS-33 (DULL RED) and applied Microscale #60-4350 decal.

Decal I used;

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Paint Shop – 09: Grand Trunk Western Boxcar 596246, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

ps_gtw596246_01.jpg: GTW 596246

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

GTW 596051 - 596446 series boxcars:
The GTW series 596051 to 596446 is shown with AAR Designation XL and description “Box, Stl (Chevrolet Pressed Metal Parts)”. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 2 inches, inside height 10 feet 5 inches, outside length 54 feet 4 inches, extreme height 15 feet, door opening 15 feet 6 inches, and capacity 4840 cubic feet or 110,000 pounds. There were 89 cars in the April 1974 ORER,

Grand Trunk Western Railroad (reporting mark GTW), links Chicago IL, Port Huron MN, and eastern Canada, began its history as the Grand Trunk Railway established in 1880 by Grand Trunk Railway based in Montreal. Thus “Western” might be attached to the parent’s name.
In 1928, parent Canadian National Railway created Grand Trunk Western Railroad.
In 1981, consolidated Detroit and Toledo Shore Line Railroad.
In 1983, consolidated Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad.

The map below is the part of “Union Pacific Map of the United States” printed in 1971, with the GTW route traced by the author.

map_gtw.jpg: GTW route map

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Paint Shop – 10: Green Bay & Western Boxcar 9350, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

ps_wrx9350_01.jpg: Green Bay & Western (Western Refrigerator Line) 9350

I had a yellow Atlas FGE boxcar as a part of assorted cars I bought at ebay. As the color doesn’t fit with my collection, I was looking for FGE cars painted boxcar red. As you know, RBL cars are usually painted in bright colors. RBL car painted in boxcar red is rare. But, I finally came to find the Green Bay & Western RBL on the web site.

Though the car has GBW logo, the car actually was owned by GBW’s subsidiary, Western Refrigerator Line Company established in 1929. That brought the reporting mark WRX on the car. But there is no problem adding this scheme to my collection.

I needed nothing to do with the body.
I just stripped and painted the body boxcar red and black with TAMIYA spray paint. White letterings were done with decals by Microscale. The logo is self-made; ink-jet on correction tape applied clear decal sheet, as I don’t have an Alps printer.

Green Bay & Western (Western Refrigerator Line) 9350 prototype photo found on web;

Decal I used;
Data
Reporting Mark
Number is from Microscale “Southern Railway Bay Window Cabooses” decal (discontinued, former 60-4084)

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Paint Shop – 11: Green Bay & Western Boxcar 9350, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

ps_wrx9350_02.jpg: WRX 9350

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

GBW (WRX) 9350,9351 boxcars:
The GBW 9350 9351 is shown with AAR Designation RBL and description “Refrig., All Stl.”. The inside length of these cars was 51 feet 1 inch, inside width 9 feet 3 inches, inside height 10 feet 3 inches, outside length 59 feet 5 inches, extreme height 15 feet 3 inches, door opening 10 feet 6 inches, and capacity 4870 cubic feet or 154,000 pounds. These 2 cars first appeared in the April 1969 ORER, though they were vanished in 1972 ORER, a pretty short life

Green Bay & Western Railroad (reporting mark GBW) known as the “Green Bay Route” was a 255 miles bridge route connecting Mississippi River and Lake Michigan. Railroad carried paper, timber and crop produced in the region.
A 40 miles railroad Green Bay & Lake Pepin Railway established in 1866 and started its operation in 1872 is the origin of the railroad. GB&LP reached Mississippi River in 1873 and changed the name to Green Bay & Minnesota Railroad.
In 1881, the railroad was sold to Green Bay, Winona, & Saint Paul Railroad.
In 1896, reorganized to Green Bay & Western due to GB&W&StP’s bankruptcy.
In 1934, absorbed subsidiary, Kewaunee, Green Bay & Western.
In 1993, merged into Wisconsin Central’s subsidiary, Fox Valley & western Railroad according to the loss of connecting water traffic.

The map below is the part of “Union Pacific Map of the United States” printed in 1971, with the GBW route created by the author. I don’t know why UP neglected representing GBW route.

map_gbw.jpg: GBW route map


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Paint Shop – 12: Clinchfield Boxcar 7011, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

ps_crr7011_06.jpg: Clinchfield 7011

The other boxcar red boxcar which I can create with my surplus decal was this one. I found a boxcar with the body similar to the one made by Athearn: Clinchfield 7011 at Fallen Flag site. We can see 7054 at RR Picture Archives site and rather blurred picture of 7008 at Boxcars & Freight Cars of North America site.

I shove stirrups and upper half of the ladder on side as seen in the photo. Some ladders by GOLD MEDAL MODELS were added after the shaving. I also took off the roof walk and changed the brake wheel with MTL parts.
7011 has a low straight sill. If I accurately extend the sill of this model, the sill would conflict with trucks. So I decided to add thin nickel silver plate to represent the unique form. Rivets on the sill were applied with Archer decal.

I spray painted the body boxcar red with TAMIYA TS-33 (DULL RED) and applied Microscale #60-4350 decal.

Clinchfield 7011 prototype photo found in Fallen Flag site;
Clinchfield 7054 prototype photo found in RR Picture Archives site;
Clinchfield 7008 prototype photo found in Boxcars & Freight Cars of North America

Parts I used;
Athearn #14157 PS-1 boxcar
GOLD MEDAL MODELS #160-25 Freight Car Ladders
MTL #499 05 050 AJAX BRAKE WHEELS

Decal I used;

ps_crr7011_02.jpg: applied sill, stirrup and brake wheel

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Paint Shop – 13: Clinchfield Boxcar 7011, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

ps_crr7011_07.jpg: CRR 7011

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

CRR 7002 - 7075 series boxcars:
The CRR series 7002 to 7075 is shown with AAR Designation XL and description “Box, Stl 20” Travel Cush. Underfr., DF loader”. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 4 inches, inside height 10 feet 5 inches, outside length 57 feet 9 inches, extreme height 15 feet, door opening 9 feet, and capacity 4923 cubic feet or 140,000 pounds. There were 68 cars in the April 1974 ORER,

Clinchfield Railroad (reporting mark CRR), a 277 mile railroad linked Elkhorn City KY, Erwin TN and Spartanburg SC, was established in 1902, which was the last class 1 railroad built east of Rocky mountains. The purpose of the railroad was to handle Appalachian coal produced from the coal region of Virginia named "Clinchfield".
In 1915, entire route was completed.
In 1924, the railroad was leased to Louisville & Nashville Railroad and Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
In 1982, the railroad merged into the Seaboard System and CRR lost its identity.

The map below is the part of “Union Pacific Map of the United States” printed in 1971, with the CRR route traced by the author.

map_crr.jpg: CRR route map

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Paint Shop – 14: Soo Line Boxcar 177052, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

soo177052_01.jpg: Soo Line 177502

Here is another boxcar red boxcar I painted and decorated using surplus decal.
Many Soo Line boxcars were produced by MTL and other manufacturers. But the decal was of old (before consolidation) scheme, used between 1951 and 1959 according to “The Soo Line Historical and Technical Society” site: the car which we can’t find at the storefront.

I found the prototype photo at the RR Picture Archives site. Though photo shows W/O roof walk liverty, I used stock MTL #031 00 000, undecorated car with roof walk to mach the lettering scheme. I only extended the sill of the body.

I spray painted the body boxcar red with TAMIYA TS-33 (DULL RED) and applied Microscale #60-1048 decal.

Soo Line 177052 prototype photo found in RR Picture Archives site;
The Soo Line Historical and Technical Society site;
Decal I used;

soo177052_03.jpg: extended sill

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Paint Shop – 15: Soo Line Boxcar 177052, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

soo177052_02.jpg: SOO 177502

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

SOO 176902 - 177098 series boxcars:
The SOO series 176902 to 177098 is shown with AAR Designation XL and description “Box, Damage Free, Nailable Stl. Flr. Even Nos.”. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet, inside height 10 feet 7 inches, outside length 54 feet 5 inches, extreme height 15 feet 1 inches, door opening 8 feet, and capacity 4809 cubic feet or 100,000 pounds. There were 70 cars in the April 1974 ORER,

The Soo Line Railroad (reporting mark SOO), a railroad connecting Canadian Pacific Railway with the United States, is formed in 1961. The predecessor, the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway was incorporated in 1888: The Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic Railway incorporated in 1883 and two other CP subsidiaries formed the railway. “Soo” is a phonemic spelling of “Sault”.
In 1961, Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad, Wisconsin Central Railroad and Duluth South Shore & Atlantic Railroad formed The Soo Line Railroad.
In 1985, acquired part of Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road).
In 1987, spun off approximately 2,000-mile of route to the new Wisconsin Central Ltd..

The map below is the part of “Union Pacific Map of the United States” printed in 1971, with the Soo Line route traced by the author.

map_soo.jpg: Soo route map

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Paint Shop - 16: Wabash Boxcar 21514, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

wab21514_01.jpg: Wabash 21514

Gerald Glow produces wonderful decals for us. Though Jerry specializes his decal line in steam/transition era freight cars, some of his products also work for my line of collection.
For example, here I show a car just added to my collection, realized thru using his product.

* Glow closed his business in 2014.

Decals by Jerry Glow;

This is a Wabash 50’ boxcar 21514.
Jerry produces this decal for repainted 40’ cars. But it fits some 50’ cars like this one I found the prototype photo at Fallen Flags site and Railroad Picture Archives site. According to the prototype photos I found on web, the flag is on the right on some 50’ cars, contrary to the 40’ cars appeared in Jerry’s drawings.

I used MTL 31000 undecorated boxcar. I just rounded the corner of the sill according to the photo. I spray painted the body boxcar red with TAMIYA TS-33 (DULL RED) and applied Jerry’s decal.

Wabash 21514 prototype photo;
Wabash 21464 prototype photo;
Decal I used;

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Paint Shop - 17: Wabash Boxcar 21514, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

wab21514_02.jpg: WAB 21514

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

Wabash 21350 - 21549 series boxcars:
The Wabash series 21350 to 21549 is shown with AAR Designation XM and description “Box, Stl.” only. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 2 inches, inside height 10 feet 5 inches, outside length 54 feet 4 inches, extreme height 15 feet, door opening 8 feet, and capacity 4929 cubic feet or 100,000 pounds. There were 42 cars in the April 1974 ORER. But accompanied with 14 100,000 pounds XP cars with bulkheads, one 100,000 pounds XP car with bulkheads, and 21 110,000 pounds “Box, Stl.” only XM cars.

Wabash Railroad (reporting mark WAB) was incorporated in 1889. Railroads such as St. Louis, Kansas City & Northern organized in 1872, Great Western Railroad organized in 1853, Toledo and Wabash & Western Railway organized in 1856 formed the Wabash Railway in 1877.
Name "Wabash" was derived from the name of the river which creates Illinois – Indiana border and drains into Ohio River. The railroad connected Buffalo, Toledo, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Omaha: formed the bridge route detouring Chicago and connected Kansas City and Detroit directly.
In 1932, the railroad went under control of PRR.
In 1964, the railroad merged into N&W along with NKP

The map below is the part of “Union Pacific Map of the United States” printed in 1971, with the WAB route traced in green line (red line represents UP) by the author.

map_wabash.jpg: WAB route map

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Paint Shop - 18: Great Northern Boxcar 40071, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

gn40071_03.jpg: GN40071

I previously chose GN letterings to represent my thought on speed lettering. So, here I show a GN boxcar just added to my collection, realized thru using Jerry Glow’s product[1].

This is one of a GN 40000 – 40099 series 50’ boxcar #40071 built in 1953 by GN. I say "might be" because I couldn't find the exact prototype photo.

according to Lindsay Korst, GN started painting their equipments Vermillion Red in 1956, Glacier Green in 1961 and Big Sky Blue in 1967[2]. So, in the late '60s, most of the GN equipments were in Vermillion Red, Glacier Green or Big Sky Blue.

I considered that some 50’ boxcars built before 1956 still might kept boxcar(mineral) red scheme in the 70's. Thus, I looked for the prototype photos on books and web.

In Morning Sun Color Guide, a photo of 50’ boxcar #35941 built in 1950 was found, but in Vermillion Red scheme: maybe repainted. City of Vancouver Archives has a photo of 50’ boxcar #40281 painted boxcar(mineral) red[3].

According to Ben Ringnalda, GN 40000 – 40099 series 50’ boxcars had 7’+8’ doors[4]. So I used Athearn PS-1 double door boxcar for the model. I chose the number from the one of the only 5 left in the series at 1974 ORER.

I stripped off the decoration and details on sides. Then I used Archer’s decal to represent the rivets. I also modified the sill referring MSCG to represent the characteristic form of their homebuilt boxcars. Stirrups came from BLMA.

I painted boxcar red with TAMIYA TS-33 and applied Jerry’s decal, together with Microscale 60-70101 for the numbers. Roof walk remains its original color: a little redemption for the missing of original decoration.
revised, Feb. 28, 2015

[1] Glow closed his business in 2014.
[2] Lindsay Korst’s “Great Northern Railway Page”;
[3] 1954 photo of GN 40281 at City of Vancouver Archives;
[4] Ben Ringnalda’s “Great Northern Empire” page;
* Jerry’s decal I used;
* My web page mentioning GN lettering;

gn40071_01.jpg: sill extended and rivets applied; ready to paint

gn40071_04.jpg: GN40071

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Paint Shop - 19: Creating Great Northern Boxcar 40071 - 02 [Works_Boxcars]

gn40071_02.jpg: GN40071

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

GN 40000 - 40099 series boxcars:
According to the Jan. 1954 ORER, the GN series 40000 to 40099 is shown with AAR Designation XM and description “Box, Steel Underframe”. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 2 inches, inside height 10 feet 1 inches, outside length 52 feet 6 inches, extreme height 14 feet 8 inches, door opening 15 feet, and capacity 4681 cubic feet or 100,000 pounds.
There are only 5 cars, 40026, 40029, 40066, 40071 and 40083 in the April 1974 ORER, shown with “Box” only and the outside length stretched to 55 feet.

Great Northern Railway (reporting mark GN) was the northernmost transcontinental railroad connecting St. Paul, Seattle and Portland.
The “Empire Builder” James J. Hill and his investment group took over the St. Paul & Pacific Railroad in 1878 and changed its name to Great Northern Railway in 1889. The transcontinental route reached the Pacific in 1893.
In 1970, the 4 railroads, NP, CB&Q, SP&S and GN consolidated to form the Burlington Northern Railroad. The line is now part of BNSF network.

The map below is the part of “Union Pacific Map of the United States” printed in 1971, with the GN route traced in green line by the author.

map_gn.jpg: GN route map

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Paint Shop - 20 : Illinois Central Boxcar 10733 part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

ic10733_02.jpg: IC10733

Here is another home-built boxcar realized thru using Jerry Glow’s product.

* Glow closed his business in 2014.

This is an IC 50’ boxcar 10733 with “MainLine of MID-AMERICA” slogan. I came to find the 1979 prototype photo at the fallen flag site. We can find the 1981 photo of sister 10530 in IC/GM&O Morning Sun Color Guide.

I used MTL 031 00 000 for the model. As rivets on the side appeared in the prototype photo were impressive for me, I tried to represent it by using rivet decal produced by Archer. The door is swapped with MTL 8’ superior door parts.

I splay painted boxcar red using TAMIYA TS-33 and applied Jerry’s decal together with Microscale 60-70001 for the numbers and 60-2 for the data.

Prototype photo found at the fallen flag site;
Jerry’s decal I used;
revised, Sep. 24, 2015

ic10733_03.jpg: IC10733
ic_02.jpg: Encino, NM. Sep. 13, 2015

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Paint Shop - 21 : Illinois Central Boxcar 10733 part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

ic10733_01.jpg: IC10733

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

IC 10500 - 10799 series boxcars:
According to the April 1974 ORER, the IC series 10500 to 10799 is shown with AAR Designation XM and description “Box” only. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 4 inches, inside height 10 feet 6 inches, outside length 54 feet 9 inches, extreme height 15 feet 1 inch, door opening 8 feet, and capacity 4947 cubic feet or 154,000 pounds. There are 275 cars lettered “IC” in April 1974 ORER.

According to the Morning Sun Color Guide, these cars were built by IC's Centralia Shops in 1966. 10500 -10599 cars had Universal, and 10600 - 10799 cars had Ajax handbrakes.

Illinois Central Railroad (reporting mark IC) ran along the Mississippi River, connecting Chicago with Gulf of Mexico. IC was chartered in 1851. The line from Chicago to Cairo, the southernmost town in Illinois was completed in 1856. The standard gauge track reached New Orleans in 1881.
In 1972, IC merged with the Gulf Mobile & Ohio to form Illinois Central Gulf. Since 1998, the line is part of the Canadian National Railway network.

The map below is the part of “Union Pacific Map of the United States” printed in 1971, with the IC route traced in green line by the author.

map_ic.jpg: IC route map

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Paint Shop - 22 : Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Boxcar 16927, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

dti_02.jpg: DTI16927

Here is a boxcar red boxcar realized through swapping the doors.
This is a Detroit, Toledo & Ironton rib side boxcar. I found pretty many prototype photos at Fallen Flag site and Railroad Picture Archives site including #16927. Microscale decal has the exact number. This is why I chose #16927.

I used Atlas 50’ Precision Design Box Car for the model because of the number of ribs on side. The Pullman door came from Intermountain PS 5277 Boxcar. The doors came off easily from the body as they are the separate parts glued to the body.

I added distinctive supports under the door rail. Also added is the placard for the herald. The square plate should come 1 and a half rib. But the model body doesn’t permit to do so; almost 2 ribs. The space of the model body rib may be narrower than the prototype, or the herald decal is oversized.

Also to my fate is the ends. Prototype car seems to have Pullman ends. The Atlas model has Stanray ends. I had no idea (and energy) changing the ends.

I splay painted boxcar red using TAMIYA TS-33 and silver using TAMIYA TS-30. Applied decal is Microscale 60-4268.

Prototype photo found at the fallen flag site;
Microscale dacal I used;

dti_01.jpg: ready to paint; placard, PS door and door rail stiffener applied

dti_03.jpg: DTI16927

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Paint Shop - 23 : Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Boxcar 16927, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

dti_04.jpg: DTI16927

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

DT&I 16900 - 16974 series boxcars:
According to the April 1974 ORER, the IC series 16900 to 16974 is shown with AAR Designation XM and description “Box, Stl” only. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 5 inches, inside height 10 feet 6 inches, outside length 55 feet 6 inches, extreme height 14 feet 11 inch, door opening 10 feet, and capacity 5022 cubic feet or 154,000 pounds. There are 75 cars in April 1974 ORER.

Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad (reporting mark DT&I) connected its namesake cities. The Iron Railway incorporated in 1849 is one of the roots of this railroad.
In 1905, by then Detroit & Lima Northern RY and Ohio Southern RY merged and created DT&I Railway.
In 1920, Henry Ford bought the railway.
In 1929, Ford sold the railway to Pennsylvania Railroad.
In 1980, Grand Trunk Western Railroad took control of the railroad.
In 1983, the railroad was absorbed into GTW.

The map below is the part of “Union Pacific Map of the United States” printed in 1971, with the DT&I route traced in red line by the author.

map_dti.jpg: DT&I route map

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Paint Shop – 24 : Western Railway of Alabama Boxcar 17252, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

wa17252_02.jpg: WA17252

Here, I show another car just added to my collection, realized thru using Jerry Glow’s product.

* Glow closed his business in 2014.

This is a WA 50’ boxcar 17252. As mentioned before, Jerry’s products are specialized in steam/transition era 40’ freight cars. But some can be used on 50’ cars like this one I found the prototype photo at the Railroad Picture Archives site. In this 1979 photo, letterings are almost washed out and it looks like a negative picture. This model represents the scheme what, I believe, it used to be.

I used decorated Athearn 50’ PS-1 single door boxcar. I stripped off the decoration and cut the part of sill referring to the prototype photo. As the color of sister Atlanta & West Point Railroad boxcar produced by Microtrains in 1986 seemed rather tawny, I spray painted the body with TAMIYA TS-1 (RED BROWN) this time and applied Jerry’s decal, together with Microscale 60-70001 for the numbers. Roof walk remains its original color by Athearn.

WA 17252 prototype photo;
Jerry’s decal I used;

wa17252_03.jpg: WA17252

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Paint Shop - 25 : Western Railway of Alabama Boxcar 17252, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

wa17252_01.jpg: WA17252

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

WA 17250 - 17266 series boxcars:
The WA series 17250 to 17266 is shown with AAR Designation XM and description “Box, Stl.” only. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 2 inches, inside height 10 feet 5 inches, outside length 54 feet 4 inches, extreme height 15 feet, door opening 9 feet, and capacity 4844 cubic feet or 110,000 pounds. There are 9 cars in the April 1974 ORER. But accompanied with 6 cars 17250, 17254, 17255, 17257, 17259 and 17265 with “Interior Showing Fixtures”.

Western Railway of Alabama (reporting mark WA) connected Atlanta and Montgomery jointly with the Atlanta & West Point Railroad.
Montgomery Railroad incorporated in 1832 is the root of WA. The railroad reached West Point in 1851 and created the Atlanta–Montgomery connection known as the “West Point Route” with A&WP.
In 1870, the line from Montgomery west to Selma was completed, and the consolidation of Western Railroad of Alabama was also completed.
In 1881, the line was leased to Central of Georgia and Louisville & Nashville along with Georgia Railroad and A&WP.
In 1983, the 3 lines, WA, GA and A&WP, were absorbed into the Seaboard System. The line is now part of CSX network.

The map below is the part of “Union Pacific Map of the United States” printed in 1971, with the WA route traced in red line by the author.

map_wa.jpg: WA route map


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Paint Shop – 26 : Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Boxcar 20132, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

scl20132_04.jpg: SCL 20132

Microscale re-produced the decal for SCL freight cars last year. This is a boxcar red boxcar realized through using this product.

This is the SCL 50’ single sliding door boxcar 20132. I found the 1978 prototype photo at Fallenflag site.

I used stock Athearn PS-1 Plug Door Boxcar for the model; sliding door boxcar was out of stock at my shelf. I replaced the plug door with the sliding door came from Atlas 50’ Precision Design Box Car to represent the prototype; please don’t complain of double tack boards. Also replaced and/or added are the brake wheels, grab irons and ladders. Ladders are modified Gold Medal parts #160-25. End crossover walkway is made from Athearn’s etched-metal roof walk. A little modification is added to the sill.

I spray painted the body with Tamiya TS-33 as usual. As TS-33 is a matte paint spray, hiding the decal’s edge was not easy. To improve this, I, this time, tried polishing. I polished the surface of the painted body where decals were going to be applied, with Tamiya Polishing Compound. The polished part badly shines, but it disappears when semi-gloss clear coat is sprayed after applying the decal. Decal used is Microscale #60-6 with #60-2 for data.

Prototype photo found at the Fallen Flag site;
decal I used;

scl20132_05.jpg: SCL 20132

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Paint Shop – 27 : Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Boxcar 20132, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

scl20132_03.jpg: SCL 20132

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

SCL 20000 - 20149 series boxcars:
The SCL series 20000 to 20149 is shown with AAR Designation XL and description “Box, Stl.” only. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 4 inches, inside height 10 feet 5 inches, outside length 55 feet 4 inches, extreme height 14 feet 9 inches, door opening 9 feet, and capacity 4923 cubic feet or 154,000 pounds. There are 147 cars in the April 1974 ORER.

Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (reporting mark SCL) was incorporated in 1967 due to the merger of Seaboard Air Line Railroad and Atlantic Coast line Railroad. SCL served the Southeastern United States with over 9000 miles of tracks.
In 1969, SCL absorbed Piedmont & Northern Railway.
In 1967, SCL absorbed Tampa & Gulf Coast Railway.
In 1983, the 3 lines, SCL, Louisville & Nashville Railroad and Clinchfield Railroad, accompanied with subsidiaries such as Georgia Railroad, consolidated and formed the Seaboard System Railroad. The line is now part of CSX network.

The map below is the part of “Union Pacific Map of the United States” printed in 1971, with the SCL route traced in red line by the author.

map_scl.jpg: SCL route map

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Paint Shop – 28 : Bessemer & Lake Erie Boxcar 82569, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

ble85569_04.jpg: B&LE 82569

Here is another boxcar realized thru using Microscale product.

This is a B&LE boxcar 82569. I bought the decal a decade before. But the “a door and half” body style kept me away from setting to work on it. As my decal grew yellowish, I made up my mind about working on this car.

I searched B&LE “a door and half” boxcar photo on web. 1980 color photo of #82567 and 1975 monochrome photo of #82554 are found at RR Picture Archives. 1972 color photo of #82516 is found at Fallenflag site. However, I chose #82569 because Microscale product had the exact number.

I used Athearn NACC 50’ Boxcar for the model because it seemed to have accurate ends and roof. I stripped all the doors and ribs off the sides. Added were the sill, modified MTL 8’ Superior doors and door rails. Side panel lines were represented by engraving.

I spray painted the body with Tamiya TS-1 this time. Roof paint is of Athearn original. I polished the painted body with compound before applying the decal. Decal applied is Microscale #60-353 (seems discontinued). I spray painted the semi-gloss clear overcoat after all.

prototype photo of #82554 found at RR Picture Archives;
prototype photo of #82567 found at RR Picture Archives;

ble82569_05.jpg: “a door and half” portion of the model

ble85569_02.jpg: B&LE 82569

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Paint Shop – 29 : Bessemer & Lake Erie Boxcar 82569, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

ble85569_01.jpg: B&LE 82569

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

B&LE 82550 - 82569 series boxcars:
The B&LE series 82550 to 82569 is shown with AAR Designation XL and description “Box, Stl.” only. The inside length of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet, inside height 10 feet 6 inches, outside length 55 feet 6 inches, extreme height 14 feet 11 inches, door opening 14 feet, and capacity 154,000 pounds. There are all 20 cars in the April 1974 ORER.

Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad (reporting mark BLE) has roots in Shenango & Allegheny Railroad founded in 1869. In 1897, the line was chartered by Andrew Carnegie to haul iron ore and coal to his steel mill at Pittsburgh. The line was renamed to B&LE in 1900. B&LE connected 149miles between the namesake town Bessemer near Pittsburgh, PA and the Lake Erie at Conneaut, OH.
In 2004, Canadian National Railway acquired the B&LE. The line is now active under CN with its original route and name.

The map below is the part of “Union Pacific Map of the United States” printed in 1971, with the B&LE route traced in red line by the author.

map_ble.jpg: B&LE route map

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Paint Shop – 30 : Chicago and North Western Boxcar 4430, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

cnw_4430_01.jpg: CNW4430

CDS Lettering produces dry transfers in N scale. I found some products which fits my collection. Here is a completed model using CDS product.

This is a model of C&NW 50’ single sliding door boxcar 4430. 4430 is the number afforded by CDS. According to the CDS explanation, this boxcar red with large logotype scheme was applied on 4142 to 4891 series 50’ PS-1 boxcars. I couldn't find any prototype photo of the particular car. But I found a photo of 4372, a 50' boxcar with this scheme on web[1]. So, I could at least find out the car body style.

I used MTL 50’ single sliding door boxcar for the model. Some modification is added to the sill. 1976 photo of 4571 has Youngstown door[2]. So, I didn't change the door to Superior. Trucks are changed to Bettendorfs. I used Tamiya TS-33 for the paint and CDS #N-695 dry transfer for the letterings.

revised, Feb. 28, 2015
[1] 1956 photo of 4372 found at City of Vancouver Archives;
[2] prototype (but repainted) photo of 4571 found at Fallen Flag site;
* dry transfer I used;

cnw_4430_02.jpg: CNW4430

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