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  • May 26, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,507 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Here is the prototype of the car modeled by author Ehnbom. Seen at Oakland, Calif., in 1976, No. 695574 is a 50-foot hicube, class XM, and is one of one hundred such cars owned by Southern Pacific. An interesting kitbash produces an eye-c...
  • May 24, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,426 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    BY RICHARD HENDRICKSON Union Pacific boxcar No. 175005 is a class A-50-16 car. When it was renumbered in 1955 to the scheme shown here (it is ex-474005), the auto racks were removed. - Photo: Frank Peacock The author's model of UP auto...
  • May 23, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,019 views - 2 comments - 0 likes
    BY RICHARD HENDRICKSON Right: Similar in design and execution to the popular World War I USRA "standard" 40-ton double-sheathed boxcars, the example shown was one of 2500 similar cars owned and operated by SSW.  Many of the cars were rebuilt by ...
  • May 15, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,374 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Top: The first of Western Pacific's Pullman Standard 50-foot, 50-ton double-door boxcars, No. 35001, poses for her builder's portrait at the Hammond, Ind., plant in April 1954. She was one of the group of cars numbered 35001-35625 and outfitted for ge...
  • May 14, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,689 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Creeping through South Dakota prairies, "lizard" 1619 has a long grain train in tow on C&NWs Watertown-Sioux Valley Junction branch in August 1977. The venerable Alco - to diesel fans, an RSD4 - will work to the main line at Sioux Valley Junction ...
  • May 13, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,834 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    CUT passenger Geep 5901 is at Elkhart, Ind., in January 1962, having strayed from its original assignment locale in Ohio. As on all NYC Geeps, the "front" of the locomotive is actually the long-hood end, hence the "F" designation - barely visible in t...
  • May 9, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,165 views - 0 comments - 2 likes
    The first of MBTA's rebuilt and reconditioned former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio F-units, No. 1100, heads out of Boston's South Station and is leaving the ex-New Haven main line at Forest Hills Junction for the temporarily-closed Needham, Mass., branch. -...
  • April 18, 2012 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 1,508 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    Figure - Detail of Sweetwater sage brush branch with grafted branches. Micro Engineering tire is suspended with synthetic human hair rope.   1959 WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR TREEHOUSES. It seemed like every ravine across North America had...
  • April 16, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,389 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    MDC offers the 35 foot two-bay covered hopper in some 18 railroad names plus 5 shipper names. Author Six improved the model by adding a variety of commercially available replacement details. A convincing model results when...
  • April 16, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,431 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Rib edges were lightly sanded as part of the weathering treatment for the Penn Central 65-foot mill gondola. Load of pipe (actually painted straws) conceals the weight that was added to improve tracking. BY THE PM STAFF Photography by Jim...