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  • December 28, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 903 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Walter Brown Jim Hickey photo. One of the many difficulties in modeling a prototype railroad is the lack of a good selection in available models. The problem is further complicated when there are no decals to correctly letter a model eve...
  • December 26, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 7,998 views - 2 comments - 1 like
    Coming up on the Belmont Road Crossing at Downers Grove, Illinois, in March of 1973 is BN 6143 (ex-CB&Q 341) still in her Burlington colors on the point with two repainted units following and Burlington units bringing up the rear. Gib Allbach phot...
  • December 21, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,130 views - 1 comment - 1 like
    by Todd Sullivan Photo by Cordell Newby, from the collection of Todd Sullivan Several NP fans have brought up the question of Northern Pacific caboose paint schemes in the light of the conflicting data by Ambroid and Northwest Short Li...
  • December 20, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,514 views - 1 comment - 2 likes
    by Cyril J. Durrenberger In December, 1907, the CB&Q began receiving the first of 4,000 40' steel flat bottom, drop door gondolas. These cars were numbered 77000-80999 and had the following dimensions: inside length 40', inside widt...
  • December 20, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,002 views - 0 comments - 3 likes
    by William J. Oertly Jr. Models, model photos, and prototype photos are by the author. The Model Die Casting Roundhouse outside braced triple hopper in HO is advertised as a 1920's design; while this is quite possible, I have no...
  • December 19, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 988 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    by Don Wirth Page 52: Prototype photos are from the authors collection, the model photos are his own work.Page 53: Above is the stock Hallmark model; below is the same model but with added de tails and corrections. Photos by the author.Page 54: The b...
  • December 9, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,432 views - 1 comment - 2 likes
    by J.C. Paschal Jr. Page 38: An excellent example of the two different methods that are popular for the strap steps on box cars. The left step has been made from brass strip whereas the one on the right was made by filing down the existing plastic st...
  • December 8, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,707 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by Jay Miller Prototype photos by the author.The variety of the cars now operating in the unit train make it much more interesting than the units trains made up of cars of identical design. The wide variety also adds interest to the modeling projects...
  • December 7, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,880 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    By T. Vanden Bosch Photos by Tom Vanden Bosch THE PROTOTYPE Southern Pacific purchased 700 PS-2 covered hoppers from the Pullman Company between December, 1956, and July, 1958. The PS-2 covered hopper was one of several "standard" fre...
  • December 5, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 5,374 views - 1 comment - 2 likes
    Dave Schumacher THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF ARTICLES ON GREAT NORTHERN'S "EMPIRE BUILDER" INCLUDING ITS CARS, ITS POWER, AND ITS OPERATION. THESE ARTICLES WILL APPEAR OVER THE COMING YEAR AND MORE. THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS INFO...