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  • September 11, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,247 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by W. J. Metzer    The prototype cars of this conversion are four-compartment, 5250 cu. ft., 125-Ton versions of the Pullman-Standard PS-2CD covered hoppers. They have been purchased by many railroads and grain loading co...
  • September 9, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 5,334 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Stan F. Styles photo. by Richard E. Buike    The focus of this article will largely be on the prototypes, but with emphasis on their visible similarities and differences: particularly as they apply to modeling. Where known...
  • September 4, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,149 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by Todd L. Sullivan Northern Pacific Number 501 taken at Lewiston, Idaho, on May 28, 1951. - W. C. Whittaker photo.    Your Northern Pacific Editor and your NP Diesel Editor have been scrutinizing photographs and slides ...
  • September 4, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 625 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    by Bob Longo    A question that is often discussed at our various editorial meetings and conventions around the country is that of "why" be a prototype modeler and just what are the limits of "prototype modeling." Some fe...
  • September 4, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 894 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Western Pacific of the 10801-12400 series. - Model by Peter Arnold, Charles W. Williams photo. by Peter Arnold    This 40' box car was once the standard car used for every type of load. Now, many have been replaced by spec...
  • September 3, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 541 views - 1 comment - 1 like
    by David Lotz    Happy Labor Day!    TrainLife salutes all of America's laborers , but we want to give a special recognition to railroad workers past, present and future, who provide the members here on TrainLife an indus...
  • September 2, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,765 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    This photo of Santa Fe's 3460, the "Blue Goose," was taken in Chicago on April 10, 1938. Skirting is still in place and the loco looks much as it was delivered. - Photo from the collection of Stan Kistler. by Lynn Aldrich   &nb...
  • August 30, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 892 views - 1 comment - 1 like
    Note difference in height of these cars from the 60000 series. - Staffan Ehnbom photo.Model Die Casting car body with the center 10 foot portion removed to make the Model and 60000 series car. - Photo by Staffan Ehnbom.Another view of the same Model D...
  • August 29, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 799 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    Tidewater Southern model of the last car in the 601-620 series as modeled by Peter Arnold. - Charles W. Williams photo. by Peter Arnold    For those of you who may not know, the Tidewater Southern is a former interurban li...
  • August 28, 2012 - posted by David Lotz - 1,084 views - 1 comment - 3 likes
    Western Maryland's 7436 now a member of the Chessie System. - William Oertly, Jr. photo. by William Oertly, Jr.    The Western Maryland, before the Chessie takeover, used their own class system on their diesels for identif...