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Omaha, Nebraska, August, 1974. In the Omaha coach yard sits Postal Storage car 5714. Compare this with the AHM model. Note the prototype trucks and detail on diaphragm end. Photo by Don McGinnis

The Union Pacific was one of the last of the western roads to order dome cars. Competition from the Milwaukee Road, Northern Pacific, Great Northern, and Southern Pacific (all with dome coaches on their transcontinental runs), was forc ing the Union Pacific to keep pace. Finally, when the Santa Fe began running their Hi-Level cars the Union Pacific put in an order to American Car and Foundry for dome cars. Delivered to the Union Pacific in 1955, were ten dome coaches (7000-7009), fif teen dome observations (9000-9014), and ten dome diners (8000-8009); all at an approximate cost of some 10 million dollars. These cars were assigned to the City of Portland, City of Los Angeles, and the Challengers. The 7000 series dome coaches were constructed to plan 76-1939 and lot 4097. AHM produces an HO gauge model of the 7000 series dome coach. With the ex ception of diaphragms and trucks, this model is an exact replica of the 7000 series. By adding a striker plate, along with additional details to each end, and a pair of Tyco "outside spring hanger trucks," you then would have an exact duplicate of the prototype. At first glance the number on the AHM model (7011) seems to be out of the series; however, additional investigation reveals that in 1958 the Union Pacific ordered five more dome coaches from Pullman-Standard (7011-7015) for the City of St. Louis. This marked the last order of dome cars by the Union Pacific. The Pullman-Stand ard cars were identical to those received from American Car and Foundry earlier.


heavy-weights wore out, new equipment had to be ordered forreplacement; between the years 1954 and 1963, over a hundred mail-storage cars were ordered. Of particular interest to Union Pacific modelers will be the thirty five cars be longing to the 571 1-5745 series. Con structed by American Car and Foundry in 1957 (plan 7 6-5814, lot 4696), these cars helped replace the aging heavy-weights. AHM produces an excellent model of this series. Again, with a few added details to each end, and a pair of Tyco "outside spring hanger trucks," you would have a 100% accurate model. Purchase a few of each type of these cars, renumber some of them, and you're on your way to building your authentic Union Pacific fleet. Don McGinnis

Transporting mail was an important function of the Union Pacific. As the old


The first o f a series of "craftsman type" kits from Marketing East, Inc. (being sold under the Prototype Modeler name) is a 40' Pacific Fruit Express refrigerator car of the R-30-1 3 class. The model accurately represents one of the 4 ,038 cars owned by PFE (a Union Pacific - Southern Pacific jointly owned corporation) as built in 1926 by the com bined efforts of American Car and Foun dry, Pacific Car and Foundry, Pullman Standard, and Standard Steel Car com panies. These cars, although entirely wood sheathed, lasted well into the late 1950s. Nelson McCormick designed this inter esting kit with the instruction booklet (a nice and welcome touch) photos taken by G. Ferris and the artwork supplied by Bob Longo. With the exception of Grandt Line plastic door hardware, Cal-Scale Westinghouse K type brake gear, North eastern grab irons, brass wire (for the various brake lines), and Micro-Scale


decals, the kit is assembled from excellent wood stock from Camino Scale Lumber. The smaller sizes and shapes of wood are crisp and relatively free of burrs, An HO ruler is a necessity for identifying the various pieces as color coding of the stock is not provided. Assembly of the kit is straightforward, similar to Ambroid or Northeastern kits in complexity, and a week of evenings should suffice for the average modeler to have the kit completed. The instruction book has been well executed and is a practical format with which to work but it has several omissions in text and one serious drawback in its' artwork; none of the illustrations are in HO scale ! This is an oversight that will probably be corrected in subsequent kits as it creates much additional unnecessary measuring for the correct placement of underbody, and, and roof parts. There are omissions and mistakes in the text that bear mentioning. In Step 3 - Underframe: there isn't any mention as to the construction sequence and placement of the four small H columns. Also , I ran out of 8" I-beam material after cutting seven of the eight main frame 'cross members required. For Kadee MKD-5 couplers, shim the pocket area with 1/2" x 13/32" x 1/16" material at both ends of the car. In Step 4 - Side and End Detail : my kit had only one of the required two pieces of 5 " angle material. The placement of the fascia boards is wrong as the side pieces will not butt with the end pieces without a staggered joint if the instructions are followed. In stead: as the end fascia boards are cement ed flush with the top of the scribed end pieces, so must the side fascia boards be cemented flush with the side scribed pieces, but here the slight roof overhang prevents this. To correct the problem, sand the roof overhang flush with the top of the sides, then cement the fascia boards

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