are two different classes of box cars on the line, wood and
steel. Their are two different styles of wooden box cars but
these are grouped together in the 200 to 249 number series. The
first type are the Bachmann cars based on an ET&WCN
prototype. These suffer from the same issues as all the cars
from Bachmann's early Big Haulers series in that the trucks are
inset too far and have Talgo style coupler mounting. All of
these get new Aristo Delton sprung trucks and body mounted
Kaydee #1 gauge couplers. Many hobbyists think these cars are
made wrong because the doors on the car both open towards the
same end of the car unlike most that open to the right when view
from the side. The cars however are correct for the prototype
they were model after. The other style of wooden box car in
service are the Aristo Delton classics cars which are roughly
patterned after a D&RGW car. These come with the correct
trucks correctly mounted and I only need to replace the wheels
with one of a smaller diameter and add the Kaydee couplers. The
photo below shows one of the Bachmann cars after being modified.
particular car has been designated for hide use only. These cars are
used to transport hides from the meat packing plant to the tannery which
usually leaves the car both smelly and messy and not fit for general
use. It also illustrates the "wrong way" opening door.
next photo show the other style of wood boxcar from the Aristo Delton
RC&G was an early participant in car advertising and this car is an
example of that as well. Other than the RC&G lettering and
numbering, new wheels couplers and a little light weathering this car is
otherwise unmodified. The majority of the box car fleet are painted a
dark box car red.
steel box cars are the line are based on the EBT steel boxcars. No one
makes commercial models of these so they are all scratch built with
acrylic bodies sheathed in styrene.
photos of the construction are show below The outside bracing is
Plastruct styrene 'Z' shape
the bottom you can still see the clear acrylic that is underneath the
styrene sheathing. The floor has been scribed to represent the wood
cross bracing added as well as the couplers.
rivets are sequin pins which required drilling a hole for each and every
one. The roof is wood with the angles cut on the table saw.