RC&G 500 series
Tank cars were the RC&G's first foray into car leasing. The
RC&G's sweetheart deal with The Texas Company for exclusive
rights within its operating area provided them with reduced
freight rates in exchange for reduced cost for diesel and other
fuels and lubricants used by the railroad. The Texas Company
wished to have their product moved in tank cars bearing their
logo but since they had no narrow gauge cars in their fleet the
RC&G had three built and leased them back to Texaco.
These cars started life as a standard 1/22.5 scale Bachmann cars
and it got the usual modifications involving trucks being moved
outward and replaced by sprung Delton trucks with Bachmann 24 mm
wheel sets and Kaydee couplers installed. Weight was added to
bring the cars up to about one pound. The car numbers, Texas
Company reporting marks and build dates were removed and
replaced by RC&G reporting marks, numbers and a new build
date. The Bachmann cars had a 7/53 build date which was way out
in left field for tanks cars of this type. Some weathering and
fuel stains were applied and the cars were ready for the road.
There are currently three cars in service.
additional photos show the before and after moving the the
trucks outward and original trucks vs new trucks and wheels.