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superior1980

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Micro Trains Canadian National question
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:11:41 PM »
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Years ago, the Canadian National painted three boxcars and one covered hopper into promotional paint schemes advertising various products that they ship. To my knowledge, Micro Trains did two of the three boxcars, which I'm calling simply the Apple car and the Newspaper car for obvious reasons. In real life, there was also a Cow car. Has the Cow car ever been offered by either Micro Trains or by anyone else? If not, and if someone at Micro Trains happens to see this, I would like to suggest it as being a future release. Thanks for your time!

http://freight.railfan.ca/cgi-bin/image.pl?i=cn283032&o=cn

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Re: Micro Trains Canadian National question
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2014, 03:20:42 PM »
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I can't speak to whether anyone actually produced a model of the "cow" car, but I'll mention that it is a mechanical refrigerator as opposed to a plain boxcar.

The "apple" car was an insulated boxcar, and the "newsprint" was a more or less standard boxcar assigned for newsprint/paper service.

Note that in all 4 cases, the special graphics were applied on one side only, and the ends and opposite side were in standard CN colours and lettering.

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Re: Micro Trains Canadian National question
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014, 08:27:25 PM »
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The cow car was "done" by a small Canadian company on a totally wrong car. The company was like Bel Bev ir someone like that but Canadian - they used very old (1970's) Life Like cars - I might have one in the scrap box.

Ironically I made my own decals for the newsprint car and modelled one six months before MT did theirs.... Figures.

« Last Edit: April 01, 2014, 08:04:03 AM by Puddington »
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Re: Micro Trains Canadian National question
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014, 09:33:48 PM »
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I've wanted all four of these cars for a long time too.

You have to modify an Atlas car. Mine is just about done. I created a correctly sized cow decal. Modified the card ends.
I just need to place all of the louver details using decals from Archer, then add the ladder details and tackboards. Voila!
Paint, decal, and weather it.



Sidetracked with my wife right now though.
No RR stuff until she has recovered.

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Re: Micro Trains Canadian National question
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2014, 08:06:28 PM »
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I had an hour or so today, so I added a few details to my CNR 1971 Promo Reefer (the one with the cow on it):



I still have to add all of the ladders, some other details, and modify the underframe.
After ten or so years, it is nice to see it moving ahead anyways...   

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