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Philip H

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Let's Play Match these cars
« on: August 19, 2016, 02:51:35 PM »
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ON a count of 3 suggest N scale models to use as a starting point for the two not high cube 60 footers.

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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2016, 03:16:36 PM »
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I have no hints but just a comment about the photos. When I fist looked at it (before reading the text) I thought it was a photo on a train layout!  The lighting of the un-weathered building, the color and evenness of the backdrop and the artificial-looking even-colored grass all look like someone's train layout. But the cars did look like nicely weathered models.  :)
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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2016, 04:46:12 PM »
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MDC -- might have to splice some .. also MT 50's might be good for these


http://www.spookshow.net/freight/athearn50seico.html

http://www.spookshow.net/freight/athearn60autobox.html

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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2016, 04:56:35 PM »
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For the waffle side car, my first guess would be splicing a couple of Exactrail cars or possibly MDC cars.

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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2016, 05:39:50 PM »
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MDC -- might have to splice some .. also MT 50's might be good for these


http://www.spookshow.net/freight/athearn50seico.html

http://www.spookshow.net/freight/athearn60autobox.html

1st car- a pair of MDC cars would be the way to go, they have a 12' plug door rather than the 10' plug door on the MTL car, and more importantly, they haven't been vertically compressed to overcompensate for the jacked-up bolsters on the MTL car.   The picture is too small on my phone to see if the prototype has the same X-panel roof on the MDC car.

MDC FMC plug door car is Plate C car with a 12' door opening and would be a much better starting point than the MTL car that has been squished down to overcompensate for the jacked-up bolster height and only has a 10' plug door
MTL plug door car is closer to a Plate B car (when it's not jacked up) with a 10' door opening.

2nd car - The "droop" sill tells me that this is an ACF-built car, and the car appears to have a flat roof (likely diagonal panel) rather than a peaked roof,  but the resolution is a tad small on my phone to say for sure.

For the starting point, it may be a toss-up between the Atlas Trainman ACF 5300 or MDC plug door car to see which pair of spliced cars would require less work to match the sides of this car (before adding styrene "waffles")

Atlas 60' ACF auto parts cars have a flat diagonal panel roof that may (or may not) be useful for this car.
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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2016, 06:08:45 PM »
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For the waffle side car, my first guess would be splicing a couple of Exactrail cars or possibly MDC cars.

Both the MDC (L&N) and Exactrail (Southern) models are based on later PS-built cars that wouldn't have enough posts/side panels after being spliced into 60' cars.

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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2016, 06:34:11 PM »
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The car on the left is a Gunderson car part of the KCS 129000-129224 built 1994.

http://freight.railfan.ca/cgi-bin/image.pl?i=kcs129048&o=kcs
http://freight.railfan.ca/cgi-bin/image.pl?i=kcs129115&o=kcs

The car on the Right is Pullman Standard built (I would have guessed ACF aswell) KCS 123005-125491 built 1970 and another higher 1255xx number series (early build date explains the frame)
These cars had their ends rebuilt in 1994/95 (by Gunderson??)

Original car
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=71757

Cars with Rebuilt ends
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=70927
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=33200
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=33490
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=49340

There is also a couple other varieties of KCS 60+ foot plate C / E boxcars.

ACF built KCS 126004-127493 built 1977 & KCS 127507-128490 built 1978

http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=74760
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=49716
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=74519

Gunderson Built KCS 129225-129574 built 1996

http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=78300
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=82872

ACF built KCS 130237-130485 and a couple other series of similar cars. Acquired used.

http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=47437

ACF Built KCS 130321-130485 Acquired used.

http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=67216
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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2016, 07:37:56 PM »
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The car on the left is a Gunderson car part of the KCS 129000-129224 built 1994.

http://freight.railfan.ca/cgi-bin/image.pl?i=kcs129048&o=kcs
http://freight.railfan.ca/cgi-bin/image.pl?i=kcs129115&o=kcs

The car on the Right is Pullman Standard built (I would have guessed ACF aswell) KCS 123005-125491 built 1970 and another higher 1255xx number series (early build date explains the frame)
These cars had their ends rebuilt in 1994/95 (by Gunderson??)

Original car
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=71757

Cars with Rebuilt ends
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=70927
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=33200
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=33490
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=49340

There is also a couple other varieties of KCS 60+ foot plate C / E boxcars.

ACF built KCS 126004-127493 built 1977 & KCS 127507-128490 built 1978

http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=74760
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=49716
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=74519

Gunderson Built KCS 129225-129574 built 1996

http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=78300
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=82872

ACF built KCS 130237-130485 and a couple other series of similar cars. Acquired used.

http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=47437

ACF Built KCS 130321-130485 Acquired used.

http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=67216

I recall the Gunderson built cars had the same roof as the Con-Cor MHC

Nice catch on the PS-built car, those rebuilt ends also looked like they came from an ACF-built car.

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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2016, 08:38:44 PM »
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Thanks guys. I had been looking at the Athearn, MTL and Atlas cars (as well as the BLMA beer cars). All would need major work since only the BLMA comes in a single door version.
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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2016, 02:20:57 AM »
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Peteski:  I agree - it looks like a model.

I can't help with the cars, as they're all too modern for me
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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2016, 09:15:26 AM »
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Wouldn't another option be to find the existing model(s) with the correct roof/ends/doors/underframe, and then either etch or rapid prototype the sides?
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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2016, 09:16:27 AM »
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Wouldn't another option be to find the existing model(s) with the correct roof/ends/doors/underframe, and then either etch or rapid prototype the sides?

That would be an option - if I had cad skills to draw the sides.
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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2016, 10:36:30 AM »
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Is this your photo, @Philip H ? That car on the left has pretty cool graffiti and it would be nice to see a larger version of it.

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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2016, 11:23:31 AM »
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@tom mann that is my photo but I can't get you closer. It's a crop of an iPhone photo I took from about 300 feet away.
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Re: Let's Play Match these cars
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2016, 03:47:37 PM »
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That would be an option - if I had cad skills to draw the sides.

Sounds easier than finding the patience to add a bunch of individual "waffles" to a kitbashed/scratchbuilt model of the PS-built car with the identity crisis...