- Down Memory Lane: 40-ft Steel cars from Front Range and McKeen
Re: Down Memory Lane: 40-ft Steel cars from Front Range and McKeen
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I am not sure ho many will recall that at the end of the FRP era they had
released a 40-foot boxcar with 4-4 dreadnaught ends, with the ladders and
grabs cast on the shell. Just as before the shell was formed by the floor,
ends and sides with a separate underframe/center sill/bolster. The Murphy panel
roof was separate and the side were 10 panel riveted, with a six foot door (I
have one sitting right in front of me with a swapped out diagonal panel roof,
can you guess the prototype). I remember buying mine a LONG's DRUGS in Moreno
Valley as a three or four car se. I bought one set as it was cheap and
challenging. My came in NYC paint and three different numbers. The
detailing was not comparable to ACCURAIL or C&BT Shops; however not
It is similar to but not the same as the WKW recent offering; here's
link if you haven't seen the WKW offering, Walthers is far better
I have often wondered what happened to this tooling after the break up of
Front Range and Sky Lim or if the kit even made it there. I often wondered
if this was just a set of inserts that fit the mold base of the other four plus
Front Range 40-foot offering. If the inserts are out there I just wonder why the
haven't been run in the owners line of cars. I have heard but can not confirm
that the Front Range inserts were aluminum.
Sorry Bill and Ed I didn't mean to hijack your post, just want to add to
Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through
In a message dated 11/10/2015 6:46:28 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
I am fuzzy about are the 40-foot kits issued by Front Range and McKeen.
Though dated, can someone remind me of the 40-foot steel cars these two
companies offered, excluding the McKeen PS-1. Also looking at the
InterMountain website, they also have a Postwar 40-ft car with 4/4/ ends. Is
this duplicated by the Branchline kits? I thought they had a r/3/4 kit but
maybe I am thinking of Accurail.
I published a couple of articles using these models in the early 1990s
Rail model Journal. The FRP models had Improved Dreadnaught ends of 1955 &
later design. The kits came with a separate diagonal panel roof as the sides,
ends and floor formed the body. I believe FRP also offered a Murphy panel
roof, but this roof didn’t come on prototype cars with these ends that I’m
August 1992 - 12-panel welded cars with 6’ door openings (FRP 4040) and
8’ openings (FRP 4050).
April 1994 - 10-panel riveted cars with 6’ openings (FRP 4080) and 8’
openings (FRP 4070).
As was mentioned in the articles, some models could come with different
side sills (tab-type or fish-belly) without a change in the catalogue
One additional model offered was 4090, a 40’ box car with 13’ door
opening (combination flush and sliding doors), and I’ve seen them come with
both welded or riveted sides
Branchline Trains (tooling bought by Atlas) produced models with riveted
sides having 6’, 7’, and 8’ door openings and with several different ends
including the one used by FRP. However, BT did not produce welded-side 40’ box
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