Re: Down Memory Lane: 40-ft Steel cars from Front Range and McKeen
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 bad.
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 tooling :
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 it.
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In a message dated 11/10/2015 6:46:28 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, STMFC@... writes: