Re: Modeling A Hot Box

Jack Burgess <jack@...>

For more background information, I wrote an article for the Oct 2016 issue on hot boxes in the free online Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine ( )

Jack Burgess

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Subject: [STMFC] Modeling A Hot Box

As some of you know, State Highway 99 in the California Central Valley still parallels the former Southern Pacific (now UP) mainline in many areas. Years ago while traveling that route I saw a hotbox on an SP beet train going in my same direction.

It was quite a sight with bright flames and sparks shooting from a damaged journal, trailing black and gray smoke for a hundred yards or more.

I've though about modeling a lot of things but never a hotbox...until now.

The First Quarter 2017 issue of the free on-line NYC Modeler has a detailed, richly illustrated article by Dean Apostal on just such a project, starting on Page 29. Here is the link:


And to see a hotbox on a model freight train, check out this link:


Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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