The Globe short 8K tanks were made in single
and twin dome versions (I have one of each). The domes on these
cars were very small, though acceptable for the twin dome. The
same dome casting was used with the single dome version, and it
was way too small. Otherwise, these cars are pretty close to
The longer 12 or 12.5K tank under discussion
was originally offered by Globe, and possibly continued by
Athearn. This car was very close to scale. I believe I have seen
a three-dome long car, which had a 12 K tank. As such, it would
have been grossly oversized with oversized domes (most triple
dome cars were in the 6K range).
I don't know if Globe offered a jacketed
"chemical" tank in either length.
As most of us are aware, the 12 K tanks were
retooled in plastic by Athearn. While the single-dome car can be
improved, the three-dome is a piece of doo-doo. Sad that Athearn
didn't retool the smaller tank cars in plastic, but now we have
a number of excellent choices to fill that niche (though not all
types in styrene yet).
I also have most of an unbuilt Mantua 10K tank
kit. It is missing the paper wrapper and some of the other small
parts. Someday I'm going to put this together, probably with a
smooth wrapper for a jacketed tank. Without milling machinery,
fitting Kadee couplers to the underframe is nearly impossible. I
may substitute a shortened Athearn plastic underframe. I still
keep my eyes open for Thomas tanks, but they are even rarer than
the Globe models.
The Globe/Athearn boxcars and reefers were
later sold by Menzies and Reynolds. I think the tooling ended up
with Bowser/English. AFAIK, nobody ever continued the 40 and
50-foot Globe flatcars, though the 40' was the same design as
the later odd Athearn plastic car. Due to the number of stake
pockets, the 40' car only represents a group of about 100
obscure Rutland flats.
On 5/9/17 6:48 PM, Jon Miller
On 5/9/2017 1:53 PM, Garth
is my understanding that Athearn bought out Globe in the
steel boxcars and reefers were continued for a while,
and eventually sold off to other producers.
Menzies, or something like that.
It is possible that Athearn didn't continue the Globe
It's my understanding that the Globe
tank cars were close to scale and 2 or 3 different types
(someone mentioned a 2 dome). Very hard to find now.
For me time stopped in 1941
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