Re: ATSF Tk-N Tk-O tank car models

charles slater

Steve look at page 89 lower photo in the SRH&MS tank car book and you can see the walkways on a Tk-O. And yes I did handle many of these tank cars in my working days.

Charlie Slater

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I know the consultant who designed these, and he specified etched open grid running boards and platforms on his plan.  That does not mean that the models will have such, but they were originally designed that way.  (I had nothing to do with the design of this model.)


However, the Society Tank Car book says “running boards were diamond tread steel and dome platforms were of open grid steel construction.” A photo on page 89 of that book clearly shows the dome platforms to be open grid. None of the photos clearly show the running boards. You have probably switched a bunch of these and may have photos that the rest of us don’t have. I would assume the open grid to be much safer to walk on.


Yes, the TK-N and TK-O were identical.


I wish manufacturers would proof this type of thing more carefully before going public. The initial Rapido ATSF RDC ad has some significant problems too that they know about but have not corrected.  


Maybe they want critics to point out the mistakes so they can get it right before production.


J. Stephen Sandifer


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There are two major things wrong with their ad. First the side running boards WERE NOT DIAMOND PLATE steel but open grid steel the same as the dome platforms. Second the Tk-O is the same as the Tk-N and not the TK-M. I have sent the corrections to San Juan Car Co. and they said samples should arrive shortly and they think everything will be OK, otherwise we will have another bad model.
Charlie Slater

Bakersfield, Ca. 


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Announcement pages 1 & 2 uploaded

Delivery is 15 MONTHS or more, but reservations end in ONE MONTH

Caveat emptor


I do not see these on the American Limited web site. Do you have any additional information?

Thanks & Cheers,
Bill Keene
Irvine, CA

American Limited has announced HO scale tank car models! Built in
the late 1940's with steel grid walkways and open grid dome platforms.

Too bad they're not SP tank cars. :-(

But they are the first 16,000 gallon plastic tank car models in HO scale
and a number of railroads had cars of this size. Major kitbash fodder if
nothing else. :-)

Tim O'Connor

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