Re: Fidelity Bowser 40’ boxcars
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Thank you Garth for your very informative message!
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Op 10 okt. 2019 om 11:08 heeft Garth Groff <sarahsan@...
> het volgende geschreven:
I can't comment on the fidelity of the body styles since I don't
have any of the Bowser cars, and their web pictures are rather
As for the Linde "boxcar", the prototype wasn't actually a boxcar
at all. It was an XT class tank car, SERX (Shippers Car Line)
series 500-1043, which in 1958 was filled by just 160 cars. Like
most Shippers cars, these were built by AC&F (which owned
Shippers). An XT tank car usually had two tanks and loading
equipment surrounded by a boxcar shell. Linde's car usually had a
small access door in each end above the couplers, with other
plates on the lower car body, and some had additional plates or
small vents just below the roofline. The running boards were
broken by several vents set into the center line of the roof.
Linde also operated XT cars built by, and leased from, General
American under the LAPX reporting marks. In 1958 there were over
400 cars in four number series. GA also leased similar cars to Air
Reduction Co. under the AROX mark, and to National Cylinder Gas
Co. under the GAOX mark.
The Linde cars can be very confusing, as they tended get rebuilt
from time to time to suit the needs of new shippers, or for new
gas products. This resulted in a blizzard of renumberings.
The best coverage of these cars is found in RAILWAY PROTOTYPE
CYCLOPEDIA 14, "40' Cryogenic Box/Tank Cars -- Special Tank Cars
Masquerading as A.A.R Boxcars" by Patrick C. Wilder.
Additional articles I have in my files are:
A kitbash article, "Linde Tank Car" by Bill Darnaby from the May
1993 MAINLINE MODELER.
A follow-up letter to the editor with photos showing the odd side
plates ion the December MAINLINE MODELER.
Another kitbash article, "40-foot Linde Box/Tank Cars" by John J.
Ryckowski in the July 1993 RAILMODEL JOURNAL.
And a general history/photo article, "The Linde 40-foot Box/Tank
Cars" by John Ryckowski in the same RMJ issue.
As the Bowser car is out of the box, none of the XT details are
present. Adding them to an existing painted car would probably
result in a mess you wouldn't be proud to show off. It would be
better to start with a stripped car body. Which one? Well that's a
problem. Depending on the lots, Linde cars came with both 10 and
12-panel sides, and a variety of ends. Their heights also varied.
You need to work from photos with the appropriate car body.
As for paint, the green scheme appears to date from the late
1950s. For most of us steam-era modelers, the FCR red scheme with
the diamond herald is correct. Champ used to offer the decals for
this scheme. Bill Darnaby did a credible job creating the diamond
herald from individual letters.
On 10/10/2019 4:13 AM, Ben de Vries
Can anyone of you review the prototype fidelity of subj. cars, especially the Linde
and GN car? I would like to avoid buying foobies!
Ben de Vries, the Netherlands
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