When I lived in Central Michigan, the
Detroit & Mackinac was our neighborhood railroad, a short line serving the
northeast coast of Michigan from Bay City to Mackinaw City, where it connected
with a steam-powered car ferry crossing the Straits of Mackinac. In 1947,
D&M bought 200 1937 AAR-design boxcars in the #2800-2999 series. With most
postwar boxcars at 10’6” interior height, D&M’s 1947 purchase of the
obsolescent 10’0” IH cars was curious.
Recent completion of six C&BT kits from
the deep stash unearthed a pair of circa-1990 undec IMWX “W-corner” 1937 AAR
kits -- one a perfect match for the D&M prototype.
The separate details provided with the kit
were much better executed than those of the C&BT kits, and fewer
replacement parts were needed – namely Barber S-2 trucks, and Kadee grabs and
Universal brakewheel. I used the kit’s wooden running board, although
Yarmouth's US Gypsum type would have been more correct.
I opted for D&M’s circa-1950 lettering
scheme, not available as a decal set. The roadname and reporting marks are 8”
letters from a Microscale alphabet, with dimensional data from K4’s D&M
set. Weathering represents the tired paint and lettering befitting a short
While not a lot of modeling here, I thought
the lettering scheme might be of interest -- to my knowledge not offered on a