come to realize over the past few days that everyone on this
list has not pursued the model railroading hobby from college
to the present day as have I. There were many good and
accurate comments on the Santa Fe refers and colors in recent
posts. I hope to add a little history and forgotten
references in my following comments.
much excitement in the railroading community when CB&T
released their Santa Fe Refer kits. The excitement quickly
diminished when some major flaws were detected.These flaws
were primarily in the area of the roof and oversized
details.Actually the body and the pre painted sides were quite
event was quickly followed by an article in the Third Quarter
1992 Santa Fe Modeler publication by Jay Miller in which he
took the kit through three separate builds. The first involved
building the basic kit. The second covered making basic
adjustments and the third doing a fairly well detailed car.
1994 issue of Mainline Modele rcontained a super article by
JimTeese again Using gthe CB&T car and doing four
Nvember 1994 RailModel Journal magazinecarried a two part
article by Richard Hendrickson. The first part covered ther
prototype. The second was a constgruction article on the
CB&T kit. Again three different versions were produced.
It is interesting to note that in this article Richardd
claimed that “SFRD yellow-orange was about the same color thst
wass uswed on PFEcars, which was about the same as Southern
Pacific’s “Daylight Orange”. I guess we all evolve and gain
mofre knowledge with time.
the above articles contained a wealth of prototype and Model
photos. A short time later the Longs / Intermountain car
ap[peared on gthe market. I cannot e too criticle here as my
working life was with Longs Drug Stores. This pfretty much
render gthe CB&T cars obsolete.Ted Culotta’s Essential
Freighe Car series covered sev eral versions of Santa Fe
refers in the April 1993 issue. MY cope is not handy so I
don’;t rfecall if color was addressed. Ted also did a piece
on PFE refers in one of the other articles.
there is some work involved, building acceptable CB&T cars
is within the skill level of moston thisl list. They can b e
had for a song.