Re: McKean-Accurail box car (was UP 40' Double door automobile car)

Richard Remiarz

I just looked again, and did find a Red Caboose 8700 series kit unbuilt.  Maybe this says something about having too many unbuilt kits. 


Attached are photos of the Branchline doors with the Red Caboose car.  I don’t like this option.  This option results in very narrow side panels on each side of the door.  It looks like Red Caboose took the tooling for a side with a 6’ door and simply widened the door opening.  The panels on each side of the door are much narrower than the remaining panels on the sides.  The kit does include a nice diagonal panel roof a much nicer parts.  However, this particular version looks like the ends are the same as the Front Range ends.  I think I will use the roof and detail parts from this kit with the Front Range body to make one of the cars and the Branchline kit to make another car.



Rich Remiarz

Vadnais Heights, MN




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From: Richard Remiarz
Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2022 2:15 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] McKean-Accurail box car (was UP 40' Double door automobile car)


Tim and Andy,


This has been an interesting discussion.  Thanks for reminding me about the RC-8700 series kits.  I thought I had a good use for some old Front Range cars I had on the shelf, but looks like there may be better alternatives.


I went through my stash of boxcar kits to see what I could find.  I don’t have a RC-8700 series kit to compare.  I did compare the panels on the Front Range boxcar with the Branchline 8’ door car that Andy Carlson recommended.  The panel lines on the Branchline car match up better with the prototype car.  The Branchline car will require more work on the side sill.  The 8’ and 7’ Branchline doors work ( I happened to find one kit with 7’ doors still unbuilt).


It is easy to add a Branchline diagonal panel roof to the Front Range car to upgrade the look, much more work to change the ends.  The side sills only need to be extended to the ends of the car. 


I like either of these options over the McKean/Accurail car for the 3000 series.


Attached are photos comparing the Branchline and Front Range cars with the prototype.  In the end, I think I will build one car each way and share the results.



Rich Remiarz


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From: Tim O'Connor
Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2022 1:16 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] McKean-Accurail box car (was UP 40' Double door automobile car)



Yet ANOTHER way is to use the much improved
Front Range 4070 box car kits from Red Caboose,
# RC-8700. These have vastly improved roofs, doors, underframes, ladders, you name it. The tooling is
now owned by Intermountain, but I don't know if they still offer these fine box car models. :-)

On 7/17/2022 1:27 PM, Richard Remiarz wrote:

Another way of building the 3000-3499 series is using the Front Range 4070 boxcar kits.  These also had an 8’ door, resulting in narrower panels.  As Andy said, putting an 8’ and 7’ door on the McKean/Accurail car results in narrow side panels on either side of the doors.


Rich Remiarz


Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts



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