Re: Santa Fe Stock Car kits 42998 and 42999

Bruce Smith


Stephen has a very helpful discussion of these cars online at with a few more details than he has posted here. 😉

Bruce Smith
Auburn AL

From: <> on behalf of Steve SANDIFER <steve.sandifer@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2022 7:46 PM
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Subject: [EXT] Re: [RealSTMFC] Santa Fe Stock Car kits 42998 and 42999
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I have built a number of these kits. The beauty of the kits is that you can correct some of the deficiencies in the kit which are very hard to do with RTR cars. If you want to simply follow instructions you can model a K brake SK-R and an AB brake SK-U. All others require varying degrees of kitbashing to be prototypical. As built, SK-Q and R stock cars were equipped with K brakes and vertical staff brakes. SK-S, T and U had K brakes and Ajax equipment. In the 1940s many cars with K brakes were converted to AB brakes. After July 1, 1953, cars with K brakes could no longer be interchanged with other railroads. When the SK-Qs and Rs were upgraded to AB brakes, many (most, all?) retained their vertical staff brake wheels. The author has not seen a photo of an SK-Q or R without a vertical staff brake wheel. Modelers will have to do some kitbashing to have AB brakes and vertical staff since Intermountain does not offer this option.

Each class of car had a slight difference.



J. Stephen Sandifer


From: <> On Behalf Of Lester Breuer
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2022 1:12 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Santa Fe Stock Car kits 42998 and 42999


If you have knowledge of InterMountain (IM) Santa Fe stock car kits 42999 or 42998, I would appreciate sharing information.  The former with K brake system and latter AB brake system.  The kits are unusual in the ends attached to floor and you install sides and roof.  On the underbody all brake components are individual as say a Tichy set.  Grab irons, etc. all wire.   And, instruction sheets are printed on 8 1/2 and 11 (photo) rather than the smaller sizes. The excellent kit appears to be very accurate when I compare to Sock Car book (photo) drawings and photos. 


Therefore I am guessing a very early produced kit.   Looking for information regarding when these kits produced?   And, did IM produce many other kits such as this one.


Lester Breuer

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