Re: Seeking info on NKP Proto 2000 50' double door boxcar

Richard Hendrickson

From Ray Breyer:


This car has come up for discussion in the past, so you might want to do a
search in the archives for detailed information. Here's what little I know:

NKP 87100-87199, built 7-1942 Ralstron Car Co.

The kit is mostly accurate, except for the roof, which should be a Viking. I
believe the consensus on this list was to splice two Des Plaines roofs
together, even though that wouldn't be quite right either.
A builder's photo of NKP 87100 appeared in the Ralston ads in the 1943 and
1946 Car Builders' Cyclopedias (though it's a low angle shot that doesn't
show the Viking roof).

The prototype cars also had metal grid running boards, not the wood type
supplied by L-L. Otherwise, the L-L model is good aside from some very
minor discrepancies in the side sheathing panels to the left of the doors,
the length of the side sill reinforcements below the doors, and the
triangular reinforcements at the lower corners of the door openings (easily
corrected except for the sheathing panels).

Richard H. Hendrickson
Ashland, Oregon 97520

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