Rob Daniels wrote
1) What type of brake housing (I believe it was powerRob, it depends on the car # and probably on the era. A 1959 photo
of LNE #8009 clearly has a Champion hand brake housing and wheel, a
modern cut lever, Apex steel running board, and a new roof. It may
have received all of these changes in 1959, I don't know.
There are a couple of other photos that show Champion hand brakes,
including a 1961 shot that appears to show a car with its original
roof and wood running board.
I used a Kadee Champion brakewheel on my model of 8208.
At least one photo shows the leaf-coil spring AAR trucks that no one
makes in HO scale. But the #8009 photo shows trucks exactly like the
Red Caboose kit trucks (2DF8?).
2) What type of cut lever (carmer, upper or lower bar)