Re: Trying to determine ownership of stock cars found in Warsaw, IN
Mark Plank asked:
"I am trying to identify the the owning railroad and class of stock
cars appearing in Warsaw, IN in this M. D. McCarter photo at
CISOROOT=/winona&CISOPTR=371&CISOBOX=1&REC=7>, with a plan of
modeling these in S scale. The photo would have been taken between
8/45 and late 1951 (time frame of the Winona Railroad GE 44
tonner). The Winona only had refrigerator cars, so these weren't
their cars. The PRR and Big Four were in the immediate vicinity.
Could these be PRR stock cars?"
No. What we have here is a cut of New York Central stock cars. The
first car behind the locomotive appears to be a Lot 424-S or 425-S
double deck car built in 1921. This is the double deck version of
the Westerfield HO scale NYC stock car kit.
The next three cars appear to be Lot 757-S or 766-S convertable
stock cars rebuilt from USRA SS boxcars in 1947 and 1948. These
cars were the prototype for the HO scale Roco model offered by AHM
in the 1970s and 1980s in virtually every paint scheme except NYC.
Micro-Trains currently offers an N scale of this prototype.