Re: Hills Brothers Coffee Car



It's a real car. I have several photos which are out of reach at the
moment so I can't describe the car to you, but don't waste your time with
the TM model. I've never seen one that's worth saving either as a model
or as artwork. In this case the photos are very sharp and would be a
better starting point. In addition, I've sent copies of the pix to that
madcap painter of all stock rolling, Bill Schneider, who promises to
bring out a better looking model than TM did, if he hasn't already. I'm
sure he will chime in when he reads this.

Byron Rose

On Thu, 22 Feb 2001 22:04:00 -0600 Nick Gray <nagray@...>
I know I am going to regret this and will probably end up tossing it
in my
pile of things that I chop up and use for other projects. But I
resist it.

The car is a Train-Miniature Hills Brothers Coffee Car, HBCX #161.
data indicates Blt 3-30 and N&W 3-32 I think. There is no date on
the box
or instructions but it appears to be 20-30 years old.

First question is on authenticity. I recalled seeing that Micro-
trains had
one of these in n-scale. I would guess there must be some basis for
car. Does anyone have any information they would like to share?

Second question is on Viability of the project. So far the only
obviously other worth saving are the large decal, the rather decent
and the body structure. Does someone make a decal out there. If I
want this
car as a detailing/rebuild project. Would it be better to start over

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