Re: 40' Autobox cars

benjaminfrank_hom <b.hom@...>

David North wrote:
"Santa Fe FE-26 class, 40" [sic] double door cars were equipped with
Evans loaders during the 40s and they were removed during the 50s, as
the cars were transferred to auto parts shipping, etc.

A model of these was available from C&BT Part #HO-0401 to HO-0405.
I've found them in hobby shops and they appear on ebay from time to


The ATSF cars are pretty accurate IMHO."

It depends on what you mean as "pretty accurate". If you use the
parts given to you in the box, you will not get an accurate model.
The greatest tragedy about the C&BT line is while the concept of the
kits is very sound (providing a base carbody with separate detail
parts, e.g., ladders, grabs, brake details), the execution is
dreadfully flawed to the point that the first step in assembling a
C&BT kit is to immediately throw away the detail parts, running
board, and wheelsets, and replace them with aftermarket parts. To
make things worse, instead of correcting these deficiencies, the
manufacturer chose instead to retool the carbodies to included molded
on ladders and grabs, essentially taking a step backwards.

As for getting an accurate Fe-26, you will also need to rework the
sidesill of the kit. The Fe-26 had a distinctive full-length
fishbelly sidesill with lots of rivets. See Hendrickson's _Furniture
and Automobile Box Cars_ for more details - it's the car featured on
the cover photo.

BTW, this book is still in print and available from the SFRH&MS:

Fortunately for the HO scale modeler, the C&BT line has mostly been
superceded by Branchline (postwar boxcars) and Intermountain (SFRD
reefers); however, for some paint schemes and prototypes (most
notably 12 panel welded postwar boxcars, the auto boxcars that we've
been discussing, and some rebuilt SFRD steel reefers), they're still
the only game in town. These kits can be built into nice models, but
the modeler needs to be aware that they require some TLC to get there.

Ben Hom

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