Re: Roundhouse milk car (was Milk car photo)

Tim O'Connor


There were 40' wood milk tank cars, e.g. Abbotts (photo RMJ 10/1990)
and GPEX/Pfaudler. Overland imported models of these (calling them
Type A and Type B). I've never seen the new Roundhouse/Athearn car so
I can't say if it's based on a prototype. I think Precision Scale
imported a 40' wood milk car but I have no further info on that one
either. Perhaps Athearn's ancient milk/express reefer was based on
the General American 53' milk tank car (not the same as the more
common 50' express reefer). Overland also imported this car (#3061).

Tim O'Connor

At 7/13/2009 12:42 PM Monday, you wrote:
Tim and friends,

I don't remember ever discussing the Roundhouse/Athearn 40' wood milk
car on this group. This is the recent one they brought out just before
Roundhouse was taken over a few years back, not the much older 50' car.
Does this car have an actual prototype?

I have two, which I planned to letter for a real local dairy to run on
the freelanced Virginia version of my layout. To my eye the casting was
not bad for mass production, though the brake system is rudimentary at
best (just the major components unconnected by any piping).

Kind regards,
Garth G. Groff

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