Re: The Atlas USRA steel rebuild. Again.
Steve Lucas <stevelucas3@...>
CN had 250 steel rebuilds done by the GTW's Port Huron shops in 1936 of a steel-frame boxcar originally built for the Grand Trunk. Port Huron also did a large number of these cars for the GTW within a year or two of the CN cars. While on the subject of Accurail, I'll add that the original GTR car and a later CN rebuild (CN 463000-series) of it can be modelled quite easily with an Accurail kit. Thanks, Dennis!toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Back to those CN rebuilds--
470000-470149 had Hutchins rooves.
470150-470249 had raised panel rooves.
Ends were 7/8, with an about 4" panel separating the two halves of the end.
Here's a photo of one of these cars, off its trucks, mind you--
And a closer view of the end--
A closer view of the side--
The Atlas car is at best a "stand-in", as it does not have the "fishbelly" underframe that these cars had. As I have built the two that I'll need (these were a VERY small part--less than 1%--of CN's steel boxcar fleet), I've not compared the rest of the Atlas car to the CN prototype. But you can compare the Atlas model vs. prototype photos I've linked here.
I have modelled both varieties of thse cars in HO. I used a Sylvan Scale kit for the Hutchins roof version, and a heavy kitbash of a Tichy steel rebuild kit for the raised panel roof incarnation.
If anyone wants more info on these cars, feel free to email me off list.
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