Re: Crescent Lines 40' Express Reefer CL 1998; and WIF #332



Crescent Lines is the fictional railroad of the Crescent City Model Railroad club. The line runs from N.O. to K.C.

Rich Orr

-----Original Message-----
From: dennyanspach <danspach@...>
To: Era Freight Car List Steam <STMFC@...>
Sent: Sat, Jan 22, 2011 8:07 pm
Subject: [STMFC] Crescent Lines 40' Express Reefer CL 1998; and WIF #332

While rooting around for my WIF car, I uncovered a mysterious unbuilt Athearn

blue box kit containing an apparent custom-decorated steel 40' reefer with

silver ends/roof, dark olive or PG sides with very, very neat gold (not Duco or

yellow) lettering and badge for CRESCENT LINES. In tiny neat lettering next to

the swing doors, it says "For Crayfish Loading ONly".

Its a foobie all right, but a very handsome one at that. I would not mind

learning of its provenance. Does it ring any bells for any of the listers? If

it was a convention car (New Orleans?), it is one the most acceptable I have yet


BTW, my c. 1959-60 Kurtz Craft WIF car is #332 with a New date of 7/1956- the

decals just as they came from the Champ envelope. The car is weathered with oils

just as I had just learned at the time from Paul Janssen. Not bad, even today.

However, I am chagrined to admit that the end lettering was applied to the.....

tack boards (What *was* I thinking? (:-)). I do get some points inasmuch as

both side tack boards actually have neatly-applied route cards.


Denny S. Anspach MD



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