Re: Kadee Trucks
The P2K and Kadee trucks are two different prototypes.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
P2K's model represents the National Type B. This was introduced in the early 1930s and produced until about 1940. It was superceded by National's Type B-1.
This change took place about 1940-1942. Santa Fe's Rr-29 reefers were built mid-1940 with B-1s, but I think that there were other cars delivered after that still with plain Type Bs.
The major spotting difference is the bolster end. The later B-1 had the bottom of the bolster end parallel with the top. On the earlier Type B, the sides of the bolster end tapered up towards the top.
Other differences included side frame shape, beading and, on the B-1, "Dual Control" features.
In the CBCs, National calls their newer truck a "B-1", but the raised lettering on the prototype side frames can be "Type B-1".
Athearn made a B-1. Kadee's new truck is the Unit Truck version of the B-1.
So both P2K and Kadee trucks will be usable under the proper cars.
Tahoe Model Works
Carson City, NV
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