Monday, November 2, 2015

Display train, 2015, Part 2

In the previous post in this series (at: ), I gave some background about this display train, and showed its locomotive and the first four cars in the train. In the present post I continue with additional cars. I will again provide information about both the prototype and model, for each car.
     The fifth car in the train, following the SP tank car, is ballast car SP 168692. It was shown empty so that the interior detail of the longitudinal-dumping bottom doors could be seen.

Prototype: SP Class H-70-11 ballast hopper, built by Pullman-Standard, October 1953
Model: Bruce’s Train Shop, assembled resin car, added details, paint and decal lettering
     The sixth car in the train was a gondola carrying an overlength load of steel pipe, I showed this car in an earlier post about Richard Hendrickson’s multi-car loads (it is at: ), but here I have used a different flat car of mine as the idler (next in the train). The number of the gondola is SP 94033.

Prototype: SP Class G-50-13 gondola, built by Ralston Car Company, 1930
Model: kitbashed Athearn by Richard Hendrickson, overlength pipe load, thus idler car
     The following car is the idler flat car to accommodate the length of the load of pipe, SP 140335. It is a model cut down from an Athearn 40-foot flat car, with a new styrene “overhanging” deck (extending out to the outer edge of the stake pockets), staff brake wheel, and metal sill steps.

Prototype: SP Class F-50-16 flat car, 40 feet, built by American Car & Foundry, 1948
Model: Athearn kit, kitbashed to length,  new deck and details, decals
     The eighth car in this grain was a simple box car, T&NO 60928, but one representing an interesting kitbash to match SP’s preferred (at this time) 10-foot inside car height.

Prototype: SP Class B-50-28 box car, 40 feet, built by General American, 1952
Model: C&BT Shops, kitbashed to correct height, added details, decals
     The T&NO box car was followed by a cement car, SP 165121, one of a whole group of different classes, all with square hatches, acquired by SP in the years after World War II.

Prototype: SP Class H-70-8 covered hopper, built by American Car & Foundry, 1951
Model: InterMountain RTR car, lightly weathered
     Finally, the last car in the train to be described in this post was a reefer from American Refrigerator Transit, the company from which PFE often borrowed cars at peak loading periods in PFE territory, ART 19818.

Prototype: Wood-sheathed refrigerator, built by AC&F, 1927
Model: Accurail undecorated kit, painted, decals from Oddballs
     This concludes my description of the middle part of my display train. I will show the last third of the train in the concluding post in this series.
Tony Thompson


  1. A question about the 40' flatcar. Did you start out with the 50' Athearn because of the uneven spacing of the end stake pockets, or was there another reason, as Athearn makes a 40' flatcar, as I am sure you know.
    Thanks, Jim

  2. I did start with the 40-foot car, cutting it into five pieces and reassembling to get the stake pocket spacings.
    Tony Thompson