Grain bins on the NKP

Photo by Tony Koester.

There’s a slight breeze but the air is hazy with humidity on this August day in Metcalf, Illinois. A dull cicada chorus surges to drown out other noises as we await Nickel Plate timetable train 49 to pass. A B&O switcher has paused to obey the signal in anticipation. The grain bins will be full soon as another local harvest approaches on the calendar.

A distant whistle pierces the air as the westbound blows for a crossing east of town. It’s time to move down to the tracks with the new Leica and capture a Berk on the mainline.

This is Metcalf on Tony Koester’s HO scale Nickel Plate Road, Third Subdivision layout. Metcalf is a town on the east side of the state just north of U.S. Route 36 where NKP’s St Louis line and B&O’s Indy/Decatur line cross. In the northwest corner of the crossing were located dozens of standard size “Butler” grain bins. Tony’s modeling the scene using several of our grain bins. As of now the bins aren’t painted. They’re in the natural grey casting color. We have plenty of these bins in stock on our Scenery Stuff page.

The next Resin Car Works kit will be….

UTLX took delivery of 1000 cars built as AC&F lot 89A in 1923. Photo from Frank Hodina Collection.
UTLX took delivery of 1000 cars built as AC&F lot 89A in 1923. Photo from Frank Hodina Collection.

Coming soon, an HO scale UTLX 10,000 gallon, X-3 tank car!

The Resin Car Works minions have been working to produce the next kit in time for the upcoming RPM Chicagoland meet, October 20-22 in Lisle, IL. This is an all new HO scale resin freight car kit that can represent nearly 13,000 prototype tank cars. A limited number of kits will be for sale at RPM Chicagoland. We will accept mail orders after the event.

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Owens-Illinois Duraglas covered hoppers


Eric Mumper joins the RCW bloggers with an upgrade on an HO scale brass covered hopper.

The Owens-Illinois Duraglas covered hopper cars have been a bit of a fascination of mine for many years. My layout has the Streator, Illinois, bottle plant as an industry and Chet French found many of these cars coming in on the Wabash hauling soda. Where they were loaded would be great to find out.

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