Running board details

Aaron Gjermundson has been busy working on a few models. He sent information illustrating techniques to make a common detail.

While building an HO scale Sunshine Models CB&Q XA-11A boxcar kit, I was unsure how I wanted to mount the lateral running boards. After looking at prototype photos in Railway Prototype Cyclopedia (RPCyc), Volume 12, I noticed they were similar to those on a car I had photographed at the North Dakota Railroad Museum in Mandan, North Dakota.

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Southern Railway Pulpwood Racks

Southern Railway photo courtesy of Southern Railway Historical Society (SRHA)

Fenton Wells has built several pulpwood flat cars that reflect Southern Railway prototypes. He sent his prototype details and model building tips to share with blog readers.

Pulp and paper products were always major commodities for the Southern Railway. Their biggest customer was Champion paper in Canton, North Carolina, on the old Murphy Branch. Many loads of pulpwood and coal were delivered with finished paper products shipping out.

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Order fulfillment

As a reminder to Resin Car Works customers, some orders can take a few months to fulfill. Staggered arrival of kit parts could delay filling orders before everything is on hand to ship. There may also be delays in filling orders for “mature” kits as we wait for demand to justify additional molds. Checks are not cashed until your order is ready to ship.

This reminder is ever more pertinent today as we all deal with the pandemic. RCW works with a number of people who produce castings, etched metal parts, decals, and other kit ephemera. Their processes have also slowed at this time due to material supplier issues. We ask for your patience as we fulfill your orders.

Keep in mind that other resin freight car kit companies operate in similar manners. Chad Boas, Funaro & Camerlengo, Jerry Hamsmith, National Scale Car, Speedwitch Media, Sylvan Scale Models. Westerfield Models, Yarmouth Model Works, and others may be experiencing delays in receiving kit parts for their order fulfillment. We are all small operations dedicated to providing modelers with unique kits of high detail. Your patience is appreciated as we deal with various inconveniences. Thank you.

Oh yeah, one more thing. We have a new kit coming soon. Keep watching here for the details.