Category Archives: Freight Car Kits

Building a CB&Q FM-11 flat car

Bob’s Photo from the collection of Jerry Hamsmith

George Toman sent photos and information on his latest model. Here’s George with the story.

While attending the 2019 RPM Chicagoland, I caught up with Jerry Hamsmith who showed me the latest resin kit he and Ed Rethwisch produced. I was fortunate to get one of the three kits remaining for sale at the RPM Meet. Ed Rethwisch made the gorgeous patterns and the parts were cast by Westerfield.

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C&NW gondola upgrades

About the time John Golden’s gondola post appeared, Clark Propst was finishing up a gondola for his fleet. Here’s Clark with notes and photos.

I got this C&NW Accurail gondola kit decorated by 5th Avenue Car Shops in a trade a few years ago and finally decided to assemble it. After a quick look around, it appeared to match the C&NW prototype close enough.

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Building a Chicago & Illinois Midland USRA-type coal gondola

John Golden has wrapped up work on a coal gondola that reflects an interesting prototype. Here’s John with the details.

The Chicago & Illinois Midland Railway was a fascinating 100-mile, heavyweight coal-hauling railroad located in central Illinois. The railroad was assembled in 1905 by industrial giant Commonwealth Edison and was famous for operating long coal drags and overhead freight with second-hand steam engines from NYC, ACL and, DL&W through 1955.

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SFRD Reefer kits

John Ritchie recently shared progress on his latest resin freight car kit with the Resin Freight Car Builders discussion group. Here’s John with the scoop.

These Resin Car Works kits are very handsome cars, with a lot of characteristic Santa Fe detail. The kit’s master patterns are excellent, and the new one-piece body casting is equally superb. I thought I’d try adding a few details based on information in the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society’s SFRD ice reefer reference book.

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