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Southern Pacific 50′ A50-6 / A50-5 1-1/2 Door Boxcar

Charlie Duckworth offers another great resin kit build summary. His focus this time is a classic Southern Pacific automobile box car kit offered by Funaro & Camerlengo. Click on any image here to review a larger size. Here’s Charlie’s report.

The Southern Pacific had 2,000 of these 50-foot, single-sheathed automobile box cars built in 1923. The cars were built in two classes in A-50-5 and A-50-6. The A-50-5 had steel auto doors in the A end of the car. The cars were built with Z-bar framing, metal peaked roofs, and fish belly underframes. The A-50-5 were numbered 68000-68499, while the A-50-6 group were numbered 66800-67999 with single-sheathed ends. Prototype photos and additional history can be found on pages 71 and 72 in Richard Hendrickson’s “Focus on Freight Cars Volume One: Single Sheathed Box & Automobile Cars.” The book is available from Speedwitch Media.

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Many of us take time to reflect upon people, work, and events at this time of year. We gather as families to celebrate the relationships we have and the new people that have joined our world. We consider the efforts of our sweat and offer hope for better days ahead in our families and community.

Resin Car Works has had a solid debut year and I have many to thank for their efforts in this fledgling venture. A special holiday thanks goes out to our patterns and casting people, Tom Madden and Aaron Gjermundson, our kit instruction and decal creators, Ken Soroos, Dave Campbell, and Bill Darnaby, our prototype historian Ed Hawkins, the web guy Eric Hansmann, and our blog contributors, Paul Doggett, Charlie Duckworth, Peter Hall, Bill Welch, and Craig Zeni. Many of these people have also helped to guide Resin Car Works with ideas and actions. Frankly, I could not have done this alone and I am thankful for the extra hands. It’s the talent around us all that make this hobby special.

Most of all of course, I thank all the modelers who have bought our kits as your purchase reinforces our work to produce models of interesting railroad prototypes. I hope some of you will share your kit progress so we can post it here on the blog.

The first snow has fallen here at the Hodina ranch, a sure signal to move hobby projects along on the layout and for Resin Car Works. We have many hopes and dreams for the months ahead but for now we are thankful for our families and friends. Enjoy a festive Thanksgiving!




An Introduction

Welcome to the Resin Car Works Blog. The purpose here is to have fun and to share various techniques to help you build resin freight car kits. There is often not a right-way or the instructions way when it comes to the constructions of such kits. Each modeler possesses skills and methods that can help others complete more freight cars, which is the goal. Think of this site as a commune of like minded souls to share their ideas on resin freight car construction. This blog will also be a place to keep you informed on new Resin Car Works products and other general items I’m working on.