Illinois Central single-sheathed boxcar mini-kit

Lester Breuer built the model and supplied photos for this blog post.

Ho-Ho-Ho!! Resin Car Works has released a mini-kit to transform a plastic model into a classic Illinois Central boxcar. This is the mini-kit that was gifted at the recent RPM Chicagoland meet.

This HO scale Mini-Kit consists of an Accurail body and underframe, resin detail parts, Precision Design Company decals, correct Tahoe Model Works 40-ton ARA trucks with Barber Lateral Motion Detail sideframes, and Tichy K brake hardware. All the other small parts, styrene pieces, and couplers are up to the modeler.

Frank Hodina created the HO scale resin parts masters and Tom Madden cast the parts. Ken Soroos created the fine decal art and Lester Breuer created the instructions. Additional details and ordering information can be found on the Resin Car Works web site.

The Illinois Central added 1000 of these Howe-truss single-sheathed boxcars in 1927. Pullman Car & Manufacturing (500 cars) and Mount Vernon (500 cars) were the builders. All were originally placed in the 176000-176999 series, but in the 1940s they were renumbered into the 16000 series. Decals are included for both the original 176000-series lettering and for the later 16000-series renumbering and relettering.

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4 thoughts on “Illinois Central single-sheathed boxcar mini-kit

  1. These cars look great. I was looking for the general dates associated with the renumbering and how long the cars continued in interchange service.

    1. Kent, the kit instructions contain prototype information on upgrades and lettering changes. Check those out on the kit Extras page through the RCW website. – Eric H.

    1. Follow the link in this blogpost to the Resin Car Work site. Download the order form, print it out, complete it, and send it along for your order. – Eric H.

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