Ed Rethwisch shared a recent boxcar upgrade. Here are his details.
I was inspired by a recent Clark Propst presentation on the history of several Minneapolis & St. Louis boxcars. The prototype photo above piqued my interest as it was, at least to me, a unique looking car. I model 1955 and according to the April 1955 ORER, there were ten cars in this number series, all with the extended height.
M&StL bought ten automobile boxcars (50000-50018 even) from GATC in 1937. The roofs on these cars were raised six-inches for use with Evans Auto Loaders, as seen above.
Here’s another image from Clark’s presentation that shows a car after the height extension. This car has obviously been moved back to general boxcar service as the extra door is planked over.
I started with an undecorated Red Caboose square corner boxcar. I needed to raise the roof six-inches. Styrene was added atop the kit sides and ends to gain the extra height. A Des Plaines Hobbies Viking roof was fit to the extended sides and ends. The sills were also modified to match the prototype.
After extending the car sides, ends, and roof, I added the following details.
Additional work involved the addition of sill steps, the necessary rivets along the sill itself, the bottom and top door tracks, eight-rung ladders, and the bracket grabs.
In addition to the regular underbody details, I added the chain canisters for the auto loaders.
Cut levers and air hoses were installed before the model was painted and decaled.
The end result is a model of a unique M&StL prototype. The major decals were from a Mark Vaughn set I purchased several years ago. I added the chalk marks using an artist pencil.
This modified kit looks great running among the rest of my freight car fleet. Take a look around your stash of kits and parts to see what you can combine for a unique prototype model.
Thank you, Ed Rethwisch, for sharing your fine model work. May we all take another step towards becoming better modelers.
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