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Transformer load

Put a flat car to work with a new Resin Car Works electrical transformer load. The kit is our latest release and an includes two HO scale resin cast transformers with crates for $34, plus postage.

The transformers are one piece resin castings and represent oil cooled units that are being returned for, or from, rebuilding. The design is from the Twenties, so they can be built new for that era or used into the 60’s when transformers of this type were replaced. Resin parts are supplied for the blocking. Modelers must supply wire for the tie-down rods. Prototype loading diagrams and ordering details can be found on the Resin Car Works website.

Upgrading a Proto2000 0-8-0

Pete Hall has been busy upgrading a Proto2000 USRA 0-8-0. He sent along details and some great photos. Click on any image to review a larger size.

My friend Chris Vanko runs a Northwest model railroad, and asked me to upgrade his Proto2000 0-8-0 to be more “NP-ish.” He provided the photos and the model, and I added a few things here and there to help it come to life.

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Workbench Wednesday

SFRD Reefers


George Toman shares an update on the latest Resin Car Works kits that are on his workbench. Here’s George with some details.

Two Resin Car Works Santa Fe Refrigerator Department Reefers (Kit 10.0) are nearing completion. One will have the round Preco fans as used on class RR-36 and -40 cars. The other model will get the Square Preco fans as used on RR-35 and -39 cars. That’s where the holes are on the left side near the side sill. I followed RCW basic construction instructions with a few changes as follows.

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St. Louis RPM summary

The recent St. Louis RPM meet was well attended with more than 650 through the doors. Additionally, there were nearly 3000 wonderful models displayed. Bill Welch sent along his thoughts on the meet with a few photos. Links to photo galleries are posted at the end. Here’s Bill!

Here is my take on what I saw and heard at the St. Louis RPM. Bob’s Photo had about 20 binders that he characterized as new photos, both color and B&W, in addition to his usual array of old milk crates of photos sorted by railroad.

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