Volume Five

Volume 5 is 96 pages. (Released November 29, 2000)


Box Car Painting - Part 3 (24 pages)
by Pat Wider

Part 3 of the box car painting and lettering series presents cars that were painted with "attention-grabbing" schemes. Included are a total of 47 builder's and in-service photos of various size box cars intended to catch the viewer's eye. Also, included are numerous box cars that were placed in special service, such as less-than-carload merchandise service. These are sure to be a hit for modelers of the 1940s to 1950s.

WW II Troop Sleepers and Kitchen Cars (17 pages)
by Pat Wider

To support the U.S. troop movements during and immediately after World War II, Pullman-Standard manufactured two series of troop sleeping cars and American Car & Foundry built a total of 840 troop kitchen cars. This article provides a history of these cars and insight in the configuration and interior details. In addition, a few examples of the cars are shown during the postwar period when some railroads purchased the cars, modified them, and placed them in passenger train express service.

URTCo. and MRX 40-foot AC&F Reefers (17 pages)
by Ed Hawkins

The Union Refrigerator Transit Company and Morrell's Refrigerator Line owned a substantial number of AC&F-built wood refrigerator cars that were purchased during the late 1920s. The article presents a roster of the cars built from May 1927 to 1929 and a substantial number of URTCo. (later URTX) and MRX prototype photos. Many of these cars were originally built with "billboard" lettering. This is a sister article to the NWX refrigerator car article presented in Volume 4. Accurate scale models of the prototype cars are available from Westerfield in HO scale. After Volume 5 was published, Branchline Trains released an HO scale plastic kit accurate for the URTCo./URTX cars discussed in this article.

1926/1929 A.R.A. 70-ton Hopper Cars (16 pages)
by Ed Hawkins

In 1926, the A.R.A. developed a preliminary design for a 70-ton quadruple hopper car with offset-side panels. The Baltimore & Ohio owned 7,000 cars built to this design. In 1929 the design was modified and approved by the A.R.A. as a standard design for 70-ton quadruple hopper cars. A number of roads had cars built that generally conformed to the 1929 design. This article presents the primary differences in the two designs, a detailed roster, and time-line chart for the cars as they were in service through the 1950s and later.

EMD F2 and Early F3 Diesel Locomotives (19 pages)
by Ed Hawkins

Beginning in 1946, Electro-Motive Division continued the cycle of manufacturing F-units that had begun with the FT. Identified by three portholes on the side of the cab units (as built), the EMD F2 and earliest of the F3 models are featured. The early F3 model has been dubbed "Phase I" by the modeling community. A detailed roster is presented that specifies various items such as the use of dynamic brakes, steam generation equipment, headlight configuration, and style of number boards. Many examples of the production locomotives are illustrated with EMD builder's and in-service photos. Errata: The article incorrectly notes the windshield area was cast; rather, it was formed from steel plate.

Model Track Guide (4 pages)
by Pat Wider

What model track in each scale is the most prototypically correct? Pat Wider's detailed study and account of prototype track is summarized with tables that provide a guide for the modeler in choosing the track that would be best suited for various applications.

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Volume 5 is sold out and will not be reprinted.