On Thu, 17 Aug 2006 20:40:46 GMT, Dan Merkel posted in article
Nope, none of the majors, although Front Range did several years ago.
For its time, the tooling was excellent, with correct 4/3/1 ends and
diagonal panel roof. However, the plug door was 7' compared to 6' on
A relatively accurate model can be made from a Red Caboose ACF boxcar
(if you can find one) or Branchline undec 40' boxcar. None of the
detail companies makes a 6' plug door. Accurail's 8' door is the
correct style, but shaving off 2' loses all the side rivet detail and
places the rollers too close to the door side edges.
A 50' boxcar. If it's important to add the info about the types of
doors, just do so. :-)
What I'd like to know is why they were built. To provide a wider door
opening if needed, by opening the plug door?
There is a club in the area that operates a 1/4 scale steam engine with some
passenger cars for rides on their approximate quarter mile track. Around
Halloween, they operate a "Train of Terror." Maybe the exploding box car
was modeled to terrorize the wee people who live on your layout...
Lionel made these in the early 1960's. They also had a missle car that
you could fire at it. Hit it and it would "explode".
Cold war era fun for the kiddies!
"Paul-The CB&Q Guy"
(Modeling 1960's In HO....On A Kinder/Gentler Layout.)
Dan Merkel wrote:
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