18 years ago
boxcar #20060. This was apparently a one-of-a-kind experiment in 1945 (the
built date on the car side) to increase capacity (the car sides are 8"
taller) and reduce weight over typical PS-1 cars. The kit was assembled
well, and only needs the roofwalk end braces reattached and a new
brakewheel. However, the underbody is not finished or painted. As I restore
the car, I wonder whether this car ran on a typical steel frame, or whether
it perhaps had aluminum frame parts? Was the underfame also aluminum color?
I notice the bottom edge of the sides with the tabs over the ends of the
frame ribs was painted black by Athearn, suggesting the underbody perhaps
should be black. Does anyone know of photos or reference articles on this