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Monday, July 28, 2008

Two locomotives to look for

These two models are ones to keep your eye peeled for.

First we have from the collection of Don Freese a Schorr RS-2, actually a pair of them which gives a good view of the drive as well. I once had the chance to buy one on eBay and have been kicking myself I did not bid it higher. [Update: I own several now!] As discussed in an earlier post on Schorr [main post here], this model is a post-war model, a brass import from Japan. It was first advertised in 1958 and looks great, among the very best things ever made in OO.

Second we have from the collection of Dick Gresham a Scale-Craft 4-6-4t. This model was produced in the pre-war period. It is a modified version of the 4-6-0 with a brass coal and water bunker, freelanced after CNJ. This is probably a more common model than the Schorr RS-2 but still is a bit of a rarity. [See this article for more]

Click on either photo for a larger view.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Three American OO PFE Reefers

Today we have three PFE reefers, one by Scale-Craft, one by Eastern, and a hybrid model. I very much enjoy running cars that are similar but not identical on the layout, such as these.

In the front left we have the early version of the Scale-Craft reefer. This model is the version with the sand cast bronze door and hatches; the later version has a stamped brass door and cast hatches. This particular model came to me from Dave Sacks and was lettered for the Orange Belt Line. I completely rebuilt the car to very close to what the original, stock version of this car would have looked like, and used Champ HO decals.

On the front right is a car I built from a kit, it is Eastern, a post-war model. I worked hard to build this carefully but honestly I have never been as happy with this car as I am with the early Scale-Craft car. It is OK but something about the printed doors and the height of the car does not work as well. I like the steel sides though and this type of car is certainly the easiest to use with printed sides as you don't have to match the side color, a big problem with box cars.

Finally, in the back we have a car I purchased from Pierre Bourassa a few years back. This car is kitbashed I believe from two models. The body is plastic. The doors are the early version Scale-Craft doors in sand cast bronze. The ends are wood but with the details that are from a Eastern reefer, and the roof hatches, roof ribs, and ladders are also Eastern. The car is nicely done and looks nice on the layout in spite of I believe an incorrect lettering style.

Click on the photo for a closer look at this trio of cars.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

A Pair of M.P. Davis OO Scale E-7s

I was cleaning up files on my office computer and found these photos from Don Freese of his pair of M. P. Davis E-7s.

There are a few differences compared to mine, the big one being the custom drive units with the big motors. Also note they were to be coupled with a drawbar. These should be great pullers if the drives were set up correctly.

Click on the photos for larger verisons. Interesting American OO gauge models! Thank you Don for letting me post these.

UPDATE: For more on the M. P. Davis E-7s be sure to check this post.

Friday, July 11, 2008

More Hawk boxcars

To follow up on the recent post on Hawk, I received from Dick Gresham this copy of a Hawk boxcar instruction sheet.

It is for the 40-foot boxcar. Click on it for a close-up and go over to the photo of the cars, it is the same as in the advertisement in Model Railroader.

Also here is a photo of my 50’ boxcar in parts. It is mostly there and was built up fully but then broke down by a prior owner. The wood cars I think would look great built up but the steel ones, not so great. No rivet detail, they are really plain cars. But an interesting part of OO history. Click on either photo for a better view.

UPDATE 2012: The rebuilt 50' Auto Car may be seen here.