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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Five cars from the OO Yorkville & Western

These five cars are all decorated for the layout of Fred Schorr, his Yorkville & Western, and are an interesting group, as three of them came to me relatively recently.

First up are these two gondolas. These I purchased at different times from different sources. I like a lot how they are numbered sequentially. The models are of course from his line of Japanese brass imports, with Kadee couplers and nicely painted. The coal load is a simple one made from black sandpaper, the rear gon with lettering related to being for coal service and the front one for crushed rock, sand, or gravel.

Then there is this gondola. It is also a Schorr import, with that same owl logo but decorated differently. Notice anything missing? It has no car number or reporting marks of any type. It was UPDATE actually the work of his son Ed, a nice variation on the Y&W theme.

Finally we have two hopper cars, one by Schorr and the other by Scale-Craft, built up nicely. The S-C car has a very nice, removable coal load while the Schorr car has another of the black sandpaper loads. Which look pretty good at a distance, it is a very heavy grit and I think he painted over it with gloss black which helps the effect.

All in all a nice group of cars from the layout of a major figure in postwar American OO.

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