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Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Pair of J-C Pullmans

This photo is of a happy reunion of two cars. Reunion? They were actually from the same lot purchase.

Both were truck-less. The lower one needed only a little touch up work, and as I had a number of spare Graceline parts including their combo truck bolster and coupler pocket I used them to upgrade the car a few years back. Originally I used Kadee No. 5 couplers in the boxes but they did not allow enough swing to operate reliably. So I recently purchased long shank couplers (Kadee No. 46) and switched those out and this car worked great on my 26” radius curves.

Then, looking for things to maybe sell on eBay I found the upper car, which was in pieces due to probably shipping or storage damage years ago. Looking at it, I realized that it was a mate to the other car and could look and operate just as well with only a little work. A few hours of work later, with the same added Graceline parts and Kadee couplers they are a pair again.

One thing to add is that built well I really like J-C/Famoco heavyweight passenger cars with the pressed cardboard sides. Click on the photo for a better view. The sides in particular visually rival that of any modern HO product and match the cast Scale-Craft cars well.

UPDATE: And both cars are riding on upgraded trucks now, great vintage models.

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