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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Some Vintage Boxcars, Part II: Graceline, Hawk, and Nason

Continuing the look at some recently re-worked vintage cars, these three cars I will describe in the order of when they were introduced. Click on the photo for a larger view.

First we have a Nason boxcar, their easy-built type of model with printed sides for NYC. This car is an eBay find that I worked over a bit (added door guides for example, left off by the original builder). The original builder had trouble matching the color of the sides but on the plus side upgraded the model with Selley cast ends and also Famoco/Eastern roof ribs. It is a great operating car and stands out from the crowd a bit with a smaller overall cross section than other brands. It is set up now for reliable operation on a good pair of Scale-Craft trucks.

Next we have a Graceline boxcar that has been seen before in an article on tuning up Graceline trucks. The follow up being I gave up on that specific pair of Graceline trucks (tread width issues) and the car is also now reliably rolling on S-C trucks. With decal lettering, this was once a reefer but a prior owner converted it to a boxcar.

Last we have a Hawk outside braced boxcar. I have more on this general type of car here, this particular one being an eBay purchase that had a bit of damage. I worked over a few issues (missing ribs and door guides) and mounted a pair of reproduction Lionel trucks on the car that matched it well I felt.

As I have noted elsewhere, not every type of car can ride on every type of truck. In the case of Hawk especially, they normally require a truck with a very low bolster height while Nason cars have a very high bolster height in mind. In the case of this Hawk car, a prior owner had filed down the bolster mounts on the frame which allowed these trucks to work. Still, the screws and mounts could have been done better so one truck has to be attached very loosely to allow the car to track well--a tip to remember as it is useful for many vintage OO cars.

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