Charles, Nice model well done. This is far more interesting and relevant than posts addressing how many days away is a train show or who has their tickets or what to eat in which restaurant. Do you recall about how many hours you put into this great model? Respectfully, John
Charles, very impressive!
It took about 24 hours to complete the car and van. This included a full underbody detail which I thought would show. Turns out you can't see it.
Excellent looking model Charles, thanks for sharing!
Did those cars exist in 1940?...sounds undetermined, but if they did, l'd want a couple. Nice job.
My Folio sheet says the car was built by Mount Vernon Car Manufacturing Company in 1926 and was rebuilt in 1941. For one of these cars to be destroyed in a wreck in April 1941, I would think they may have entered in early 1941 or possibly late 1940. A picture of 21504 ( the car wrecked) was in the Prospector Magazine with the folio sheet. The car in the picture has two Safeway pulp trailers and has a bridge plate on one end only but was the full width of the car. Picture (poor quality) is attached.
Great work sir!! Did the decals come in the kits?
The decals are from modeltruckin.com. They have a full line of truck decals. I used their S scale decals for this model. They do not product 1/48 decals, just 1/43 and other scale. The S scale decals appear to be about right for the older and shorter trucks. Only objection I have is the G in Grande is not completely formed.
I found another Folio sheet that has a rebuilt date of April 1940. Car numbers were 21500 to 21502. The same car numbers as the 1941 rebuild. The only difference I can see is the arrangement of the jacks.
And the description of how it was built, is as good as the model! Roo.
I did some checking in Jim Eager’s “Rio Grande Color Guide” published by Morning Sun; page 104 has a 1973 picture by John Tudek of one of these flats in MOW service. The text states that there were originally 7 of these converted from cut down 50 ft wood sheathed boxcars 21500-21506. The conversion to flats was in 40-41. The original boxcars were built in 1926.
They were in “captive on-line service” and had steam and signal lines so they could be operated in passenger trains.
Somewhere there is a picture of one behind a Rio Grande steam locomotive, I don’t remember where I saw it.