Always liked the WP. When I lived is Sacramento I had a roommate who came from a WP family. His father and grandfather were career employees. He worked for WP for a short time just a couple years before WP was over by the UP.
Athearn did a nice job on the Katy SD40-2s from a few years ago, but the green decks and handrails were always an issue. I thought about selling these off and picking up some Scale Trains versions if they end up doing this scheme. Masking the decks would be a long process and I'm sure I'd end up with some messy lines. But then it occurred to me I could use decals to do the same thing, so I got some Microscale trim film and got to work. I'm actually surprised it worked so well.
Intermountain 1937 AAR Boxcar kit, with the ends from an Intermountain 10' High 12 Panel Boxcar to make it into a postwar 1944 AAR Boxcar as the 1937 car has 4/5 panel ends and the postwar car has a 3/4 Dreadnaught End, also had to remove the top rectangular rib as the CNJ cars did not have them. Also added Yarmouth Model Sill Steps in place of the plastic ones. Car was painted with a mixture of Scalecoat II Roof Brown and Boxcar Red and lettered with Tichy decals. These were originally lettered for the CRP (Central Railroad of PA), but after CNJ lost the court case with the State of New Jersery they were re-lettered. Used in general service and could be seen on the NKP as they were part of the Alpha Bet route between Chicago and New York City.
Tichy 53'6" GSC Flat Kit, painted with Scalecoat II Boxcar Red and lettered with Tichy Decals. Also added a DUHA plate steel load as the EJ&E was a US Steel road.
Had my Athearn FP7's at the club last weekend, made up a mail and express train with RPO, 2-R50b Express Reefers, 3-REX Express Reefers, 2-Express Boxcars, a Combine and Coach.
Thanks for looking!
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I always enjoy your contributions, Rick. I am always impressed by the volume and quality of work you do. And the descriptions you give of the cars is fascinating to me since you model a time and place I'm not all that familiar with. I learn something new all the time.
That SD10 is killer! I love the CSX coil car, too.
The WP GP40-2s made it to Texas following the UP merger but they sure didn't last long in that scheme. It's a shame, because it sure is sharp for as simple as it is. You have a nice set of power there, Matt.