Saturday, October 26, 2019

Essential Freight Cars

Years ago, Ted Culotta had a series of articles in Railroad Model Craftsman called Essential Freight Cars. The (primarily) detailed cars that he felt should be represented on nearly every post-war/transition-era layout. The majority of the models in the articles were built from Sunshine Models resin kits. A few of the prototypes were available at the time in plastic, and a few others have been released since. While there were 45 articles, two of them were two-part. These are the subjects of the articles:
  1. SL-SF Single Sheathed Boxcars 
  2. GN Double Sheathed Boxcars 
  3. MILW Single Sheathed Boxcars
  4. Northern Pacific 10000-series Double Sheathed Boxcars
  5. SSW Double Sheathed Boxcars
  6. SP Single Sheathed Boxcars
  7. CNW Single Sheathed Boxcars
  8. CN Single Sheathed Boxcars
  9. CP "Minibox" Boxcars
  10. CB&Q XM-25/26 Single Sheathed Boxcars
  11. SOU SU Double Sheathed Boxcars
  12. UTLX X-3 Tank Cars
  13. UP B-5-17 Boxcars
  14. USRA Single Sheathed Boxcars
  15. PFE Reefers
  16. USRA Double Sheathed Boxcars
  17. IC Single Sheathed Auto Cars
  18. GSX, ATSF, Rutland, NOT&M Stock Cars
  19. NYC 1916 Auto Cars
  20. QA&P Boxcar, Carbon Black Car, Vinegar Tank Car
  21. ARA Double Sheathed Boxcars
  22. "Alternate ARA" Single Sheathed Boxcars
  23. 1932 ARA Boxcars
  24. Wagontop and Ribside Boxcars
  25. PRR R50B Reefer
  26. Gondolas
  27. Gondola Loads
  28. PRR X31 Boxcars
  29. LV "Wrong Way" Boxcar
  30. ACF Reefers
  31. Dominion Fowler Patent Single Sheathed Boxcars
  32. Soo "Sawtooth" Single Sheathed Boxcars
  33. SFRD Rebuilt USRA Reefers
  34. PRR X29 Boxcars
  35. B&O M-26 Boxcars
  36. MKT Single Sheathed Boxcars
  37. Wabash Single Sheathed Boxcars
  38. Early PS-1 Boxcars
  39. 50-Foot Single Sheathed Boxcars
  40. Spencer Kellogg Tank Car
  41. Postwar AAR Boxcars
  42. UP "Alternate Center Rivet" Boxcars
  43. ACF Type 11 Tank Cars

Of those, these are the cars released in plastic:

  1. NP 10000-series Double Sheathed Boxcars - Rapido
  2. CP "Minibox" Boxcars - True Line Trains
  3. USRA Single Sheathed Boxcars - Tichy, RTR from Intermountain
  4. PFE Reefers - Intermountain
  5. USRA Double Sheathed Boxcars - ERTL
  6. ATSF Stock Cars - Intermountain
  7. 1932 ARA Boxcars - Atlas
  8. Wagontop Boxcars - Exactrail, Fox Valley
  9. Ribside Boxcars - Exactrail, Intermountain, Rib Side Cars (tooling now owned by Accurail)
  10. Gondolas (Various) - Accurail, Tangent
  11. PRR X31 Boxcars - Bowser
  12. Dominion Fowler Patent Single Sheathed Boxcars - Life Like of Canada Proto 1000 (aka True Line Trains)
  13. SFRD Rebuilt Reefers - Intermountain
  14. PRR X29 Boxcars - Red Caboose/Intermountain
  15. B&O M-26 Boxcars - Red Caboose/Intermountain
  16. Early PS-1 Boxcars - Kadee
  17. Postwar AAR Boxcars - Branchline, others
You can see, that less than half of the cars are available in plastic. Of those, not all are available with separately applied detail parts and are often only the most common variations of the cars. So there are lots of opportunities here.

This is one of our key starting points in determining what cars we want to offer.

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