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NS 40' Hi cube box car

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NS 40' Hi cube box car
Posted by faraway on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 4:36 AM

I got some Walthers 40' track cleaning cars

e.g. https://www.walthers.com/track-cleaning-car-ready-to-run-csx-transportation

that need to get a contemporary shell to run with my trains.

Athearn had a NS 40' Hi cube box car.

http://www.athearn.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=RND76637

I assume that car and the road number are pure fiction because NS does not have any of the old baby hi cubes in the roster at this time. I can not find any NS 522675 on any prototype photos or listings.

Is that right?

ps. I intend to use similar shells on the track cleanings cars visually matching my layout anyhow but it is good to know they are fiction ony.

pps. The track cleaning function works great

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 6:09 AM

faraway

that need to get a contemporary shell to run with my trains.

Athearn had a NS 40' Hi cube box car.

http://www.athearn.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=RND76637

I assume that car and the road number are pure fiction because NS does not have any of the old baby hi cubes in the roster at this time. I can not find any NS 522675 on any prototype photos or listings.

Is that right?

From what I can tell, most of the paint jobs are for RR's that never had that particular freight car.  I had a couple of the D&RGW version years ago, and eventually I discovered Rio Grande never had any when I bought my Morning Sun Books Rio Grande Color Guide to Freight and Pasenger Equipment.  I sold them.  More recently I found that Tangent makes 40' high cube that accurately matches the cars D&RGW owned.

There may be more than one road which had that box car, but so far I was only able to identify UP:

http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=41277

The 40' high cubes that the Athearn car represents were originally built around 1967 which was over 50 years ago.  Is that contemporary with your layout period?

Rio Grande.  The Action Road

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Posted by faraway on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 6:58 AM

Thanks for the fast response. That is what I assumed, it is pure fiction. I read a lot over the baby hi cube made in the 60s and the latest use was MOW in the 1990s.

I spray mine dark brown, silver roof, white top matching the 50' BNSF hi cube I use on the layout. They are fiction but I want to hide / camouflage the 40' track cleaning carrier on a 2000+ layout.

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 1:49 PM

Kein problem Reinhard,

Many freight car models made back in the 1970's thru 1990's are pure fiction and fantasy models are still offered today.  With a little research you can often locate example of freight cars which models from that time frame actually do match.

From what I understand, the baby high cubes such as the Athearn car and the Tangent car were used to ship appliances for around 15 or so years, say into the early 1980's or so.  Many were re-purposed after that.  I believe Tangents baby high cube was used same as the Athearn plug door car.

https://www.tangentscalemodels.com/pullman-standard-ps-1-40-mini-hy-cube-boxcar-2/

They do mention MOW service so looks like that should work for your track cleaning car.  The UP version is the only RR that I've been able to identify that had cars matching the Athearn model.  I looked up ATSF, and they had baby high cubes but the side sill was different - but if you are going to paint for BNSF, then that could be plausible enough.

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Posted by wjstix on Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:38 PM

I would probably just heavily weather the CSX car so it looks like an old car still in an earlier paint scheme, like the "big sky blue" GN boxcars I saw in 1990-1991, 20 years after the BN merger.

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Monday, July 16, 2018 9:00 AM

I suppose the good thing about modeling modern is you can assume a RR acquired a box car 2nd hand and do a repaint.  Such types of transfers of rolling stock are not uncommon over the years.

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