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MR&T1027, Athearn 50-foot outside-braced RailBox boxcar

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Posted by cv_acr on Monday, March 04, 2019 11:18 AM

The MR&T of course is the Kalmbach/Model Railroader staff's in-house club layout.

Kalmbach has several times over the years commissioned custom runs of models in MR&T schemes. This is likely simply one of those (they have often also been available for the public to purchase) and may not be related to any "special" event or commemoration.

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Posted by BN7150 on Monday, March 04, 2019 11:09 AM

This Tracks Ahead boxcar is probably a excluded model from Kalmbach family. Tracks Ahead is a series of TV programs, and sales of this model were announced in page 10 of the Dec. 1997 issue of the MR magazine.

Tracks Ahead model

Tracks Ahead model

Tracks Ahead

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Posted by dknelson on Saturday, March 02, 2019 12:33 PM

I'm not familiar with that particular Model Railroader/Kalmbach "tribute" car, but in years past sometimes it was Kalmbach/MR (or Trains magazine) itself that would offer such cars for sale, not the company that made the "source" kit such as Athearn or Model Die Casting.  And in some cases it might have been just decals that were offered.

The Kalmbach logo on the car is one that they used up to the 1980s or so.  Ditto the typeface for the words Model Railroader.

The car number, 1027, was the street number for Kalmbach Publishing before they moved to their current location.  There was a sort of craze about the number - some commercially available MR&T diesels were number 1027, and Trains magazine would print just about any photo a railfan took of a locomotive or car with the number.

Perhaps Steve Otte will notice this thread and look into their archives for info.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, March 02, 2019 11:42 AM

Maybe try an email to the magazine staff.  Somebody there might be able to give the info you seek.

Mike.

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Posted by BN7150 on Friday, March 01, 2019 8:07 AM

I am sorry that my explanation is inadequate. I would like to know the circumstances of release of this model. Does anyone know the year and purpose released? The attached image is page 209 of "Standard Guide to Athearn Model Trains." There is nothing in the necessary information there.

Standard Guide to Athearn

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, March 01, 2019 5:56 AM

I want one to go with my Model Railroader anniversary cars.

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I am slowly building a weird collection of these types of freight cars.

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-Kevin

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Happily modeling the STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD located in a world of plausible nonsense set in August, 1954.

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Friday, March 01, 2019 5:30 AM

Did a lilttle research and this is what I was able to find:

"The Athearn "Railbox" is a Plate B ACF 5077cuft car. The only main discrepancy (other than the doors/door tracks) is the roof, which should be a diagonal-panel type.

Original Plate B owners include RBOX (lots), TP, MP (original and ex-RBOX), BN (ex-RBOX), SP (ex-RBOX), ATSF (ex-RBOX), SBD (ex-RBOX), and a few other secondhand owners. "

So it appears replacing the roof if you are going for prototype accuracy.  If not, being a stand-in, use as is.

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MR&T1027, Athearn 50-foot outside-braced RailBox boxcar
Posted by BN7150 on Friday, March 01, 2019 4:24 AM

Does anyone know the generality of this model? I cushionized the couplers and added ACI labels, COTS and yellow dots.

MR&T1027

MR&T1027

MR&T1027

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