Saturday, September 23, 2017

Postwar AC&F built 40' boxcars

In the late '40s and early '50s, American Car & Foundry built a large number of 40' boxcars, for a variety of railroads, that used their own roof and/or end designs.
Over the last 3 years, I've been working slowly but surely towards offering HO scale resin kits of some of these cars.
Our first challenge was getting the ends and roofs created.
We are blessed with great drawings of the AC&F proprietary roof, but without  good images it was tricky to understand exactly what we were looking at.
This image is the best photo I've found to date;
As you can see, some rather unique stamping was employed to create this roof.
Based upon data gleaned from the articles in the Railway Prototype Cyclopedia, there were 11 roads that chose to have this roof applied to their car orders, resulting in some 4,210 cars on the rails in the '50s.
The AC&F corrugated end was almost as unique in design as the roof.
The circular dimples down the length of the corner post certainly is distinctive.
But I do wonder whether or not it really had any real effect.
This end was less popular with purchasers, with only 3 roads buying cars with this end applied for a total of 2100 cars on the rails.
A far more popular end was the "Carbuilder" end.

The signature element of this end is the distinctive rectangular top corrugation.
This was a more popular end design for AC&F with 11 roads buying cars with this end for a total of 4,910 cars on the rails.
Why am I telling you all this?
Starting this October at the Chicagoland RPM Yarmouth Model Works will be releasing the first 3 HO scale kits of AC&F 40' boxcars.
ACL 24000- 24499
BAR 4000-4499
WIF 200-349
The WIF car will have both the white lettering for the Boxcar red car and the yellow lettering for the green car.
All kits will retail for $60.00 USD, and include all the things you've come to expect from Yarmouth Model Works. One piece resin body castings, photoetch running boards, photoetch details, custom decals, and correct trucks
They will then be available for sale through the website right after the October RPM.

There will be more AC&F built cars coming in the next little while.





Monday, September 18, 2017

And that other S scale project!

Is finally done!





The CNR 1929, 40' single sheathed boxcar.
This model will be marketed by Ridgehill Scale Models, just as soon as we can get kits to him.
Casting this car is taking longer than I'd hoped due to my caster being up to his proverbials in other life stuff, but I know he's trying real hard.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Well here's the plan!

Tempting fate I know!
Yarmouth Model Works intends to release a number of new HO scale resin kits this October at the Chicagoland RPM, in Lisle, IL.
First up;
The ACL O-16-B.
This model is fully done, I just need to write the instructions and get parts cast.


Finally we'll have some of the ACF built 50 ton 40' boxcars.
As you've come to expect all these kits will have one piece body castings, photo etched details, custom decals and trucks.
Expected retail price will $60.00 USD per kit.
There are NO advance reservations, no presales, etc.
All kits will be offered for sale on the website after the RPM
And there are more ACF boxcars coming as well as other kits this coming winter.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

And we don't want the HO guys left out

It's not all minority scales around here!
Here's one of 4 kits I hope to have ready for the Chicagoland RPM in October.
The ACL O-16-B.
This will be our 2nd model fully worked up in CAD and a 3D printed casting master.
As usual, the kit has laser cut running board, photoetched details, custom decals, Tahoe Model Works trucks, all the stuff you've come to expect from Yarmouth Model Works.
This particular kit will be released fist at the RPM, and then available on the website.
The resin kit elves are working furiously at having some of the AC&F built 40' boxcars ready for the show as well.
More on that as we get closer

It's taken awhile

But we're nearly ready for sales!
The S scale CNR 1937 AAR boxcars are now getting decaled.
but I thought I'd share a sneak peak as to how they look right now.


2 different roof styles which will cover off 6 build lots of cars ordered from National Steel Car, totaling some 5,765 boxcars for the CNR fleet. But that's only about 25% of the CNR 10'IH boxcar fleet based upon the '37 AAR design.
Now before any of the Americans in the crowd ask, yes these cars would have been seen all over North America through their life span.
I hope to have these available through the website in a month or so.
Stay tuned for announcements.
And Bonus round!
This car nears completion. The CNR 1929 Single sheathed boxcar. I need to have the brake step cast and then I can add the last of the details and start flinging paint at it.
This model will be marketed by Ridgehill Scale Models when it's done


Sunday, August 27, 2017

A little bit of a shout out!

There are days when the interweb is truly invaluable.
As a result of a little exchange on Facebook I discovered GLX Scale Models.

Now there's lots of stuff on this guys website that is of little appeal to me, but these wheel stops grabbed my attention.
http://glxscalemodels.com/3d-printed-detail-parts-/

I ordered up 2 packs and I was not disappointed.
A quick prime coat and then a coat of yellow and a wash of black and we're in business.
The wheel stops are clean with a minimal cleanup required.
Just the thing to keep those cars from rolling too far.

In other news, it's been a very hectic few weeks here.
I will be announcing 4-5 new kits in a couple of weeks.
Stay tuned!

Monday, July 31, 2017

First train in Aylmer!

Well that only took 2.3 years!





Today I managed to run a way freight from the St Thomas yard, into Aylmer.
Now all those customers in Aylmer can start getting the rail traffic they've been hollering for!
Still have so much to do in the town, mind you.
Canning plant, stock yard, freight house, coal dealers, milk condensing plant all need to be built.
And then there's all that ground cover.
But that's all for another day.
Today, I rest on my laurels a bit.