Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My Favorite Prototype Boxcar

The ATSF Bx-3, Bx-6, Bx-56 Sectional Sheathed Boxcars
First built in 1923, the ATSF developed this unique looking boxcar. The cars used a unique side sheathing design that used U channel verticals that faced outwards and the wood sheathing was secured  between the exposed channels. These were the "signature" cars of the ATSF.
The cars were built in single and double door versions. They were modified over their lives into stock cars, reefers and salt cars.
HO scale models have been made by Westerfield and Sunshine, which covers most of the variants.
This model is the O scale offering from Chooch. Jim Zwernneman created the exquiste patterns for this model. This is the third one of these I've built over the last few years and I've yet to tire of looking at this car.
Painted and weathered, this car always looks stunning!

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