~ Latest Update Tuesday, February 27, 2007 ~
These cars came to the R.G.S. in mid-1938 following the demise of the Colorado
and Southern. Different stories circluate as to the whys and wherefores of how
they were acquired, but with their All Steel Underframes and Cast Steel "T"
Section Bettendorf Trucks, they were surely the most "modern" of all the cars
that ever plied the R.G.S.'s rails. But alas, they weren't to last long there.
Afer Mr. Miller left the R.G.S., all but one car were sold to the Chicago
Freight Car Parts Company for rebuilding in Salida, whereupon they were
subsequently re-sold to the U.S. Governement for the "War Effort".
So if you're modeling the R.G.S. during what's known as the "Transition Era", you'll probebly be needing at least a couple of these to show as examples. And if not? Oh, what the heck. The fact thay they're so markedly different in appearance from the many Truss Rod bearing cars so common to the Narrow Gauge, you might end up with a couple "just because..." After all, it's your railroad. Right?
The model you see above was built for us by our old friend,
Bill Schaefer .
Worthy of note is these car kits were first introduced by Overland Models, back
in the 1980's, which is why you see "
Built from an OMI kit
." noted on the photo
above. We acquired the tooling for the OMI kit line some years ago, but
never got around to re-issuing the Boxcars and Gondolas due to some serious
problems with a couple of the molds.
For a close-up view of the underframe, click on the photo.
This model weighs in at right about 3.5 ounces. It comes complete with the
accurately scaled, easy-to-assemble, ( Read Snap Together ) free rolling
"Bettendorf" Type "Cast Steel" Trucks, moulded in that slippery engineering
plastic we use for this purpose, "Celcon". And of course, the now Standard of
the Industry P-B-L Nickel Plated Brass Wheelsets.
All parts of this model kit, save for the hand grabs, cross-over piping and wheelsets are injection moulded in high impact styrene plastic. Proper Thin Filmed Decals and Genuine Kadee ® Couplers are included too, of course...
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R.G.S. Steel Underframed Stock Car !
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