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  • CB&Q 40' Steel Gondola

    by Cyril J. Durrenberger

    Prototype Modeler - August 1977 - Page 59

    In December, 1907, the CB&Q began receiving the first of 4,000 40' steel flat bottom, drop door gondolas. These cars were numbered 77000-80999 and had the following dimensions: inside length 40', inside width 9'-5W', inside height 4'-4", outside length 40'-8W', outside width 10'-0", capacity 1639 cubic feet and 50 tons. Photographs of cars in this series can be found as follows: 80093, page 667, May 8, 1908, Railway Age; 77665, page 1195, May 21, 1913, Breeders Gazette.

    These cars were equipped with arch bar trucks and K brake cylinders.

    A fairly accurate model of the cars numbered 77000-77099 can be made using the ARM or Life Like steel gondola. Remove the Ajax brake housing on the end. I used a modelers knife and files, finishing with 600 grit sandpaper. Drill a CB&Q No. 72 hole in the brake platform 9" from the left hand side.

    Remove and discard the underframe. Cement the weight to the floor, then cover with a piece of .020" styrene cut to fit between the sides and ends. The underframe came from a Train Miniature box or reefer car kit with the cupola pocket cover and brake gear removed. The underframe that I used was surplus from the Great Northern reefer article that appeared in the Jan/Feb, 1976, issue of the Northwestern Prototype Modeler. An underframe could be made from styrene strips.

    As these cars were originally equipped with K brake cylinders, use Selly part No. 50 or the Cal-Scale K brake set for the brake cylinder. Cut the "L" shaped hand brake shaft bracket from a surplus Kadee coupler pocket, drill a No. 72 hole to clear the hand brake shaft and cement in place just below the brake platform as shown in the end view of the model. Cement the brake wheel, Selly part No. 276, to the shaft, then cement the brake shaft in place.

    Add couplers and then paint the car box car red. Lettering is from Champ CB&Q Road Name set RN-26 and Walthers Dimensional Data set D552W. The lettering shown on the model is as it appeared shortly after the car was built in 1907. In the early 1920's lettering changes included adding white lines above and below the road initials and car number and changes in dimensional data. In the late 1920's the dimensional data changed to the type using initials for dimensional titles e.g. i.l. for inside length.

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    • Original Author Cyril J. Durrenberger
    • Source Prototype Modeler
    • Publication Date August 1977

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  • BARRY PETERS
    BARRY PETERS Good little article. I love these kitbashing articles, something I wish MR would add to their mag. This one is quick and easy, using a junker car that you might find in your parts/junk box. Nice looking result.
    December 21, 2011 - 1 likes this