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  • WFCX 9000-9024 and 9025-9199

    Ed Sutorik

    Models and photos by the author.
    Prototype Modeler - October 1978 - Page 54 Prototype Modeler - October 1978 - Page 55 Prototype Modeler - October 1978 - Page 56

    WFCX? Right! The C instead of the more common E means cushion. This cushioned mechanical reefer is just the thing for those fancying cars with the "Big Sky" style herald on their sides.

    Prototype photos of these cars are hard to come by. I assume, from dimensions shown in the Railway Equipment Register and from inspection of photo graphs of earlier classes that both of these classes are visually the same, but be warned that I have not, in fact, studied a photo of class 9000-9024.

    This project is based on using the model painted and lettered for the Burlington Northern. Not only does this get one out of the three color paint job, but some of the lettering that will remain on the car is unavailable in decal form.


    Remove all the lettering from the car except "WFCX" on the ends, dimensional data, capacity data, and the lettering on the doors referring to inside gates and closing and locking doors. I originally tried doing this with alcohol but found too much of the paint coming off with the lettering. I had more success with scraping the lettering off with a fresh No. 16 X-acto blade. The lettering that is to remain on the car is not exactly correct but seems to come as close or closer than any decals that are offered. Note in particular the capacity: the model comes lettered at 130,000 pounds; the first class of cars have a capacity of 170,000 pounds, the second 133,000 pounds. I chose to accept the car as lettered in this case but to number it for a car in the second series.


    Wash the car, spray it with gloss, and letter as shown in the photos; paying attention, if you wish, to the following notes:

    1. The "c" in "WFCX" is made from a spare zero.

    2. On one side of the car, the door guide for the access door to the refrigeration equipment interferes with the "T" in "Western." Cut the left hand branch of the "T" off and brush paint on it later.

    3. "Great Northern" has to be cut into sections to fit between ribs (as do some other words). Note that the "GR NO" piece is not centered in its panel but its "front" lines up with the "front" of the lines below it.

    4. The 500 gallon decal should be adjacent to the fuel tank filler on both sides.

    5. I had a lot of trouble getting the herald over the ribs just the way I wanted it. You can just lay the decal over the ribs if you want - it will look pretty good but not nearly as good as if you do the following: Slice the decal as in the accompanying drawing. The.04" pieces will go on the outer faces of the ribs. Now trim a sliver off each side of the.44" pieces until they go down onto the panel face. Take a similar sliver off the end pieces. Apply decal and slide the pieces around to form a neat circle. You'll note empty vertical strips in the areas of the rib sides - try to make these strips all about the same size. The herald should be as wide as it is high (1.13"). After applying a decal setting solution and getting it all straightened out, apply a really black paint (for Floquil: Engine Black is preferable to Grimy Black) to those parts of the rib sides that are missing the appropriate black parts. Don't for get to finish your "T".

    Touch up the brake wheel with match ing paint and spray the whole car flat.

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    • Original Author Ed Sutorik
    • Source Prototype Modeler
    • Publication Date October 1978

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