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Modeling a

N E W YO R K

CENTRAL
60 Appliance Boxcar

by Jim Six
Photos by the author

Here is the finished Walthers 60 appliance boxcar with added detail, modified draft gear with Kadee #78 couplers, and weathering that was done with acrylic paints that were applied using paint brushes and Q-tips. Except for the bottom of the model and the trucks, none of the weathering pictured here was done with an airbrush.

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aving devoted so much of my model building time to diesel locomotives, my need for freight cars has grown. In the Fall of 2002 I decided to do something about it and went on a freight car building binge. With modeling interests ranging from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s the challenge I faced was daunting. Having almost no freight cars for a 1970s setting I decided to do a few former New York Central boxcars. One that I prepared is the NYC appliance boxcar featured here. When I got started it was obvious that the bar was in need of raising for my freight car fleet. It was time to reconsider what de-

tails would be applied. At the same time I re-evaluated how I was applying my paint finish, particularly the weathering. The quality of my diesels had made many of my existing freight cars obsolete. I initiated a program of replacing older freight cars with newer, higher quality cars with better detail and finish. Why? The answer is simple...my modeling techniques have not remained static. I have continued to grow in this area and while my diesels had benefited from improved methods and materials, my freight cars had not. With all of the great new kits and pre-assembled (RTR) models now available I felt that a

fleet upgrade would not pose insurmountable problems. Enough preamble. Lets get on with this freight car detailing and weathering project. The prototype for this model is a New York Central appliance boxcar. Astride what was arguably historys greatest industrial area, the New York Central had a huge fleet of boxcars. Steel, auto, appliance, heavy and light machinery, machine tools, and other industries were served by the railroads boxcars. By the 1960s the railroad industry recognized the need for specialty freight cars and even the ubiquitous boxcar began to change with ever

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