With a robust car fleet in service, and all that forest still needing to be planted, the last thing I should be working on is more boxcars.
I can't help it - the variety and condition of aging cars that survived WWII is just mesmerizing. My friend Jim Rollwage (UP-Denver Pacific) got me deeply hooked on the postwar freight car fleet, by sharing a book called, oddly enough, The Postwar Freight Car Fleet. (NMRA, 2006).
- At its core, this is a fairly uncommon model of a not-so-uncommon prototype,
- Bargain-hunting is all part of the fun (I picked this car up for 3 bucks!),
- I enjoy the challenge of adapting oddballs, and
- I had one of these cars as a teenager that I painted and decaled for Northern Pacific, so there's some nostalgia at work.
What always bugged me most about the AHM cars, though, was that enormous, blank side sill under the doors. Yes it was common to reinforce the sill on double-door cars, especially wooden ones, but not often to such a huge degree. Some research in "the book" revealed an almost exact match for the car, with only a minor reinforcement under the doors: