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Paint Shop – 78 : Georgia & Florida Railroad Boxcar 488, part 1 [Works_Boxcars]

g&f488_01.jpg: G&F 488

This is a model of a boxcar decorated with the decal produced by Gerald Glow: Georgia & Florida #488.

Jerry produced the decal as “GA & FLA 40’ Steel Boxcar Decal Blt. 1944”. Accordingly, I searched for a prototype meeting my body type, scheme, and era: 50’ boxcar red boxcar with ACI plates.

According to 1974 Official Railway Equipment Roster, GF #400 to 499 XMs are listed in a series. I found several photos of a boxcar in this series and got into difficulties: in the same series but in four different schemes.

The undated photo of G&F #401 in the book Classic freight Cars the Series Vol. 8: 50Ft Boxcars shows its SOU-style scheme: painted boxcar red with letterings in white SOU-style gothic font. A 1969 photo of #468 and a 1974 photo of #473 found on the web also show them in SOU-style scheme.

A B/W 1971 photo of #425 is found at HawkinsRails web site[1]. By colorizing the photo, it extracted that it was painted boxcar red with white "cigar band", a narrow band around the body, and letterings in roman font. The "cigar band" boxcar scheme first appeared on PRR "Merchandise Service" boxcars in 1947, designed by Raymond Loewy (1893 − 1986).
Also is #488 according to the colorizing the 1964 B/W photo found at City of Vancouver Archives web site[2].

A 1965 photo of #457 found on the web shows it was painted boxcar red with letterings in the white roman font but without "cigar band".

A 1970 photo of #437 and a 1972 photo of #490 found on the web show they were painted green with white "cigar band" and letterings in roman font. HO models produced by Kadee are also decorated in this scheme.

Eventually, I decided to model #488 trusting today’s information technology[3].

g&f488_00.jpg: body, ready to paint

I used a surplus Athearn PS-1 single-door boxcar for the model. I only changed the door with 9’ Pullman doors made from Atlas 40’ PS-1 boxcar attachment parts.

g&f488_03.jpg: body, ready to apply decal

I first spray painted the body white, next applied the masking, and then spray painted the boxcar red with Tamiya TS-62. Before applying decals, I polished the surface of the painted body, where decals were going to be applied, with a compound.

Decal used is by Gerald Glow (Tichy#10214N) as I mentioned above. Lacking letterings came from stock Microscale decals: numbers from #60-1393, data from #60-1, and ACI plates from #60-4280. I spray-painted the semi-gloss clear coat after applying the decals.

[1] Boxcar Blog, Lagniappe Favorites Collection, HawkinsRails;
[2] Georgia & Florida Rly. [Boxcar #488], City of Vancouver Archives;
[3] Colorize Your heritage, MyHeritage Ltd.;

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Gunnison Depot [DRGW Facilities PA]

depot_gunnison_01.jpg: Gunnison, CO. Sep. 7, 2017

This is one of the Rio Grande original structures remaining along its route in Colorado; the depot at Gunnison.

D&RG reached Gunnison in August 1881: a year before the arrival of the competitor Denver, South Park & Pacific Railway. Both railways had their own depots in the town. According to the book D&RGW Depots Vol.1 by Clive & David Carter, this depot structure at S Main St. was built in 1931 with brick/concrete and hipped roof, replacing the original structure built in 1883 at W Gunnison Ave. It was closed in 1955 and later used by Rio Grande Motorways. It seems used as storage today.

The little house next to the depot on the north seems also one of the Rio Grande facilities. There used to be a yard, a 10 stalls roundhouse, and a turntable on the south side of the main track. Today, the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport terminal building occupies the site. You can see the runway built on the former Rio Grande right of way behind the depot structure in the photo below.

* 1955 photo of the depot;
* 1982 photo of the depot;
* 1955 photo of the DSP&P Gunnison depot;

depot_gunnison_02.jpg: Gunnison, CO. Sep. 7, 2017

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Paint Shop – 77 : Atlanta & West Point Railroad Boxcar 39052, part 2 [Works_Boxcars]

a&wp39052_02.jpg: A&WP 39052

Here are the data of the car and a belief history of the railroad.

A&WP 39050 - 39069 series boxcars:
A&WP XM #39050 to 39069 series boxcars were built in 1960 by Pullman-Standard.

The Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER) for April 1974 shows the group #39050 to #39069 with 19 cars in place, described as follows:
AAR Designation XM and description “Box, Stl.” only. The inside length of both of these cars was 50 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 4 inches, inside height 10 feet 6 inches, outside length 54 feet 4 inches, extreme height 15 feet, door opening 9 feet, and capacity 4933 cubic feet or 110,000 pounds.

Atlanta & West Point Railroad (reporting mark A&WP) connected namesake Georgia cities. The company was established in 1847 as the Atlanta & LaGrange Rail Road, and was completed in 1854. Since 1886, it formed the “West Point Route” with the Western Railway of Alabama, both under the control of Georgia railroad & banking Company.

In 1983, after the long series of consolidating of the parent railroads, the name A&WP came to an end. The route itself remains in service today as part of CSX system.

The map below is the part of Union Pacific Map of the United States printed in 1971, with the A&WP route traced in red line by the author.

a&wp_map.jpg: 1966 A&WP route

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