> Boonton Coach Detailing
Detailing a Funaro & Camerlengo Boonton Coach (Original Release.)
following dissertation contains modeling methods which may be appalling.
Every steam powered
passenger and milk train I've seen in photos
Boonton Coach Kit
Sheet Styrene No. 9030
Sheet Styrene (clear) N0. 9007
Car siding No. 2037
Line Passenger Car Roof Details No. 5043
Coach seats No. 541-4101
Scale Safety Tail Gates TG-309
Car Works Pullman Standard 4 wheel truck, (part # 9005)
Mover Decal set PMD-037
has a Boonton
coach. It makes sense, since that's what the Lackawanna used from
about 1920 till the merger with the Erie in 1960. In the near future,
F&C are going to re-release a much improved resin Boonton coach
kit along with a combine. This is all fine and well except for 2 things.
1) The improved
kits are going to be twice the price they were and
2) I can't afford
to pay $60.00 for each coach kit. (I'd almost consider it if
it were a shake the box.)
pressed onward and started putting my kits together. However, once
the kit is assembled, there are a few differences left between a prototype
coach and the model built from the kit. Therefore I'm detailing below
what I did to please myself in regards to detailing the F&C kit
to bring it a bit closer. This
is not meant as a step by step, but rather a basic "here's how
I did it."
Start with a
Funaro & Camerlengo Boonton coach kit. (These are no longer issued
by the way, so if you don't already have one tucked away for 'someday',
you'll have to really look around. Ask your friends. I haven't
even seen them on the dreaded eBay.)
The June 1969
issue of Railroad Model Craftsman would be helpful for this project,
but not necessary. It contains drawings for the coaches similar to
what comes in the F&C kits, but includes the arrangements of seats,
plus number ranges of the coaches. Any photos you can find in books
will help you with this project as well.
kit as per the included F&C
instructions, but don't install the floor. Each coach featured
a state of the art water closet (1920 state of the art, that is.)
To create this in my coaches, I cut some sheet styrene to make a 3
sided cubicle (you need to put a ceiling on it to make it stable.)
The third side of said cubicle should be made of Evergreen Car siding.
I painted light gray and stained with a black wash to make the features
stand out. This simulates the vent or screen behind the window of
the old W.C. I also cut and glue the glazing over this unit before
installation in the coach.
Paint the W.C.
Polly Scale EL Maroon (Why not?) and install it with appropriate glue
(I use epoxy in general for anything going on the resin part of these
One more feature, that goes along with the W.C is the vent. On my
first coach, I created the vent with a bit of brass tube and the end
of a fancy toothpick whittled and sanded into a mushroom shape. Then
I looked around and bought a set of Grandt Line Passenger Car Roof
Details. Most of the vents in this pack are suitable to the W.C. vent.
In the clerestory
area of the roofs, some of the coaches had little square vents sticking
out (about 3-5 per side) I created the illusion of these using bits
of sheet styrene, cut into squares and glued on. I spaced them freehand.
If you want to
add the roof ribs as mentioned in the F&C instructions, Don Spiro
suggested to me that I use scale 1 x 2's (styrene) instead of the
F&C recommended 2x2's. (I got past the point of frustration with
the 2x2's and painted the roof before Don made the suggestion, so
I'll be trying it with the next coach.)
I finished off the coach with sheet styrene glazing, paper window
shades of various heights, and seats from Pikestuff. The interiors
of the Boonton coaches were reportedly a maroon color and this will
help hide the interior. I also put about 6-8 seated passengers in
the seats. (If modeling a line east of Dover, I'd put in more passengers.)
Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment by Larry DeYoung
and Mike Del Vecchio
Trackside by Mike Del Vecchio
I paint my coaches Poly Scale Pullman Green, with the roof and undersides
Polly Scale Grimy Black.
also had gates at the end of the platforms to keep passengers
from changing cars during a trip and putting their lives in danger.
I used Cal. Scale Passenger tail gates for this.
I am putting on this car are Eastern Car Works Pullman Standard 4
wheel truck. No doubt this is not an absolute match, but it was recommended
to me as a 'Goodnuff' by Rusty Recordon. Don Spiro recomended removing
the little brake 'ears.'
Details I might add in the future would be cut levers (easily done
with wire and Detail Associates wire eyelets,) and a brake lever.
Donaldus Magnus (The Spiro) suggested creating this from wire and
a short piece of styrene rod.
So far I've only discovered legible numbers in three photographs on
the Sussex Branch, they are: # 563, 565 and 576. Any others?
I have since
found several 'runners up' in the Erie/DL&W Equipment guide
by Larry DeYoung: In Washington: 550, 607. In Clifton: 556. In Passaic:
Here is a link
to a website with a few good photos of a Boonton coach. http://www.mcrwy.com/collectn/stlpas/dlw595.html
Note that this
coach was restored to a pre 1940s condition so that the numbers are
on the ends instead of the middle. I'm modeling the 1950-1960 era,
so my numbers are centered on the car side.