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the Lackawanna's Twin Milk Reefers
following dissertation contains modeling methods which may be appalling.
Lackawanna's milk car fleet consisted of many ancient, wooden milk
reefers and only two steel milk reefers. These 'Twins' as I call
them were constructed in 1957 and seem to have been the only mechanically
refrigerated reefers the Lackawanna ever constructed. Lately I've
been actually putting together some kits I've collected over the
past several years. In looking for prototype photos to assist in
this process, I encountered several of these steel twins.
pleading with everyone I know who might know something about these
cars, I decided they sounded easy enough to model. The prototype
was converted from a standard AAR 40 foot steel box car with some
minor changes (see below) Being as I'm always on a budget, and I'd
rather a car stand up to handling, I opted to start with an undecorated
main difference between this reefer and the box car is the mechanical
refrigeration. This pokes itself into our eyes via an interesting
vent on only one side of each car. To construct this vent, I did
some calculations (proportions, really) based on the images available
to me. I haven't seen this car in full broadside, so estimations
worked for me.
Undecorated #3500 AAR 40' Steel Box Car kit
4031 Clapboard .030" Spacing .040" Thick 5' x
Sheet styrene 9030 Plain .030" Thick 5' x 2.5'
8204 HO Scale 2x4 9' long
8206 HO Scale 2x6
took a piece of Evergreen 4031 clapboard and cut two pieces 5' x
for each car.) I cemented each of them onto a piece of the previously
cut 2.5' x 5' Evergreen 9030 plain styrene.
is an arm extending about 4 feet from the side of the vent towards
the center of the car. (Bob Bahrs tells me this was a slide, used
to move the whole vent unit over for servicing.) This I modeled
with a length of scale 2x4. I cut it 9 feet long and let the 4 feet
extend out. Next I cemented some scale 2x6 around the vent housing,
leaving the area around the arm open. On the far end of the slide,
I glued a small piece of styrene to keep the arm away from the car
looks like sheet metal is folded over the top section of the vent
housing. I modeled it with a piece of 20# paper. I cut a strip of
paper to 5 feet by what ever the length of the paper was. (It was
only a notepad, but I had more than enough.)
cut a scale 9 inch length of this 5 foot strip and cemented it in
the space between the vent/clapboard and the 2x6 framing. This neatly
covers the arm. I then cut another piece of the scale 5 foot paper
to about 3 scale feet. Holding the edge just short of the clapboad,
I folded this over the top of the framing and glued it on the top
edge (6 inch side) of the top framing.
that dried, I folded the same piece back over itself so that it
stuck out the side that would show, and carefully trimmed the excess
off so that I had a 6 inch flap. This flap gets glued to the face
of the car when the vent unit is installed.
differences on this reefer are an apparent exhaust vent between
the rungs of the ladder below the vent and 3 small access doors.
The exhaust vent I modeled by cutting a piece of metal walkway from
my parts box (Yes, I now have a parts box!) It may have been N-scale,
but I'm not sure. I cut a lkength of it about 2 feet long and cemented
it on the car.
this, I cemented a long door fabricated from some strip styrene.
I measures about 9 inches by 3 feet. Hinges for this and the other
two doors were made by cutting some scale 1x2 and cementing them
onto the door.
other two small doors are about 1.5 feet square and are located
on the other side of the car on the vent end.
photo source for this model would be the Erie/DLW Color Guide
to Freight and Passenger Equipment by Larry DeYoung and Mike
good photo of both sides of this car can be found in Bob Bahrs'
book: Railway Milk Cars, Vol. 3.
painted the car
bodies and roofs Floquil Pollyscale Flat Aluminum. The underbody,
I painted Floquil Grimy black.
decals, I used the Microscale #87-890 Merchants Despatch 40' Refrigerator
Car set for the data. I created my own using Arial and a Railroad
Roman font for the words 'Lackawanna', 'Milk', and the D.L.W. reporting
aim was to create something which greatly resembled those twin steel
reefers for my layout and for the modular club that I run stuff
on while my layout gestates. I think I succeeded and it was basically
a two evening job except for the painting and decaling.