Some of my N5 and N6 Cabin cars were completed in the early
1990s, before I became so detail oriented. Part of me wants to do these cars over.
I was using mostly Floquil Grimy Black only for the weathering. I started
using real glass for the windows from the N5c until now.
This PRSL N5 was the first Cabin Car that I ever painted in
about 1991. It is right out of the box with no modifications. I was trying to
simulate the white streaking under the lettering, as best as I could with the
“Binks” airbrush I was using at that time. Even though PRSL 227 was my first
Cabin Car paint job it might be up for a strip and redo at some point.
Compare the old and new below.
PRSL N5 239
was a 4AM eBay purchase in December 2023. I got it because I painted my 3 other
N5 for PRSL. It is stock out of the box, no extra details added. This had
pretty straight decals. The paint job was pretty nice and more correct than
most I have seen. But no good deed goes unpunished. Both the seller and I
missed that a step was missing. A corner post went missing that I luckily found
but I was prepared to use a spare I had from another N5 project. The step was recycled from a
Omnicon L1 tender. The new step is close but not perfect. You really would have
to stare to notice though. I got really lucky and found a near perfect matching
paint – Tru Color Rich Oxide Brown.
By the time I painted these
2 N5c I was becoming more aware of details. I added marker lights, cut levers,
and pull chains for the air hoses and cut levers. Making the small piece of
flat bar for the cut lever chain was interesting. I made a small fixture to cut
them to length and drill the holes.
This N5c was modeled after
a photo in Don Ball’s book “The Pennsylvania Railroad 1940 – 1950s.” The photo
is on page 98 showing Centipedes pushing an ore train with this N5c on the
rear. It was taken by Frank Tatnall. I was lucky
enough to get a copy of that photo from the original slide from Frank. I added
the same details as 477880 above, but I had
to put the man in the cupola. I soldered a piece of angle on the inside wall. I
cut a figure in half and screwed it to the angle looking out the window. I
could not figure out how to put the “3” on the front of the cupola. What does
it mean anyway? I consider these 2 models to be the turning point in the detail
level of all of my future modeling.
I traded away the 2 Lines West N6a I had after I learned that
they were all converted to N6b by my modeling period of 1956-57.
The N8 has slightly edged out the N5c as my favorite PRR Cabin
Car. As Pennsy’s last group of new Cabins, they were
modern yet have the distinctive PRR style of previous classes.
I am particularly proud of these N8 Cabin Cars. There are at
least 30 hours of reworking and superdetailing to
each of them. I made the master patterns for the draft gear and cut lever
brackets from measurements I took from a real N8. I have the only S Scale N8
without antennas that are correct for the PRR.
Southwind Models imported 10 pieces without roofwalks for Penn Central
and Conrail. I bought 3 of them. The ladders were also cut short. I put the
roofwalks back ON and replaced the
ladders. Other work included adding
marker lamps, air hose and cut lever chains, replacing Trainphone receivers,
adding junctions boxes and conduit for the Trainphone receivers, Trust Plates,
the generator drive belt and simulated the connection of the Trainphone system
to the truck sideframes. I applied the silver trim around the windows with
Microscale silver decal stock. Doing this to 2 cars was all that even I could
I got all of my model car numbers to correctly correspond to the
real N8 that did and did not have antennas. I learned after the Circle Keystone
cars were completed that it is an equipment box for the Trainphone system, not
a tool box, under the center of the car. All of the model cars were made with
this box attached to the floor. I was very relieved when they did put up a
fight when I snapped them off of the cars without antennas.
made a new Smokestack for this car.
How could I not do car 478202 since I have the
Builders photo? I just could not figure out how to make the generator and
generator shaft drive and still run the model.
Cabin Car track is getting full!
ALL about the details!
On October 2 2012, I had a momentous occasion. I completed all of
my Cabins Cars! This is the first rolling stock “category” that is done!
I also got both of my SD9 out to run for the first time on this
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