OTHER ROAD FREIGHT CARS
This page illustrates the various revenue freight car models for other railways and private owners which I have built or purchased for use on the layout.
In comparison with other railways, the British Columbia Railway saw a lower percentage of freight cars from other roads. I consulted photographs and switch lists to determine which visiting revenue freight cars might have been seen in 1977 and would therefore be appropriate for use on the layout.
CANFOR ALL DOOR CARS CFPX 4555, CFPX 4581, TCAX 20178, TCAX 20231
During the 1970s, all door boxcars were a regular sight on the British Columbia Railway. They belonged to private lumber companies and were painted in colourful schemes with corporate logos. Red Caboose offered their Thrall all door car in three different Canfor schemes and I purchased several to serve the Canfor mill at Chetwynd on my layout. These are ready-to-run models which have been re-equipped with Fox Valley metal wheels and finished with light weathering.
PROCOR ROTARY GONDOLAS UNPX 100501, 100623, 100658, 102347, 102461, 102486, 102559, 102580
By 1975, sulphur was being shipped south from Taylor to North Vancouver, and new 100 ton rotary gondolas were leased from Procor Ltd. for this traffic. These movements passed through Septimus and Chetwynd and I wanted to capture them on my layout. This batch of eight cars was built from the Kaslo Shops resin and etched metal kit which is still available. They ride on BLMA Models 100 ton trucks and were finished with acrylic paints and custom decals. Six cars were decorated in the Flying 'P' scheme, and two in the later scheme with the PROCOR name spelled out. I am using powdered yellow chalk for the sulphur loads which is very close in colour to the real thing.
PROCOR ROTARY GONDOLAS UNPX 102012, 102037, 102109, 102131, 102164, 102190, 102215, 102278
This batch of Procor rotary gondolas was purchased as ready-to-run models from North American Railcar Corporation and are finished in the Flying 'P' scheme. I served as a consultant on this model project and was very pleased with the way they turned out.
CYLINDRICAL HOPPER CARS CNWX 100251, CNWX 106039
The British Columbia Railway did not join the Western Grain Transportation Act until 1985, so government-owned cylindrical hoppers were not common on the line in 1977. I have purchased one car of each of the two CNWX schemes suitable for use on the BCR in 1977. These are Intermountain models produced as special run cars for Pacific Western Rail Systems. They received Micro-Trains trucks and couplers, and moderate weathering.
CHEMICAL TANK CARS CGTX 55090, HCPX 1258
These two tank cars were purchased as ready-to-run models from Atlas and have received BLMA trucks, Micro-Trains couplers, and light weathering. The Canadian Liquid Air tank car carries compressed flammable gases such as butane and is typical of cars used to ship these products north to Fort St. John and Fort Nelson. The Hooker Chemicals tank car carried chlorine from the Hooker plant in North Vancouver to Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.
PROCOR TANK CARS PROX 47312, 47334, 47386, 47393
Tank cars were a common sight on the north end of the British Columbia Railway, delivering fuel to distributors and chemicals to various industries. These general service tank cars are typical of those used to deliver gasoline and diesel fuel to distributors such as Imperial Oil. The models are MDC tank cars with the Gold Medal Models etched brass upgrade kit, and are finished with acrylic paints and mainline decals.