CP Company Service Equipment Visits WRJ
Commentary by Peter Mumby..........photos by George Dutka.
|The short train of CP company service equipment is posed in front of the WRJ station.|
so often visiting equipment shows up on the WRD; case in point - this
short train of CP OCS equipment. George's camera is always at the
ready, so let's take a look at what showed up last Monday afternoon.
Engineering Services van 420989 is an acquisition from the recent
Woodstock model train show. An unknown modeller did an excellent job of
weathering this piece, nicely toning down the bright white finish on
this Rapido Trains model. When I got this car home I went looking for a
couple of companion pieces and found two cars built by London-area
modeller, Ron McClocklin. I had purchased them from Ron at the time he
was dismantling his layout and selling off his equipment.
spreader CP402386, built from a Walthers kit, is a fairly generic
model. It's number series should probably be changed - I found that a
CP402886 exists, although the style of CP402863 would more closely
approximate this model. The next time I am in a decaling frame of mind I
will consider this change.
|Here we see the opposite side of the crew transporter car.|
CP 420927 is a scale test car built
from Sylvan Scale Models kit HO-1098. Best known today for its line of
vehicle kits, Sylvan's 2004 catalogue included quite an extensive line
of Canadian prototype freight cars, including vans, slab side hoppers,
barrel ore cars, tank hoppers, and box cars. A line of freight car
detail parts and structure kits appeared in the catalogue, along with
the beginnings of his vehicle line. I guess the market for his Canadian
freight car kits was simply too limited, and the larger American market
for his vehicle kits caused him to phase out the rest of his line.
Despair not, however, for the Sylvan freight car kits still show up at
local train shows. They do build into a nice model, although they are
The distinctive body style of scale test car
420927 deserves a little explanation. The prototype car was originally
built as CP 381933, a slurry car designed to transport material to the
Falconbrige smelter in the Sudbury area. These cars are somewhat
reminiscent of the CNR/ONR barrel ore cars, some of which were converted
into scale test cars by CN.
|George must be a man of some considerable influence. He was able to get
the local switching crew to move the flanger around to take best
advantage of the available light for this photo.|
|Here is a nice broadside of the Rapido van. Someone really spent some time on that weathering job!|
|I like the looks of the flanger, although it is not a strictly accurate representation of a CP prototype.|
|CP 420927 is a scale test car built from a prototypically accurate Sylvan kit.|
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