|My finished Proto 2000 50' automobile boxcar is rolling along the WRD.|
The GTW car is a Front Range 40 foot boxcar that was partly assembled when I got it. I looked through Peter's and my photo collections and to my surprise I only found two photos of GTW 40' boxcars...they were taken in New England. So for now what the original modeler has done with this car will stay as-is. The modeler left the roof walk off but did not cut down the ladders, which was common during conversions. He also enlarged one door opening for an 8 foot door. The other side is still 6 foot. So the car currently has a 6 ft. door on one side and an 8 ft. door on the other. This might change when I get a bit more information.
|The 6 ft. door is modeled open. Note the lube box and ACI label.|
|The 8 ft. door is a new addition which looks a lot cleaner than the rest of the car.|
|The weathering was done using acrylic colours rust red and bark brown by Anita's. These colours I found in a Michigan craft store for about 70 cents.|
|Some door scratch marks are added on both sides of the doors.|
|Removing the roof walk, adding an ACI label, and acrylic weathering added greatly to the final look of this car.|
|One can see I cut out the top rungs as seen on the prototype car.|