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Balto&NY
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posted on Aug 8, 2016 06:35 PM:
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This blog will deal with old and occasionally junk-worthy freight and passenger cars that have been rebuilt, some even becoming model contest winners. Since most were built from old kits, they are fairly
easy to 're-kit' and be provided with some new details and materials in their transformation.
Here are before and after photos of a 'junker' Kasiner observation car found on eBay for $10. It was originally built from a 1948 kit and rebuilt with full interior detail in 2006 as B&O's 'Genesee River'.
The Kasiner car, as delivered.






 

   

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The rebuilt Kasiner observation as the "Genesee River." Three prototypes were built for the New York Central in 1939 by Pullman Standard and named Genesee River, Maumee River and Wabash River. They were assigned to the Southwestern Limited, between NYC and St. Louis. NYC sold them to B&O in the early 1950s. where they were put on the National Limited until that train was discontinued as B&O was "Chessie-ized" in the mid 1960s.
 

   

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Another Kasiner kit modeled Pullman's demonstrator 24 duplex roomette car of 1942. With WW II coming on, it worked in pool service with a two-tone gray paint job until after the war, wearing the remarkably unimaginative name of 'Duplex Roomette I." In 1946 it was renamed L S Hungeford, after deceased Pullman executive and painted for service on Great Northern's Empire Builder. Pullman retained ownership of this car after the divestiture. In 1950 the car was reassigned to B&O, where it usually was on the Ambassador between Washington DC and Detroit.

Kasiner sold this as kit 2, "the car with staggered windows." It cost about a dollar more than other 1948 Kasiner kits. Here is the Kit 2 found as a "junker" model for rebuilding:


 

   

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In rebuilding this car, the interior was fully detailed with 24 duplex roomettes, passengers and indirect LED lighting. To do that the LEDs were mounted facing up to the extruded aluminum car's ceiling, which was polished to be reflective. The result is very even soft lighting in the car.




 

   

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Here is the exterior of the rebuilt Kasiner 24 duplex roomette sleeper in B&O livery. In 1964 the car was sold by Pullman to a used equipment dealer who in turn sold it to the National of Mexico which renamed it Paricutin, after a volcano. It may have been used in Mexico City to Yucatan service until that ended in the late 1970s.



 

   

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Next, is an old Walthers observation from the early 1940s that modeled a 2 drawing room/3 compartment lounge/observation built in 1928. Originally named in the "Crystal" series, they were given air conditioning in the late 1930 and renamed as the "Golden" series. This Walthers model had wooden ventilators and a built-up brass end railing, of which two sections were missing. Two missing car steps and had only one truck. It will get a new life and identity after rebuilding.


 

   

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Here is the transformation of the old Walthers car, which accurately models the private car of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg of 1954-1966, the "Virginia City." In Pullman service it had been named "Golden Peak."


 

   

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Lest one thinks I only work on passenger cars,two structures follow here.
First is the well-known Plasticville Depot. While slightly under O scale, it can still do a passable job on an O scale 2 rail layout with a few changes here and there. Here is the original, as it comes out of the box and snapped together:


 

   

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Here is the re-worked Plasticville depot. It has been lowered by cutting off the bottom edges high enough to make a step. The cut off parts were cemented to the tops of their respective walls. Plastruct brick sheet was applied to the bottoms of the walls below the window sills. The raised roof was given rafters. Artist acrylic paint was applied with some signs and weathering. Here is the trackside view to compare with the Plasticville depot photo above

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And last, here is he final setting of the depot now made into a small, suburban station:



 

   

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In the mid 1950s, the Corman (?) Toy Company made a 24" diameter turntable for use with Lionel trains. The pit was aluminum, shaped very much like barbeque pits of the day made in steel. The turntable bridge was solid wood with thick plastic sides. It came with a piece of Gargraves 3 rail track, a solid wood control house and a control pad with buttons. Two "D" cell batteries powered it though a reduction gear drive at the center pin. Here is my 55 YO turntable in 2008, being installed on the layout. Some changes will be made!


 

   

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The bridge was modified to have the end wheels ride on cut-down flex track fitted into the pit bottom rather than the pit bottom itself. The bridge was given scale sized sides, 2 rail track, wood walkways, railings, a scratch built control house and gantry for overhead power. The pit was finished with some paint, ballast, marker pen lines, colored sawdust and some lichen weeds.


 

   

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Phenomenal work!!
 

   

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Full size kits for an RDC were scarce in O scale. Mac Shops offered some in the late 1980s. Today we have imported, factory built models from which to choose. Here is a Mac Shops kit being built into a B&O RDC-2 "Speed Liner". B&O had two built by Budd in 1956 as coach/dinettes for Washington DC to Pittsburgh service until the mid 1960s.
 

   

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Here is one of the B&O "Speed Liners" holding down an unusual assignment: Weekend runs over New York Central track B&O used to reach Detroit in the late 1960s. To keep the agreement open, B&O had to run at least one passenger train a day, even if none were scheduled. Compare this photo with that of the kit. There are a number of changes needing to be made!

 

   

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Here is the completed Mac Shops kit as B&O 1961,an RDC-2 coach/dinette Speed Liner. Like the prototype this model has a small kitchen area and table seating for 24, along with reclining coach seats for 24.
The back end of the RDC has a diaphragm which B&O provided so passengers from other RDC units in a train could more easily reach the dining area of this car. The model is powered with two Magic Carpet units in the forward truck, directional head and marker lights, interior details, lighting, passengers and crew.
 

   

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I wrote about the interior of this Speed Liner model. This is how I set it up, following the Budd/B&O floor plan. The kitchen is roughed in but not detailed, since it can't be seen through the two frosted windows. As I'm not an electronics expert and LEDs are s a mystery of sorts, the interior is lit with 12volt Grain of Wheat bulbs wired in paired series. The wiring taped to the ceiling is for the constant/ directional head and marker lights.
 

   

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How about a caboose job? Here is a 4 wheel caboose built from a 1953 Train Craft kit (number 502) that was rebuilt a few times over the decades. This is how it looked after a rebuild in 1983, which added more details. The R&N is for a former model railroad named Richmond & Northern.


 

   

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This B&O Class K-1 caboose was photographed at the St. George Yard of the Staten Island Rapid Transit, B&O's New York Terminal subsidiary, in the late 1930s. The old Train Craft caboose is very close to the size of this prototype. Cabooses in NY Terminal service lost their cupolas by the 1940s. Removed as they became victims of age and rot, they we not needed in terminal and short transfer operations.


 

   

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So here is B&O C-587 in O scale, as it looked just before WW II. Among the changes made were new end railings made to the B&O design with brass rod and strip, new grab irons, relocating the smoke jack, adding body re-enforcement bands and adding some missing truck frame details. The model is painted freight car brown, which B&O used on cabooses until 1943, when Devil's Red was coming into use. The model carries lettering of the prototpye which dates from the late 1920s when "United States Safety Appliance Standards" was applied to older cars that had been refitted to meet the latest grab iron and hand rail requirements at the time.



 

   





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