DAWSON CREEK SUBDIVISION

RAILWAY PROTOTYPE MODELLING IN N SCALE

Timothy J. Horton

HOME ROAD FREIGHT CARS

This page illustrates the various PGE/BCR revenue freight car models I have built for use on the layout.

I consulted Official Railway Equipment Registers, the railway's 1976 Revenue Freight Car Catalogue, railway switch lists, and photographs to determine which revenue freight cars would be required for use on the layout.


BOX CARS PGE 4038, 4043

By 1977 most of the British Columbia Railway's remaining 40 foot boxcars were employed in grain service on the north end. They were a common sight on the Dawson Creek Subdivision, serving the numerous elevators there. The 4001-4072 series cars were delivered in 1947 and were equipped with six foot doors. My two models are ready to run cars from Intermountain decorated in the PGE map scheme. I removed the running boards and installed Micro-Trains trucks and couplers. They received moderate weathering.


BOX CARS PGE 4124, 4149, 4155, 4168, BCOL 4210, 4214, PGE 4221, 4289

The more numerous 4101-4300 series cars arrived in 1958 and were equipped with eight foot doors. These eight models are Micro-Trains PS-1 boxcars finished in several different schemes, some with running boards removed, using Floquil paints and CDS dry transfers. They were the first cars I decorated for the PGE/BCR and are now more than 30 years old.


BOX CARS BCOL 8003, PGE 8008, PGE 8010

The railway employed insulated and heated boxcars to ship food and beverage products north. The 8000-8011 series were delivered in 1961 with plug doors. I removed the running boards. These models are also Micro-Trains cars finished with Floquil paints and CDS dry transfers, one in the BCR dogwood scheme and two in the stacked PGE scheme.


BOX CARS PGE 4538, BCOL 4527

The railway received several different series of newsprint and paper cars during the 1960s. These two models represent the 4501-4600 series from Hawker Siddeley in 1966. These models are Micro-Trains PS-1 boxcars finished with Floquil paints and CDS dry transfers, one in the the PGE map scheme and one in the BCR dogwood scheme.


BOX CARS PGE 4605, BCOL 4637

The next series of cars (4601-4650) came from National Steel Car and were equipped with interior post plug doors. These beautiful ready-to-run models were produced by True-Line Trains and I was privileged to serve as a consultant on the project. These cars were less prevalent on the north end, so I purchased one car in the PGE map scheme and another in the BCR dogwood scheme. Moderate weathering was applied.


BOX CARS PGE 4666, BCOL 4674, 4700

The third series of cars (4651-4750) came with exterior post plug doors and were also offered as ready-to-run models by True-Line Trains. I purchased one car in the PGE map scheme and two in the BCR dogwood scheme. Again, moderate weathering was applied.


BOX CARS PGE 5116, 5297, 5344, 5387

The combination door boxcars from National Steel Car were the most numerous cars on the railway during the 1970s and were employed primarily in lumber service. These four models represent the PGE 5100-5399 series cars with end vents and large door stops, which I fabricated in styrene. They are built from the Kaslo Shops resin and etched metal kit and finished with acrylic paints and ORO decals.


BOX CARS PGER 40175, 40334

The dark green cars with light green doors were restricted to international service to the United States. These two cars from the PGER 40000-40399 series were built from the same Kaslo Shops kit and finished with acrylic paints and ORO decals. North American Railcar Corporation is currently preparing a ready-to-run model for these cars which will be a significant release for PGE/BCR modellers.


BOX CARS BCIT 800408, 800420, 800445, 800450, 800501, 800523

The housing boom during the 1970s resulted in an urgent demand for more lumber cars. The railway leased 400 cars from U.S. Railway Manufacturing Co. and they were numbered in the BCIT 800200-800349 and 800400-800649 series. This ready-to-run model from Atlas has been re-issued numerous times and they were welcome additions to the market. Moderate weathering was applied to my six cars.


FLAT CARS BCOL 1361, 1471

Standard flat cars were used for a wide variety of revenue and OCS loads. In 1977 it was still common to see them employed in lumber service, particularly on the north end at smaller mills. The 1221-1471 series were 52'-6" long and were built by National Steel Car between 1954 and 1956. My models were created by cutting and splicing Con-Cor 50 foot flatcars to achieve the correct length. They were finished with Floquil paints and a combination of CDS dry transfers and Microscale decals.


TRAILER FLAT CARS BCOL 7000, 7006, 7021

The railway's first trailer flat cars were converted from standard flat cars in 1960 and 1961. By 1977 some had been modified to accommodate 45 foot trailers. My models were kitbashed from Con-Cor 50 foot flatcars and fitted with side posts and end ramps fabricated from styrene. The hitches are from Micro-Trains. The cars were finished with Floquil paints and a mix of CDS dry transfers and Microscale decals. I modelled these cars back when I was going to set my era in 1985, by which time they had been painted dark green. In 1977 they were still PGE Freight Car Red, so I will be creating some new models to replace these.


BULKHEAD FLAT CARS BCIT 16722, 16737, 16859, 16912, 16983, 17824

By 1977 shipments of prime dimensional lumber were allocated increasingly to modern bulkhead flatcars, and a large fleet of such cars was acquired by the railway during the 1970s. Cars restricted to international service to the United States received BCIT reporting marks and light green ends. These six cars are ready-to-run models produced by Rapido Trains for Prairie Shadows and their initial run included the BCIT cars. The decks were repainted a more realistic colour and light weathering was applied.


BULKHEAD FLAT CARS BCOL 17745, 17657, 17815, 17817, 17843, 17949, 17954, 18184, 18267

These nine models are from the second run and depict the general service cars with BCOL reporting marks. Again, the decks were repainted and light weathering was applied. The lumber loads are from Details N Scale and were created specifically to fit these models.


GONDOLAS BCOL 9063, 9073, 9088, 9091, PGE 9115, BCOL 9117, PGE 9128, 9162

Like flatcars, gondolas could be seen carrying a diverse range of loads and were often employed in work service as well. The 9001-9175 series were 52'-6" long and were built by National Steel Car between 1954 and 1958. The models were created by cutting and splicing Con-Cor 50 foot gondolas to achieve the correct length. They were finished in several different schemes using Floquil paints and a combination of CDS dry transfers and Microscale decals.


WOODCHIP CARS PGE 9778, BCOL 90345, 90830

Woodchip cars were among the most numerous car type on the railway by 1977 and hauled woodchips from lumber mills to export mills, or to pulp mills. The CS Models styrene kit has been round for a long time and represents the PGE 9766-9825 series, BCOL 90341-90440 and BCOL 90441-90840 series cars. These three cars were upgraded with styrene sub-floors, etched detail parts, and styrene top braces. The woodchip loads are real woodchips. The models were finished with acrylic paints and ORO decals, and represent a car in the PGE map scheme, another in the BCR dogwood scheme, and BCOL 90830 in the unique Railwest Manufacturing Co. demonstrator scheme. This car toured mills around the province in an effort to generate sales of the cars. I plan to build more cars in these series from this venerable kit.


OPEN HOPPER CARS BCOL 2514, 2524

The railway acquired several series of open hopper cars during the 1950s and 1960s, and the Atlas model is a good representation of this car type. They were employed in revenue sulphur service and company service for ballast work. The Atlas ready-to-run models received light weathering and carry ballast loads from Hay Brothers. I am hoping that Atlas will release this model in the PGE map scheme at some point, as they have done in HO Scale.


COVERED HOPPER CARS PGE 2107, BCOL 2108, PGE 2109, 2110, BCOL 2112, PGE 2113, 2115

The railway received two orders of slab side hopper cars in 1962. They were used in cement service and grain service, which made them a common sight on the north end. These important cars are offered as a resin kit by Geoff Gooderham through Central Hobbies. I modelled seven cars in a variety of schemes, completing them with Plano Products etched running boards and styrene tack boards. The models were finished with acrylic paints and decals produced by Daly Designs specifically for this kit. Some cars received weathering depicting the results of years of cement service, and others received lighter weathering to depict cars in grain service.


TANK CARS BCOL 1926, 1933, 1943

The railway employed a number of tank cars for OCS diesel fuel and lube oil service, transporting these products to engine facilities along the line. Most were rebuilt from former UTLX cars wrecked while on the railway. My models comprise Arnold tank bodies, Micro-Trains underframes and Gold Medal Models top platforms and side ladders. They were finished with Floquil paints and a mix of custom dry transfers and Microscale decals. The models depict BCOL 1926 in lube oil service, and BCOL 1933 and 1943 in diesel fuel service.


CABOOSE BCOL 1863

The British Columbia Railway operated a fleet of 34 home-built wide vision cabooses. This model was built from the Kaslo Shops resin kit and completed with wire handrails and Miniatures By Eric smoke jacks. The model was finished with Floquil paints and Microscale decals. More of these are planned, and will be equipped with decoders and digital lighting.