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My friend Mark P. took a lot of photos during his time working in northern Manitoba.
They are fertile modelling inspiration, and a couple of shots caught my eye. A couple of ACFX tank cars were photographed in Churchill at the locomotive fueling area. They were older style cars that were quite interesting in appearance. A bit of sleuthing with the scans and Google told me that they were former LPG tank cars that had been converted to general service tank cars. The high resolution scans showed that the cars had been rebuilt in the early 1970's and were still in use into the mid 1980's in my modelling area. I had to model them.
Both Atlas and Kadee make this style of LPG car in HO, so I picked up a couple of them to do the conversion. One has a top platform and railings and the other only has side platforms. The two prototype cars have different styles of platforms; one has a full top platform, the other only has side platforms with railings. Yarmouth Model Works makes an etched brass platform and ladder that will work for these cars.
A few spare Walthers parts from their old tank car kits gives me the other parts needed to do the model. Off we go!
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