Saturday, January 31, 2015

CN Roofless Boxcars - Part 3

This week, I kitbashed another pair of bocars into a different prototype with side extension and new steel doors. I used severeal Evergreen and Plastruct styrene strips and profiles to get the correct dimension according to a picture from Ian Cranstone collection on

The process was really straightforward and I was able to complete the bashing within two short evenings.

When the bashing was done, I sprayed Krylon brown primer as an undercoat before painting them Boxcar Red.

The fleet now sports four 40ft roofless boxcar and one larger gondola.

I'm definitely starting to be proficient in modifying boxcars. However, I'm not sure I'll build other needed cars right now. I have some other things to take care on the layout, including new crossing signals and several other small track and wiring adjustments.

By the way, a big thanks to George Dutka's post on his blog about those interesting prototypes. I'll have to find a copy of his old RMC article to get more accurate data. The fun part about these cars is the tremendous amount of variation. Almost each kitbashed car is unique in some way, making the process far less tiring than replicating a dozen of similar cars.


  1. Hi Matthieu your wood chip cars are looking good. It has been a long time since I have seen anyone build one of these...George Dutka

  2. Thanks George!

    I really appreciated your recent blog entry. It will be extremely useful in building different variation of this car type.

    It strange how Maine Central modified boxcars are quite well-know and that CN ones are now an obscure thing of the past.

  3. I did a pair of Canadian Pacific versions: