Sunday, June 5, 2016

CN Woodchip Car Project Update

I've never been a big fan of Facebook, but truth to be told, it's been crucial to put this project back on track. I'm fine with the blog to document the layout, but the readership doesn't reach a lot of people. In that respect, one day on Facebook provided new fresh data than I ever got about this car in the last months.

A big thanks goes to Justin Babcock who provided CN specification sheets about the Transcona cars. I'm curious to see how my drawings will fare against them!

Steve Boyko also provided a few pictures. Nothing ground breaking, but they are sharp and the lighting was good enough to document the coupler pocket and other similar details which is good to refine the model.

I'm also in the process of contacting the Canadian Science & Technology Museum and Exporail. We never know.

That said, I'm still looking for data about the underframe. That's going to be the biggest challenge.


  1. I'm sure he mentioned it, but Justin's a CN carman who, along with his father, would have worked on these cars for years. He'e likely your best resource.

    I also have a personal invested interest in this project so if there's anything I can do let me know. I have some connections with guys who would be able to make a quality craftsman kit of this car happen if we can get enough orders together to make it happen.


    1. Thanks Taylor. I didn't know about Justin's background. So it means he have a general knowledge of the underframe. Getting information about that part of the car is the key. Using Justin's CN data sheet, I found out my drawings from pictures were extremely precise, which is a great relief.