Wednesday 9 June 2021

On30" Milk Car

Over the next couple of months I will show you my fleet of On30" rolling stock. Many of the cars have shown up in other photos but I will tell you about each. So lets begin with Rangeley Lakes Railroad milk car that was presented in the August 2011 issue of RMC.

I wanted to have a milk car for my mixed fleet of Maine rolling stock. I thought the Bachmann Models baggage car could work well as it is short in size. I modeled it with the doors open including an employee and a couple of milk cans. The milk cans are Berkshire Valley No. 524 and a Life-Like figure that had his hands altered to fit the milk can.

Pullman green from Floquil is the base coat. I also over-sprayed the car once again when finished with the green. Floquil grimy black is applied to the roof and under-body. Of course gloss coat was applied before decals and flat finish at the end.

To name the car I looked at a very old sheet of Robert Sloan decals. I just cut out the Rangeley Lake Railroad which had a nice ring to it. The milk is from a B&M  milk car set. The numbering is from a Black Cat set done for the B&SR.  The Hood's sign which one would have seen a lot in Maine is from a Hood's 140th year commemorative calendar. I just color copied the sign reducing it a bit. I wanted it to look like an attached metal placard.

Now its time to pickup all that Maine milk that is routed over the line...George Dutka 

The Bachmann car before starting the project.

Both doors are open with milk cans and train crew on board. The floor is painted Floquil grime with some weathering chalks applied while the paint is damp.

The train is operating on my HO White River Division layout which appears to look at home when no structures are found in the scene.

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