St Louis RPM, Roof Walks & Pre 50 40 ft. PS-1 (August 2018)
The St Louis RPM (Railroad Prototype Modeler's meet) in Collinsville, IL that I went to the weekend of July 20-21 was simply one of the best small shows (meets) that I've ever been to. It was a great venue, well organized, and well worth attending. Some of best models ever were on display and some of the major manufacturers and many of the smaller manufacturers we represented along with many railroad historical societies. I'd highly recommend attending this show and other RPM meets like Naperville/Lisle and Cocoa Beach as there are many other RPM's around the country that you should look at attending.
At this show I displayed samples of our new Morton and Gypsum 40 foot roof walks (running boards) that will be released this month. They will be available in the four basic roof colors Black, Galvanized, Oxide Red, and Box Car Red. They will be priced the same as our current Apex running boards at $5.40 for a package of one pair. Both are highly detailed with molded on grab irons at the corners just like our Apex running boards. The Morton has a round hole pattern and the Gypsum has the expanded metal pattern. Of course they are made for our 40 foot PS-1 box cars but can be easily adapted to other makes of models as our Apex has been.
In November we are releasing the first of our "pre 1950" 40 foot PS-1 box cars. It will be an ATSF, product #4322, road number 276749, built in 1947. There are many modelers asking what's the difference between the Pre 1950 PS-1s and our current 1950 and afterward versions. There are many detail differences that I will try to describe. The first PS-1s were built in 1947 and through 1949 there were many transitional details that were changed as time progressed. Lets start with the roof, pre 1950 cars had flat smooth end panels and the inner panels have "bow tie" panels between the seam caps the 1950 cars have bow tie panels on the ends. The 1947 and 1948 cars are missing the six rectangular stiffeners at the peak of the ends just under the tips of the roof walks. These stiffeners are found on cars built in 1949 and afterwards. The end ladder's runners are straight on both sides where the cars built after 1949 have a flair or belled out runner at the bottom of the right runner. The top end grab iron of the pre 50 cars has a three prong mounting and the 1950 cars have a four prong mounting. On the pre 50 cars there's also an end grab iron under the end ladder, not found on the 1950 cars. The side sill tabs are also different than the 1950 cars and there are a number door variations on the pre 50 cars that are not found on the 1950 cars.
As you can see there are quite a number of differences between the pre 50 cars and the 1950 onward cars. I've just mentioned the most noticeable details and there's quite a few others that are not as noticeable. To start with we will be doing cars built in 1947 and 1948 then other variations may or may not follow later on. There are also a number of paint schemes and road names that we have not done with our 1950 cars that we can now do with the pre 1950 cars.
Another item I should mention is on the ATSF first release they have "B" end details that are quite unique to this car that we have done correctly with the retainer valve on the right side of the hand brake rather than the common left side.