• Pictures of boxcar/flatcar #522?

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All about the Arcade & Attica Railroad

Moderator: Benjamin Maggi

  by Benjamin Maggi
Sometime presumably in the 1970s the A&A took boxcar #522, still painted in its light blue scheme, and cut it up. Most of the boxcar body was removed, but the very end was kept. This left a mostly flatcar with a partial storage area. I think they put the fourth wall in so that the boxcar portion on the end was secure, and perhaps they added a door to it. Or, maybe they left the end facing the flatcar portion open. I have seen pictures somewhere but don't remember what it looked like.

I thought that Model Railroader magazine actually had plans at one time for the car, but I only saw pictures of it in their September 1978 issue (page 84). Does anyone have good pictures of the car after the modification? Did they really need the storage shed (which is what the removed boxcar portion turned into) so bad as to cut up the car? Or did they really need a flatcar badly?


EDIT: the MR article was in the May 1979 issue.
  by nydepot
If you read the September 1978 article, it says they cut the boxcar up for ballast distribution. A dump truck full of ballast was driven on the boxcar, now flatcar, to then distribute along the ROW. A photo is shown of the car with spilled ballast. The end was retained for storage, guessing chains, shovels, etc. The shed was just not wasting the carbody.
  by Benjamin Maggi
Thanks! I reached out to the A&A and received some more pictures. I built an HO scale car of it this summer and detailed it on my blog:

https://dandhcoloniemain.blogspot.com/2 ... frame.html
https://dandhcoloniemain.blogspot.com/2 ... -body.html
https://dandhcoloniemain.blogspot.com/2 ... paint.html