("...the old wood boxcar might have been painted in the 60's, right it still sits today, and never turned a wheel while wearing that paint scheme..")
I just ran across this thread, and figured I'd add to it. The "old wood boxcar" at Butler, NJ mentioned earlier is actually a former GATX ice-refrigerator car. It was updated in the early-1950's when it's four roof ice hatches were removed and the car was fitted out for "top icing" (a process where icing crews pumped chipped ice on top of the perishable load thru the open doors of the car). The large reefer doors were also updated to the "plug-door" type.
The car was acquired from GATX in the early-1970's for use on the Morris County Central RR in Whippany, NJ. When the MCC moved its operation to the NYS&W at Newfoundland, NJ at the end of 1973, the reefer was part of the consist. It eventually became home to the Pequannock Valley Transportation Musuem (a predecessor of today's Whippany Railway Museum) which had been set up at Newfoundland to operate in conjunction with the MCC steam trains. The reefer / museum car eventually became property of the Delaware Otsego System after the MCC went out of business at the end of 1980. It's been at Butler for many, many years now and is used by NYS&W construction crews.
In 1979, the late, NYS&W Conductor John Treen loaned me an original Susie-Q decal... yes, they were water-applied decals that were on the steel Susquehanna boxcars ! I took the large (about 5 feet tall) decal home with me, and made a tracing of the original. I then used the tracing to mark out the artwork on the wood reefer. With the scribed wood sides, it was a lot of work to mark the lines, and then apply the paint. I returned the original decal to John Treen (I have no clue of its whereabouts today)...but I do have the tracing...someplace !
In 1980, Lionel Trains came out with an 'O' gauge boxcar lettered for NYS&W and featured the Susie-Q logo. We contacted them and received permission to use the Lionel number (9402) on our reefer, and the words "BLT. 1-1980 Lionel (R)" (just one of those things done as a bit of a lark). The Lionel wording is still there today, along with a very faded and peeling "Susie-Q".
Two photos are attached showing me (a long time ago) in the process of painting the logo on the car...as well as a shot of the museum car after lettering. Gettin' to be a looong time ago now.
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