I was recently searching for something on my blog and I came across Perry Squier’s posts on Shawmut freight cars he was building. After reviewing his posts again, I realized the final appearance of some models had not been shared. It’s time for project closure!
Perry’s Shawmut freight cars appeared in three blog posts.
With Perry’s box car projects, the model build summary ended before lettering was applied. I asked if he could send a few project photos and notes for this wrap up. Here he is with the update.
Yes. both groups of models, 31 drop bottom gondolas and ten box cars, were completed. The decals are a mixture of older ones I had from Ron at Rail Graphics, and new ones from Highball Graphics of West Ossipee, NH. The photo above shows the decals ready for the ten box cars. I organized them into plastic bins ready to use.
Here’s one of the completed box cars in service on the layout.
The Shawmut had a large number of high-side wood gondolas in coal service. As shared in the earlier post, I scratchbuilt the car bodies around Tichy flat car underframes.
The gons capture the prototype appearance well and offer an interesting mix with the steel hoppers.
Custom coal loads were made for many of them. It was a chore working through 31 coal gondolas, but they add a different element to the general appearance of my HO scale Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern layout.
Many thanks to Perry Squier for sharing his freight car additions. His Shawmut is set in 1923 and hosts regular operating sessions. Dave Ramos is one of the regular crew members. He posted photos on Facebook from a recent op session and gave permission to share them here. The image starting this post is one of Dave’s photos.
The layout captures how the Shawmut traveled around hills and through valleys of north central Pennsylvania. Many industries of that time and place are a great size for modeling.
In the above image, one of the Shawmut crew works the yard at Hornell, NY, where the Shawmut interchanges with the Erie Railroad. To the left is the train order operator, who is ready to write down orders from the dispatcher and deliver them to towns along the route.
More scenes from Perry’s Shawmut layout can be reviewed on the Pittsburg Shawmut & Northern Historical Society website. If the Shawmut piques your interest, why not join the PS&N Historical Society? Members share of information on the railroad and the region it served.
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