Freight Car Friday – Everybody Makes Mistakes!

3 05 2013

Mistakes happen. We’ve certainly made a few errors on our models over our 100 year history – some of them are now highly collectible. Sometimes it’s nice to know you’re not alone.

ETTX 909823

Something’s not quite right…

You have to wonder how this car made it out of the paint shop… At some point, the Norfolk Southern autorack attached to ETTX 909823 went into the car shop for some repairs. The replacement panels show up clearly.

But take a closer look at that NS logo… or is it “SN?”

Put this one in the “a prototype for everything” category and give yourself a break the next time you wind up scratching your head at one of your own “oops” moments.


Even the prototype has a bad moment now and then.

Of course by now some of you are probably already thinking of how you could model this car for yourselves. Aside from some differences in the rack itself, our new bi-level autoracks would be a great place to start.

Add a little weathering, some silver paint for the fresh panels, and a new Norfolk Southern decal (applied upside down like the prototype) and you’d have a very interesting conversation car on your layout. Imagine the look on your friends’ faces when you show them the prototype!



One response

3 05 2013

Thanks Ryan for doing this blog. I really enjoy all of your work. Spent the day with one of your friends last weekend and I think he sent you some pictures of a tank car. Hope you have a great weekend.

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