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Old 03-29-2020, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Got this cast kit from a fellow modeler 8 years ago and it not only fits a USA streamliner but also a Aristo coach. Looks funny due to the over hang on the original observation car so on the Aristo it better to use on a coach. Have recast it a few times for friends and they love it. Don't remember his name, his layout appeared in Garden Railways, but he did great work fits like a glove. Jack
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Old 03-30-2020, 01:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Jack, very nice cars. is that a PRR Radio phone antenna on the roof?? LiG
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Old 03-30-2020, 01:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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looks like one but on the Santa Fe they had it on the observation car also. Used brass railings and posts from a model boat site in the UK. Using them on my RF-16 A-B-A build. See pics on the gallery under RF-16
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Jack,I didn't know the Santa Fe had radio phones also, and having one in the Observation car is like having one in the Caboose. I don't think PRR had observation cars due to low underpasses and tunnels.
I also purchased a Shark kit along with a slightly distorted shell. When my present project is completed, if any project is ever, I'm hoping to build a PRR. 1-A-1 Shark. Been gathering parts for months. We are of the same thought, bought stanchions from Harbor Hobbies for the Train Phone. LiG

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Old 04-12-2020, 09:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi Nick, I would like to know who made those parts because the modern three wheel trucks are just what a friend who models contemporary UP needs. These trucks are usually seen on some of the heavier UP lightweight cars such as the full dome cars.
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Old 04-13-2020, 07:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would like to find one of those kits myself.
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du-bousquetaire: the 6 wheel power trucks are from USA Trains. Fortunately they also made side frames that are used on one of their locomotives that look exactly like the 1-A-1's. I now realize you were referring to Passenger car trucks, The only ones I am aware of were made by Aristo Craft, maybe someone is holding some you can purchase.
Santafe 2343: Looking for the contact info for the Shark kits, will edit this when I locate it. LiG
EDIT: Gentleman's name is Robert Fern, email is [email protected]. The kit he produces is for the more popular 4 wheel power truck version. I believe someone else produced a B unit kit, anyone who knows more please jump in. LIG

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Old 04-17-2020, 12:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The B unit was produced by Jonathan. He had only produced 5 at that time, he might have produced more since. His email is [email protected]. It is a perfect match to the A units plus he did the frames for both the A and the B units at the same time. As you can see in the picture the kit he made was so complete he even included hardware and even the tool to put it all to gather. The etched brass and castings he was able to get from the same producer who still had the files from the A units. Jack

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sorry forgot to upload
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Jack, thank you, beautiful models. LiG
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