Below are some little projects to make interesting vehicles for your Chessie or 70-80's era layout.
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Below are a few shots of two Trident work trucks in Chessie markings. Chessie work trucks came in two paint schemes. This is the more common yellow with black logo. They also came in a medium blue with yellow logo. I painted them, added custom decals, detailed and weathered them. Based on prototype photos the stake bed had black grill, bumpers and wheels. The other truck had silver in those same places. Each has a typical load, as well.
Below is a
shot of my Chessie System hi-rail
truck. Details West makes the
metal kit for the front and rear
bumpers. I painted them and
added them to a Trident Utility
Below is a shot of my collection of Trident vans, Trident Utility truck and Fresh Cherries Ford Escort decorated with custom decals for C&P Telphone Company. These are vehicles that were very common on the road in the early 1980's, but are not available on the market.
Below is a shot of a
common over the road semi-trailer from the early 80's.
This trailer would not travel on the railroad (note lack of
reporting marks to do so), it is therefore listed here in the
vehicles section. I believe it is an old Athearn
trailer. I painted the silver trim and weathered it
lightly. Don't forget to add this sort of common
non-railroad trailer on your highways. Modelers tend to
forget about other-than-railroad vehicles when the do train
Below is a pic of a pulpwood loader I plan on
having at the Berkley Springs pulpwood yard. It is a GHQ
IT18F Log Loader metal kit and it weighs a ton. It sells
for about $20. Non-railroad industrial vehicles are a must
on any model train layout. In particular the vehicles used
at your on line industries add great detail.
Below is a pic of 5 semi trucks I have
finished. The two on the left are Athearn's new
trucks. They are very nice and have very 70's sort of
striped paint jobs. The other three are rather old models
and I don't know the manufacturer, but are 70's era
vehicles. I added license plate decals and weathered them
with a black wash and dull coat.
Below is a pic of 9 Trident vechicles I have completed. Each has been weathered lightly and detailed with colored lights, wipers, wheels, etc.
Below is another truck I bought for about $2 and
have yet to do anything with. What you need to remember
when buying vehicles is to buy ones in the right era. For
the Chessie Era (1972-1986) buy about 90% vehicles from the late
60's up to the mid 80's. Only buy about 10% vehicles from
the 50's. Basically there should be no Model Ts on a
modern layout. This is one of those trucks that is on the
fringe of the time period I model. It is a late 50's
truck. I will need to weather it to make it look
older. I have discovered that there are very few 70's
vehicles offered, so it may take some looking.