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Prototypes for N scale passenger cars

Prototypes for N scale passenger cars, and some complete trains

by Fred Klein


heavyweightPart 1: Wood and Heavyweight steel cars; purpose of this effort; books

corrug1Part 2: Streamlined lightweight corrugated cars: Arnold-Concor

corrugKatoPart 3: Streamlined lightweight corrugated cars: Kato

corrug2Part 4: Streamlined lightweight corrugated cars: Model power-Rowa; JnJ

smoothsidePart 5: Streamlined lightweight smooth side cars

superlinerPart 6: Amtrak (under reconstruction with new models)



CZ1952Train models with prototypical consists


Each part is 1-2 megabytes of text, models and matching prototype photos.I suggest reading the introduction (purpose) in part 1 first. Pages were mostly done in 2005 (with minor revisions in 2011). Most N scale passenger cars (except the generic cars from Con cor) issued after 2005 are prototypically accurate for the roads in which they are decorated (from companies like Kato, Intermountain, Wheels of time, Micro-trains, and to a lesser extent Walthers). Even though the ďpartĒ pages have not been updated, they are useful for many available passenger cars. The train model pages have many more recent models with indications of how close to prototypical they are, but without companion prototype photos.


The train models pages are an attempt to model specific streamlined trains, car for car, using both off-the-shelf and customized cars.New trains will be added as I complete them.Pages revised 2010.


I generated these htm pages with Microsoft Word.


Iíve enjoyed researching and writing this.I know many modelers can help improve these pages because they know more than I do, and have different books.I have identified at least one prototype for most cars, but would like to know of additional railroads that ran the same car.Please send any new prototype information, comments or scans of photographs.I will include you and your information in future releases.This is a work in progress, and information is better when itís shared.


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