Current HO Scale Car Projects

Virginian & Ohio USRA
2-Bay Hopper Car Kit

Arrived March 2014

The Virginian & Ohio had extended their tracks west to Gauley Bridge by late 1927, and gained access to new coal fields in the area. They found more coal hoppers were needed to serve the local coal mines in this area.   However, they could not afford this large capital investment until after the stock market crash in the fall of 1929, when freight car manufacturers were happy to reduce their prices for even a modest 100-car order. In November, 1929, the Virginian & Ohio ordered 100 USRA 2-bay hopper cars from the Pressed Steel Car Co. These cars were built during 12/29 and 1/30, and numbered in series 1000-1099.
These HO scale cars are painted black, and feature the V&O “dog bone” herald. The model is Accurail’s 2400-series USRA 2-bay open hopper, with correct Bettendorf-style trucks. This kit comes with a lever-operated hand brake, hopper door beams, door closing mechanisms and AB brakes. References: “Coal Cars – The First Three Hundred Years”, by Martin R. Karig III, “The Post War Freight Car Fleet”, by Larry Kline and Ted Culotta, and “The V&O Story” by W. Allen McClelland. The V&O graphics were approved by W. Allen McClelland, MMR. Allen authorized these cars for sale by Cincinnati Division 7, Mid-Central Region, NMRA.
Four car numbers are available: 1021, 1057, 1078 and 1099. Prices: $18.00 per car, or a set of 4 cars for $70.00. Shipping (Priority Mail) & handling is $6.00 for one car, and $9.00 for 2 to 4 cars. Ohio residents must include 6.75% sales tax on the total price of the kits and the shipping/handling fee. Customers outside the USA must contact us for shipping charges.
BONUS - Decal sheets with 6 additional numbers may be ordered directly from Accurail for $4.00, including postage. An order blank for these extra number decals will be included with any order of one or more 4-car sets.
Send check or money order, in US dollars, to:
Division 7, MCR, NMRA
P.O. Box 62501
Cincinnati, OH 45262
Contact the Car Projects Chairman with any questions.

Merchants Despatch Transportation
40' Reefer Cars
in HO Scale
Arrived June 2013Car projecty

Steel (left) or Wooden (right) Reefer Cars
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Steel MDT 40' HO Scale Reefer Car
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Wooden MDT 40' HO Scale Reefer Car
Merchants Despatch Transportation (MDT) Company began building wooden refrigerator cars in 1878, at the NYC&HRR's shops in Rochester, NY. Production of reefers continued at MDT's new East Rochester (ER), NY shops in 1898, and continued for more than 60 years, with the last steel reefers built in 1959. MDT reefers were built for the NYC&HRR, NYCS, Michigan Central, NYC&StL, Rutland, Boston & Maine, CCC&StL, Lackawanna and Northern Pacific railroads, but the majority were operated by MDT Corporation or leased to private shippers, and could be seen on railroads all over the USA.
This car project uses Accurail's 4800-series 40' wooden reefers with fishbelly steel underframes, and Accurail's 8300-series 40' all-steel reefers, both having white sides and boxcar red ends and roofs, and feature 4" red, white and blue stripes at the base of the sides. Both cars have swing doors with three hinges. The kits are provided with Accurail's couplers and AAR Bettendorf-style trucks. The wooden reefer has a vertical brake staff, while the steel reefer has a geared brake wheel. Our wooden reefers were built in lot 673, in 1927, were repainted in 1936 at the ER shops, and operated into the early 1950's. Our steel reefers were built in lot 742, in 1937, and operated in that paint scheme into the late 1950's.
Four car numbers are available: 22223 and 22465 (wood); 6270 and 6489 (steel). See also special added information on MDT and the prototypes.
Prices: $18.00 per car, with a four-car set for $70.00. Shipping (USPS Priority Mail) and handling: $6.00 for one kit, $9.00 for 2 to 4 kits. Ohio residents must also include 6.75% sales tax on the total price of the kits and the shipping and handling fee. For orders from outside the USA, please contact us for the shipping and handling fee.
BONUS - Decal sheets with 12 additional car numbers for the wood reefers, or 12 additional car numbers for the steel reefers, may be ordered directly from Accurail for $4.00, including postage. An order blank for these extra number decals will be included with any order of one or more 4-car sets.
Send check or money order, in US dollars, to:
Division 7, MCR, NMRA
P.O. Box 62501
Cincinnati, OH 45262
Contact the Car Projects Chairman with any questions.

Allegheny Midland AAR 41’- 6” Steel Gondola

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As the 1940’s began, the Allegheny Midland needed new gondolas to handle war-time increases in freight traffic. In March, 1942, the AM purchased 150 AAR Class GB, 41’- 6” inside-length steel gondolas, with fixed ends and solid bottoms, from the Ralston Steel Car Company. After the war ended, many of the original gondolas were in bad shape. The AM purchased a follow-on order of 50 additional cars from Ralston in December, 1946. The cars, painted black with white lettering, were numbered in AM series 87600-87799, and had a nominal capacity of 50 tons. In 1953, some cars of the original order were rebuilt by the AM’s Sunrise car shop. Many of these cars were interchanged with other Eastern railroads in the Appalachian region and Midwestern states. The last car was retired in 1975, although several gondolas continued to be used as MOW rail and tie cars after that date.  
This HO scale car project uses Accurail’s 3700-series 41’- 6” steel AAR gondolas with fixed ends and solid bottoms, painted black with white lettering. The kit is provided with Accurail’s couplers and AAR Bettendorf-style trucks. It also features a detailed interior, brake system components with piping, fine stirrup steps, and a hidden weight. Allegheny Midland graphics were approved by Tony Koester.
Three car numbers are available: 87639, 87757 and 87779
Prices: $18.00 per car, with a three-car set for $51.00. Shipping (USPS Priority Mail) and handling: $6.00 for one kit, $9.00 for 2 or 3 kits. Ohio residents must also include 6.75% sales tax on the total price of the kits and the shipping and handling fee. For orders from outside the USA, please contact us for the shipping and handling fee.
Send check or money order, in US dollars, to:
Division 7, MCR, NMRA
P.O. Box 62501
Cincinnati, OH 45262
Contact the Car Projects Chairman with any questions.

Virginian & Ohio 50’ Steel Plug-door Boxcar Sold Out

V & O Box Cars

After years of restrictions on new car construction during WWII,  the Virginian and Ohio (V&O) recognized in the early 1950’s the need for new, larger capacity boxcars to supplement their aging fleet of 40’ boxcars. In October, 1955, the V&O purchased 39 steel 50’ boxcars, equipped with 8 feet wide plug doors. In June, 1957 they ordered another 31 cars. These cars were built to the 1937 AAR steel boxcar design, as modified in 1948, and were built by American Car & Foundry. The cars were painted blue, and had the classic ‘The Ridge Runner’ slogan emblazoned on their sides.   Cars were numbered in V&O series 3700- 3769, were equipped with Evans DF loaders, and had a nominal capacity of 50 tons. Many of these cars were interchanged with Eastern railroads in the Appalachian region and Midwestern states. The last car was retired in 1982, although several cars continued to be used as MOW tool and supply cars for several years after that date.
This sold-out HO scale car project used Accurail’s 5100 series steel, riveted AAR boxcar with 8 feet wide Camel plug doors, painted V&O blue with white graphics, including the Ridge Runner slogan. This kit was provided with Accumate couplers and AAR Bettendorf-style trucks.
V&O boxcar graphics were approved by W. Allen McClelland, MMR. Allen authorized these cars for sale by Cincinnati Division 7, Mid-Central Region, National Model Railroad Association. Four car numbers were available: 3702, 3733, 3745 & 3767
Contact the Car Projects Chairman with any questions.

Allegheny Midland Hopper

AAR 70-ton, offset-side, 3-bay hopper cars Sold Out

Allegheny Midland Hopper

Several 4-car sets and single cars were available on 6/1/2012.
The Allegheny Midland, or Midland Road, was Tony Koester’s excellent coal-hauling model railroad before he decided to model the NYC&StL, or Nickel Plate Road. These AAR 70-ton, offset-side triple hopper cars are from a series of 500 cars numbered 39500-39999, and were built for the AM in early 1948, when the NKP bought a similar series of hopper cars. They lasted into the 1970s on the AM, and a few may still be seen in operation on various model railroads today.
This sold-out HO scale car project utilized Accuraii’s 7500-series hopper car, painted black with white lettering. The kit included Accurail’s AAR cast-steel trucks, an Equipco brake wheel, and Accurail couplers. It also featured brake system components with piping and levers, slope-sheet end braces, fine stirrup steps, interior details, and hidden weights. Four car numbers were available: 39587, 39624, 39639 and 39763
Contact the Car Projects Chairman with any questions.

Virginian & Ohio Hopper

70-ton AAR Offset-side Triple Hopper Car Sold Out

V & O Hopper

By the end of WWII, the Virginian & Ohio (V&O) experienced a critical shortage of hopper car capacity. Steel finally became available for freight car production. Accordingly, the V&O ordered 100 steel, 70-ton, offset-side triple hopper cars. These cars were built to the AAR 70-ton steel hopper car design, and were manufactured by the Pullman Standard Car Company at their Michigan City, Indiana facility. The V&O accepted delivery of these cars in November and December of 1947 and January of 1948. Cars were numbered in series 1800-1899.
These hopper cars were interchanged with other railroads in the Appalachian region and Midwestern states, such as the Allegheny Midland and Virginia Midland, as lake coal was moved to markets. Many of these cars were repaired or rebuilt, with some cars remaining in revenue service through the mid-1970’s.
This sold-out HO scale car project utilized Accurail’s 7500 series all-steel AAR 70-ton triple hopper car, painted black with white V&O graphics. The kit included Accurail’s AAR Cast Steel trucks, Accumate couplers and an Equipco brake wheel.
V&O hopper car graphics were approved by W. Allen McClelland, MMR. Allen authorized these cars for sale by Cincinnati Division 7, Mid-Central Region, NMRA.

Virginian & Ohio Box Car Sold Out

V & O Box Car

The Virginian & Ohio (V&O) accepted delivery of 130 steel box cars, equipped with 6 feet wide Youngstown doors, in September, 1938. These cars were built to the 1937 update of the 1932 AAR steel box car design, and were built by the Pullman Standard Car Co. After WWII, the V&O was short of equipment, and subsequently rebuilt 49 of these all-steel cars in their West Carrolton, Ohio shops during 1947. These were the first V&O cars to be painted blue, and the first to have ‘The Ridge Runner’ slogan emblazoned on their sides. The rebuilt cars were renumbered as V&O series 3900-3948, and were specified to be used only for “clean lading.” Many of these cars were interchanged with other Eastern railroads in the Appalachian region and Midwestern states. The last car was retired in 1972, although several cars continued to be used as MOW tool and supply cars after that date.  
This sold-out HO scale car project used Accurail’s 3500 series all-steel AAR box car with 6 feet wide Youngstown doors, painted V&O blue with white graphics, including ‘The Ridge Runner’ slogan. The kit was provided with Accurail’s couplers and AAR Bettendorf-style trucks.
The V&O box car graphics were designed by W. Allen McClelland, MMR, and are authorized for sale by Cincinnati Division 7, Mid-Central Region, NMRA.  

 

 

 

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