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Old 06-18-2017, 02:53 PM   #1
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Just now while channel-surfing, I happened upon a segment about an excursion train somewhere in New England. What "caught my ear" was the chef in the kitchen car remarking that the car was "Army Surplus" from the 1940's. I was thinking about buying one of these before I heard that

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Old 06-18-2017, 02:58 PM   #2
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Just now while channel-surfing, I happened upon a segment about an excursion train somewhere in New England. What "caught my ear" was the chef in the kitchen car remarking that the car was "Army Surplus" from the 1940's. I was thinking about buying one of these before I heard that

http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/Micro...l-11800010.htm
I have one that I will leave as Army for my WWII US Army train. Will you repaint and decorate it to fit a surplus civilian car?
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:31 PM   #3
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West Re-purposing troop cars

If I were to buy one (and I haven't decided yet) I'd run it "as is" with my "McKinley Explorer" Great Domes and say I'd get around to repainting "someday". I brought it up because with all of the talk here recently about branchline passenger service, "tertiary" trains like GN's "Cascadian", and steam-powered present-day excursion trains I thought it might be of interest to others that re-purposing WWII troop transport cars (which are available in n-scale) after the Army was finished with them did happen. One of my rules is "if a prototype railroad did it, it's fair game on your railroad".

I recently said on another thread that in today's n-scale you either adapt what you want to model to what you can buy or you learn to paint. I'm learning to adapt what I want to model to what I can buy, and decide what is "close enough".
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:46 PM   #4
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Just now while channel-surfing, I happened upon a segment about an excursion train somewhere in New England. What "caught my ear" was the chef in the kitchen car remarking that the car was "Army Surplus" from the 1940's. I was thinking about buying one of these before I heard that

http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/Micro...l-11800010.htm
That sounds like the Colonial Hearth kitchen car which runs as part of the Dinner Train at the Essex Steam Train. It is a converted US Army troop kichen car, although it doesn't look much like that one you linked to.
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