Okay, so I’m really excited about these car notes I’ve been collecting for twenty years now. Here’s an example of one way to interpret the lists. I just posted a scan of one page from the switchlist scribblers. This is based on a car from that scan. CP #286319 is shown as part of train 702. Here’s what we can do with the power of the internet:
- Steve Boyko has posted a copy of the CN Employee Timetable for 1973 to his excellent site traingeek.ca. Click this link to go directly to the page for the Borden Subdivision where train 702 runs.
- What was CP #286319. Another great site I’ve linked to from this blog and mentioned is Canadian Freight Cars. They have a page for the CP roster and it has a line for 286319. You have to scroll down but this particular car is part of series 286200-286999 and is AAR type RSM and sounds like a pretty typical refrigerator car (“Stl. underframe. Basket bunker, ventilated.”)
- I had always assumed that this car was a steel bodied car but it sounds a lot like a wood-bodied car.
- Rapido Trains actually has one coming out. Thought not in CP colours yet. Click here to check it out. Click here instead to see a full list of the paint schemes they are offering. There’s an undecorated model for $34.95 and TMR distributing still lists a CDS set for this car in HO.
- Fear not N scalers, Fine N Scale, Micro Trains, Atlas and Athearn all offer very similar cars for us too.
Granted this is pretty “in the weeds” but I really enjoy this kind of research and I think it’s neat to know that when I look at a particular car on my layout that it corresponds with a car that ran on the Island. It’ll be neat to try and include this kind of reference for each car as I catalogue it.