HOn3 D&RGW 168 San Juan D&RGW long Baggage Car, MRGS kit#3168.
HOn3 MRGS D&RGW Baggage/Express Car, 38 ft 6 in prototype, as rebuilt circa 1928 with side plates, used with Delco Generator added (1938) on San Juan and Shavano named trains also seen on Santa Fe Chili Line trains. Car # 168. With minor variations builds 10 alternative cars in this group, see photo refrences like R. Robb's book.
Laser cut wood, with cast resin roof, brass and plastic details. Cast resin prototypically correct (16 window) clearstory roof included. One Prototype still exists, #168 at the CRRM in Golden, CO. This kit builds the long versions of the D&RGW Baggage cars as operated in the consist of the San Juan/Shavano Passenger Trains. Prototypically correct for as many as ten (10) of these cars, numbers 127 and 168 plus others depending on specific small detail changes. This kit builds a baggage/express car with modifications made in the 1924-28 rebuilding program. The kit comes with a roof walk, end ladders and extra parts for optional end doors in the baggage/express compartments. Built up model is shown for reference, you are bidding on a kit for this car, see additional photographs. Highly rated by reviewers and modelers, this is the first time this car has been offered in HO scale other than as a brass model. There are complete instructions included, but no trucks, couplers, paint or glue. Trucks are available (PN 5002A) for $ 10.50, add them to your order (see last photo). Not a quickie kit, craftsman quality, but easy and simple to assemble by the average kit builder.
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Posted by Peter Morrison on 15th Feb 2018
Here in the snow-bound expanse of Northern England I'm working on a small HON3 DRGW layout and wanted a couple of passenger cars. This is my first and the build is well under way. The instructions are first rate - comprehensive, clear and a model of their kind - with all the info you need, not least about the cars' history and the various changes they underwent during their long lives. The laser-cut wood parts are impressive - even the interior planking is included - and all fits exactly as it should. Add some intricate plastic details, along with an excellent resin roof, and the result is set to be a very convincing model.
Highly recommended. I'm glad I've found this source of HON3 coaches.
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