Remembering a legend

Yesterday was the 45th anniversary of the passing of The Wizard of Monterey, John Allen. A member of was kind enough to share a set of custom made decals the were meant for a 40′ PS1 boxcar, however I decided to use it on a plug door boxcar since I had one on hand.

I shot the car with Krylon Aluminum (the needle on my old Badger 200 is broken), masked the roof off using Scotch tape…it surprisingly did a great job, and was the width of the roof! I then shot it with red primer.

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Unique Pacific Electric freight cars….

The Pacific Electric had a unique collection of freight cars that will make unique models. Among them were Caswell gondolas that were built in 1923. According to one source, they were transferred to the Southern Pacific in 1940, however I was given a photo of one still in Pacific Electric lettering in 1951.

This car will fit in nicely in Playa Desnuda.

The next car is an oddity, a tank car that is made out of a flat car. This car was in 1910, and is a 12,000 gallon tank. The flat car was a 40 footer made out of steel, and the deck under the tank was cut away so fuel would not harm the wood….who cares about the fuel hurting the ground, right?


The 7315 was a class of one.