Yesterday was the 45th anniversary of the passing of The Wizard of Monterey, John Allen. A member of http://trainboard.com 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.
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?
Tonight I was able to create another tank out of 2″ ABS pipe couplers, styrene, and Clever Models textures…needing some sort of bridge, I took a part of the Walthers ADM grain elevator for a fitting…..
A few nights ago, I was digging through an old copy of Interurbans Special 37, Cars of Pacific Electric, Vol. III Combos, Locomotives & Non-Revenue Cars…this book has an incredible amount of Pacific Electric freight information. All PE freight locomotives and a lot of the Southern Pacific leased locomotives are in this book. There is also freight car rosters and a ton of drawings. I saw this plan, and I can not find any more references anywhere about them. The Pacific Electric actually had manure cars! I am sure they were not the sweetest cars in the fleet, but I have a weird desire to model one.
This last few months, I have been working hard on the west half of Playa Desnuda. I was able to get all of Christmas week off of work, so I plan to add more ground cover and trees to make it feel complete enough for me to turn my attention to the east.
Currently the east half is rather nude, and the oil depot will be added to the back half of the layout. Currently, there is about a five inch gap between the road and the tracks, which will allow me room to add a sidewalk and street parking. Tonight, I found out that my wife is going to be giving me my Christmas Present late, but it will make Playa Desnuda look a lot better. She is giving me Woodland Scenics N Scale Town and Factory Building Set. This set has thirteen DPM kits, including a model of the turret building on the 700 block of San Pedro.
Fortunately, there are many scenes where the backs of buildings were close to Pacific Electric tracks.