Early in December 2016 I had the pleasure to speak with 1:1 Sir Neal via telephone. The conversation covered a variety of model railroading topics. Pursuant to that conversation and an exchange of emails the New York Central Train Layout Paint Shop received the contract to paint fourteen (14) cars for Sir Neal's Atlantic Pacific Railroad. With the Holidays fast approaching the Paint Shop quickly got to work to get the cars painted and lettered before the New Year. The cars would hopefully be released from the paint shop at this time and sent up to the A.P.R.R. in early January.
The cars to be painted are Evans 5100 series RBL double door boxcars from Scale Trains. After viewing countless photos we decided that the color white would work best for the RBL car and black AP decals. Let's take a look at the project;
The first cars painted on the N.Y.C.T.L. outdoor paint shop know as the Patti-O; Good thing we live in the south and the weather is mild in December!
We experimented with an all white car and a car with black ends similar to cars painted for the Lehigh Valley.
After mulling the two paint jobs over we decided that an all white car showed the details better and fit in with the modern AP.
To keep the project manageable I went about it in assembly line fashion. Cars on the wood strip are ready for decals. The cars on the spray can caps are awaiting application of Testor's gloss coat.
Getting the decals ready. Each plastic container will get a complete set of decals. The AP decals are from Rail Graphics. The boxcar data and 'Cushion Service' lettering decals are from Microscale.
The first five are complete. Sharp eyes will note all five are numbered 60358. This was done at Sir Neal's request as he wanted to award a car to some of his model railroad buddies.
The gang all gathers to check out the newest release from the N.Y.C.T.L. Paint Shop AP #60358. 1/87 scale Sir Neal inspects the car with help from his 1/87th scale friends at the N.Y.C.T.L.
AP #60394 is next out of the paint shop. The 60394 is slightly different from the 60358. 1/87th scale Sir Neal took advantage of some attractive financing from the Government's Incentive Per Diem program and the AP leased this car from SSI. Trust lettering is on upper left and lease company name is on lower right.
Boxed and ready to ship to the A.P.R.R.!