The Empire Belt Railroad is finally a reality! Readers of this blog may recall my writing of the Empire Belt Railroad working Empire City in prior posts. I always wanted to have my own personal railroad and as the N.Y.C.T.L. was being built I started to focus in on a short line or belt type RR. Wanting to keep it in the New York Central family I came up with the name Empire City Belt after NYC owned Indiana Harbor Belt and the Kankakee Belt. A few years ago I was conferring with 1:1 Sir Neal on this very subject and he suggested removing the word city and just go with Empire Belt. And just like that it became the Empire Belt RR. But the project stalled at this stage.
After some false starts and having the Empire Belt do the 'Chuck from Happy Days' disappearance I started to collect some rolling stock and motive power for the day, if it should ever arrive, that the E.B.R.R. would have it's own identity.
After about two years of uncertainty I finally ordered the decals from Rail Graphics. I have worked with their products in the past and found them to be of very high quality. But don't wait to long they are closing up shop in December 2017.
If you're going to have your own railroad then you'll probably want some type of history for it. Here's what I came up with;
An Accurail plug door boxcar is a close match for ex PRR 40' boxcar (RBL) 35000 - 300500 series at the top of the page. The E.B.R.R. cars will be numbered into the available 358000 series. I bought those little cups at Dollar Tree, 10 for $1.00.