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A quick look at how to model the freight equipment of the Canada Southern.

 

I've only covered the 1930-1976 era since this is the era with the most information available. I only have very basic information on the early wood equipment prior to the 1940's, so do not have enough information to base models on. A few of the older wood boxcars survived into the early 1940's.

Dry transfers for all steel Canada Southern freight cars are available - produced by CDS Lettering. CDS Lettering is retiring from business - so some sets are running in short supply and may be sold out. The good news is that there are decal versions coming in 2011 for most of the CASO freight cars. You can purchase these by visiting my business website or email me directly. Clover House and Art Griffin offer lettering sets for the early wood boxcars.

 

 

Locomotives

HO scale: Broadway Limited Imports released a MCRR/CASO J1d model in February 2013. This would be the first plastic steam locomotive correctly lettered for the CASO/MCRR. Stock #BL-2585 (MCRR #8221 ) and BL-2586 ( MCRR #8224). Unfortunately, Broadway did not letter these locomotives correctly as the MCRR is located in the wrong place. I guess they didn't look at the paint diagrams OR photos.

Some CASO locomotives can be modeled using various brass models for NYC locomotives.  Diesels - GP-7 and GP-9 models from various manufacturers can be used to model the CASO diesel fleet from 1956 to 1985.

 

Structures

PELTON TOWER

Pelton Tower

HO scale: Laser cut wood kit for Pelton tower from Imagine That Laser Art Products.  May be out of production at this time.

 

ST. THOMAS STATION

HO scale: This is a limited run kit: Full length and interior. Laser cut wood kit for St. Thomas station from Imagine That Laser Art Products.

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St. Thomas station kitSt. Thomas station kit

St. Thomas station kitSt. Thomas station kit

St. Thomas station kitSt. Thomas station kit

St. Thomas station kit


 

40' Steel Boxcars

CASO 138107

HO scale: Exact match - Westerfield kit #7953. The Westerfield kit is a flat cast resin kit that requires above average skills to assemble. Not recommended for those with little kit assembly experience.

Possible 'close enough stand in model'. Red Caboose X-29 boxcars are close in dimensions. Get the kit with dreadnaught ends. Though this car is not very accurate, it's overall height and general appearance may be close enough for most modellers not wanting to tackle the Westerfield kit.

Lettering notes: The Westerfield kit comes with decals, however the length of the CANADA SOUTHERN RY. lettering is very short and condensed in the early runs - not sure if the later ones were corrected or not. CDS Lettering dry transfer set #654 available produced from railroad drawings as well as Aberdeen Car Shops decal.

O scale: No match, so a low height car (Weaver X-29) could be used as a starting point.  Protocraft plans to offer a resin kit for the CASO boxcar.
 

Dry transfer lettering set: CDS Lettering has set #654 available in N, HO, S, O & G scale - though CDS was sold to Ozark Miniatures in Utah - some sets are now sold out or in short supply.

Decals: Aberdeen Car Shops has a decal for the boxcars in HO scale - CASO-8701.  Protocraft in O scale: CASO-1.

Older Wood Boxcars

Though I have very little detailed information on the Michigan Central/Canada Southern wood boxcars that operated from 1880 to the early 1940's. There are a couple of NYC and MCRR wood boxcar kits from Silver Crash Car Works that are correct, but appear to be no longer available. Clover House offers a dry transfer to cover these cars. The set number is #7568-01 and is available in N, HO, S and O scales.

 

 


 

Flat Cars

CASO 482859

HO scale: Nearly exact match: Railworks Rutland flat car. The Railworks model is close to being correct, though the shape of the stake pockets and the positions of the grab irons on the sides and ends of the car and not exact matches. The closest plastic model is the Athearn 40' flat car. The only major change required is to remove the end brakewheel stand and replace it with a simple upright brakewheel. This will give you a fairly reasonable model with little effort. Style of the stake pockets and the location of the grab irons will also need to be looked at if you want a more accurate model. Red Caboose kit may be higher quality than the Athearn car, but has the wrong number of side stake pockets. Red Caboose offers RR-32325 lettered for Canada Southern.

O scale: Though not 100% correct, the old Atlas car or the currently available Red Caboose flat could be used with CDS Lettering dry transfers for the lettering.

Dry transfer lettering set: CDS Lettering has set #773 available in N, HO, S, O & G scale - though CDS was sold to Ozark Miniatures in Utah - some sets are now sold out or in short supply.

Decals: Aberdeen Car Shops has a decal for the flatars in HO scale - CASO-8702.


 


 

Covered Hoppers

CASO 880155CASO 880151

There are two distinct covered hoppers on the CASO. The early cars were converted USRA twin hoppers that simply had new slope sheets and a roof applied.  The three later style covered hoppers were ex-NYC despatch shops covered hoppers.

HO scale: F&C offers the NYC Despatch covered hopper in HO scale A low quality kit was available from Eastern Car Works. This is a flat plastic kit that can be assembled fairly easily, though getting the ends to mate with the sides can be quite a challenge. The details and proportions of the Eastern Car Works car are not 100% correct. CDS Lettering set #775 is the correct lettering set for both styles of cars.  The early cars were converted USRA twin hoppers that simply had new slope sheets and a roof applied. These could be modelled using either the Accu-Rail, MTH or Tichy USRA twin hopper. Scratchbuilding the roof would be required.

O scale: F&C offers the NYC Despatch Covered hopper in O scale - just require the O scale CDS lettering sets to complete. The older USRA twin hopper conversions could be built using the Atlas/InterMountain USRA twin hopper and scratchbuilding the roof.

S scale: F&C offers the NYC Despatch Covered hopper in S scale - just require the S scale CDS lettering sets to complete. The older USRA twin hopper conversions could be built using the American Models twin hopper and scratchbuilding the roof.


 

Dry transfer lettering set: CDS Lettering has set #775 available in N, HO, S, O & G scale - though CDS was sold to Ozark Miniatures in Utah - some sets are now sold out or in short supply.

Decals: Aberdeen Car Shops has a decal for the boxcars in HO scale - CASO-8703.


 


 

Hoppers

CASO 3374CASO 68410

There are two styles of open top three bay hoppers. The 3000-3999 series cars were ex-P&LE cars and are 3 bay offset panel side cars. The 900000-922399 and 68000-74049 series cars are ex-NYC and ex-P&LE three bay 14 panel rib side hoppers.


 

HO scale: The exP&LE offset cars can be modelled with ease in HO with the Stewart (now Bowser) 3 bay offset hopper kit and CDS Lettering has dry transfer set #752. The 900000-922399 and 68000-74049 series cars are also easy to model in HO with the Stewart (now Bowser) 14 panel NYC rib side hopper. CDS Lettering has dry transfer sets for both the 68000-74049 exP&LE cars (set #753) and the 900000-922399 exNYC cars (set #754). Bowser offers both the 3 bay offset and 14 panel hopper car lettered for Canada Southern..

O scale: These two different cars can also be modelled easily in O scale using the Weaver cars of the same types as the HO cars along with the CDS Lettering dry transfers.

N scale: These two different cars can be modelled with ease in N scale with the Burford Shops cars - both 3 bay offset and 14 panel hopper cars are available already lettered for Canada Southern.

Z scale: The 3 bay offset panel side cars are available in Z scale from Full Throttle.

Dry transfer lettering set: CDS Lettering has set #752, 753 and 754 available in N, HO, S, O & G scale - though CDS was sold to Ozark Miniatures in Utah - some sets are now sold out or in short supply.

 

 

last updated July 23, 2017