The Chicago & North Western Historical Society is proud to announce its limited run freight car for 2017—an eye-catching Kadee HO scale model of CNW’s 3987-4141 series “billboard” PS-2 covered hopper cars, available in three road numbers.
In addition to the usual Kadee detail and quality, our 2017 Limited Run cars have some noteworthy features of their own: The car numbers offered (CNW 4073, 4115, and 4139) were not chosen randomly; instead, we selected long-lasting prototype cars which retained their as-built paint scheme (including original weight data) until retirement; CNW 4073 was retired on 9-23-86 (31 years); and CNW 4115 and 4139 were both retired on 12-23-94 (39 years).
More importantly, the car lettering is, in a word, superb. Kadee's art department (one of the best in the business) used material from the CNWHS Archives, such as the Pullman-Standard stenciling diagram, CNW standard drawings for letters and numbers, car cards, and AFE files, plus photos from many sources, to make the size, shape, and placement of the lettering as accurate as possible. Developing the lettering was a painstaking process; we reviewed and returned proofs three times for corrections before finally approving the artwork. As part of our commitment to accuracy, data on each of the three cars is slightly different, matching its prototype.
These models are ready to run. Postage is calculated at checkout. Shipment expected mid May 2017