Cars! (How realistic cars can enhance the scene and evoke an era)

My friend, B. Smith, has some great cars on his layout.  His layout is set in 1990 and his cars evoke that era very nicely, even if a few of them look a tad old.  However, it was not uncommon to see a lot of older cars in rural areas in the US.  My slides from the late 70s and early 80s, feature a number of cars from the 1960s and a few from the 1950s.

I asked him to share a few everyday scenes on his LCN RR.  Note what a big difference his cars make in enhancing the realism and evoking his era. (All photos by B. Smith)

MP15 1531 pulls a PC insulated box car from the warehouse.

MP15 1531 pulls a PC insulated box car from the warehouse.

Two loads of newsprint being shoved to Republic Printing.

Two loads of newsprint being shoved to Republic Printing.

Employee vehicles at the beer distributor

Employee vehicles at the beer distributor.

Trying to beat the train at the crossing on her way to the beauty parlor.  Fortunately, the train is only doing 7 mph.  Hope she doesn't run over the railfan concentrating on getting his picture.  Somebody is keeping that '76 Caddy looking good!

Trying to beat the train at the crossing on her way to the beauty parlor. Fortunately, the train is only doing 7 mph. Hope she doesn’t run over the railfan concentrating on getting his picture. Somebody is keeping that ’76 Caddy looking new!

Looks like the boss has driven up to get the Bobcat out to move the ATSF covered hopper on the Lazy W Ranch spur.

Looks like the boss has driven up to get the Bobcat out to move the ATSF covered hopper on the Lazy W Ranch spur.

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This baby has seen better days!

These cars are made by NEO.  They are the best cars (1/87 scale) that we have found.  I have a number of them ready to hit the road on my layout.  We purchase them from American Excellence.

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