More babies!

Tangent has just released a great new item, a 40′ hi-cube boxcar, sometimes called a “baby” hi-cube.  On the heels of my previous assembly and weathering of a couple of Hi-Tech Details 40′ boxcars.  (See post.) I decided to add a few more of these distinctive cars to the roster thinking that Western Warehousing may receive loads of appliances from time to time.

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I have purchased a few of these great cars.  I decided weather first the CBQ model (above).  The level of detail is phenomenal.  I also really wanted a UP model so I also purchased a UP Athearn model and upgrade it a bit.

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The Athearn model (plug door) is only accurate for the UP.  While the details are rougher, scale wheels, new stirrups and Accumate scale couples and pockets, make this car acceptable and provides variety because of its plug door.

These cars didn’t come like this…  This is how they looked after I installed the scale couplers on the UP model and applied the COTS, ACI and yellow dots decals.  I used prototype photos to suggest proper placement of the decals.

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Here’s after the first cut at weathering.

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After a little clean up, the cars started looking pretty good.

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The middle car is the Hi-Tech Details model.

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The detail on the new Tangent car is spectacular!

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I am very happy Tangent produced this iconic car of the 70s and 80s!  They will make handsome visitors to the layout from time to time.

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Evolution on the rails, it’s often faster than we realize…

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2008 operations at Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by C.E. Hunt

I recently wrote on how quickly Fort Stockton, Texas has changed. (See post.)  Today’s post focuses on how quickly Rankin, Texas operations have changed since 2008.

In 2008, Rankin was the home of Badger Mining.

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Badger supplied frac sand to the oil field before the boom took off.  It was a medium-sized facility that had a LOT of character.  The manager always wanted to talk high school football.

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2008 operations at Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by C.E. Hunt

It was served by the Texas Pacifico.  Below are a few photos I took in 2008.  It was an impressive medium-sized operation.

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2008 operations at Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by C.E. Hunt

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BNSF 407057 at Badger Mining in Rankin, TX, July 14, 2008–©photo by C.E. Hunt

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Lot’s of ATSF (BNSF) action operations at Badger Mining in Rankin, TX July 14, 2008–©photo by C.E. Hunt

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Private cars at Badger Mining in Rankin, TX, July 14, 2008–©photo by C.E. Hunt

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Texas’ Big Sky Country, Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by C.E. Hunt

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I prefer the ATSF cars! Badger Mining in Rankin, TX, July 14, 2008–©photo by C.E. Hunt

The rolling stock was normally BNSF (or predecessor) or private road.

 

There was an interesting cable operation to shuttle the cars.

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Today the operation is gone.  Across the tracks sits a chemical company that receives drilling fluids by rail.

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July 2016 scene at the site of former Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by B. Smith

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July 2016 scene at the site of former Badger Mining in Rankin, TX. Note newer chemical company across the tracks. –©photo by B. Smith

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Chemical dealer in Rankin, TX–©photo by B. Smith

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Close-up of chemical dealer in Rankin, TX, July 2016–©photo by B. Smith

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Today, if you see a rail scene you like, capture it!  It can look a lot different the next time you are through there!

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2008 scene at the site of former Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by B. Smith

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2016 scene at the site of former Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by B. Smith

 

 

 

 

Rockford Files and Railroads?

I guess an alternative title could have been “Railfanning through watching shows from the golden era of television,” which is to me shows from the 1960s-early 1980s.  Wait, before you say that’s kind of pathetic, think about it.  When you watch shows like Rockford Files, Mannix, McCloud, etc., you are seeing a slice of America from that era.  You see what automobiles and trucks looked like, advertisements, architecture and sometimes rail action.  A recent Rockford I watched, Gearjammers, Part II (second season), featured tons of rail action–a lone Seaboard boxcar spotted at a building, lots of Railboxes and SP boxcars, UP and SP bulkhead flatcars loaded with lumber and a scene at a dock where Rockford and Becker are hiding in a UP boxcar.

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The episode also had numerous scenes in industrial locations to give you a feel for what industry looked like in the mid-1970s.  There was even a vintage Taco Bell that looked like this..

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If you model what I think is the golden era of railroads, then these great shows offer you a wealth of information about how to capture these eras, from the autos, to the trucks and trailers, industries, businesses, advertisements, etc.  Rockford Files just happens to be one of my all time favorites, but there many awesome shows from this era.  (For another post explaining my use of “Golden Era” or even my take on “my” transition era, click here.  I heard a lot from steam fans on the post!)

Here’s another site that might be helpful concerning scenes from Rockford Files.  The one the link goes to, checks out the “Elmira” passenger station from that era.  It is reportedly actually the ATSF depot in Pasadena, CA.

So if you model the 1960s-mid-1980s, enjoy some good shows and help yourself capture the “aesthetic” of your selected era.