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A GIFT FOR THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE B&M OPERATORS

by Webmaster on July 8th, 2013
Mike Costello recently became the newest member of the B&M Operators. He is currently building a rather large railroad with a Guilford theme.
I was pretty sure that I had an Athearn “Blue Box” Wide Vision Caboose kit around, so I thought it would make a nice project for me and a nice gift for our newest members railroad. After a short time, I finally located the kit behind some other stuff.
As we know, Guilford absorbed the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, the Delaware & Hudson and, last but certainly not least, the Springfield Terminal. A little research yielded two photos of Delaware & Hudson 35714. One was an Atlas model and the other, rather blurry, showed the actual 35714 at the end of a train.
Without any definitive information, I decided on Tru Color Guilford Orange. No one, to my knowledge makes Guilford caboose decals, but the small G in MicroScale’s diesel set looked as if it would work.
After painting, I added some weight, a toilet dump pipe and fabricated new end railings from .025 and .020 styrene rod. To my surprise, I learned that Athearn (still) offered a window set for this caboose, so I ordered one and installed it. KaDee couplers and metal wheel sets completed the project.
Ironically, the real 37514 was burned out at Fort Edward, NY, due to a stove fire.
I hope to present this latest effort to Mike at our next operating session.
Enjoy, Mike!
Don Howd
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