Atchison’s Army Boxcar; History of the Knock Down Fleet

My latest restoration project is a former U.S. Army boxcar at the Atchison Railroad Museum in Atchison, Kansas. Built of plywood and really intended to last only a few years, this Cold War relic has survived for over sixty years, nearly 50 of which have been spent outside, uncovered, with …

Santa Fe 999952 is done

  Looking over the blog today, I noticed that I had never posted any photos of Santa Fe caboose 999952’s exterior in its finished state. So, to rectify that oversight, here are a couple of shots from September 2016 (the car has been done since then!)

Paper Trail

Like many jobs, that of a railroad conductor generates more than its fair share of paper work. Years ago, cabooses were rolling offices for the conductor and the place where much of that paper work was done. As is the case with any office, over the years bits and pieces …

Santa Fe 999952 Interior

Though covered with 30+ years of grime and filth, 999952’s interior was in remarkably good condition and mostly complete. All of the windows were long gone. The sheets of plywood in their place made the interior pretty dark and gloomy. Vandalism had taken its toll, and a portion of the …

Lettering AT&SF 999952

Lettering is one of the most important components of restoring a railroad car. It is also one of the hardest and most labor-intensive restoration activities. To me, nothing ruins a nice restoration like incorrect lettering done with the wrong font. So, that begs the question – how do you do …