Based on a successful use of mock-ups during this week’s operating sessions, I’ve decided that I want to add waybill boxes to the layout at St. Williams and Port Rowan. I want to create replicas of the boxes mounted on many CNR stations, where agents and train crews could safety exchange these important documents even when nobody was on duty in the depot.
My friend Chris Abbott is keen to put his wood-working skills to use so I’ll let him tackle the boxes, which I will mount on the fascia in front of each station.
But – I need detail photos of the boxes: Something that shows the arrangement of hardware would be ideal. I have been looking through my collection of books related to the CNR, and while I have found many examples of station photos where one can see the box, close-up shots of the boxes themselves continue to elude me. Online searches have also proven fruitless, although they did turn up a couple of excellent photos of Southern Pacific bill boxes on Tony Thompson‘s blog, Modeling the SP.
So… a request: If you know of a suitable photo of a CNR waybill box, can you let me know in the comments section? If you have a CNR waybill box and can photograph it for me, that would be equally awesome.
Thanks in advance!