Good news about baggage wagons

Don't fall off the wagon photo Wagon-01.jpg
(I won’t have to crawl around under this one to measure it)

As mentioned previously on this blog, I asked S Scale SIG forum members about sources for appropriate railway baggage wagons in 1:64. To make a long story short, I’ve ordered three kits from Port Lines Hobby Supplies. These are kits specially produced for Port Lines by Banta Model Works.
Banta Model Works O scale baggage wagon photo BantaBaggageWagon_zps4672c4e9.jpg
(O scale model shown. Click on image to visit Banta’s website)

After placing my order, Doug Peck at Port Lines emailed to inform me:

Order received for the Banta Baggage Wagon kits. I am presently out-of-stock on these, but I already have an order in to Banta to do me a special run of the kit, and he agreed to do so. I would expect to receive them within 2-3 weeks, at which time I will fill and ship your order.

Two to three weeks? That’s very good news indeed. Much better than “Sorry – that’s no longer made.”

(Thanks Doug – I look forward to my kits!)

2 thoughts on “Good news about baggage wagons

  1. Hi Trevor,
    Really enjoying your posts and the pictures of St. Williams’ station. Your attention to detail is amazing and your expert craftsmanship is showing!
    Had an idea that I would share with you. As a young boy walking to the station door I was keenly aware of the sound of the telegraph key. Richard “Dickie” Thompson was the station agent here in the 1950’s. He taught many a fledgling operator the Morse Code. You knew something was up when that key began to tap its’ staccato melody.
    When visiting Hyndman Tower on Sand Patch Grade in Southern Pennsylvania I always smiled when I heard the key tapping away. These towers, Hyndman, Sand Patch, Viaduct and so on were still connected by telegraph and the old op’s knew more about the exact whereabouts of trains then the dispatcher in Baltimore.
    My idea is that if you are going to have cow sounds on the Lynn River bridge, how about telegraph sounds coming from inside the stations at Port Rowan or St. Williams…maybe that boxcar in the siding is finally loaded and needs to be picked up on the way back to Hamilton?
    There are Morse clubs around who might provide you with a soundbite.
    The telegraph was a vital part of our rail legacy and fond memories of a different era.

    • Hi Monte:
      Great idea. In fact, as I’ve noted on this blog previously, I have a telegraphy practice set, so I could even have a friend who’s suitably skilled in Railway Morse tap it out for me. I know a guy…
      Thanks, too, for the info about Richard Thompson. It’s most timely. I was just trying to track down that name…

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