New Resin News | NSC-built “AAR 1937” CNR boxcars – now with lettering

My friend Pierre Oliver shared photos of the finished sample models for a new resin kit coming for S scale enthusiasts. Pierre and his colleagues at Yarmouth Model Works* are making their first foray into 1:64 by offering two versions of their first S scale kit, covering some 5,700 boxcars built for the Canadian National Railways by National Steel Car of Hamilton, Ontario.

This is the early version of the car, with a flat roof and the brake reservoir located perpendicular to the sills:

CNR - NSC Boxcar - early - lettered

And here is the later version of the car, with raised panel roof and the brake reservoir located parallel to the sills:

CNR - NSC Boxcar - later - lettered

As I have noted in a previous post about these cars, the kits are coming soon – definitely before the end of the year. Ordering information, including pricing, will be posted on the Yarmouth Model Works website when they’re available. I know I’ll be buying a few of each for my layout!

(Note that unless stated, the kits on the Yarmouth Model Works website are in HO scale)

11 thoughts on “New Resin News | NSC-built “AAR 1937” CNR boxcars – now with lettering

  1. These look great and I am sure they would have seen interchange with US railroads so I will need a few also. You mention early and late versions, the roof and air system differences can be seen can you elaborate more information on build dates. The ends are unique, is there a story behind this feature? This would all be interesting information, nothing critical to the build of course. I will watch for the announcement on the Yarmouth website.

    • Hi Ken:
      I detailed a lot of this information in an earlier post. My apologies – I should’ve linked to it. I’ll edit my post to include the link… but here it is:

      More info on these boxcar kits

      These travelled all over North America and were basically active from the late 1930s into the 1980s in revenue service. So yes, you can justify a few of each for your layout.


  2. Thanks for the speedy reply and the link. These will add a unique spotting feature in my rolling stock. I note that Yarmouth offers other great kits, let’s hope a successful run of these has them consider other offerings in S.

    • Hi Ken:
      IF these kits are successful, there WILL be more in 1:64. Pierre’s good that way. I’m sure future kits will include US road names, too. And I know that any new kits will fill holes in the current S scale offerings.
      As for whether they’re successful, that’s up to the S scale community. I have seen the preproduction samples and they’re amazing kits, so if they are not successful we have only ourselves to blame.

  3. Great! WHEN these kits are successful we will continue to have more great kits. I am going to encourage the Pines and Prairies S Scale Workshop to make building this kit a winter project at meetings, perhaps we can do something similar at the NASG Convention. If the kits are available by the S Fest, Tom Lennon and I have reserved a table that is our “workshop” space, this can be a project we demonstrate. Thanks for getting this out in front of us!

  4. Hello Trevor,
    Beautiful boxcars with lots of details.
    A great addition to your layout.

    One question if I may: The decals on your boxcars are very, very nice, how is it possible to avoid “silvering” ?

    I applied different decals on various rolling stock; I cut the decals as close as possible and occasionally I get some “silvering”.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Have a nice day.


    • Hi Serge:
      First, a clarification – these are not my boxcars. They are the samples being built by Pierre Oliver at Yarmouth Model Works. I’ve had a chance to look at them, and photograph them, but that’s it.
      As for decals, Pierre and I did a feature on decals for TrainMasters TV. Membership is quite modest – I suggest you check it out.

  5. Hello Trevor,
    Thank you for the information.
    I am subscribed to TrainMasters TV, I’ve must of missed the decal feature.
    I’ll go and watch it right now.

    Have a nice day.


  6. Hi Trevor,

    Those cars look really nice, superb quality, fine details, and just look right.

    ONE problem, and I see this everywhere in S and O scale (even P48 !), and can’t really understand it. Why after going to all the effort of research, correct details, quality construction and decoration, would you then install trucks that have no brakes, and especially have little dinky springs that couldn’t hold up a kids wagon let alone the weight of the freight car ? Just kind of spoils the end product to me, is there anyone who makes heavy duty scale size springs, or perhaps use the solid plastic spring parts from old PRS trucks might work ?

    Nice cars otherwise.

    • Hi Cliff:

      I would say, “Nice cars regardless” because saying “Nice cars otherwise” is kinda blaming the car manufacturer for the trucks. The trucks come from one of the limited number of suppliers of trucks for S scale – and, frankly, we’re lucky to have any trucks at all. PRS, which you mention, has been out of business for decades. Hunting eBay for trucks is not a viable option for a manufacturer. And I would be loathe to replace the springs with a set molded in plastic (or resin) because right now, the trucks I have roll really nicely – and which is the worse sin? A truck that has too-small springs, or a truck that causes derailments?

      Naturally, you are the master of your own models: you can find a solution that works for you. Do you work in S scale? If so, how are you solving this problem for your own models? I’m curious…

      If the trucks really bother you, it’s probably a business opportunity for you. Design and manufacture them for yourself, and sell the others to offset the cost of your work. I’m sure that’s what Norm Buckhart of Protocraft did for Proto:48. Norm offers excellent trucks in P:48, complete with full brake rigging. I’m sure he wanted excellent trucks for himself, so he created some – and the entire Proto:48 community benefits.

      That said, Norm’s Proto:48 trucks are US$40-$US50 per pair. That’s just not for everyone.

      Plus, if you decide to become a supplier of accurate trucks for S scalers, keep in mind that those working in S are few in number. When we remove something like 80% for the guys working in American Flyer/ HiRail: the “scale” modellers in 1:64 are an even smaller bunch.

      The CNR modellers I hang with in the S Scale Workshop are a huge demographic within the scale S community – and we’re six or eight people. So, what trucks would we manufacture? And just how small would the market be for them?

      Meantime, I’m happy for the step that these new cars represent: If those working in scale S get a broader selection of prototypically accurate kits, that’ll encourage suppliers – maybe even you! – to create prototypically accurate trucks to go with them.


  7. Too little time and not enough choices anyway so the key is to keep yourself satisfied. In the words of the great 1960’s philosopher Mick Jaeger, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try…… Sometimes, you get what you need”.

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