New Resin News | CNR 1929 boxcar, painted

My friend David Clubine at Ridgehill Scale Models* is very close to releasing the company’s newest S scale kit – a resin model of the CNR 1929 40-foot single sheathed boxcar.

This kit is being produced for Ridgehill by Pierre Oliver and his colleagues at Yarmouth Model Works – and Pierre recently shared the first photo of his test-build subject in full paint and lettering:

CNR 1929 in full paint

I have no further details about availability or pricing – that’s up to David to announce – but I’ll be sure to share the information when I have it. Meantime, I know I’ll be adding a few of these to my layout when they’re released.

(*Ridgehill Scale Models has not produced a new kit in a number of years and as of this writing it does not have a website. There’s a listing on a friend’s website of past models. I’m hoping that once this car is made available I’ll be able to add a new website to my list of S scale suppliers that I frequently use. As always, check the “Links” section on this blog’s home page for the most up-to-date links.)

9 thoughts on “New Resin News | CNR 1929 boxcar, painted

  1. Keith, When I get one, I will check it over against the NP drawings and let you know. I have some CDS transfers that would work for NP. Ken Zieska

  2. Ken,
    I’d be interested in the results of your findings too. I’ll mark this thread and patiently wait for your findings.
    Bart Hollis

  3. The short answer is these were built by three Canadian manufacturers for a Canadian railway, so they are not suitable for the NP car (or, likely, other US single sheathed cars).
    A quick glance shows the angled braces end before the frame on the NP drawing, yet extend to the bottom of the frame on the CNR car. I’m sure there are other differences, too.
    The longer answer is, we have fewer options in S scale so maybe it is close enough, whereas it would not be in HO. That decision is up to each modeller. On the other hand, the CNR had more than 9,600 of these cars, delivered between 1929 and 1931. They lasted into the 1980s and travelled all across North America. So, why not just buy one and paint it for the CNR?

      • Why wouldn’t we get that kind of variety? Perhaps if more S scale modellers demanded such accuracy – and then rewarded it by buying the kits when they are produced – we would have it.

        There was a time, not too long ago, when HO was where S scale is today. Those working in HO used to settle for generic Athearn and MDC freight cars with cast-on grab irons, painted in a variety of paint schemes that bore no relationship to the model itself. But some “rivet counters” decided we could all do better. They educated the manufacturers. They raised awareness of prototype modelling. And they put their money where their mouth is.

        S scale could have that too. Yes, we’re a smaller community than HO – much smaller. But manufacturing is cheaper now too. Resin kits can be done, profitably, in runs of 50. And unlike the HO resin kits of the 1980s and 1990s, today’s resin tech is as good as plastic. Properly designed resin kits are as easy to build as an advanced plastic model. (In fact, easier than some. I recall trying to build some HO Intermountain cylindrical grain hoppers and understand why the company started offering these as RTR.)

        As long as we, as a community, are willing to settle for train set cars with knock’em sock’em robot couplers and pizza cutter wheels, that’s what manufacturers are going to produce. As long as we ask for things, and then complain about the price when they’re produced, manufacturers will look to other scales for customers. I dearly hope that the CNR 1929 cars from Ridgehill Scale Models and the NSC-built CNR 1937 AAR cars from Yarmouth Model Works sell out, and quickly. Because that will encourage both manufacturers to bring more to market. Perhaps the next cars will be for an American road: Pierre models the Wabash, and his partners are American. Their HO offerings have covered Wabash, NP and ATSF prototypes…


  4. Trevor, I hope we do. Actually, I’d hope that S-scale might appeal to the RPM guys if there are resin kits to build. I’m sure the eyes of those HO RPM guys would certainly like a larger scale.

    But I might buy an extra one of these cars if I think it could be a standin. I’d think you’d like that…as it will help sell out the kits! FYI: I have more than two Ridgehill Fowler cars (2 for 1912-1915 Farmington and 2 for a later era) and I have a many Smokey Mountain kits and Des Plains kits (Fowlers and other). The new PLW MEC, NYC and Undecorated boxcars and soon pulpwood racks are going to look nice in my future Farmington too. So I’m doing my part to support the S-scale manufacturers….May others join in if they like the products.

    • Hi David:
      I hope you didn’t interpret my reply as a criticism. It wasn’t – not at all. And you’re right – I have stand-ins as well, including some i have not yet built. I will happily trade them in, though, for more accurate models.

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