Custom decorated/bashed trailers and vehicles

Puddington Oct 25, 2015

  1. Puddington

    Puddington Passed away May 21, 2016 In Memoriam

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    One effective way to help set the ear and geography of a model railroad is by adding specific vehicles, trucks and trailers to the scene. While there has been a steady and much appreciated increase in RTR products available to the modeller to use, I have enjoyed creating many of my own trailers and vehicles that allow me to pin point the geography and era of my Puddington Valley...

    Here are some examples:
    Van Kam - a well known British Columbia regional hauler and Schneiders, a Canadian meat compnay - both custom decals and painted
    Pacific Great Estern - A project lead by outstanding modeller Tim Horton to create the identical Can Car van and decals for the PGE's small but important fleet of reefer and dry vans.
    Big Chief and Andrew's Orchards - two local line side industries that have their own trucks - these lend creditbility to a scene.
     

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    Puddington Passed away May 21, 2016 In Memoriam

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    Some more custom trailers and vehicles:

    Rothmans - a very popular tobacco company throughout Canada; I remember these trailers and have created two different ones. It helps place the layout in the 70's as soon after such advertising became harder to see as laws against tobacco ad's of all kinds became popular.
    Silverwood: Another "all Canadian" firm, a large dairy company ( please excuse a few backwards TOFC catches.... missed those when I shot these images way back when..
    Kraft Foods: Before the famous Kraft race track logo this is what their trucks looked like - saw a picture of one of these in a CP yard in the early 70's and just had to have one.
    Hinde and Dauch - The originators of corrugated packaging, originally from Sandusky, Ohio they set up shop in Toronto in the 30's and eventually became Domtar. Having worked for Domtar for years I have a Domtar mill and this little runabout trailer seemed to be a natural to have kicking about.
    Cherry - Named for his "Royal Highness", King Don Cherry; this is trailer that represents a lineside industry, Cherry Sporting Goods..... (it's a Canadian thing, beauty eh?)
     

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    Puddington Passed away May 21, 2016 In Memoriam

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    Still more custom trailers and vehicles...

    The Canadian Pacific was a early user of TOFC, they converted old heavyweight passenger cars into TOFC flats in the 50's and used custom pup containers like these shown for "over night" service between Toronto and Montreal.
    Feuer Forest products makes customer mouldings - several different vehicles painted for them help make the scene complete.
    An old PRR pup and original livery CNR side door trailer add some TOFC age to the scene.
    This resin cast bus is located near the Samuel Ridge station, a bus seemed a natural addition to a scene and before the availability of some of the new RTR buses, this resin model was a great stand in.

    Let's see some of your custom vehicles and trailers!
     

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  4. bremner

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    Nice work Pud!
     
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    Here are a Few I have done.
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  6. Puddington

    Puddington Passed away May 21, 2016 In Memoriam

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    i like that flat deck!
     
  7. Puddington

    Puddington Passed away May 21, 2016 In Memoriam

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    The little straight truck for a fictitious farm adds some to the illusion that there are more industries out there. A rare yellow band PGE trailer is a fun add on when I have a small fleet of them around. The BCR service van and tank truck - lube oil... honey wagon...? Your choice ! Thompkins and Granny Nancy are named for friends and family but look legitimate enough to blend in....
     

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    Puddington Passed away May 21, 2016 In Memoriam

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    Some more odds and ends...... Coil Industries, named again for a friend and fine modeller and Horton music; another modeller who's work I admire... nice to be able to add your modelling friends to your layout in a subtle manner. Canada Cartage was (is) a huge Canadian firm who's units are seen all over the place., as is Thibodeau. The WM dry van adds just a touch of outside interest. The CPR open roof van is a model of a "one off" picture I saw and couldn't pass up.....
     

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