Recently, Matt (PW&NJ) & I have been talkin' Boxcabs: and lamenting the lack of N-scale models. So, we're going to build our own, and we'd like to invite one & all to our "Build A Better Boxcab" Challenge! We've set Wednesday, November 23rd as the deadline. Feel free to post progress picts & discuss ideas here on this thread, but please post photos & a video by that Wednesday before Thanksgiving so we can enjoy them over the holiday (or over that regular weekend, for those living outside the U.S.). Feel free to model a specific prototype (like CNJ 1000, above) or freelance your own design. Here's the Wikipedia definition of Boxcab for reference. There are many photos and references out there to draw upon. A simple Google Images search for "Boxcab" results in hundreds of photos, including drawings with measurements: S. Berliner, III has a great site with many detailed photos of CNJ 1000 and others. A working, motorized model is the goal, though dummies will be treated accordingly DC or DCC is fine: whatever works on your layout! Matt & I have thrown around ideas for the mechanism / chassis (outer-axle to outer-axle given in scale feet): Kato 11-105 (23') Kato NW2 (29 1/2') BMann 44 Tonner (25') BMann 70 Tonner (26') So it might just depend on what size boxcab you're building or what you have available. I'm sure others have good ideas, too. Well, the line in the sand is drawn, the gloves have slapped the faces, the triple-dog dares have been dealt out. I, for one, am excited to be able to show off a home-built boxcab to family & friends for the holidays. Feel free to join in! Lookin' forward to seeing some boxcab beauties in November!