I will go through my modeling evolution by decade. In the '50's I received a Lionel train set for Christmas that my Dad would let me watch him play with. When Athearn came out with HO train sets, I switched scales. The '60's were the '60's. In the '70's Tony Koester was editor of MRC. He was singing the praises of "what if" model railroading and rallying as many to him as he could. I fell into ranks. The '80's brought modular railroading. I also did custom painting by the hundreds. I spent the first part of the '90's remodeling our house. Then I got serious, started building quality kits, and doing research for my layout of Mason City. Lately I've been involved with giving clinic's to promote your railroad, the M&StL. My major accomplishments include, Winning 1st place, layouts, 1993 Trainfest in Milwaukee. Having an article published along with several photos in MRC. Having the chance to meet many great people associated with the hobby. Clark.
Notes on USRA DS box cars CLICK HERE
Chalk marks on all cars, Sunshine models.
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These are the newer images added on 6/3/2003.
These are the images added on 4/22/2002.
This set of mages added on 7/22/01 and 11/11/01
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A Note about the M&StL Red & White paint scheme.
On the cover of Sports Illustrated's Nov. 11, 1996 issue are three Lakers centers. Saquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and George Mikan. George played for the Minneapolis Lakers (hence the name Lakers & colors). George was the dominate player of his time. When Schrorder took over the MStL, he wanted to standardize the railroad's numbering system and paint scheme. Because he was a Neb. grad red&white were picked for colors. A shippers wife Marcella Adams come up with the concept and designer Norm Hamilton turned out art work for both a boxcar and F unit. The first engine(411) and boxcar(54652) were painted at Marshalltown in May of 1956. The MStL on the boxcar was 6'10" tall, no other RR had lettering this tall. It was referred to as 'Mikan' lettering! Now you know the rest of the story! I don't know how many boxcars were painted, they did do all steel car number series. The 66501 hoppers were delivered in these scheme along with the 70301 cement hoppers and 71001 grain hoppers. Some older cement hoppers were repainted in '59. There were no others. By making that statement I will be proved wrong! Clark
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