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    Default Review - Athearn 40' Pfaudler Milk Car

    Boy, sometimes you really have to be on your toes with N scale releases, or you'll miss them! Such was the case with this offering from Athearn, and in 3 numbers of my favorite road, Soo Line.

    The Milk Car. Ubiquitous staple of pumpkin lines of any railroad, particularly in the Upper Midwest and especially America's Dairyland, Wisconsin. In fact, most branch line mixed trains were commonly known as 'the milk train' by locals, because of the presence of these cars on the head end. I often heard of my parents and grandparents talking about having to take 'the milk train' here or there, which meant a long day on the train, to go a distance not compensatory with the time spent.

    Athearn has offered the 50' version for some time - though not in my roadname. I had to custom paint a 50' express reefer in Soo to do the "powered reefer" project using Randgust's kit. The 40' seems new to me.

    MB Klein was out of stock with these, but I found one on Ebay. The detail and paint are first rate. It came with knuckle couplers and the wheels were right in gauge, which was nice. The car seems a tad light...I didn't weigh it...but it tracks the rails flawlessly.

    I put together a small mixed train behind a tired looking Pacific, with this right behind the tender and it was like being transported back in time! Great job, Athearn!


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    Quote Originally Posted by P-LineSoo View Post
    I put together a small mixed train behind a tired looking Pacific,
    As the saying goes: No picture, didn't happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    As the saying goes: No picture, didn't happen
    Where's Moose?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Where's Moose?????
    Oh Oh... do we need to start another thread?

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    Ok... photographic proof! Milk Car, 30 foot caboose and MOUNTAIN.
    mountain.jpg

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    That looks nice. I like the river too.

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    Thanks. I just noticed that there's a big pine needle in the river. Darn things get everywhere.

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    I thought it looked quit good as driftwood

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    As a Wisconsinite, I approve of this milk car.

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    Weird. The "Thanks" button doesn't show up for me on Benjamin05's post. So "Thanks", fellow "Sconnie"! Where ya from an' so?

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    Had picked up one these milk cars a few years ago to do some small modifications and redecorate to make it into a Chateau Martin wine tank car. Just need to get some appropriate decals sourced.
    JERSEY CENTRAL LINES -- Road of the Friendly Trains

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-LineSoo View Post
    Weird. The "Thanks" button doesn't show up for me on Benjamin05's post. So "Thanks", fellow "Sconnie"! Where ya from an' so?
    Cannot thank new users I believe -- not sure why...

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-LineSoo View Post
    Weird. The "Thanks" button doesn't show up for me on Benjamin05's post. So "Thanks", fellow "Sconnie"! Where ya from an' so?
    It might be because this account is a day old. I had to make a new account after my 4ish year Nscale hiatus. I had hacking problems with my old email that it was connected to.

    Anywho, I'm around the Janesville area.

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    I'm up nort from you, about 10 mi N. of Montello. Or 15 mi E of Westfield, which is on I-39. Both of which were old P-Line stops.

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    Now if only Athearn would release their 50' express reefer in this livery!

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