St. Louis Southwestern (SSW) "Cotton Belt" B-70-42 Repaint 1984+ offers an accurate 1980s era repainted scheme. In 1984, the SP/SSW was busy renumbering some of the SSW's B-70-42 boxcars into the 59000 series. Their new paint jobs stood out with a smaller but distinctive yellow "CUSHION-CAR" graphic on the left with the familiar "COTTON BELT" bold graphics to the right. Sharp-eyed fans will note the sans-serif reporting marks and data - this is accurate for this era of SSW B-70-42 repaints. This Cotton Belt repaint scheme features Morton crossover platforms, an Ajax handbrake and separately installed body-brake style truck brake beams. We've also applied the "3rd Arm" door hardware along the top door tracks to match the prototype. The accurate black 70-ton "Birdsboro foundry" Barber S-2 trucks have rotating "Timken" roller bearing caps.
Dimensional accuracy - designed from actual field measurements taken from the prototype car resting in Toledo, OR
Highly correct "true to life" colors
"Hyper-Accurate" lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
Genuine Kadee scale couplers
"Near-scale" draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side "key" detail
"See through" etched crossover platforms
Separate standoff door track details
Precision Stanray ends and roof matching these prototypes
Hydra-Cushion underframe layout and design including metal brake rods and hangers
Road-specific details for each scheme, including 3 brakewheel housings options, 2 brakewheel options, "3rd Arm" door part options, 2 different crossover platform combinations and multiple tack board designs
Beautiful details - wire grab irons and highly detailed "trombone style" coupler lift bars - no "molded in" plastic grab irons here!
Durable rubber air hoses
Our precision Tangent Scale Models 70-ton "Birdsboro foundry" Barber S-2 trucks with prototype-specific rotating bearing caps (four possible options!) and separate brake beam part (2 possible options!)
CNC-machined 33" wheels