The Oak Park Society of Model Engineers H.O Scale Model Railroad Club. Oak Park Illinois USA. May 2011., a photo by Eddie from Chicago on Flickr.
I took this photo recently, at The Oak Park Society of Model Engineers H.O Scale Model Railroad Club.
During the mid 1960's, traditional North American railroads, had decided that for safety reasons, roofwalks on top of box cars and high mounted brake wheels would be outlawed.
During this period of retooling and modernization during the 1960's and early 1970's, many older traditional railroad box cars were rebuilt with low mounted brake wheels, and roofwalks removed.
The former Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad was one of those railroads that did this. On any given day at the A,T & S,F Corwith Yard in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood, rebuilt 40 foot box cars with newer and more modern advertising graphics could be found.
This Athearn H.O Scale model, is a fine example in miniature of a once everday sight I had witnessed while attending Curie High School in Chicago from 1977 to 1981.