A Life Like Proto 2000 Series model of a 1960's era 50 foot double door automobile box car from the former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad., a photo by Eddie from Chicago on Flickr.
I took this photograph last week, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club.
Seen here is my bright red Life Like Proto 2000 Series model of a Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad 50 foot double door automobile box car.
For many years beginning during the steam era, brand new factory fresh automobiles, were shipped by rail in box cars like the model shown here. By the late 1950's and early 1960's era, open Auto Rack cars began replacing these cars in automobile service as they were easier to quickly load and unload at rail terminals.
The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy originally used these cars in automobile service, and originally painted these cars in a typical "Plain" brown color scheme, with the corporate logo and their popular advertsing slogans "Everywhere West, and "Way of the Zephyrs" in slanted bold white graphics to promote their passenger trains.
The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad began using this modernized bright red color scheme in 1959 on diesel locomotives and freight cars, and refered to this as their "Chinese red" color scheme. The C,B & Q cars rolled along in this color scheme for several years after the 1970 merger that created the "New" company known as the Burlington Northern Railroad.
After automobile shipping traffic was transfered to open auto rack cars, these veteran automobile box cars were placed in to hauling general freight shipping service.