John kit bashes a box car

“Dear Mr. Lee…

Thank you for all you do to promote this great hobby!

Here are some photos of a recent project…

I Kitbashed this little boxcar (On30) in about 1.5 hours today….

The base is a Bachmann 4 wheel caboose….

The project is very loosely based on the earliest boxcars of the Denver and Rio Grande… And of the Ewa plantation in Hawaii.











“Hi Al , not sure if you are in to real steam , but just put this compilation together, and you may understand from this one of the reasons we love to have a model railway.


I know what Dave means – there is something captivating about real steam. Some really nice shots too.

That’s all today – please do keep ’em coming. Beginner’s guide is here.

And don’t forget the ebay cheat sheet too. Savings to be made.



25 Responses to John kit bashes a box car

  1. steve says:

    Nice job John , I’ve found HO cabooses to be great for kit bashing in to ON30 cars and have done several both with ON30 kits and also scratch building into dofferent kinds of cars

  2. Lynn says:

    I envy Dave. He is obviously retired, has disposable income, and a very understanding wife! Good on you Dave! Enjoy everything that you have earned over the years and be blessed with good health and long life.

  3. Edward says:


  4. Dave Whatley says:

    That was a really great rebuild, I think I am going to try it. Thanks again, Dave in Savanna Ga. USA

  5. Bill Fitzpatrick says:

    John, Real nice job on the boxcar. You have shown that it doesn’t take a ton of cash to have nice equipment.

    Dave. As always, very interesting , entertaining, and well done. I’m always amazed at how clean burning British steam engines are.

  6. Roy says:

    Well Dave what can one say, great video and we can’t get away from it that as for steam live, we always be around watching these trains as long we live for. I always love them even when we go away hoping for a ride with a steam engine, any where as long there’s a steam railway near by. You take care now. Roy

  7. Paul Rodgers says:

    such fantastic sights and sounds.. Thanks for a great vid 😉

  8. John Reynolds says:

    Really enjoyed Dave’s video…
    Real steam in any size is wonderful…
    It sounds more “alive” than mechanical….

  9. Jerry Suits says:

    Dave–great video of real steam locomotives!

  10. Neil White says:

    Absolutely wonderful, fantastic video many thanks. It is as though the iron horses are actually talking to you, such sweet sounds. The smell is also out of this world.
    I love steam and I am part of a team restoring GWR 4253 Pannier Tank engine originally built 1917. 2 plus year still to go but the engine will run between Tenterden in Kent and Robertsbridge in East Sussex on the Kent and East Sussex line.

  11. Roy Pachkowski says:

    #60007 engine whistle sounds more like a fog horn.

  12. Martin Gliddon says:

    Great video Dave, thanks for sharing.

    Now that’s what I call scale running speeds….



  13. Al says:

    Terrific HD footage. Well done.

  14. Ian Mc Donald says:

    nice kit bash very technical work great job. very entertaining video will certainly go into the library.

  15. Julian Holmes says:

    NYM Video brings all sorts of nostalgia, emotions, what ever, back! I watched the last steam passenger train leave Manchester Piccadilly and again in Hampshire from Droxford Station. These preserved lines make sure generations of people can celebrate how british engineering lead the world

  16. Peter says:

    Dave, superb film. Spent a long weekend on that line in June, brilliant.

  17. Max Dosser says:

    John’s scratch building is an eye opener for the budget concious modeller.
    Dave’s video of the North Yorks Moor Railway is outstanding.
    We ( wife and self ) had the great experience of travelling on the NYMR train to Grossmont and back when we were on holiday from Australia and visiting family in Driffield and to Lockington where my G.G Grandfather and other family members were baptised in St Mary’s Church.
    I have a question for Dave. Why do your loco’s have small running lights.
    In Australia our loco’s have very large headlights in front and just below the smokestack.

  18. Dave Biddles says:

    Excellent ‘clean’ modelling _/ ( big tick )

    Video : Wow ! 1 – 2 – 1 scale video . . . . If only….

    Clean-steam = Welsh anthracite coal.

    4253 Pannier Tank out of Tenterden Kent
    Let the World know when your running as I’m up for an early ticket Please

  19. Andrew says:

    Great video, many thanks. We can occasionally visit NYMR and it never disappoints. I haven’t seen Sir Nigel operational, but it is even more an attraction having seen your video…and my wife is equally enthusiastic.
    Take care,

  20. I love trains of all kinds – Love looking and reading the articles you publish !
    Thank You

  21. david howarth says:

    In Answer about the lights on UK Trains , they are directional lights , ie red rear /white front , but not for seeing the way , hence only small lights needed , thanks all for your comments re the railway compilation …as a lot of you will know , my wife and I spend a lot of time up there on the NYMR …Dave

  22. Dave got me there…. “Wow, that’s realism,” I said to myself, thinking that Dave had reach the ultimate in modelling. Then I went back to my morning coffee.

  23. Terry Miller says:

    Dave–great video. At first I thought it was of a model rr layout and marveled at the close-up shots—then when I saw people taking pictures of people (and the train), I realized it was all for REAL!!!
    Nice going..

    Terry Miller
    Idaho USA

  24. ANDREW SCHYHOL says:

    Thank you Dave, awesome video, especially the sounds. Haven’t heard steam at speed in a while!

  25. john thorogood says:

    Love Dave’s videos of British live steam through the English countryside.

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