Nyack Dairy milk car in service.

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Blake, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. Blake

    Blake Member

    Here is the Borden's style milk car that I scratchbuilt in N scale. I was attempting to make a Borden's milk tank car but made a couple of mistakes that were not easily fixed (such as the sharp corners). I decided to start over but also figured that this would make a good "what if" model. Nyack is an actual town in NY state that will be lossely modeled on my fictitios Piermont Dock Railway. I will be building a creamery there that will be served by this car and a few others. I posted some other photos at:

    Other photos of the Nyack Dairy milk car.

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  2. Blake

    Blake Member

    Here's another.

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  3. Blake

    Blake Member

    One more.
  4. Blake

    Blake Member

    Helps if you add the photo.

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  5. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member


    That is fantastic work Blake. I can only marvel at what you've acheived - and in N-scale to boot!

  6. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Hey Blake, that came out great! I couldn't quite visuilize the wings when you first mentioned them, they look cool.

  7. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    That is one beautiful little model, Blake!
    Great photos too!
    :cool: :cool: :cool:
  8. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Nice work Blake.
    :D :D :D
  9. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    Bordens will be jealous.....
    Bill S
  10. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Beautiful model of an interesting freight car! Great job, Blake!

    Two silly questions, however: :confused:
    What the heck is the door for? (Never seen a milk car like this - not in Europe anyway.)
    Is there a (smaller) milk tank inside, which is insulated against the cold?

  11. Blake

    Blake Member

    Yes Ron. On the real car there are two 3000 gallon glass lined stainless steel tanks insulated with cork and asphaulted to the floor. Where the doors are there is a space that houses either a pump or a compressor. They could pump the milk of blow it out using air pressure. That was also where the manholes to get inside the tanks (for inspection and cleaning) were located. Some cars looked just like reefers. The ones with wide doors would also carry some cans of cream or cheese inside while others had a narrow door. Milk was a very interesting subject back when it traveled by rail.
  12. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Nice work Blake! My thick fingers twiddle in admiration! :) I like the "what if" story behind it as well. Clever!
  13. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Blake, thank you for the clarification.

    I never occupied myself with milk transport. (Perhaps as a Swiss I should have :eek: :rolleyes: :D ) But you are right, this seems to be quite an interesting part of railroading.

    I remember that I had a dairy on my earlier N scale layout - but I served it only with boxcars and reefers. I also recall I heard the name 'Borden milk car' but couldn't imagine wwhat it was... :(

  14. penngg1

    penngg1 Member

    Bordens Milk Car

    Plans for the Borden milk car can be found in RMC, April 2002 issue, page 66. Happy construction.
  15. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Nice job on the milk car.
    I'll bet there are are a lot of people in the USA that never heard of a milk car.

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