Rod Miller first brought this to my attention along with some pictures from Rob Adams. I purchased a car on eBay and subsequently another. The model has character and does match available drawings for the car. The tank size will stand out in your train. It differs from the Red Caboose 10,000 gallon and the Intermountain 8,000 gallon cars.
Several questions were asked about the model so. I decided to dig out the material and add some material to the blog. This is not the last word. I will build up my SCCX over the next few months. So more information is forthcoming.
This was a bit of a surprise to me. I had purchased several of the Lionel scale cars like the PS-1 boxcar, PS-2 covered hopper but was unaware of this car that was released several years ago. It is an interesting choice if not a fatal one. AC&F built a lot of tank cars in the Type 27 and Type 21 cars. The 8,000 gallon was the least popular of the Type 21 line. A few operators and lessors bought them I once spoke with the late, Richard Hendrickson about size popularity. He believed that the small fuel distributor had storage and product demand that fit this size very well. This fit a number of lines well.
The world didn’t end with their capacity choices. Several operators used a fair number of the 8,000 gallon cars. The one that fit my interest was the Shell SCCX series. They wore the Shell emblem in the 1950s and later. Shell had nice color accent on the basic black car body. Other operators were SHPX, CONOC and others.
The body is well detailed compared the Intermountain Car. The Type 21 is shorter and larger in diameter than the new Type 27. The amount of detailing you do is subject to appetite. The handrail is a bit heavy with oversized stanchion. You may also want to consider the full boat detail ranging grab iron replacement and a new underframe. I am going to build up one of my cars as a SCCX 1496. The car was part of a series of 1401 to 1550. Protocraft has the decals. You can get better stanchions from Wiseman Model Services (eBay retailer.).
This is my first attempt to blog since my recent surgery. Pain killer drugs can sure twist thing around when you are attempting coherent sentences.