Car Sides Archive

Amazingly enough, there does not appear to have ever been any other effort, anywhere on the internet, to digitize and archive the printed car sides that were once ubiquitous in rolling stock kits. It always bothered me that HOSeeker never included them. So, I decided to do it. If you would like to contribute to this project, and allow me to scan car sides from your collection, please contact me!


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Maker Model Roadname Marks Cat. No. Year Material Print Size
Laconia 70T Quad Hopper Alcoa AOCX 809 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
Aluminum Ore Co. Sawtooth bays. Aluminum-bodied version of PRR H21 hopper, 10 cars built.
Laconia 70T Quad Hopper Inland Steel ISCo 304 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
Longitudinal bays. Blt. 12-1917.
Laconia 40' Round Roof Express Reefer Chateau Martin Wines CMWX 120 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
Another Carload of Chateau-Martin Wines. Matching ends coming soon.
Laconia 36' Wood Sheathed Reefer Page Milk Co. NADX 1830 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
North American Despatch/Page Milk Co./Merrill Wis. Matching ends coming soon.
Laconia 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Bourk-Donaldson-Taylor Inc. BDTX 6204 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
A very unusual paint scheme. Matching ends coming soon.
Laconia 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Monarch Brewing Co. NX 3070 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
National Car Co./Monarch Brewing Co./Chicago, Ill./Old Times and Bull Frog Beer/Malvaz a Pure Malt Tonic. Matching ends coming soon.
Laconia 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Monarch Brewing Co. NX 3072 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
Same as above except number. Matching ends coming soon.
Laconia 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Columbia Soups CKKX 7504 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
Columbia Soups/Made by "Cooks Who Care"/The Columbia Conserve Company/Indianapolis - Indiana. Matching ends coming soon.
Laconia 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Kraft WRX 11153 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
Kraft/Cheese - Mayonnaise. Matching ends coming soon.
Laconia 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Merchants Biscuit Co. MBIX 3906 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
The Merchants Biscuit Company/Supreme in Flavor. Matching ends coming soon.
Laconia 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Peerless Beer NX 3062 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
National Car Company/La Crosse Beer/Peerless Beer/Elfenbräu/La Crosse Breweries Inc./La Crosse, Wis.. Matching ends coming soon.
Laconia 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Tivoli Beer TUX 5101 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
The Western Aristocrat/Tivoli Beer/The Tivoli-Union Co./Denver Colo./Brewed with Colorado's Famous Mountain Water from the Finest Materials Procurable.
Laconia 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Tivoli Beer TUX 5102 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
Same as above except number.
Laconia 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Tivoli Beer TUX 5103 n/a unk. embossed foil card 0" x 0"
Same as above except number.
Red Ball 1873 U.P. Photo Car Union Pacific UP K114 unk. heavy card (diecut) 0" x 0"
U.P.R.R. Photograph Car/J. B. Silvis Photographer
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Boxcar Lackawanna DL&W 45192 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
plain, no slogan
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Boxcar Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range DM&IR 5124 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
 
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Boxcar Great Northern GN 4273 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
 
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Boxcar Great Northern GN 4273 unk. unk. card (plain) 0" x 0"
Same printing as above, supposedly intended to represent a "plywood side" car.
Red Ball 36' Wood Sheathed Boxcar Pennsylvania/Empire Line PRR 76227 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Supposed to be a PRR XL boxcar, although Red Ball did not actually offer a kit for an XL-style car body with fishbelly frame and side sills. Most modelers simply applied these sides to a standard boxcar kit instead of scratchbuilding.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Boxcar Seaboard SAL 17888 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Orange Blossom Special
Red Ball 34' Truss-Rod Boxcar Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley (C&NW) FE&MV 5272 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
This car is an oft-cited testament to M. Dale Newton's advertised guarantee that he would promptly add ANY wood-sheathed boxcar or reefer to his catalog of kits if a modeler sent him sufficient photos and info to draw up the car sides for it.
Red Ball 36' Truss-Rod Boxcar Muncie & Western (Ball Mason Jars) MWR 1012 K139 unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Ball Glass Jars, variation 1 of 3
Red Ball 36' Truss-Rod Boxcar Muncie & Western (Ball Mason Jars) MWR 1022 K140 unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Ball Glass Jars, variation 2 of 3. Unique kit includes a set of door graphics printed on paper, to be applied onto sheet steel doors instead of castings.
Red Ball Carbon Blacks Covered Hopper Cabot Spheron CABX 21 unk. unk. card (embossed) 0" x 0"
Cabot Certified Spheron
Red Ball Carbon Blacks Covered Hopper Continental Dustless GACX 40116 unk. unk. card (embossed) 0" x 0"
Continental Dustless/Continental Carbon Company
Red Ball Carbon Blacks Covered Hopper Micronex SCNX 218 unk. unk. card (embossed) 0" x 0"
Columbian Carbon Company/Binney and Smith Company/Micronex Beads/Mean Miles in Your Tires
Red Ball 50' Wood Sheathed Express Reefer Hood's Milk GARE 809 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Hood's Grade A Milk/H. P. Hood & Sons Milk
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer A&P (food stores) URTC 23099 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Atlantic & Pacific/A&P/"Where Economy Rules". Duplicates number on Carnation Flaked Wheat car.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Blatz Beer URTC 23120 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Blatz/Old Heidelberg/Milwaukee
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Borden's BPDX unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Borden's Fine Cheeses. Note error in artwork: no car number. Modeler must find decals to match.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Borden's URTC 10213 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Borden's Cheese and Produce Co, Inc./Butter Eggs Cheese Poultry
Red Ball 36' Wood Sheathed Reefer Budweiser SLRX 1802 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Anheuser-Busch/Budweiser/King of Bottled Beer
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Canada Dry GARE 9104 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
"Canada Dry"/The Champagne of Ginger Ales
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Carnation URTC 23099 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Carnation Flaked Wheat. Duplicates number on A&P car.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Carnation URTC 23099 unk. unk. card (plain) 0" x 0"
Error of above car, printed without scribing.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer College Inn CIPX 104 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
College Inn Food Products Co/College Inn Tomato Juice Cocktail
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Coors Brewing ADCX 5423 unk. unk. card (plain) 0" x 0"
Coors Golden
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Cudahy Refrigerator Line CRL 8945 unk. unk. paper 0" x 0"
Cudahy's Sunlight/Butter Eggs Poultry Cheese. Note uncharacteristic style, possibly artwork acquired by Red Ball from elsewhere. Lettering and road number shared with matching Old Dutch Cleanser car.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Fruit Growers Express FGEX 31938 unk. unk. card (plain) 0" x 0"
Ventilator and Refrigerator. Note uncharacteristic style, possibly artwork acquired by Red Ball from elsewhere. Board lines are printed, not scribed.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Hamm's Brewing WFEX 1302 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Theo. Hamm Brewing Co./St. Paul, Minn./Hamm Preferred Stock Beer/Fully Aged
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer IGA (food stores) URTC 16817 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Coast to Coast/IGA Good Food Stores/Independent Grocers Alliance of America
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer King Packing Co. KPCX 207 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
King Packing Co/Omaha - Chicago
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Kohrs Packing Co. KOHX 2601 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Kohrs/Davenport, Iowa/Kohrs Crown Meat
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Land O'Lakes NADX 6337 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Land O'Lakes Sweet Cream Butter. Note error in artwork: doors are omitted. Modeler must draw the outlines on themselves, and add hinges/latch bars to taste.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Mahaffey Commission Co. MACX 3304 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Parrot Brand Potatoes/Ventilator-Refrigerator/The Mahaffey Commission Co./Chicago, Illinois
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer MKT GARX 52016 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
Ventilated Refrigerator
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Frigicar NADX 3054 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
North American Despatch/FRIGICAR. This represents an early experimental mechanical refrigerator. Car DOES NOT use ice hatches! Modelers may wish to add underbody detail for refrigerating equipment.
Red Ball 36' Wood Sheathed Reefer Nuckolls Packing Co. NPKX 101 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
The Nuckolls Packing Co./Beef and Pork Packers/Pueblo Colo./Pikes Peak Brand Pure Lard. Despite illustrator's joking note below ("Pig's Nuckolls?"), this actually was a real car.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Old Dutch Cleanser CRL 8945 unk. unk. paper 0" x 0"
Old Dutch Cleanser/Chases Dirt/Cudahy Refrigerator Line. Lettering and road number shared with matching Cudahy's Sunlight car.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Pacific Egg Producers NADX 6001 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
North American Despatch/PEP/Pacific Egg Producers
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Page Milk Co. NADX 1829 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
North American Despatch/Page Milk Co./Merrill Wis.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Pacific Fruit Express PFE 94358 unk. unk. card (plain) 0" x 0"
SP-UP, Ventilated Refrigerator
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Robin Hood Beer FBX 5300 unk. unk. card (plain) 0" x 0"
Robin Hood Beer/"Hits the Spot"/Fontenelle Brewing Co./Ohmaha, [sic] Nebr.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Scatena Bros. Wine Co. KTX 6003 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
SBWCo./Healdsburg California/Finest Sonoma County Wines. Printed with BRILLIANT SILVER ink, which will not reproduce properly.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Dry Ice Car Santa Fe SFRD 6004 unk. unk. paper 0" x 0"
Dry Ice car, class Rr-20, for service to New Mexico. Cut 3-rung sections of ladder stock and install overtop of black stripe below each door, and install stirrup steps underneath each (total 5 steps each side). A complementary pair of these sides was an added insert alongside Red Ball's Christmas advertisement in Model Railroader, Dec. 1940. (Copies of this issue with the sides still intact are rare.)
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer SFRD SFRD 16147 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
plain, no slogan. Only known Red Ball original artwork with grabiron markings.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Universal Carloading NDDX 8135 unk. unk. card (scribed) 0" x 0"
National Dairy Despatch/Universal Carloading & Distributing Company. Printed with BRILLIANT SILVER ink, which will not reproduce properly.
Red Ball 40' Wood Sheathed Reefer Wilson's Milk URTC 17500 unk. unk. card (plain) 0" x 0"
Wilson's Milk/Indiana Condensed Milk Company