These are old Taurus Product Ore Cars and have been out of production for some time. I had built a number of these in HO scale so I knew they were just about perfect to represent the fleet of ore cars on the C&N. I have been looking for these online for a couple of months now and this batch just showed up on eBay. The price was a little hefty though, about $25 a kit and I really only wanted one. However, I don't know when they might show up again so I bit the bullet on this one and bought the lot. The HO version had enough material for two cars but the O version only has enough for one.
Eventually I would like about 20 of these for the layout but six is a good starting point. Since there is a very nice parts list in the box I shouldn't have any problem building the rest from scratch. This is definitely not a shake the box kit and I'm looking forward to diving in and working on the ore car fleet.
|These are definitely showing their age both with the browning of the paper and the typeset.|
|The last page of the instructions, the all important parts list! If anything is missing I don't think I'll be able to use that coupon though.|
|The diagram, also very important for future iterations of the fleet.|
|#2 in importance right after the parts list, the templates! I'll be sure to make some good copies of these for future use.|