L&NHS Limited Edition Models — Current Offerings

HO RPO/Baggage car kit made exclusively for the L&NHS by Bethlehem Car Works. The car, series L&N 1300-1314, was constructed with a 30' mail apartment and a two door express compartment making it useful on locals and through trains. The kit features cast resin sides ends and roof, numerous detail parts, and correct trucks by Branchline less wheelsets and couplers. Decals are included. The kits are available through the company store, $65 for L&NHS members and $70 non-members. The production run is limited. Photo of model built by Bob Chapman.

L&N Tool Shed, HO Scale, American Model Builders. Offered in 2012, available from L&NHS Company Store. Model by Dan Bohannon, photo by David Otte.

Bay Window Caboose Assembly Instructions
The L&NHS Modeling Committee in conjunction with a new supplier, Southbound Model Works & Decal Company has improved the kits for L&N series 1001-1199/6101-6199 bay window cabooses constructed at South Louisville Shops. In order to keep ever increasing current costs in line while improving quality, the kits include "basic" components only, resin castings and etchings. Member Rusty Evans has prepared an outstanding 78 page set of instructions which are provided on a CD included in the kit. The modeler will provide styrene strips, wire, and other basic elements common to modelers' workbenches. The kits, like before, do not include trucks, couplers and decals.

L&N Modernized Heavyweight Coach Kit, HO Scale, Combination core kit with brass car sides of L&N 2551-2563 modernized, smooth side heavyweight coaches rebuilt by the L&N at South Louisville Shops from heavyweight combine cars during 1946-48. Some cars remain in tourist service today. The kit is produced by NKP Car Company and includes brass sides produced by Brass Car Sides, correct length smooth-top roof, ends, top equalized trucks, floor, diaphragms, water tank, roof hatches and vents, and correct steam ejector air conditioning roof top unit produced by Bethlehem Car Works. Photos of model built by Bob Chapman.

L&N Modernized Heavyweight Coach Car Sides, N Scale, Brass sides produced by Brass Car Sides for L&N 2551-2563 modernized smooth side heavyweight coaches rebuilt by the L&N at South Louisville Shops from heavyweight combine cars during 1946-48. Photo of car side package to be provided by Mike Dowell.

The Old Reliable Modeler


Although nearly a year late, a limited run of Big & Little Woody HO L&N caboose kits are now available from the Company Store in Bowling Green. The kits were produced by Wright Trak Railroad Models exclusively for the society and were introduced at the annual meeting in Corbin. The price for the first run of each caboose is $55 for members and $60 for non-members. They will only be available from the society. Future runs will be a bit more expensive so it behooves you to get your first come-first serve orders in. The kits feature one piece resin bodies and cupolas, decals, truck side frames and bolsters and other detail parts necessary to complete your desired version. The kits do not include wheel sets or couplers.

The Modeling Committee has worked hard to provide these kits; special thanks go to Rusty Evans for his efforts with the producer to resolve production issues, and for his efforts to create instructions.

L&N Steam Locomotive Decal Set

Decals for L&N steam locomotives using the post 1920s & 30s scheme made exclusively for the L&NHS by Highball Graphics. Decals are available in HO, O, S, N, and G scales and include stripes, safety emblems and other specialties so modelers can detail according to specific locomotives as appropriate according to photos.
They are high-quality decals offered only through the LNHS Company Store.

Prices for single locomotive sets are as follows:
HO $9.75, O $16.75, S $13.75, N $6.75, G $26.00

L&N 3-door Baggage-Horse Car Kit (HO)

L&N Historical Society is pleased to announce a HO scale 3-door baggage-horse car kit produced exclusively for the society by Bethlehem Car Works. The kit prototype is L&N 1500-1519, 74'-2" in length, originally built for carrying racehorses, a business very active in L&N's home state of Kentucky. The original cars were built with plain bearing trucks and multiple window doors. The kit represents later versions upgraded with single window doors. The original car interiors included overhead water tanks with side wall spigots, troughs, and fixtures for applying horse stalls. Later in service life, permanent stalls were applied that could be folded away so the cars could handle normal express and baggage. Therefore, these models are at home on any L&N passenger train. Some even eventually survived for company work service.

The kit includes 3-D printed sides, molded roof, ends, underframe and details, 3-axle Branchline plain bearing trucks less wheels, and L&N script decals. Bethlehem has provided instructions which include one of their Branchline series coach sides as a template to align the 3-door sides. Couplers are not included. Supplemental references for the modeler can be found as follows through the L&NHS Company Store/L&NHS Archive:

L&N Magazine; December 2012; "Modeling Baggage-Horse Cars 1500-1519;" by Bob Chapman.

The Dixie Line; Third Quarter 1989; "Horse Cars;" by I. Ron Hoarse.

LNHS EQ3; Passenger Car Equipment & Diagrams; CD; L&N Historical Society.

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