MAIL CALL: Overland Models CNR Transfer Van #76617 – Custom Painted by David Browning.

It’s not often I post about anything ready to run on here, but I think my most recent acquisition is a good exception.

On a night not too long ago, instead of sleeping, I was cruising around through my PEIR files looking at pictures, as I often do.

I was about to turn in when I stumbled across a beautiful David Othen photo I’d never noticed before of RSC-14 #1751 hauling a classic PEI train consisting of three boxcars and transfer van #76617 at O’Leary dated June 1982.

While I unfortunately do not have the right to post the David Othen photo here, this watermarked photo of Van #76617 from the C. Robert Craig Memorial Library is from the same era and location as David’s.

The following day on break at work, I came across a Facebook post by Otter Valley Railroad of pictures of a brass estate they had just brought in and when I saw the green box with “CNR Transfer Van” on the sticker I thought it was probably meant to be.

When Hilda at OVR wrote me back to tell me the model was still available and that if I wanted, they could have David Browning, who used to paint for Overland, paint it for me; I knew it was meant to be.

#76617 arrived late last week, and I am thrilled with how it turned out. It will look great behind RSC-14 #1751 when the Rapido models are finally released.

– C

4 thoughts on “MAIL CALL: Overland Models CNR Transfer Van #76617 – Custom Painted by David Browning.

  1. A thing o’ beauty and rare to find. Well done. Nothing nails the CNR in that era quite like one of those transfer vans.
    In the city where I grew up, the CNR went down the middle of a residential street to reach a customer. They added a caboose to the job after one winter when the last car derailed and got dragged for a block or two, collecting automotive insurance claims to the left and right. This was around the time that the CNR was eliminating vans so it was a move in the opposite direction. But a good one IMHO.

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