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I am pleased to announce that as of January 2014, Cumberland Model Engineering has begun offering limited production craftsmen kits of standard gauge models in F scale. Initial production will focus on wooden freight cars which lend themselves most readily to laser cutting. Composite cars with some metal structural components will follow. One all brass locomotive kit is also in development. Updates will be posted here and on the News Page as time allows.

Ordering may be done via personal check, money order or PayPal. Most kits ship for about $25 FedEx Ground within the continental United States.
For more information on ordering, please see the Contact page.

Freight Car Kits

Cumberland Model Engineering freight car kits are laser-cut from Baltic birch plywood and/or North American basswood, include brass and white metal detail parts, metal trucks and Kadee type E couplers (plastic Accucraft couplers may be substituted by request).

The Prototype Historical Information The Kit Availability Price

Southern Railway 30 Ton Standard Boxcar
(circa 1910)
  Length: 36'

From the mid-19th century through the end of WWI and the ascendancy of the steel car, the most common "house" or boxcar on America's railroads  was the ubiquitous 36' footer, equipped with trussrods for support and rolling on "diamond" archbar trucks. This Southern Railway design was built from 1904 thru about 1916, although later cars came equipped with steel I-beam center sills and needle beams. Our car follows the AC&F variation of 1905 with 5'-2" archbar trucks and Simplex bolsters. Lumber door is optional. My thanks to the SRHA Archives for providing an excellent set of builder's drawings.

More photos of the pilot model car under construction can be found on Aaron Rohyan's Flickr page.

May 2015

The second production run of this kit will commence sometime in this spring 2015. Production runs are about a dozen cars at a time, so if you want one, please contact Dave asap. (Updated 4-15-15)


Mower Lumber Co. 40 Ton Log Flat
(circa WWI)
  Length: 40'

The 2nd wood craftsman kit offered by CME is an F scale version of the 40' truss rod flats used by the Mower Lumber Co. (and its predecessors) for hauling spruce logs out of the West Virginia mountains. The same cars were later used by the Cass Scenic Railroad for hauling passengers in its earliest years. One prototype car remains at Cass in dilapidated condition; but when built just prior to WWI, these nearly 300 cars were the largest single purchase of wooden flat cars ever by a logging railroad. They served in several variations: With cast iron queen posts initially, and then rebuilt with wooden ones; as high side gondolas for coal service, and as boxcars, some even as camp cars.

More photos of the pilot model under construction can be found on Aaron Rohyan's Flickr page.
Prototype photos courtesy of D. A. McFall & friends.

Summer 2015

 The 2D CAD work for this car is complete and we are now in the process of turning the drawings into rapid prototyped parts. Two test builds have been  or are being completed with plastic RP versions of the parts to check fit. More are on the way. (Updated 4-14-15)


Southern Railway 30 Ton Outside Braced Gondola
(circa 1910)
  Length: 36'

Prior to the ascendancy of the steel car, most gondolas were essentially wooden trussrod flats with some boards attached to the sides by means of stake pockets--and voila--the gondola is born. The New Orleans & North Eastern car at left (a Southern Railway subsidiary) was a 1910 product of American Car & Foundry's Memphis plant. My thanks to the SRHA Archives for providing scale drawings.   Summer 2015 TBA

Southern Railway 30 Ton Furniture Car
(circa 1904)
  Length: 40'

During the wood car era, furniture cars were a special variety of boxcar which due to their relatively light cargo could grow to lengths more associated with modern steel cars. 40' was common; the Southern also had a 50' furniture car; but other lines employed even longer cars. The typical furniture car might have fewer trussrods than their standard 36' counterparts and were sometimes equipped with double side doors as well as a lumber door on one end.   TBA TBA

Passenger Car Kits

The Prototype Historical Information The Kit Availability Price
Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Business Car
(circa 1905)
  Length: 72'
My friend James McDaniel, whose fine scratchbuilt freight cars can be found elsewhere on this site, has asked for my help in constructing a 72' business car for his F scale, dual gauge outdoor railroad in northern California. So far Jim has crafted a spectacular pair of early wood frame 6 wheel Pullman trucks and an underframe for his car. Now it it my turn to CAD and then laser cut the sides and ends from 1/16" Baltic birch plywood. Jim has also given permission to develop his car into the first F Gauge passenger car kit.   TBA TBA



Last update: 14 April 2015

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