Saturday, March 8, 2014

Great News: Pte. St. Charles Van (Finally) Coming Out in Plastic

Great news for those who model CN: The Pointe St. Charles van (caboose) is finally coming out in plastic in HO scale.

The announcement by True LineTrains will be welcome news for many after the roller coaster ride of the past few years that was caused by the company-that-cannot-be-named (CTCBN).

(For those who don’t know, the CTCBN was a Canadian business that promised to bring out this unique Canadian model in plastic, took deposits for pre-orders, then went out of business. The owner disappeared, as did all the pre-order money.)

Since that time, there have been fervent hopes that another manufacturer might pick up this project. Well, today those wishes have come true.

The most information about this project can be found on the Pacific Western Rail Systems website.  

According to PWRS, the van will be brought out in a variety of schemes: CN, Alaska, Central Manitoba, 
New Bunswick Southern, Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia—and even Greater Winnipeg Water District.

The Pte. St. Charles van is named after the CN shop that built them between 1970-77.

The vans were built from old 40-foot boxcars. The boxcars were stripped down to the frame and trucks, and then built back up from there. In addition to CN, they were acquired by various other railways.

The cost of the vans is advertised as $84.99.


  1. I used to have one of these in brass back when they were new. BTW the website is Pacific Western Railway Systems.

  2. Indeed, you are right CJ--guess I this prairie boy just couldn't bring himself to write the word "Pacific," considering the kind of winter we've had.