Large Scale Central

Can anyone ID these passenger cars?

I’m considering picking up a Coach and Combine off FB Marketplace. The seller says…

Custom built laser-cut wood kit passenger cars. No manufacturer listed anywhere, but believed to be either Hartford Scale Models or Iron Horse Engravings.

Can anyone ID them and confirm they are in fact Fn3 product?


If they are Fn3, or close, they look perfect to replace my Bachmann Jackson Sharp cars.

I was chatting with TJ about these last night. I don’t believe they are commercial kits. Look to be more scratch built (No tab joinery). I think they are Fn3 renditions of Barney & Smith Car Co. cars like the one preserved at the Southern California Railway Museum. It was built for the Carson and Colorado Railway which was 3 foot gauge.

Thanks Dan. I kinda figured they were scratch built. Nicely done, not too much underside detail; good “Operations Quality” look to them. TJ is going to measure the length and the combine door for me. If they are big enough to look good with my 1:20 stock I’ll snatch them up if somebody doesn’t beat me to them.

I saw those as well. I think they might be a couple of Don Winter’s kits. I have a bunch of them (but only built the RPO). If you get them we can measure a few things to see if they are.

Thanks Bob. I asked the seller to measure the combine cargo door and the length to give me a rough idea of scale. I would have jumped right on them except the seller is unsure of scale. I have enough stuff that doesn’t fit :open_mouth:


i think these are scratch built. do not think these are Don winters either. the trucks from what i can see are scratch built as well. thought they may have come from the carter Bros kits from the Master Class on the other site but they are not. if reasonable cost i would purchase.

Depends on what you call reasonable! $400 for the pair w/local pickup only.


depends where local is i guess, but i think a very good deal, considering scratch-built, interior detail, the right couplers? may have to tinker with the trucks?


I had to go dig out my Don Winter RPO out of the shed. Youre right, I dont think this is one of those. Underframe and trucks are different

Dan, did he mention where he got them?

Yes. A local hobby shop. (They live in Oley Valley, PA)

Local is on my way to or from Ken’s at the end of April. I will grab them if I’m not too late.