Re: Boxcar Underside

Larry Wolohon

I believe that the board was placed in the turnbuckles was to keep them from turning or twisting on their own, I.E. to keep the tension in the truss rods as they, the turnbuckles, could/would twist & loosen on their own. You can see some prototype examples @ Durango on the Durango & Silverton , on the Cumbres & Toltec or in the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Co.. Just look @ the 3 foot gauge former D&RGW freight cars, they mostly have these boards in their turnbuckles. I have put some of these in on some of my GN Trussrod box cars. For HO scale this requires a rather small cross section of bass wood & the truss rods to be open in the center.

Larry Wolohon/Former 3' gauge modeler

----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaron Gjermundson" <npin53@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Friday, November 2, 2012 9:25:33 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Boxcar Underside

I've seen NP truss rod box cars with boards through the turnbuckles. Usually a board just through a pair. There is, or was anyway, a NP box car at the Illinois RR Museum that still had the boards in place. I may have a picture of it somewhere.

I've tried to model it, but things need to be lined up just perfect.


<The board through the turnbuckles is an interesting detail I've never
<seen modeled.
<Gene Green

If seen that detail on both prototype and model narrow gauge cars although
I'm sure how common it was.

Jack Burgess
Newark, CA

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