Boy you guys are making it tough on me tonight...
So if you put a micrometer to the car you'll find that the doors out to
out measure 15.08 mm divided by .2917 mm (per scale inch) = 178.54 scale
inches divided by 12"= 14'10½"±, which is what it takes to cover a 14'6" clear
door opening IIRC.
This is why this car was so tough to seek out. Lots of cars with narrower
openings the IC had a car similar with a 12-foot opening... Change the ends
and there are more cars but again with narrower openings.
This car has a 5/5 dreadnaught end with square corner post and the SP
A-50-16 of course has W corner post. The Rock Island car has an inset
side sill and the SP car has a flush side sill.
We can go into detail a bit more at Cocoa Beach , but again the focus of
the presentation will be on the Rock Island car. It is very unique in it's own
right. (note to self call Bob and make sure he has plenty photos...)
The SP car will be a Spring build on the Shake N Take list as I am
planning on doing those ends as well at the same time and should have the
sample there just as Richard had me do for the Santa Fe ends at SNT
Much to do...
If you plan on doing the Rock Island build as an AFTER MARKET
member, and some have already spoken up, please email
me OFF LIST so we can make sure that there are enough
resin sets and decals ahead of time.
As Craig Zeni has said, "this is a very sexy 40-foot double door car..."
Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs
In a message dated 11/30/2014 9:28:37 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
Nope. As Greg Martin says: "The most difficult issue with for
me with this
car as a core was finding a car that has early Youngstown
Steel Doors and ~
14'6" ~ clear opening. For Richard that was easy.
Others have helped with
this project and they will be
The doors of the model are about 7 ft wide. Just for the
record, the UP
A-50-16 [ 500 cars built in 1940 and not the same car as
the SP A-50-16
built in 1947 ], has a 12 foot door opening. How does
this equate to a door
size [ 2 doors ]?. The UP A-50-19 has a 4/4 end
and a 14' door opening, 500
cars built in 1947. Just referring to the
car's end, a 4/4 configuration,
the SP A-50-16 is a closer match to the
UP A-50-19 which also has a 4/4 end.
The SP A-50-13 more closely matches
a UP A-50-16. Now, obviously there are
differences that I don't address
[ for example the UP cars have the
alternate center rivets