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I tally 16 series of ~50' SS XA built new with wood ends between 1910 and 1924. Many had ends with posts and braces in the |\||/| pattern, but not all. All had door openings of around ~10' most were "door and a half" but some had equal-sized doors of approx 5-5. All had sides with Howe trusses. All but the first two series had 7 posts per side, the two 1910 series for the Erie had five. They were formidable monsters for their time ;-)
On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 11:04 AM, Tim O'Connor timboconnor@...
I was going to suggest the Rock Island cars too but you beat me to
But as you imply if that was the intent, then they really screwed it
But the sides do strongly resemble the RI car -- which was available
a resin kit from Rocket Express.
50 foot single sheathed auto cars with composite ends must have been
to begin with -- other than the SP A-50-6 and maybe the Milwaukee cars
were suggested I just don't know of any.
Rich, I'm afraid I have to agree
with Ben - there likely is no prototype. If someone comes up with on I
would certainly like to know of it. In my box car database, which is
based on thousands of references, there are no series that meet the
structural characteristics you list. There are 163 series of
single-wood-sheathed cars between 48-0 and 51-6 inside length, 68 are
built new, the remainder are series that have been rebuilt or renumbered,
or both. Of these only one has the posts and braces count and arrangement
you list: RI 262450-262799, built 1930 by SSC. However, these cars have
fishbelly center sills, Dreadnaught ends, a radial roof, and a 12-0 door
opening. I am sending you a spreadsheet output from the database with all
the present information I have on the 163 series. Perhaps, if you go
through it you might find a compromise you can accept or a modification
you are willing to undertake to the present model.
- I have an HO model that I assembled from a wood kit a number of years
ago but never lettered because the decals disintegrated. Looking at it
now, it's a nice car but it is clear from the 1955 ORER that the
lettering diagrams provided with the kit do not correspond to prototype
examples of this car. The kit was manufactured by Quality Craft Models
and distributed by Bev-Bel. Unfortunately, I cannot find a picture of
this model online to provide a link to, so I will try to describe the car
- - External dimensions: length 51', height rails to top of roofwalk
15', width 10'
- - Single sheathed with 'z' braces; 2 diagonals left of doors, 3 to
right; 45 degree corner braces at the top and bottom of the end side
- - 1 1/2 doors (6.5' and 4.5' width);Â staggered; wood doors with a
horizontal brace approx! imately mid-height
- - composite ends with braces in a 'V' configuration
- - Hutchins Dry lading roof
- - straight center sill underframe
- - K-style brakes with brake wheel mounted on a vertical
- Overall, the car looks very much like a 50' version of the of the
MILW 40' auto boxes (592025-593024) shown on pg. 99 of the Steam Era
Freight Cars Reference Manual, Vol. 1.
- I'd appreciate any suggestions on a reasonable prototype for this car
along with any pointers to photos and/or decal sources. The obvious first
question is whether or not the MILW had 50' auto boxes of this style.
Thanks in advance for any help.
- Rich Gibson
- Tulsa, OK