Re: Creation of removable false-bottomed coal/gravel loads.

William Sharpe <wsharpe1@...>


Lately I have rethought my tender loads when moving SEFC.
Unless you can always proclaim that the locomotive has just left a servicing
facility as I cannot, then the tender coal load will be somewhat depleted.
In the past I always brimmed my tender loads. Of late I model with less is
better. You can then weather inside the tender coal hopper and your build
up job need not be as extensive. In viewing many steam hauled freight car
consists I see that the tender shows less tender coal than most modeler
choose to model.


William H. Sharpe

Hamilton, Ontario


From: []
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 10:38 PM
To: Era Freight Car List Steam
Subject: [STMFC] Creation of removable false-bottomed coal/gravel loads.

How have listers commonly gone about creating their own coal/gravel/crushed
rock, etc. loads without filling the entire car with a fortune of model
commodity materials, or creating a weight sink hard to actually be pulled
down the rails? Removable is far to be preferred.

Personally, I have used shaped balsa blocks,wadded paper, styrofoam, and
fabricated boxes of styrene, etc., all of which have their challenges.
Although my question is aimed at a myriad of open cars, my particular
challenge at the moment is a brass tender with deep coal space and rolled
upper sides. This tender was designed to be used with, and will only be used
to lead not only just one Steam Era freight car, but in fact, in serial
fashion probably thousands.


Denny S. Anspach, MD
Sacramento, CA 95864

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