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

william darnaby

Hi Denny. Good to hear from you. I have always used live loads for every
commodity and tenders. There are sound arguments for both sides and I made
my choice. There are roughly 150 hoppers in coal service floating around
the railroad that are of all prototypes (STMFC, of course) and model
manufacturers. Keeping track of removable loads for each would make me
crazier than I am. This doesn't even consider storage for the same. Now my
storage is coffee cans. YMMV.

Bill Darnaby

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Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 9:38 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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