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Hi Jim - yes, I agree. I firmly believe that the famous builder photo of
one tank car - which I think is WHITE, not ALUMINUM - is just an example
typical builder "white wash" of the car. I've seen many such
of box cars, gondolas, etc. Some even have white washed wheels.
CHAMP unfortunately took the photo literally and printed BLACK decals,
have been done in white!
I have one in-service photo of a car in a train wreck at Montour
Junction. I think
the cars were used for inter-plant moves, and not just
intra-plant moves. But they
were obviously in restricted service, and very rarely,
I was hoping to find a good 3/4 photo of a black car with lettering. I am
cars for a client and I have about 6 or 7 to paint for him. :-|
Jim Mischke wrote
Tim. I refer to the classic three dome tank car from Lambert
in brass, F&C in resin.
- Ghost Railroads X, by Wayne Cole, a book about the Aliquippa
Works and the A&S, has a photo of a three dome tank car in intraplant
service. The reporting marks are not JSLX but maybe a corporate
abbreviation, mounted on a plaque slightly above the walkway on the
righthand side. No other lettering visible. Tank car may be
bolted onto other infrastructure in stationary service.
- An acquaintance was a J&L South Works coke plant employee for
many years from the 1960's and said they were used in his day for
intraplant tasks only, they were black, extremely dirty, and he never saw
any legible lettering on them.
- I seem to remember that in their prime, these tank cars were used
to transfer coal car products between Aliquippa coke works and the South
Works coke works for additional processing. This would be a
P&LE move between the MonCon and A&S interchanges.
This service limitation may be true in part, might be folklore.
- Old information, the oft-published aluminum painted J&L tank
car upon which Champ decals are based may well have been a sample car,
not an in-service appearance.
- Old information, the University of Pittsburgh archives has a
image a three dome J&L tank car in a P&LE derailment in 1948 near
Corapolis, Pa., it is only a distant end view. Discussed on this
list years ago.
- Myself, I will be modeling a piece of J&L/MonCon trackage
adjacent to B&O's Laughlin Jct. I will have a couple Lambert
tank cars with little visible lettering as wheeled scenery.
Along with a short cut of ON/CN/C&S/P&LE hoppers in ore service
from Adams Lake, Ont., a prototype J&L unit train move between
1965-1974. Not a B&O move, either.
I hope there is something in this treatment that informs or inspires you.