Re: Silver Fox Lard Company Tank Cars

Bruce Smith


In addition to Ed’s very detailed comments, I would add that these cars have some other detailing problems. Chief among these are the lack of the outward facing channel on the side sill of the car.  In addition, the brake gear is molded to the base plate of the center sill, not free hanging, as in the Walthers/P2K type 21.



Bruce F. Smith            

Auburn, AL

"Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield."

On Nov 15, 2016, at 12:18 PM, Ed Hawkins hawk0621@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

thecitrusbelt@... [STMFC] wrote:

The InterMountain Railway Company's November product announcement
included HO & N Scale ACF Type 27 Riveted 8,000 Gallon Tank Cars.
These are re-releases featuring new car numbers and will be available
next summer.

One of the cars will be lettered for the Silver Fox Lard Company of
Carlstadt , New Jersey . Athearn did a single compartment Silver Fox
tank car in HO scale and Atlas in O scale. International Models also
did one in brass in O scale.

I assume the Silver Fox Lard Company had some connection to a packing
house or a packing house district in the Carlstadt area. I've been
unable to find anything on this company.

What is known about the Silver Fox Lard Company?

And how accurate are the InterMountain cars?

SHPX 9119-9123, built 10-29 (ACF lot 1040) and SHPX 9124-9125, built
12-29 (ACF lot 1068) were uninsulated 8,000 gallon, Type 27 tank cars
leased to the Silver Fox Lard Company. A photo of SHPX 9120 was
published in RP CYC Volume 2.

Normally, SHPX cars having larger company stencils such as these Silver
Fox Lard Company cars were set up on a 10 year lease. However, the
Depression may have changed that. SHPX company records have not been
made available to determine changes in lessees over time.

SHPX 9119-9125 came equipped with KC brakes. The earliest Type 27 tank
cars had four anchor bands attaching the tank to the underframe. The
four anchor bands were typically located at each bolster and at the dome
platform attach points. Starting in 1934 ACF changed the design to two
anchor bands (at the bolsters) with a 2-year phase-in whereby cars with
two or four anchor bands were produced from mid-1934 to 10/36. All cars
of this size and design built after 10-36 had two anchor bands.

The InterMountain model follows the later and more common version with
AB brakes and two anchor bands. Hope this helps.
Ed Hawkins

Posted by: Ed Hawkins <hawk0621@...>


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