Re: Reading "Speed Lettering" with Diamond Introduction Date


rdgbuff56
 

I will submit these. I hope they help!

Francis A. Pehowic, Jr.
Sunbury, Pa.

On Mon, 5/28/18, Armand Premo <arm.p.prem@gmail.com> wrote:

Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Reading "Speed Lettering" with Diamond Introduction Date
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Date: Monday, May 28, 2018, 7:37 PM

I have
built an F&C Reading Auto Box .I am seeking information
as to the correct color and source of paint.Armand
Premo
On Mon,
May 28, 2018 at 4:47 PM, Ed Hawkins <hawk0621@sbcglobal.net>
wrote:

On
May 28, 2018, at 11:12 AM, Bill Welch <fgexbill@tampabay.rr.com>
wrote:
Thanks
Fran, can anyone comment if this date range applied to XM
boxcars or was/is there something more specific for that car
type?

and Jim Brewer added:
In RDG Color Guide to Freight and Passenger
Equipment, by Craig T. Bossler (Morning Sun, 1993) is a
photo of RDG 109192, Class XMc. The car stenciling  is the
basic roman style, not the "speed lettering." The
caption indicates the photo, taken December 28,, 1974, shows
the car "still wearing its 11-56 factory paint."
The car still clearly shows the ACF builder's
stenciling.
Bill,To expand on
Jim’s reply, ACF took multiple builder photos from lot
4741, 400 cars, RDG 109000-109399, class XMc. A number of
in-service photos in original paint help to further define
the cars. 
Builder
photos of RDG 109056 & 109099 show the basic serif-style
stencils and lack of a diamond monogram as do in-service
photos in original paint of 109019, 109051, 109052, 109173,
and as Jim denoted 109192. Based on this, it’s likely that
at least the first 200 cars (109000-109199) came with this
scheme.
Builder photos
of 109300 and 109399 show the the
slant READING speed lettering & diamond with
black background as do in-service photos of 109320 &
109329. Based on this, it’s likely that at least the last
100 cars received the new lettering scheme. All of the above
photos show a readable build date of 11-56 with the
exception of 109019 that’s unreadable. 
Thus far I’ve not located any
photos in the range of 109200-109299. Given the photos
documented to date it’s clear that Reading changed the
lettering arrangement during the construction of these 400
cars in November 1956. It will take photos from the
109200-109299 part of the series to determine if more than
the last 100 cars received the speed lettering &
diamond.
While the
National Museum of Transportation has 11 drawings that
pertain to lot 4741, there are no stencil drawings to define
where the change occurred. Hope this
helps.Regards.Ed
Hawkins

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