Re: circa 1946 freight car images


A color photo of these two has made the rounds before.




Brian Ehni



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Date: Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 2:12 PM
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] circa 1946 freight car images


The second handhold on the left end of the car sides became a practice in the early 1930s.


I model 1926 and I need to remove the second handhold detail from many resin and plastic models.



Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN



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And wouldn't that be a violation of the Safety Appliance regulations of the 1920's ??

I am amazed - thanks for pointing that out. The shop date is clear - dated 1950.

On 4/5/2020 2:14 PM, John Larkin via wrote:

For a fan of details, note the single handhold on the first car versus the double handhold on the second.  These are two otherwise similar (in gross detail) cars and the picture is a great way to show the sometimes minor differences off.


John Larkin


On Saturday, April 4, 2020, 11:49:12 PM CDT, john oseida via <xseinc@...> wrote:



There was a recently concluded eBay listing that had a number of images that might be of interest to the group including one of those not often photographed poultry cars:



Eight (8) b&w negatives of Vintage Freight Cars (PFE & Western Union inc...

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John Oseida

Oakville, ON



On Saturday, April 4, 2020, 2:06:52 p.m. EDT, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:



Thanks Drew for the clarification. I'd love to see this done. It seems to be an
almost forgotten art at least for HO models.

On 4/4/2020 11:35 AM, Drew wrote:


   I worked in a prototype model during my high school years. We used lost wax a few times. First a master is made and a mold made off that master, the mold was usually RTV rubber. Wax was poured in to that mold to make a second master which did shrink a bit. That wax master was then placed in foundry sand and hot metal poured in to the sand mold. The wax melted/vaporized and metal took its place, hence the name lost wax. It's been 20 years since I last did that but I do recall there was a bit of shrinkage in each step.

Drew Marshall in Philly, PA

Modeling the pre-Depression years.

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On Apr 4, 2020, at 09:15, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

As I recall, all Cal-Scale detail components were OVERSIZE because they were used
for lost wax casting! In that process the plastic parts are for the molds and are
destroyed in the casting process, and the shrinkage produces parts that are closer
to scale.

Or am I wrong? :-)

Tim O'Connor


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Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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