Re: Photo: UP "See Though" Boxcar 195220
Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
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The Wathers car was actually a copy of John Allen's design from the early 1960s. IIRC, he had two built to fit an Athearn 40' boxcar shell, and could change the body to keep his operators on their toes. If the ball rolled into a spring metal tongue at either end of the car, a light would flash. If the impact was extreme, the ball dropped into a catch point at the end of the track and the light stayed on.
Another funzie that was commercially available in the 1970s was an underframe with a flywheel connected to one of the truck axles by a rubber band. This also was meant to fit under an Athearn or Roundhouse boxcar body. Supposedly you could kick the car loose and it would coast into a siding. I had two and they not only didn't live up to their hype, but also the truck with the rubber band had a restricted radius, making the car was prone to derailments.
Let it be known that I got rid of these turkeys many, many years ago.
Garth Groff 🦆
On Fri, May 29, 2020 at 6:10 PM Steven D Johnson <tenncentralrwy@...> wrote: