Re: What Is This Flatcar Load?

Bill Keene


Thank You. I need a few flat cars and this one looks like a good candidate.

Bill Keene
Irvine, CA

On Sep 10, 2020, at 2:36 PM, Bruce Smith <smithbf@...> wrote:


The car is CB&Q 91243, an FM-11/11A class car. The reason that Marty's blog had the prototype photo was that he was building a model. 

A resin HO FM-11 model was recently available from Ed Rethwischm and Jerry Hamsmith .

Bruce Smith
Auburn, Al

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Thank you for the ID on the load.

What I would like to know is … where can I find a model of this flat car? Or any info at all?

Bill Keene
Irvine, CA

On Sep 10, 2020, at 11:59 AM, Bruce Smith <smithbf@...> wrote:


I was pretty sure that these were not generators because of the additional equipment and the nature of the trailer. I asked over on the 1-87Military Modelers group and Jim Eager replied:

”Those are AN/MPQ-4 mortar fire finder radar units.  The TM for them is 11-5840-208-10. The power generator and other auxiliary equipment for them would have been on a separate trailer.”

To translate, these are small radar units used to locate the source of incoming enemy mortar fire and direct counter-battery fire to suppress them.  Neat!

Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

On Sep 10, 2020, at 11:29 AM, Bob Chaparro via <chiefbobbb@...> wrote:

What Is This Flatcar Load?
This is a photo from  Marty McGuirk's Central Vermont Railway blog:
Can anyone identify the load? Perhaps military generators as suggested by Marty?
Bob Chaparro
Hemet, CA

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