Re: [Fwd: Cut lever and air line for PM Greenville gondola]

Mark Heiden

Hi Thomas,

Thanks for the response. What sort of underslung cut lever does it
have? Does it have a shallow bend, like the one on this PRR gon:

Or does it have a more pronounced bend, like the Detail Associates
6215 part:

Mark Heiden
Ottawa, Ontario

--- In, "Thomas M. Olsen" <tmolsen@U...> wrote:
Hi Mark & List,

The Greenville gondolas are listed in the book "Pere Marquette
Freight Cars" (Hundman Publishing 2001) on pages 113-114. It lists
describes the circa 1944 70-Ton Greenville gondolas that came to
Pere Marquette in series 18850-18949 and became the last order of
gondolas bought by the railroad.

According to the text, the cars were equipped with Westinghouse air
brakes, Miner Draft Gear, Dreadnaught drop ends, Blaw-Knox brake
and a Universal Pump Handle hand brake. It states that these cars
never modified and were two feet longer inside than those built in
previous order from Bethlehem Steel in 1941.

The photograph of the "B" end of the car on page 114 clearly shows
brake handle and the air hose mounting. The air hose and angle
cock is
attached to the main reservoir pipe which comes through a hole in
car end sill. A short piece of steel angle is riveted horizontally
the end sill just above the sill opening to secure the main
pipe. The cutting lever for this car is of the under slung type,
than the more common over mounted type.

In addition, there is a lettering diagram for this group of
gondolas on
Page 167. There is also a reference to a general arrangement
drawing of
this car to be found on page 170 of the 1949-51 Car Builders'

For those interested, the earlier order of 70-Ton gondolas from
Bethlehem are listed in the chapter just before the Greenville cars
there is also a lettering diagram for this group in the book. This
is a good addition to anyone's freight car reference library.

Thomas M. Olsen
7 Boundary Road, West Branch
Newark, Delaware, 19711-7479
(302) 738-4292

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [STMFC] Cut lever and air line for PM Greenville gondola
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2004 19:24:35 -0000
From: "Mark Heiden" <mark_heiden@h...>

Hello everyone,

I'm about to start building a Proto 2000 Greenville gondola kit of
Pere Marquette 18937. Does anyone know the correct type of cut
for this car, and how the air hose should be attached? I plan to
a Kadee part for the air hose, if this helps.

Mark Heiden

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