Re: Stewart C&O hoppers

Scott Pitzer

I tried this C&O 79000-series conversion a few years ago, but I was kind of sloppy with it and I'm not even sure where the car is right now. In changing the ends, I removed the vertical angles and made new ones, but I put them too far apart. The mistake wouldn't show up all that much except that these cars had a thick white bar painted under the end numbers (and on the sides.) The bar on the ends calls attention to my error. The purpose of the bars seems to have been to remind brakemen that more hand brakes needed to be set in a cut of cars because the roller bearing cars were more likely to roll away. (Another theory was that the bars would help keep cars on-line as much as possible so C&O would get the benefit of the better rolling qualities.)
As far as model trucks, my notes read:
"Old Pullman, with bearing caps re-detailed, and springs shortened (very tedious.)"
Scott Pitzer

-----Original Message-----
From: Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...>
Sent: Oct 21, 2004 12:10 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Stewart C&O hoppers

Schuyler, I looked it up and the offset-side triple is accurate
for C&O 79000-79999 built in 1949-1950 by General American. The
car has to have notched, arched end extensions, Ajax brakes, and
Barber S-2 roller bearing trucks with journal caps. I think MDC
was the only source for that style truck and it's not exactly
right, but it has the journal caps.

Were/are any of them good for the C&O triple in
the most recent issue of Mainline?


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