Ted Culotta <tculotta@...>
On Mar 15, 2005, at 3:44 AM, Benjamin Hom wrote:
Rob Daniels asked:First group (8001-8200) used unpowered staff-type hand brakes. The second group (8201-8500) used Ajax hand brakes with the early hand wheel (use the parts from Intermountain) and the last group I can't definitively say, but I believe they used Ajax. As the earlier cars (8001-8200) received their diagonal panel roofs, they also received power hand brakes, not Ajax in every case.
"2) What type of cut lever (carmer, upper or lower bar)"The last group of cars built (8501-8750) used bottom operated cut levers.
"3) Was the three-lever system like the one on the PRR X29 retained, or wasAgain, the last group was different, using an ARA truck with cast steel sideframes with a coil-elliptic spring package. All of the photos I have of cars with different trucks show none with anything like the Life Like trucks (a 1920s type). Does Life Like offer more than one truck (that would be good news)?
Ben's comments were probably directed towards the models and thus, towards the two earlier groups. The last group of cars had always puzzled me. Why would the LNE build a 1923 ARA car with Dreadnaught ends and a Murphy roof when the 1932 ARA car was already being built. The answer I found was that the rolls for the Z-sections of the center sill on the 1932 ARA cars were not available in large enough quantities so they opted to build a 1923 ARA car with the more modern roof and ends.
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