- I've put off building mine as well. The protoype Duryea
underframe imposes some major appearance changes on the model. Even
a resin conversion kit (yet not produced for a 50 foot car, much
less this one) does not change the annoying cross bearer changes
needed on the model shell. Research Bob Witt has been doing on
Duryea patents shows that Duryea underframes evolved significantly
over time. One size or one era does not fit all.
- In 1954, GATX built some 50-foot lease boxcars for itself (green
with a big diagonal yellow stripe) with Duryea underframes. At
least PRR and B&O availed themselves of some. These cars were more
likely to be the last new Duryea underfames built.
- Very captive. B&O used these in auto parts service, they were
tied to particular pairs of auto plants. By the road number. There
were also a multitude of subclasses based on the fixturing and racks
- Having seen some parts lists for B&O freight car orders, B&O
spread their parts business around. Trucks, journals, running
boards, brake hangers, .... many parts were all split between
vendors. If you see one M-61 with a Morton running board, it
doesn't mean they all had them. Half could have had Ajax.
Sometimes this seems to be A-B testing (let's see which is best).
Mostly it is shipper schmoozing and recipriocity. The B&O traffic
salesmen don't want an icy reception from Morton when they call, or
come away empty handed thereupon, just because B&O has been buying
all Ajax running boards lately.
--- In STMFC@..., "mopacfirst" <ron.merrick@...> wrote:
soon as I did research on these I realized they would be more99,
and a couple of photos of similar classes on rr-fallenflags.org.299326, M-
61B, are 8' door riveted box, more or less Branchline out-of-the-box
except for Duryea underframe and Morton running board, and minorvalve
located under the left edge of the door? Are there any photosthat
show this better? And, are these just about the last (maybe only)captive
or, especially a few years after being built, were they free-