Thanks for the info. I'm still waiting for my MM issue.
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Now if the original article was in fact based on a prototype that had
brake wheels at both ends, how would the motion from the one at the
end away from the valve/reservoir have been communicated to the brake
----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Carson <mbcarson@...>
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 4:24 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Quesions about a depressed center flat car
FWIW, the MR article on the depressed center flatcarhttp://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/
was published in February 1955.
The MM plans and accompanying photos show the single
reservoir & triple valve mounted on top of one of elevated
portions of the flat car near the brake wheel (the B end,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Garth G. Groff" <ggg9y@...>
Sent: Monday, 21 January, 2002 15:47
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Quesions about a depressed center flat
: There should be two sets of AB brakes on this car, one on
each end. The rodding couldn't be bent around
: the depressed part of the frame. This means there should
also be two brake stands. It is possible that
: some cars of this type had truck-mounted brake cylinders
due to the tight space around the bolsters, but
: I can't swear to that.
: At least Athearn got this part right on their 4-truck flat
car. It has brake wheels at each end.
: I don't know about TPRX, but if this is a real reporting
mark, it will be in the ORER. The articles in
: the Kalmbach book largely date from the early 1950s, so
that is the approximate era to check.
: Kind regards,
: Garth G. Groff
: Norm Dresner wrote:
: > As an excuse for trying out my new bandsaw, I started
: > the depressed center flat car which is described in an
: > Kalmbach book entitled "Easy-to-Build Model Railroad
Freight Cars" and
: > sub-titled "24 Dollar Car Projects from the pages of
: > Railroader". (This book is (C) 1971, a mere 30 years
old as I'm sure
: > I bought it soon after it hit the market).
: > Anyway, there's what purports to be a prototype "sketch"
(I'd hate to
: > call it a drawing) with the markings "TPRX" giving it's
: > CAPY 190000
: > LdLmt. 195800
: > Lt. Wt 55200
: > new 12-47
: > and showing a car with two two-axle trucks.
: > I have two questions:
: > 1. What might have been the prototype for this
model, if any?
: > 2. Where on a depressed-center flat car is the brake
: > I'd appreciate any information on this car -- or
anything like it.
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