Re: NP '37 AAR Boxcars

Matt Herson


While most of the NP cars were rebuilt with a channel side sill the doors on the unrebuilt cars were also tall. The bottom door track was mounted on the bottom of the reinforcement plate under the doors while on the model the bottom door track is mounted above this reinforcement plate. This can be seen clearly in photos.

As Andy mentioned using an Intermountain door from the 10'-6" IH car will give the proper door although the bottom track on the model must be removed and replaced to match the taller door. The same is true of the Red Caboose 1937 AAR car used for NP.

Matt Herson

----- Original Message -----
From: stefanelaine
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Monday, May 28, 2007 10:30 AM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: NP '37 AAR Boxcars

Andy brings up a good point. Wasn't the use of the taller doors due to
the fact that these cars were rebuilt with side sill channel
stiffners? The lower door tracks were flush with this sill and are
very noticable in photos.

--- In STMFC@..., Andy Carlson <midcentury@...> wrote:
> Matt Herson brought up some interesting details about the
15000-17999 series of NP 10' IH 40' boxcars.
> I notice that almost all of manufactured HO 10' IH AAR boxcars
utilize pre-war Youngstown doors of the 5/6/5 "Short" style. (The
"short" is my preferred way to differentiate the door's 3 section's
jpoint panel- a short is virtually the same as a regular panel, while
the "medium" and "tall" have splice panels readily discernable from
the doors panels).
> These NP cars did use pre-war Youngstown 5/6/5 doors, though the
splice panels on these NP doors were of the "tall" spacing variety.
Fortunately we do have a good 6' 5/6/5T EYD, a door Intermountain
supplies with their "Modified" AAR Boxcar (10'6" IH).
> Intermountain also has ladder sprues for 8 rung ladders for 10'0 IH
cars, unfortunately you need two sets to get both side AND end
ladders. The sprue does have some extra short ladders which could be
donors for the missing 8th rung for the IM 7 rung end ladders. (The
end ladders are 7 rung because IM tooled these ladders for the GN 12
panel 10'0 IH 12 panel boxcars. GN used a drop grap for the first step
on the car's ends.
> -Andy Carlson
> Ojai CA

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