Just for the record, there were carmer uncoupling levers still in use
in the mid to late 1970's, I pull a few of those pins while switching.
--- In STMFC@..., Richard Hendrickson <rhendrickson@...>
On Jul 8, 2007, at 8:53 PM, Brian J Carlson wrote:
I was reviewing the photos in RPC #2 and Kaminski's ACF Tank cars
tonight and noticed something I hadn't seen before. The cars in
have three different uncoupling levers depending on when they
constructed. Cars built up through approximately Jan 1931 had
levers, from 1931 to the late 30's top operated levers were
starting around 1937 bottom operated levers were installed. I
has any better data on these changes?
The cars I am modeling came from lots 1629 and 2355 so base on
bottom operated levers are required. I'm wondering if the Carmer
operated lots would have been changed later in life? I'm
answerBrian, it would depend on whether their couplers were later
with bottom-operated type Es, in which case bottom-operated rotary
uncoupling mechanisms would have been required. AC&F continued to
Carmer levers long after most other car owners stopped doing so; in
fact, some railroads that got USRA cars from the feds during WW I
disliked the Carmer levers so much that they replaced them in the
with top-operated rotary uncouplers.
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