Re: Modeling possibilities?



The vertical shaft hand brake, except for removeable wheels and shafts on drop-end gons, dissappeared from (replaced by the "new" gear and chain with horizontal shaft wheels) on new C&O hops and gons in the mid-30s. You can still find vertical shaft FCs in mainline service into the late-fifties . . . . example: repainted C&O LCL Svc blue and yellow boxes in 1957 still had vertical hand brakes.

I'm not sure if the AAR made the gear-type hand brake "standard for new" in 1934?

Al Kresse

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From: Bruce Smith <>

On Feb 28, 2008, at 11:07 AM, J. W. wrote:

Hi Steam Era Friends,

On a similar subject regarding gons, why is it that
the feature distinguishing steam-era freight cars from
modern era seems to be the long vertical brake wheel
shafting as opposed to the short horizontal brake
wheel shaft seen on modern freight cars?
The practice of building cars with vertical wheel (horizontal shaft)
power hand brakes began well before WWII. Thus, I'm not sure that
your claim that this feature distinguishing "modern" from steam era
freight cars is supportable unless you define the "modern era" as
post 1930 or so <G>. That said, the NYC car featured in your link,
with an apparent build date of 1944, appears to be a bit of an
anachronism, even when built!


Bruce F. Smith
Auburn, AL

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