Re: USG/Tichy Tank Car Articles, RMJ 1990-91; FPLX 1027?
On May 30, 2008, at 7:26 PM, Kurt Laughlin wrote:
Looking my files I have two RailModel Journal articles on
Kurt, the modeling article never materialized, for reasons I can't
recall at the moment, though I did, in fact, build a couple of models
using the Tichy kit as a basis.
Also, Part I mentions the "mysterious" Frontenac car, FPLX 1027.
Yes, USG-A tank cars were built by AC&F for both the Frontenac Oil
Co. of Canada and Nationales de Mexico - there are builder's photos
of both in the AC&F archives - but before they could be delivered the
War Production Board said, "hey, wait a minute, you can't send those
cars to Canada and Mexico when we have an acute tank car shortage in
the US, which the USG-A cars are supposed to alleviate," so the
Frontenac and NdeM cars were repainted and restenciled for Shippers
Car Line, the AC&F-owned leasing company.