Re: (many things to save "cyber-postage")
Richard - Check the glossary section for some freight car terms at:I'll try to find time to do this, but it won't happen in the next week or two.
Did URTX ever get Dreadnaught ended wood cars?No, but see below.
....Did they rebuild older all wood cars?Many URTX wood reefers were rebuilt beginning in the mid-1950s with 4-4
Dreadnaught ends and steel roofs, but they were much taller than the T-M
models, among other things.
When was their first all steel cars. (I think 1937....June, 1936, built by General American (who owned URT) with Pennsy style
flat riveted steel roof and ends and four-hinge doors that had latch bars
on each door half.
And is there any prototype for the T-M steel reefer?Sure there is. And the moon is made of green cheese. The entire model is
fictional, especially those absurd 2-2-2 (!) Dreadnaught ends. It was
designed (as you correctly observe) to fit the same mold base as the other
T-M house cars and to use as many existing parts as possible, so it's a
mish-mash of components most of which weren't prototypically accurate for
anything to begin with. In my kitbashing days, I puzzled for a long time
over what, if anything, the steel reefer kit could be reworked into that
would at least vaguely resemble a real freight car and never came up with
an acceptable answer.
Richard H. Hendrickson
Ashland, Oregon 97520