Re: Flatcar planking - size of boards? 2x6 seems small

Greg Martin

Bob and all,

I am sure that the Stores Department were given a cut list of the cars types that they were currently building and those sizes were bundled and shipped off to the Car Shops at the time of production. If the car was cast as we know the F30a were, then minor adjustments were made on site. It really wouldn't matter where you started if you knew where the odd piece or two were to be added. I am sure the Stores Department would make any serious corrections in calculations (measure twice, cut once). I would bet that they were also pre-drilled?so they could be dropped in like a puzzle, at?least that would?the most economical way to do it, otherwise every car would be custom and that doesn't make much since... But hey , it might have been?that way in union?work rules, who knows.

Greg Martin?

-----Original Message-----
From: rwitt_2000 <rwitt_2000@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 9:00 am
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Flatcar planking - size of boards? 2x6 seems small

Bruce Smith wrote:

I too have used scale lumber to build decks and I REALLY like the way
they look. When I do that, I start at each end and work towards the
middle. With a few boards to go, you should test the fit of the
remaining boards, as you may need to sand down several to make them
fit. This small adjustment in several boards will look much better
than having a half board in the middle of the car.

You raise an interesting point and question "How did car builders place
the decking on flat cars?" Did they start from the ends as you do or
from the middle. I have no idea. To save costs, I would suggest that on
actual flat cars there would be an odd width board or two and that would
be prototypical. There also is the type of flatcar design where the top
of the body bolsters are flush with the decking so these cars have
smaller openings to fit the decking into creating the potential for even
more odd width boards.

Bob Witt

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