Re: Intermountain MILW Rib Side Boxcars

Denny Anspach <danspach@...>

The IM cars are the later ribside 40' cars with the ribs on the sides stopping short of the ladders and grabs. Sunshine did not model these particular cars, while Ribside cars did, and still does.

The IM cars underwent a very severe critique on this list. However, the most severely critical and exacting Milwaukee prototype freight car modeler that I know, MIke Falletti, feels that the STMFC crtitique is seriously overstated, and that although there are indeed flaws that should have been caught, they are not fatal (Mike models the MIlwaukee after 1960). Other MIlwaukee modelers have expressed similar sentiments.

MIke has actually inspected and measured in detail two extant prototype ribside cars of these series, and in particular notes that the champfered ends of the car-end corrugations featured on the model (and so scorned in the critique) are indeed exactly what is featured on the existing prototypes.

Mike's criticism of the Ribside Models cars, in turn, is fairly severe primarily also because of the ends- which he feels are pretty crudely done (the corrugations appear to be "flattened"), and in this regard he has gone to the trouble of substituting the Sunshine ends.

Nothing is perfect, but one can always hope.


Denny S. Anspach MD
Okoboji, IA

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