Dennis Storzek <destorzek@...>
--- In STMFC@..., "sparachuk" <sparachuk@...> wrote:
They also model different prototypes.
The Tichy panel side cars have nice interiors, but because Tichy
decided to re-use the programing for the side stakes, his kit models
only the three original cars done by Union Metal products for the NYC.
The original product consisted of side sheets with the panels pressed
in, but flat edges, and were intended to be riveted to the existing
side stakes. Unfortunately, by the time the side sheets needed
replacement that stakes also had severe corrosion problems, and also
The Accurail kit follows the improved product the Standard Railway
Equipment Co. (successor to Union Metal Products)introduced later.
These are described in the CBC as "panel sides with integral stakes",
and had the edge of each sheet formed into a channel section. In use,
the entire superstructure of the car was stripped to the underframe
and the slope sheets were renewed, then the new side panels were
riveted to both the frame and new bulb angle top chord. The seam
between the two channel sections was then welded inside and out,
unifying them into I section posts.
The original version meant to be riveted to the existing stakes
remained in the CBC for years, but I'm not sure there were many buyers.