--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "mopacfirst" <ron.merrick@...> wrote:
I bought a Sunshine mini-kit for the Wabash 19000-19124 homebuilt double-door box with Superior doors. The intent of this kit is to modify the Life-Like (P2K) box. So far so good, and the Superior doors provided seem to fit perfectly in the Life-Like door opening, which is taller than Branchline et al. Probably not supposed to be that tall, but that's not what I am interested in. The notes in the kit allude to early Youngstown doors used in the lower range of this series, up to about 19050. I don't have pictures either way, so can somebody confirm this? The Wabash diagram copy in the instructions shows Y'town doors, but it shows end doors also, probably because it's a combined stenciling drawing that also covers another class.
I'm actually taking the Superior doors to do a car for a close neighbor of the Wabash, so it's be neat if I could also build a Wabash car with Youngstown doors.
I have not found any information showing at which car the door change
was made. I have not found a photo of one of the cars with Youngstown
doors, although I have several of the cars with the Superior doors,
all numbered above 19050. Twenty five random cars in the 19000 - 19124 series were sent to the Evans Co., in Plymouth, MI, to have
DF utility loaders installed in Dec. 1949 and Jan. 1950. The cars
were renumbered 19275 - 19299.
I did send Ron a scan showing Youngtown doors installed on one of the 18000 series end door auto cars that were built at the same time at the 19000's series cars in 1942.