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Re: Sunshine downsizing

jerryglow2
 

If the artwork is still available and compatible with the printer, cost should be reasonable in proportion to the cost of the kit. Unfortunately, much of the "artwork" is incorrect so SHOULD be redone. No on second thought keep the junk and I'll do 3rd party replacements like I have been doing for many customers.

Jerry Glow
http://home.comcast.net/~jerryglow/decals/

--- In STMFC@..., "rreed_eagle" <twogreyhounds@...> wrote:

If I might suggest, you can offer to purchase Martin's business and keep it
going.
Oh, sarcasm. ;-) IMHO Sunshine has probably grown too large for any one person to take it over. And I might be all wet here, but my fear isn't with the molds, it's with the decals. If someone attempts to restart Sunshine a few years after Martin retires, he'll have to deal with a huge, huge up front cost in printing all those new decals sets. Never mind if there's a significant cost for buying Sunshine in the first place. Given the number of kits, my fear is the start up cost could be to high.

I would suggest that in the post-Martin-retirement age, that Sunshine be broken up and sold in pieces, perhaps to a half dozen different start-ups to spead the cost out for printing all those new decal sets. Of course this is just a suggestion and who knows, maybe there's a single individual out there with the time and resourses to do it if Martin is indeed willing to sell.

Even though this is years down the road, if several individuals will be needed to work something out, my hat is in the ring in whatever capacity I can handle!

Ryan Reed


Re: Lumber Loads on Flat Cars and in Box Cars

np328
 

Charles, a big thanks back to you. I was looking at car request numbers by Oregon shippers however once the cars were loaded I was somewhat in the dark as to where from there. I did come across some records of cars waiting to use the load shifter at Laurel, MT yard of the NP and will get this info transcribed after our convention however again, it is nice to know the probable routing of the loads.
Thank you for the recent information you supplied. Jim Dick


Re: Rock Island Lines...

Rob Adams
 

Hello Jack;

I'm modeling a Rock Island Iowa branch line in O/Proto48 Circa 1945-46.

Kind regards,

Rob Adams
Wellman, IA

On 7/15/12 8:06 PM, Jack Burgess wrote:

Are there any Rock Island Lines prototype modelers on this list who model
circa 1945? If so, let me know OFF-LIST at jack@...
<mailto:jack%40yosemitevalleyrr.com>

Jack Burgess




Rock Island Lines...

Jack Burgess <jack@...>
 

Are there any Rock Island Lines prototype modelers on this list who model
circa 1945? If so, let me know OFF-LIST at jack@...

Jack Burgess


Re: Sunshine downsizing

Dennis Williams
 

I tend to wonder.....Does Martain OWN the molds????  If not, someone would have a lot of purchasing to do.


Dennis Williams/Owner
http://www.resinbuilders4u.com/


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From: rreed_eagle <twogreyhounds@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2012 4:20 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Sunshine downsizing



 

If I might suggest, you can offer to purchase Martin's business and keep it
going.
Oh, sarcasm. ;-) IMHO Sunshine has probably grown too large for any one person to take it over. And I might be all wet here, but my fear isn't with the molds, it's with the decals. If someone attempts to restart Sunshine a few years after Martin retires, he'll have to deal with a huge, huge up front cost in printing all those new decals sets. Never mind if there's a significant cost for buying Sunshine in the first place. Given the number of kits, my fear is the start up cost could be to high.

I would suggest that in the post-Martin-retirement age, that Sunshine be broken up and sold in pieces, perhaps to a half dozen different start-ups to spead the cost out for printing all those new decal sets. Of course this is just a suggestion and who knows, maybe there's a single individual out there with the time and resourses to do it if Martin is indeed willing to sell.

Even though this is years down the road, if several individuals will be needed to work something out, my hat is in the ring in whatever capacity I can handle!

Ryan Reed




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Re: Sunshine downsizing

Todd Horton
 

Just curious and some what on topic, how's Westerfields new owner coming along? I haven't heard much talk about them lately.


Todd Horton


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From: rreed_eagle <twogreyhounds@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2012 4:20 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Sunshine downsizing



 

If I might suggest, you can offer to purchase Martin's business and keep it
going.
Oh, sarcasm. ;-) IMHO Sunshine has probably grown too large for any one person to take it over. And I might be all wet here, but my fear isn't with the molds, it's with the decals. If someone attempts to restart Sunshine a few years after Martin retires, he'll have to deal with a huge, huge up front cost in printing all those new decals sets. Never mind if there's a significant cost for buying Sunshine in the first place. Given the number of kits, my fear is the start up cost could be to high.

I would suggest that in the post-Martin-retirement age, that Sunshine be broken up and sold in pieces, perhaps to a half dozen different start-ups to spead the cost out for printing all those new decal sets. Of course this is just a suggestion and who knows, maybe there's a single individual out there with the time and resourses to do it if Martin is indeed willing to sell.

Even though this is years down the road, if several individuals will be needed to work something out, my hat is in the ring in whatever capacity I can handle!

Ryan Reed




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Re: Sunshine downsizing

Ryan Reed
 

If I might suggest, you can offer to purchase Martin's business and keep it
going.
Oh, sarcasm. ;-) IMHO Sunshine has probably grown too large for any one person to take it over. And I might be all wet here, but my fear isn't with the molds, it's with the decals. If someone attempts to restart Sunshine a few years after Martin retires, he'll have to deal with a huge, huge up front cost in printing all those new decals sets. Never mind if there's a significant cost for buying Sunshine in the first place. Given the number of kits, my fear is the start up cost could be to high.

I would suggest that in the post-Martin-retirement age, that Sunshine be broken up and sold in pieces, perhaps to a half dozen different start-ups to spead the cost out for printing all those new decal sets. Of course this is just a suggestion and who knows, maybe there's a single individual out there with the time and resourses to do it if Martin is indeed willing to sell.

Even though this is years down the road, if several individuals will be needed to work something out, my hat is in the ring in whatever capacity I can handle!

Ryan Reed


Re: RR/Freight Car Web Resource

Claus Schlund &#92;(HGM&#92;)
 

Hi,

Low on resolution, but still some nice images from this site...

NYC express reefers
http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/s/kq8gs7

LV "wrong way" boxcars
http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/s/c3i45c

PRR X29 boxcar and GRa gon
http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/s/j88w82

N&W boxcar being unloaded onto a horse drawn wagon, transfer crane in background over tracks
http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/s/x2353o

Variety of boxcars
http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/s/75nm3l

PRR XL boxcar
http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/s/i6ehre

B&O composite gon
http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/s/7y6487

ART reefer
http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/s/34qzyk


- Claus Schlund

----- Original Message -----
From: "Phillips, III, J.A." <whstlpnk@...>
To: <nptelltale@...>; <nyc-railroad@...>; <stmfc@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 2:25 PM
Subject: [STMFC] RR/Freight Car Web Resource


All-

Off the Maritime List:

These are photos from the NYC Municipal Archives- several hundred thousand in all - that were put online by the city two months ago. For those interested, they cover not only the port, but the entire history of the city, especially its architecture.

I just ran across a fascinating photographic record of the Port of New York, You can access some 8500 photos showing all aspects of the port, from pictures of a floating grain silo to a salt lighter. The time span appears to be from about 1900 to the 1940s [I found photos listed under "railroad" including a rail tug and the S.S. _United States_ through about 1985]. I think it's well worth taking a look at:

http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/**luna/servlet/view/all?os=50&sort=Identifier%2CFormat%**2CType%2CDate

http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/view/all?os=50&sort=Identifier%2CFormat%2CType%2CDate

GCT main concourse:
http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/detail/RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~25~25~1240382~132455:wpa_0834?sort=Identifier%2CFormat%2CType%2CDate&qvq=q:railroad;sort:Identifier%2CFormat%2CType%2CDate;lc:RECORDSPHOTOUNITMAY~7~7,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~22~22,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~29~29,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~30~30,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~32~32,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~13~13,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~37~37,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~17~17,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~6~6,RECORDSPHOTOUNITMAY~8~8,RECORDSPHOTOUNITBRO~4~4,RECORDSPHOTOUNITBRK~1~1,RECORDSPHOTOUNITMAN~2~2,RECORDSPHOTOUNITQUE~1~1,RECORDSPHOTOUNITSTA~1~1,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~36~36,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~20~20,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~35~35,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~16~16,RECORDSPHOTOUNITMAY~1~1,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~5~5,RECORDSPHOTOUNITMAY~2~2,RECORDSPHOTOUNITMAY~6~6,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~15~15,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~24~24,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~9~9,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~19~19,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~21~21,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~34~34,RECORDSPHOTOUNITMAY~5~5,RECORDSPHOTOUNITMAY~9~9,RECORDSPHOTOUNIT!
MAY~4~4,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~26~26,RECORDSPHOTOUNITMAY~3~3,RECORDSPHOTOUNITARC~25~25&mi=1132&trs=1133

Resolution seems a bit low, but you can zoom on photos and get a good idea as to what is there in case a reproduction is needed. Lots of freight houses, freight cars, roundhouses and switchers, including some very odd-looking NYC box cabs.

Please be governed accordingly.
JP3



"Lieutenant Commander (F)'s arguments were based on the fact that _he_ had been in the Navy since 1954 and had flown with Nelson at Trafalgar, and _I_ was some Midshipman So and So." -- Inez Mischitz, H.M.S. _Hermes_, October 4, 1979



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Re: N&W G3 gondolas

David
 

--- In STMFC@..., "Bill Lane" <bill@...> wrote:

Which was closest to the PRR G26 or G26a, the N&W G3 or G3a? Does anyone
have good side shots showing the data - preferably builders photos of
preferably the G3 but I will settle for the G3a?
N&W G3 was closest to PRR G26a with the two deeper ribs in the middle of the car. N&W G3a had postwar-type ends.

N&W G3 70500-70524 Virginia Bridge & Iron /41
http://spec.lib.vt.edu/imagebase/norfolksouthern/full/ns2459.jpeg
http://spec.lib.vt.edu/imagebase/norfolksouthern/full/ns2555.jpeg

N&W G3a 70525-70549 Virginia Bridge & Iron 7/49
http://spec.lib.vt.edu/imagebase/norfolksouthern/full/ns2461.jpeg
http://spec.lib.vt.edu/imagebase/norfolksouthern/full/ns2561.jpeg

IIRC, N&WHS has the negatives now.

David Thompson


N&W G3 gondolas

Bill Lane
 

All,



Which was closest to the PRR G26 or G26a, the N&W G3 or G3a? Does anyone
have good side shots showing the data - preferably builders photos of
preferably the G3 but I will settle for the G3a?



Please reply directly to bill@... with what you have. I can take
BIG emails so don't be shy on the file size.



Thank You,
Bill Lane

Modeling the Mighty Pennsy & PRSL in 1957 in S Scale since 1988

See my finished models at:
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Look at what has been made in PRR in S Scale!



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<http://www.lanestrains.com/SolidWorks_Modeling.htm>
http://www.lanestrains.com/SolidWorks_Modeling.htm

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(Trading is MUCH preferred)
<http://www.lanestrains.com/PRRphotos.xls>
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***Join the PRR T&HS***
The other members are not ALL like me!
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It's FREE to join! <http://www.prslhs.com/> http://www.prslhs.com
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Re: Ted Culotta

jerryglow2
 

He used to have an ebay store but I can no longer find it. The last items I bought from him was a few months ago thru that means and had been told he was selling out of stock - in some cases proprietary parts only after the exit of Branchline which was the basis for many of his "kitbashes in a box"

Jerry Glow

--- In STMFC@..., "erict1361" <erict1361@...> wrote:

Interesting,
I posted a question about the status of Speedwitch a few months ago. The consensus was that Ted has not paid his Web Site Hosting fee's
Now that Speedwitch.com has been Down for a few Months, is this still the case or is this another Resin Kit Business we have lost?


Eric Thur




--- In STMFC@..., "Nelson Moyer" <ku0a@> wrote:

Ted Culotta has not responded to repeated emails to his Speedwich email
address. Will someone on the list please provide me with an email address
that works. Ted owes me for K117 that was prepaid nearly three years ago but
not delivered. And Ted, if you're reading the mail here, please send the
money to my PayPal account. You have my email address.



Nelson Moyer



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Re: Ted Culotta

erict1361 <erict1361@...>
 

Interesting,
I posted a question about the status of Speedwitch a few months ago. The consensus was that Ted has not paid his Web Site Hosting fee's
Now that Speedwitch.com has been Down for a few Months, is this still the case or is this another Resin Kit Business we have lost?


Eric Thur

--- In STMFC@..., "Nelson Moyer" <ku0a@...> wrote:

Ted Culotta has not responded to repeated emails to his Speedwich email
address. Will someone on the list please provide me with an email address
that works. Ted owes me for K117 that was prepaid nearly three years ago but
not delivered. And Ted, if you're reading the mail here, please send the
money to my PayPal account. You have my email address.



Nelson Moyer





Re: Lumber Loads on Flat Cars and in Box Cars

Charles Hostetler <cesicjh@...>
 

--- In STMFC@..., "Aley, Jeff A" <Jeff.A.Aley@...> wrote:

Charles,

Very interesting analysis. Can you tell me more about Mr. Ed Ullman's analyses? I have copies of some of the 1% waybill data (copied from The Stanford U. Libraries). I'm interested to know what Mr. Ullman has done with it.
Hi Jeff,

I haven't been able to obtain any of the raw data yet, so some of this is guesswork about his (Dr. Ullman's) analysis. He was primarily an economic geographer, and his speciality was cartography. From the way he talks about data in his book I'm guessing he also had a bit of training in statistics. Here's what I think he did:

1) Categorize the commodities that were shipped into major groupings corresponding roughly to what we would today call commodity codes.
2) Categorize the origin and destination of the shipments by state.

or it could have been that the original data were presented this way and he just took advantage of that format...


3) Multiply the 1% sample by 100.
4) He used some kind of "fill in" rules for commodity flows that were suppressed by the ICCs "disclosure rule".
5) He compared data from several different years to see if there were trends that were distorting his "snapshots" of the data.
He compared his work against at least two other methodologies to see if there was a systematic bias.

But he was primarily a cartographer and like to make maps.

6) So he took all of the data, divided the total number of tons by 10,000 (because that was a convenient number) and plotted a series of maps with one dot in each state for every 10,000 tons of whatever commodity was shipped to that state.

There are over 100 of these maps in the book, and each one was hand-drawn. So I imagine several of his grad students were significant contributors ;)

7) As far as data analysis, the thesis of his book was that (in the 1950s) there was a "Core Area of U.S. and Canada", that the outlying areas (the "hinterlands") traded with the core area, and that the intensity of trade was governed by three principles which he proposed - Complementarity, Intervening Opportunity, and Transferability.

8) He was also a mild critic of the use of the "gravity model" to describe commodity flows, and tried to point out examples where his three principles fit the data better than the gravity model.

Sorry for the length of this, and it's certainly in the weeds and might be verging out of scope. I don't want to have to use my get out of jail free card yet... If you want to see any specific parts of the text or some of the maps drop me a note off-list.

Regards,

Charles Hostetler


Re: Lumber Loads on Flat Cars and in Box Cars

Aley, Jeff A
 

Charles,

Very interesting analysis. Can you tell me more about Mr. Ed Ullman's analyses? I have copies of some of the 1% waybill data (copied from The Stanford U. Libraries). I'm interested to know what Mr. Ullman has done with it.

Regards,

-Jeff


From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of Charles Hostetler
Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2012 6:33 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Lumber Loads on Flat Cars and in Box Cars



--- In STMFC@...<mailto:STMFC%40yahoogroups.com>, "np328" <jcdworkingonthenp@...<mailto:jcdworkingonthenp@...>> wrote:

Regarding this conversation:
I cannot also help but think that there was -so much- lumber coming out of Oregon that no matter which side you tend to favor, there was plenty of board feet of timber to support you.
I was following this thread with mild interest until I saw Jim's comment. Then I got curious as to how much rail traffic equated to "-so much-". Fortunately I had finally received a copy of Ed Ullman's work (American Commodity Flow) that provided an approach to the answer based on his analysis of the ICC's 1 percent waybill sample (1948 through 1950). Those interested can find a state by state breakdown of the destinations of lumber shipments by rail from Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, and Mississippi at:

http://cnwmodeling.blogspot.com/2012/07/railroad-shipments-of-products-of.html

Now instead of thinking this might be a mildly interesting sideshow I'm thinking its an interesting part of the main story line. Thanks!

Regards,

Charles Hostetler


Re: Lumber Loads on Flat Cars and in Box Cars

Charles Hostetler <cesicjh@...>
 

--- In STMFC@..., "np328" <jcdworkingonthenp@...> wrote:

Regarding this conversation:
I cannot also help but think that there was -so much- lumber coming out of Oregon that no matter which side you tend to favor, there was plenty of board feet of timber to support you.
I was following this thread with mild interest until I saw Jim's comment. Then I got curious as to how much rail traffic equated to "-so much-". Fortunately I had finally received a copy of Ed Ullman's work (American Commodity Flow) that provided an approach to the answer based on his analysis of the ICC's 1 percent waybill sample (1948 through 1950). Those interested can find a state by state breakdown of the destinations of lumber shipments by rail from Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, and Mississippi at:

http://cnwmodeling.blogspot.com/2012/07/railroad-shipments-of-products-of.html

Now instead of thinking this might be a mildly interesting sideshow I'm thinking its an interesting part of the main story line. Thanks!

Regards,

Charles Hostetler


Re: Sunshine downsizing

Tom Madden
 

Al Westerfield wrote:

Ryan, I know from experience that age limits your ability to
continue full time physical activity. You have to cut down
somewhere. Martin is following my example of not ordering special
OEM parts and decals or making new molds as they run out.
Personally, I don't know how he kept at it for so long. He's older
than I. We had our business up for sale for 4.5 years before it
sold. If you wanted specific kits you should have bought them
years ago. There are no guarantees in life.
Martin is in his mid-70's, and as Al infers, production resin casting is a very physical business. It would be selfish indeed to insist that Martin maintain a full product line in anticipation of undefdined future sales, when experience shows that 90% of resin kit sales come at introduction and in the first few months following. It seems to me that Martin is merely formalizing a policy he has been following for several years - discontinuing inactive kits when the custom OEM parts and decals run out. If his purpose is to give himself a more manageable and predictable workload, more power to him. A more compact product line might also make the business more attractive to potential buyers.

My concern when businesses like this change hands is that the body may transfer, but the heart and soul do not. Someone else can certainly do the casting, order the parts, and pack & ship the boxes, but the real value in Westerfield and Sunshine kits is the research, product selection and pattern making. Will a new owner expand the line, or just reissue existing kits? Static product lines don't do well. The saving grace for would-be customers is that a large percentage of all resin kits ever sold are still sitting, untouched, on our "to do" shelves. It's a good bet that many of those will become available as we, or our heirs, have to dispose of them.

Tom "always a cheerful thought" Madden


Announcing The Burlington Waycars - Commercial Post

qmp211
 

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Re: Ted Culotta

Don Valentine <riverman_vt@...>
 

I, too, am looking for a way to contact Ted. He has had a full plate to deal with the last two years, I realize, but it is unfortunate for both him and those of us who support his efforts when one cannot reach him at a telephone number he provided.
 
Cordially, Don Valentine


Re: Ted Culotta

Allen Cain <allencain@...>
 

Ted just sent my last order and communications came from this address:



Ted Culotta speedwitchmedia@...



Reponse to emails has been VERY slow but eventually he came thru with my
order and then some.



Allen Cain


Re: Product announcement

Pierre <pierre.oliver@...>
 

At this time we are planning on only producing HO scale items.
But enough demand is made...
Pierre Oliver

--- In STMFC@..., Gary Patrik <gary.patrik@...> wrote:

Are these cars all HO-scale? Will any of these be made in O-scale?

On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 7:44 PM, rreed_eagle <twogreyhounds@...>wrote:

**


For anyone interested, that NP 39000 series boxcar in the up-and-coming
list was extremely long-lived. The NP still had around 100 in revenue
service as late as 1955! They lasted in M-of-W service well into the BN
era, I think I photographed one in dead line in 1983 or 84.

Ryan Reed




--
Best regards,
Gary Patrik, Supt., Fort Wayne Division, Pennsylvania Railroad (July 1945,
O-scale)


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