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Re: Unusual Load - Old Telephone Directories

Eric Lombard
 

"Not if the car number is 8405, which doesn't match any of the LV muber series for these cars."
http://www.anthraciterailroads.org/lvrrmodeler/boxcars.htm

Actually, there is an appropriate series though for some reason not tabled on this site ( though it is noted in the entry for 78000-78499 to which the cars are renumbered as rebuilt

LV 8000-8499

1925 Rebuilding Program:
    8000-8499    465    from 78000-78499
    8500-8999    408    from 78500-78999
    9000-9499    463    from 79000-79499

1925              Begin RBLT & RENO from 78000-78499 by dropping first digit.
1925(8)      100  (398 with old numbers)
1925(10)      218  (280 with old numbers)
1926(4)      299  (199 with old numbers)
1928(3)      465  (10 with old numbers)
1929(8)      463  None with old numbers.
1930(6)      463
1930              40 RBLT to stock cars and RENO into 90500-90539.
        [2814, 8]. These again RBLT to box cars in 1936
        and RENO into 70000-70039.
1931(5)      423
1932(5)      426
1932-
1934              Begin RBLT with Duryea cushion underframe, new steel
        body frame, Hutchins Dry Lading roof, Ajax hand
        brake, AB brakes, and renewed wood lining and
        sheathing (essentially new cars except for ends) and
        RENO back to 78000-78499. Work done at Sayre, PA.
1937(7)         ...  Not listed in ORER. Another type car occupies part of
        this number series.

Eric Lombard
Homewood, IL


On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM, eric@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:
 

This box car seems to have a deep side sill, or possibly a fish belly side sill. Look closely below the door.

Eric Hansmann
El Paso, TX



Re: The Ephemeral Nature of Modeling

arved_grass
 

Not quite one peice. See previous post.

I need a lot of these cars for a "Coast Mail." They certainly are a lot easier to get than the old Ken Kidder cars, more accurate, but I think the rivet detail is a bit course (not as bad as MDC, but not as good as Archer Transfers).

A lot of "die-hard" modelers are still afraid of resin kits. My experience with the SC&F Harrimans has done little to encourage me. I've also noted that some accomplished modelers have their resin kits assembled professionally, which seems to further tarnish the reputation of how easy resin kits are to assemble. When I contacted SC&F with questions about fitting the doors, I was refered to Mike Brock, here, and a professional model builder.

I've got a couple F&C kits and a WrightTrak C-40-1 caboose kit waiting in my stash, but I'm not going to try those until I can get some experience with the SC&F kits.
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Arved Grass
Fleming Island, Florida

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On Sun, 8/24/14, Tim O'Connor timboconnor@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: The Ephemeral Nature of Modeling
To: STMFC@...
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:41 PM


 













yep. I recall how amazed I was when Southern Car &
Foundry came out
with

his magnificent Harriman cars, and then learning how few
were sold
(even

though they were fantastically perfect 1-piece bodies) even
to
supposedly

die-hard SP modelers.


I guess we're all 1 percenters! :-)







Clark
has nailed this one.

Take a look at Ebay. There are almost 1/2 million items
listed in the
model train section, of all scales and interests. How many
resin kits are
listed?

I've always maintained that we the self described
prototype modelers are
a tiny percentage of the masses who fiddle with model
trains.

You want more stuff? Get more people to buy it.


Pierre Oliver












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Re: [EXTERNAL] Nice photo of NKP 40' boxcar (UNCLASSIFIED)

Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

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Todd;

That is a beauty. I admired this photo when we were going through John Dziobko's slides for the PRRT&HS' photo books. John's photos are exceptionally "color true" for the timeframe he was taking pics, and of great use when trying to color match.

Elden Gatwood

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Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 12:19 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [STMFC] Nice photo of NKP 40' boxcar



Not sure if this has been posted before.

http://www.godfatherrails.com/photos/pv.asp?pid=2472

Todd Horton

Southeast Machine Tool Sales

3123 Maple Rd.

Lindale Ga 30147

678-264-7448 CELL

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Nice photo of NKP 40' boxcar

Todd Horton
 

Not sure if this has been posted before.



http://www.godfatherrails.com/photos/pv.asp?pid=2472



Todd Horton

Southeast Machine Tool Sales

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678-264-7448 CELL

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Re: Lights out at the "Pub"

Claus Schlund &#92;(HGM&#92;)
 

Hi Chuck and list members,

Isn't that what tablet computers are for? Seriously, the only case I have found anymore where paper copies are useful at the workbench is for drawings that have been reduced to scale size - that way you can hold the model next to the drawing to assess your model.

Otherwise, a tablet or even smartphone is superior IMHO - takes less room, is more versatile.

Claus Schlund



-------- Original message --------
From: "RUTLANDRS@... [STMFC]"
Date:08/25/2014 11:05 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Fwd: Lights out at the "Pub"

    It's also a lot easier to have that paper copy at the workbench while building that steam era freight car.
Chuck Hladik
 
In a message dated 8/25/2014 10:21:05 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, STMFC@... writes:
 

It's hard to believe but I think it has been a decade and a half since I
read the first rant from a magazine editor warning of the evils of "the
internet". IRRC that was the first magazine to pull the plug.

I wrote a rebuttal back then... it's all old news but it was clear to me
that even 15 years ago, the printed magazines were scrambling to hold on to
their relevancy, and apparently that included discrediting other sources of
information.

Which is pretty fascinating - as recently as 2014, a major manufacturer put
out a product based on mediocre drawings published more than 35 years ago -
the third manufacturer to do so - when this particular item is so well
documented you could probably find out the wire gauge and tension force of
the toilet paper holder retainer spring.

I think before the mid 1990s, the hobby press enjoyed an elite
status. Once published, it had to be true. Corrections never received the
hype of the original cover story, nor would anyone have paid attention even
if they did. Once the barn doors were open, and the e-waves filled up with
the unwashed masses rubbing elbows with the same elitists that wrote the
articles, came the realization that everyone is human, and anyone can make
mistakes. And that the best way to get at the truth is to sift through it
all, and never limit your fact finding to a single anointed source.

I've enjoyed all the magazines over the years. I grew up with them, and
often late at night my dreams were fueled by articles published before I
was born, from my dad's stack of musty old issues of MR, RMC and Model
Trains (remember them?). But in terms of prototype modeling there's no
putting the genie back in the bottle and I wouldn't even if I could. I
really don't know where paper press is headed, and it's not my problem to
solve. Personally, I prefer paper. While I like the concept of MRH and
acknowledge its growth guess what... I don't read it! In fact, I rarely
read anything on line that is more than a page. I don't own a kindle or
anything like it either. I still was buying hobby magazines right up until
their last day.

Andy


Re: Milwaukee Ribsides

arved_grass
 

I couldn't find Microscale Decals suitable for these cars (at least, for the time frame I want to model them - 1953). I was fortunate enough to find 2 kits at M.B. Klein recently. I paniced about the decals until I opened the box, and found they were included (hip hip hurray!). The kits aren't mentioned on the Ribside Cars website. I suspect they are discontinued (boo hiss!). To top it off, I thought the kits were very reasonably priced. I bought 2 of the three kits M.B. Klein had in stock at the time. That should fill out the need for my roster.

Tru-Color offers a MILW specific BCR, so I should be set. I need to add Sergent couplers with the Accu-Rail scale coupler box, and IIRC, the kits include sprung trucks which will have to go (plus code 88 wheelsets). One will get a Plano etched metal walkway. Other than that, I'm pretty clueless on what other work will be required.

As I mentioned before, I'd be thrilled to know what Ted found objectionable about the cars, at least so I can make an educated guess on where to begin to making a more accurate car. I'm more a builder than a collector, so, like you, I'm not as interested in the RTR versions of these cars. I'm also much more comfortable working in styrene than I am resin. I've been struggling with a SC&F baggage car kit off and on for nearly two years. I just can't seem to get how the doors are supposed to fit. I think I need to ask over on the Passenger Car List.

Good luck finding the kits!
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Arved Grass
Fleming Island, Florida

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On Sun, 8/24/14, cepropst@q.com [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

Subject: [STMFC] Milwaukee Ribsides
To: "STMFC" <STMFC@...>
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12:25 PM


 













May modeling has taken a left turn this year and now in
the need of a half
dozen ribside box cars. Worst yet I sold two of three I had
this spring to a guy
who wanted them more than I needed to keep them = $.
 
I’m not up on models of these, but I believe
Intermountain, Exactrail and
Rideside Cars offer them. One I sold was built from an undec
IM kit using Jerry
Glow decals. Fun trying to duplicate that guy again.
Exactrail and IM decorated
cars are RTR, which I’d like to avoid. Looks like I’m
down to decorated Ribside
Cars kits.
I know George makes lots of versions. Are any more
actuate than others? I
think there’s some dimensional issues with some. How far
off are they? I’m
talking 40’, 6’ door cars.
Guess I need to check out MicroScale decals to see if
they make a set for
cars up to,  slightly passed this list’s cutoff date of
1961.
 
Any suggestions?
Clark

Propst
Mason City Iowa










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Re: Dalman 1 level trucks

peteraue
 

Thank you Tim. I was looking for the 50 ton trucks for my Westerfield Bx-12 and Bx-13 kits.
Peter Aue


Re: The Ephemeral Nature of Modeling

Benjamin Hom
 

Arved Grass wrote:
"RP Cyc Volume 1 is available for $20.95, either directly from the publisher, or from dealers. I just got Volume 1 a couple weeks ago, and have fallen in love with the format. I can hardly wait to fill my library with these. And that's exactly what I paid - $20.95 plus postage. $100 may be the asking price, and "a fool and his money are soon parted," but I tend to doubt anyone looking for Volume 1 couldn't find it at a much more reasonable price than $100!"
 
Volume 1 had a huge printing compared to the other issues.  Ed and Pat were giving away copies to attendees at the first St. Louis Prototype Modelers meet!
 
 
Ben Hom


Re: Unusual Load - Old Telephone Directories

Benjamin Hom
 

Gary Laakso wrote:
"As noted before, the door opens to the left, unlike the USRA double sheathed boxcar.  Could it be a Leigh Valley boxcar?"
 
Not if the car number is 8405, which doesn't match any of the LV muber series for these cars.
http://www.anthraciterailroads.org/lvrrmodeler/boxcars.htm
 
As Ed Bommer pointed out, LV wasn't the only road with left-opening general service boxcars.  For example, the practice persisted on the Pennsy from the 19th century through Class X25, including 35,000+ Class XL boxcars. This is another instance of modeler's lexicon (in this case, Central Hobby Supply's "Wrong-Way Boxcar" description marketing the Funaro kits) obscuring the truth.
 
 
Ben Hom


Re: Unusual Load - Old Telephone Directories

Eric Hansmann
 

This box car seems to have a deep side sill, or possibly a fish belly side sill. Look closely below the door.
Eric Hansmann
El Paso, TX


Re: The Ephemeral Nature of Modeling

arved_grass
 

I would be hard pressed to pay that much for a RP Cyc, but since they are OOP, it's a seller's market. May I ask where you found them?

RP Cyc volume 1 is available for $20.95, either directly from the publisher, or from dealers. I just got Volume 1 a couple weeks ago, and have fallen in love with the format. I can hardly wait to fill my library with these. And that's exactly what I paid - $20.95 plus postage. $100 may be the asking price, and "a fool and his money are soon parted," but I tend to doubt anyone looking for Volume 1 couldn't find it at a much more reasonable price than $100!

OTOH, RMC back issues (to collect the EFC series) are much more expensive usually. Refer to Railpub.com for more realistic pricing. If I could get the EFC series at 50 cents an issue, I'd gladly fork over the dough (even if it meant having to buy issues I already own).
------------------------
Arved Grass
Fleming Island, Florida

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On Sun, 8/24/14, golden1014@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [STMFC] The Ephemeral Nature of Modeling
To: STMFC@...
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 11:22 AM


 









Hi Richard,,I'm risking
moderator jail here--been there before and it's not fun,
but I'm sure Tim O will be there sooner or later to keep
me company.  
I like
being called a vocal minority--it's the first time
I've ever been called vocal.  On the other hand
I've been getting a lot of death threats about my post
so I'll take being vocal and run with it!  And I'm
just kidding for all you lawyers out there.
Nevertheless I stand by my comments.
 If EFC is so valuable, then where is the much-sought after
book?  The book would surely make Ted wealthy and help keep
RMC in business, and foster new models.  Instead, RMC is
gone and there's still no book deal.  Conversely, look
at RP Cyc.  I saw an ad last night where RP Cycs 4, 5, 6,
7, and 8 are up to $75 ea.  RP Cyc #1 goes for $100.  What
does an RMC with EFC go for?  Fifty cents?  So where is
your hobby dollar best spent?  I can spent $100 max on my
hobby every month and that's it.  I'm going for RP
Cyc.  I can't afford to buy a $90 Sunshine kit on
EBay.
The word
ephemeral means that an object loses value over time.  Read
carefully: I didn't say that EFC was valueless--I think
I said it was outstanding or something to that effect,
because it is.  But I still think you would be disappointed
with the book, because you probably already have all the
articles, or you probably have most of the histocial
information in your library, or you don't want to spend
$90 a pop to get the model of EBay.  Personally speaking I
can't afford to spend that $100 on something I already
have.
Do we still
follow Mont's excellent articles on kitbashing a Monon
1958 covered hopper using the MDC model as found in MM
1980-something?  Nope, because the MDC model was supplanted
by the Kato model, and then the Bowser model, and then the
Intermountain model.  If any article is valuable to you I
will not argue, but as your friend and fellow modeler I
think you would find that the book would be not as essential
as you thought, because you already have the information in
hand elsewhere (as I stated initially).  
In the meantime, this vocal minority
is wasting his time cobbling together the one-of-a-kind
Sunshine IC two-pocket hopper, RP Cyc in hand.  Not a bad
build but slow.  I hope to have it done for Naperville,
just in time for the all-new HO scale model to be announced
(no kidding).  
Hey,
where's Tim?
John
GoldenO'Fallon, IL











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Re: The Ephemeral Nature of Modeling

arved_grass
 

I recently purchased two of the 40' Ribside Car kits. I'd certainly like to know Ted's (or anyone else's) problems and suggestions as well. Compared to the old Train Miniature car, these models seem fantastic. Is it simply a case of prefering a resin kit when it's available? He doesn't strike me as a snob. You all know him much better than I do.

Speaking of "Ephemeral" models, Volume II of the Railroad Prototype Cyclopedia includes:

"Modeling ART's First Steel Reefer (10 pages)
by Charles Duckworth

"The American Refrigerator Company purchased more than 1,000 steel reefers in 1936 that were clones to the PFE R-40-10. A history of the prototype cars is presented along with a roster of these cars and other similar ART cars built from 1939 to 1946. Models were fabricated by kitbashing an InterMountain Railway PFE R-40-23 reefer and installing square corner 4-4 Dreadnaught Ends and other details. A two-page ART lettering diagram (circa 1950s) is provided. Since the Volume 2 was published, accurate models are now available from Sunshine Models."

Well, now that very, VERY good (IMHO) R-40-10 models are available from Intermountain, I am wondering how relavent this article would be to adapting these models for the ART. Unfortunately, this volume is OOP, and my efforts to locate a copy have been nil (although, to be honest, I only began my search 6 months ago, and I keep hoping the issues no longer available from RP CYC Publishing Co. will show up in used bookstores (Railpubs.com, ABE books, etc.) or eBay, but they have so far evaded me.

Respectfully,
------------------------
Arved Grass
Fleming Island, Florida

--------------------------------------------

On Sun, 8/24/14, cepropst@q.com [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

Subject: [STMFC] Re: The Ephemeral Nature of Modeling
To: STMFC@...
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 11:03 AM


 













Ha, ha Bill.
 
Ted did a Milwaukee ribside box car in his series. He
chose the Sunshine
model. I asked him why he didn’t use the Ribside Cars
version that everyone
could get their hands on? His answer was that the Ribside
Cars model was crap.
He looked one over and threw it in the trash.
Now which would had served the readers better, how to
assemble another
resin kit, or how to bring the Ribside Cars model as close
to his standard as he
could?
That was my only beef with the series.
 
As discussed on this list before another issue facing
potential article
readers is that donor car kits are darn near impossible for
the average guy to
find anymore. Let alone paint and especially decals.
There’s a tend here fellas whether we like it or not.
The stuff we like is,
what could be called, Fringe Modeling. The magazines we held
dear are gone and
quality kits are extinct.
 
Can’t wait for the responses to this email  ; 
))
Clark

Propst
Mason City Iowa










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Re: Degrees of Weathering

Benjamin Hom
 

Arved Grass wrote:


"Yet, in all the photos of PFE cars I've studied, I can't remember a single one showing a rusted out ice bunk."

Produce reefers didn't use brine.  Additionally, PFE was very aggressive when it came to maintenance, as noted in Tony's book.
 
 
Ben Hom


Re: Degrees of Weathering

arved_grass
 

Salt is a pretty aggresive corrosive agent. Research has pointed to the Chlorine ions (Cl-) being the specific culprit in aircraft structures (which are mostly Aluminum, but the effect is the same on ferrous materials), and I can't think of a more salt-rich (and thus corrosion prone) environment than the brine in a reefer's ice bunk. Yet, in all the photos of PFE cars I've studied, I can't remember a single one showing a rusted out ice bunk. Perhaps someone can point out some examples I haven't seen, or can't remember, but I simply cannot recall seeing anythinig like the rust modern freight car modelers have to reproduce.

Yes, I have read "Pacific Fruit Express" by Tony Thompson et al, and reference is made to corrosion problems and concerns with the ice bunks particularly in the move from wooden to steel (and aluminum) cars, but I don't remember seeing photographic evidence of the problems encountered. I'm willing to admit this may be a memory problem more than a lack of documentation. But as I deal with corrosion on a professional level (why? because despite all the problems we face with aircraft, "rust" is the one thing everyone seems to be able to understand - it's the lowest common denominator as far as problem understanding goes), I tend to pay attention when I see similar problems in other fields.

I think part of "it" was the fact that in the "Steam Era" we didn't have as much of a "disposable society," and equipment was expected to last far beyond expiration of its equipment trust. It was a much more man-power intensive time than it is today.

I could comment on how business (not just railroads) seem to prefer paying taxes toward unemployment and welfare than hire people to care for and maintain capital assets, but since commenting on business practices is verbotten, I'll excercise restraint in order to avoid moderator jail time.

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Arved Grass
Fleming Island, Florida

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On Sun, 8/24/14, anthony wagner anycw1@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [STMFC] Degrees of Weathering
To: "STMFC@..." <STMFC@...>
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 8:14 AM


 









I'm going to
stick my 2 cents in and observe that the paint used in the
steam era didn't hold up for decades the way it seems to
nowadays and I'd guess that cars still deemed essential
by their owners were subject to periodic trips to a carshop
for minor upgrades, if required, and certainly a repainting.
That would have eliminated the most extreme weathering
examples that I have seen in photos, taken mostly in the
fifties and later, when budgets were being squeezed and many
of the cars themselves were already becoming obsolescent. To
be sure there was still heavy weathering in steam days but,
as pointed out, mostly not to the extent seen later. Tony
Wagner


On Sunday, August
24, 2014 6:34 AM, "Olesen & Larsen
BROTVL@... [STMFC]"
<STMFC@...> wrote:




 














Mike
Brock asked: ...Do gentlemen have to wear ties?


I
think the closest to a proper definition is made by W. C.
Fields (making movies
in the STMFC era):

 

“A gentleman is a man who can play the
accordion but
doesn't.”

 

The rest is
optional.

 

Tom Larsen

Holte,
Denmark






















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Re: Unusual Load - Old Telephone Directories

Edward
 

Gary asked:As noted before, the door opens to the left, unlike the USRA double sheathed boxcar.  Could it be a Leigh Valley boxcar?  
 
Lehigh Valley was not the only road to have left-opening box car doors. There were a few others but LV no doubt was best known for them.

B&O had some left opening box cars.The earliest was the M-12 class 36' double sheathed cars built by ACF in 1902.

In addiiton there were a number of M-15 40' double sheathed box cars built as double door (door-and-half ? - the opening was 10' wide) cars built by  Baltimore Car & Foundry in 1910-11. They were later converted to class M-15h. This was done by removing the right hand door and filling in the car side, leaving the centered, left-hand door intact.

A number of other M-15 class box cars were rebuilt with wagon top bodies from 1934 to 1936. With new steel bodies, their doors opened to the right.

Ed Bommer





Re: The final word on Gerry Glow?

Rex Racer
 

I HOPE that he follows through with this statement. He has had my money and order sinc eht beginning of the year and no longer responds to emails to even attempt to offer a reason he hasn't shipped or returned the money. As I understand, I am one of the luck ones...others have had unfilled orders for over two years. I'm sorry that he's closing his business, especially since I would much rather have the decals, but he has apparently quit running his business over a year ago...Jeff Maurer
Sacramento Ca


Re: Lights out at the "Pub"

Charles Hladik
 

    It's also a lot easier to have that paper copy at the workbench while building that steam era freight car.
Chuck Hladik
 
In a message dated 8/25/2014 10:21:05 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, STMFC@... writes:

 

It's hard to believe but I think it has been a decade and a half since I
read the first rant from a magazine editor warning of the evils of "the
internet". IRRC that was the first magazine to pull the plug.

I wrote a rebuttal back then... it's all old news but it was clear to me
that even 15 years ago, the printed magazines were scrambling to hold on to
their relevancy, and apparently that included discrediting other sources of
information.

Which is pretty fascinating - as recently as 2014, a major manufacturer put
out a product based on mediocre drawings published more than 35 years ago -
the third manufacturer to do so - when this particular item is so well
documented you could probably find out the wire gauge and tension force of
the toilet paper holder retainer spring.

I think before the mid 1990s, the hobby press enjoyed an elite
status. Once published, it had to be true. Corrections never received the
hype of the original cover story, nor would anyone have paid attention even
if they did. Once the barn doors were open, and the e-waves filled up with
the unwashed masses rubbing elbows with the same elitists that wrote the
articles, came the realization that everyone is human, and anyone can make
mistakes. And that the best way to get at the truth is to sift through it
all, and never limit your fact finding to a single anointed source.

I've enjoyed all the magazines over the years. I grew up with them, and
often late at night my dreams were fueled by articles published before I
was born, from my dad's stack of musty old issues of MR, RMC and Model
Trains (remember them?). But in terms of prototype modeling there's no
putting the genie back in the bottle and I wouldn't even if I could. I
really don't know where paper press is headed, and it's not my problem to
solve. Personally, I prefer paper. While I like the concept of MRH and
acknowledge its growth guess what... I don't read it! In fact, I rarely
read anything on line that is more than a page. I don't own a kindle or
anything like it either. I still was buying hobby magazines right up until
their last day.

Andy


Re: Unusual Load - Old Telephone Directories

Benjamin Hom
 

Tom Casey wrote:
http://digital.library.louisville.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/royal/id/3508/rec/1191

Looking through the slats of the truck, my guess at the car number is "8405", and it also still has the K brake, on what appears to be an unrebuilt 40' double sheathed box car.  The interior framing of the roof suggests a Murphy flexible flat panel roof.  Could this be a USRA car?"
Absolutely not.  Note that the car has a left-opening door.

Ben Hom


Re: Lights out at the "Pub"

Andy Harman
 

At 12:43 PM 8/23/2014 -0700, you wrote:
Speaking for myself, I have happily submitted articles to the magazine of my historical society (SPH&TS) with full knowledge that there was no payment.
When I submitting my article to RMC, it was rather naively with no expectation of payment - at least not with any number in mind. I had no idea whether to expect 5 bucks, 500 bucks, or 5000 bucks. I wasn't doing it for the money. I was documenting a model I would have built anyway, and with any luck I'd get an ego trip out of it. In the end, I was paid quite a bit more than I expected. Enough to at least cover the cost of materials for the model including a lot of stuff that basically was scrapped in the process. Not enough to quit my day job or try to make a living at it, or even something I could count on to pay for my hobby. I'm glad I did it, but I never did another print article. I prefer the 2-way presentation of a clinic or just documenting progress on line. The whole status thing of being a published author went from a big time goal to a novelty to BTDT got the T shirt in a very short span of time.

I managed to survive my thirties and forties without giving in to the temptation to try and turn my hobby into a business. Somewhere along the way I learned from other people's mistakes. As to the many who have done so and in the process greatly enhanced my own modeling experience - it's great as long as it's fun. When I see a friend who used to be a hard core modeler now on the other side of the fence grousing about rivet counters, all I can say is another one bites the dust. I'm going to stay on this side of the fence.

Andy


Re: Unusual Load - Old Telephone Directories

gary laakso
 

As noted before, the door opens to the left, unlike the USRA double sheathed boxcar.  Could it be a Leigh Valley boxcar?  
 
gary laakso
south of Mike Brock, sans a Bolo
 
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 10:16 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Unusual Load - Old Telephone Directories
 
 

Lookinh th rought the slats of the truck, my guess at the car number is "8405", and it also still has the K brake, on what appears to be an unrebuilt 40' double sheathed box car.  The interior framing of the roof suggests a Murphy flexible flat panel roof.  
 
Could this be a USRA car?
 
Tom Casey

Perhaps an example of early recycling, this is a circa 1942 photo of old Southern Bell Telephone Company telephone directories being loaded into a boxcar.  The photo is from the University of Louisville’s digital collection.
 
 
Bob Chaparro
Hemet, CA

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