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Re: Gravel Pit Operation near Plainfield Illinois

destorzek@...
 

I can't put my finger on the origin of the cars, but they are REALLY old early steel ore cars, some look like from the Summers Steel Car Co., undoubtedly purchased second hand. The large door operating wheel looks homemade. The railroad here was for internal haulage only, from the pit to the washer; these cars obviously never left the property.

I seem to recall this operation closed down in the early sixties; this was one of the potential sites investigated by the Illinois Railway Museum when they were looking to move from their initial home in North Chicago. This site wasn't chosen, and they ended up moving to Union, IL.

Dennis Storzek


Re: Gravel Pit Operation near Plainfield Illinois

Jim Betz
 

Hi,

I should have 'studied the pics longer'. The cars with no markings
fooled me into thinking this was not in the U.S. And the lack of any
'defining' details we typically see on RRs here in the U.S. But, upon
further study I found stuff like crossing signals, one car with a
reporting mark, hard hats on the workers, etc.
This turns out to be a company RR that is "off the grid". And, since
the photos appear to be from the early 70's there was very little
evidence of OSHA and other such governmental influences. They
probably had a link to a mainline RR some where ... but I'm guessing
that it was one of those that are "thru a chain link fence gate".

Those cars are -very- unique. Stuff like those big wheels that
operate the doors is uncommon. And then there is the overall
condition of the cars - totally functional ... but also very beat up!
And how about that part of the track that ran thru that swamp!
Too bad these are photos and not videos - I bet those trains were
"rocking and rolling".
- Jim B.


Re: Gravel Pit Operation near Plainfield Illinois

Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
 

Doug,

These locomotives were built by Whitcomb locomotive works to a unique design. They are all 65-ton machines of model DE-14A or DE-19A and variants built for the U.S. Army. Many served overseas. Following the war, most still in the U.S. were sold off, usuallly to industrial firms, though a few went to work for common-carrier railroads. Here's the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo_D._Whitcomb_Company .

Yours Aye,


Garth Groff

On 12/20/15 5:47 AM, paul.doggett2472@... [STMFC] wrote:
 
Doug.
Whilst i cannot throw any light on the locomotive manufacturer. Is it not ex USATC i seem to remember photos of very similar locos in USATC service.
Paul Doggett UK




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"'Douglas Harding' doug.harding@... [STMFC]" wrote:
 

Al there was an error in the link as first posted on the CBQ list. Try this: https://picasaweb.google.com/109517272707102411928/MaterialService

 

Doug Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 



Re: Lumber Loads in 1947

caboose9792@...
 

 
 
In a message dated 12/19/2015 5:10:59 P.M. Central Standard Time, STMFC@... writes:
Were the wire or cross pieces pulled down tightly against the top of the stack? If not would friction have been enough to keep the top layers in place against coupling and slack action?

Dave
"Kind of" Most of the bigger yards had a home made rig using an adjustable plate which could be raised and lowered so the engine could push the boards sticking out back in to the bundle.  See 11:46- 12:06 in the movie "Right & Wrong Way to Deliver a New Television!" by the Santa Fe Railroad filmed in the 50's for a particularly heavy duty example in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHRGkGFwo7k

Mark Rickert


Re: Gravel Pit Operation near Plainfield Illinois

paul.doggett2472@...
 

Doug.
Whilst i cannot throw any light on the locomotive manufacturer. Is it not ex USATC i seem to remember photos of very similar locos in USATC service.
Paul Doggett UK




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"'Douglas Harding' doug.harding@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...> wrote:
 

Al there was an error in the link as first posted on the CBQ list. Try this: https://picasaweb.google.com/109517272707102411928/MaterialService

 

Doug Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 


Re: San Francisco Port of Embarcation

paul.doggett2472@...
 

John 
I am pretty certain the weigh date is 9-44 not 2.
Paul Doggett UK




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"John Barry northbaylines@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...> wrote:
 

I've written a short blog post about the largest rail customer in the SF Bay area during WWII.  Can anyone identify the passenger car at the head of the troop train in the next to last photo.  Is the reweigh date on the B&A flat 2 or 9 - 44?  Also, can anyone provide more info on the SLSF 40' DS auto car?



 
John Barry
 
ATSF North Bay Lines 
Golden Gates & Fast Freights 

707-490-9696 

PO Box 44736 
Washington, DC 20026-4736


Re: Lumber Loads in the Transition Era

caboose9792@...
 

 
 
In a message dated 12/19/2015 12:01:10 P.M. Central Standard Time, STMFC@... writes:
     Jim, there was an AAR loading diagram, which was regarded as c lose to mandatory, and it specified three, not two, side stakes per stack. Cross connections could be wire or smaller material than side stakes, and side stakes were sometimes saplings or poles, not dimension lumber.


  8) It is also of interest to me that it appears that the loads
      generated in the West were not significantly different from
      those generated in the East ... and that it didn't really matter
      a whole lot which RR the load was originated on.  The entire
      industry (nation wide) appears to have progressed along the
      same lines and more or less at the same pace.

      See previous comment. The ARA and AAR loading diagrams had been in force for many years prior to the 1950s.


 
 
Don't forget I currently have some of the diagrams in my collection available for free download. The following link gets the whole booklet:

http://palfan.us/galleryphotos/temp%20pages/AAR%20forest%20products%20open%20top%20cars%20supp1%206-15-54.pdf
 
Mark Rickert


San Francisco Port of Embarcation

John Barry
 

I've written a short blog post about the largest rail customer in the SF Bay area during WWII.  Can anyone identify the passenger car at the head of the troop train in the next to last photo.  Is the reweigh date on the B&A flat 2 or 9 - 44?  Also, can anyone provide more info on the SLSF 40' DS auto car?



 
John Barry
 
ATSF North Bay Lines 
Golden Gates & Fast Freights 

707-490-9696 

PO Box 44736 
Washington, DC 20026-4736


Re: Removing Lettering From Kadee Box Cars

Tim O'Connor
 

Mike

The IM car is even worse -- it's a 1953-1960 PS-1. Kadee makes
that one and the 1950-1953 PS-1.

Half of the 1940's NH PS-1 box cars were 10'0" IH, so make sure
you've got the number right for a 10'6" IH car.

The closest PS-1 model body is the old McKean kit, that has the pre-1950
roof. The sill tabs are incorrect for a pre-1950 but that's easily fixed,
and I think the do-hickies (small stampings) at the top of the ends don't
belong -- easy to remove if you're going to paint the whole car.

This is my McKean kit build of a UP B-50-40
https://www.flickr.com/photos/timboconnor/16921494429/in/album-72157642563526314/

Tim O'

Hi Brian,

Thank you for the heads up. I must not have known this or I just plain forgot. I am of the understanding that Kadee is pretty particular about prototype fidelity, so you have made it pretty clear why they haven't produced this car.

So, I'll look to find the IM car.

thanks Again,
Mike Bradley


Re: Lumber Loads in the Transition Era

np328
 

 I fully support Tony's statement about the AAR recommendations.


  After reading much source material from the 1930's forward, including reports on wrecks caused by shifting lumber, the AAR recommendations had everything to do with safety and not so much with vandalism.

  Of the comment Jim B made prior about more lumber moving on flats in good weather, there was mention of this in the same AAR records I used for my upcoming Cocoa reefer presentation. However the AAR mention of this seems to be more of a demand driven need of the construction industry, rather than any weather shipping considerations.  

                                                                                                    Jim Dick               Roseville, MN  


Request for dates of proto meets, historical society events, other scale modeling-related events

Dave Owens
 

Hello all:

I'm trying to assemble a calendar of all prototype meets, historical
society conventions and other modeling events.

My plan is to have this available for all to view.

Would anyone who has an event please send me the following information:
Name of event
Date and times
Location
VERY short description
Cost
Contact information
web site if any
Facebook presence if any

Thanks very much,

Dave Owens
West Hartford, Conn.


Re: Gravel Pit Operation near Plainfield Illinois

mwbauers
 

Thank you for posting the link.

That engine happens to be my favorite narrow gauge body, even if it was also found with standard gauge trucks. It appeared in The ‘Gazette’ as a scale drawing of a 60-ton 30-inch gauge mining company diesel ages ago. That diesel model was spread all over the world in volume as a WW-II lend-lease and military locomotive on quite different gauges of foreign railroads.

Those are great detail shots of the locomotive.

Best to ya,
Mike Bauers
Milwaukee, Wi

On Dec 19, 2015, at 7:07 PM, 'Douglas Harding' wrote:


Al there was an error in the link as first posted on the CBQ list. Try this: https://picasaweb.google.com/109517272707102411928/MaterialService


Re: Removing Lettering From Kadee Box Cars

Mike Bradley
 

Hi Brian,

Thank you for the heads up.  I must not have known this or I just plain forgot.  I am of the understanding that Kadee is pretty particular about prototype fidelity, so you have made it pretty clear why they haven't produced this car.

So, I'll look to find the IM car.

thanks Again,
Mike Bradley


On Saturday, December 19, 2015 5:03 PM, "'Brian Carlson' prrk41361@... [STMFC]" wrote:


 
Mike
 You do know that the Kadee car is incorrect for the early PS-1s which is why Kadee hasn’t done this car. See the essential freight Car series Jan 2008 in RMC for Ted Culotta’s article on using the IM car for this model.
Brian J. Carlson, P.E.
Cheektowaga NY
 
 
 
From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2015 1:29 PM
To: stmfc@...
Subject: [STMFC] Removing Lettering From Kadee Box Cars
 
 
Hello,
 
Is there anyone out there who has knowledge (first hand experience) in removing factory lettering from Kadee box cars without harming the body paint (color)?  I'd like to model a NH 40' box car in the #34000 series.  I contacted Kadee and there are presently no undec.7 ft. door box cars available.
 
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thank You,
Mike Bradley



Re: Gravel Pit Operation near Plainfield Illinois

Douglas Harding
 

Al there was an error in the link as first posted on the CBQ list. Try this: https://picasaweb.google.com/109517272707102411928/MaterialService

 

Doug Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 


Re: Lumber Loads in 1947

A&Y Dave in MD
 

Were the wire or cross pieces pulled down tightly against the top of the stack? If not would friction have been enough to keep the top layers in place against coupling and slack action?

Dave

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On Dec 19, 2015, at 1:30 PM, 'gary laakso' vasa0vasa@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

 

Here are flat cars and a GN gondola hauling lumber in Ogden in 1947.:
 
 
 
gary laakso
south of Mike Brock
 
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2015 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Lumber Loads in the Transition Era
 
 

Hello my friends,
 
  FIRST - let me thank all of you who have replied/sent photos/etc.  I
DO appreciate the help.  Many of you have sent emails to me off
list and I want to thank those who have done that as well.
 
                                    ****
 
  As is often the case there are some follow up questions/topics for
further discussion ... and all of it revolves around the changes in
how open lumber loads looked as time passed.
  Here are -my- conclusions/observations (for which I'm looking for
confirmation):

 
1) In the 40's and even in the early 50's almost all of the loads
      seem to all be the result of hand stacking.  By that I mean
      that the boards/beams have been put up "one stick at a time"
      rather than being stacked by any machine.  And both ends
      of the stack are "ragged" (not lined up at all).

  2) In addition to that - the earlier the picture the more likely it is
      that there was a mixture of dimensions all pretty much just
      piled up ... the 4x6s were not stacked with each other etc.
        And some of those ragged end stacks seems to be
      "intentional" in that we see some pictures that show "every
      other board" that is stacked longer/shorter and where the
      ones that are short are all lined up with each other (more or
      less). 

  3) In the 50's we start to see more stacks that have just one
      end of each stack that is 'more or less' lined up.  Still obviously
      stacked one board/piece at a time ... but with some semblance
      of one end of the stack looking "square" (but only sort of).

  4) And there are frequent examples of loads in gondolas as
      well as on flat cars.  Also showing the same lack of the
      ends being 'square' earlier and going towards one end being
      more or less square - but still obviously hand stacked.
         But as time passes the use of gondolas for lumber tapers
      off.

  5) Almost all of the cars - both flats and gons have two
      vertical 4x4s (other sizes?) outside of each stack, and then
      an open space in the middle of the car with two more verticals.
      And finally and the tops of these verticals are tied together with
      cross braces of approximately the same dimension.

  6) What I also seem to be seeing is that there is a general
      increase of the likelihood that 'finished' lumber was shipped
      in open loads (as time passes).

  7) One last conclusion - it would appear that the lumber was
      also -unloaded- one piece of material at a time and by hand.
      It may have been to/from a truck or the forks of a loader
      but it was stacked onto and off of the RR car one stick at
      a time.  (Essentially similar to how box cars were loaded.)

  8) It is also of interest to me that it appears that the loads
      generated in the West were not significantly different from
      those generated in the East ... and that it didn't really matter
      a whole lot which RR the load was originated on.  The entire
      industry (nation wide) appears to have progressed along the
      same lines and more or less at the same pace.

        I'm going to go past the end date of this list to make some
      further observations - because they are important differences
      in order to distinguish what is 'right'/'wrong' for doing loads
      for cars that ARE correct for our era.
         Please ignore/skip the rest of this if you are so firmly
      locked into the STMFC era that you "don't want to hear it".  *G*
  
  a) In the 60's we start to see some loads that are obviously
      loaded using a fork lift.  Not only are these 'bundled' but
      both ends of the load are square and as we get to the late
      60's the loads tend to be 'all of one (or at most 2 or 3) size
      of lumber.
         In addition we see the introduction of metal banding of
      the sections of the loads.  And as time passes we see the
      use of cardboard to reduce the damage that the metal bands
      can cause at the corners.

  b) In the 70's we start to see loads being covered with tarps, etc.
      And in this same time frame we start to see 'load specific' cars
      such as the center beams introduced.

  c) In the 80's we start to see what are known as "shed packs"
      where the entire package of the individual parts of the load
      are wrapped in plastic (think "Jaeger loads").

                                 ****

  Do I have it "mostly right"?  Are there some errors or fine tuning
to the above that you would like to correct/add?

                                  ****

  It is interesting to think about the amount of -labor- involved in
loading and unloading lumber in the STMFC era!  It would appear
that the lumber mills shipped lumber in quantity that was not
sorted by side (the way it came off the line?) and that the lumber
yards would sort the boards when they received them!  That's a
small army of laborers compared to how lumber is shipped today.
It isn't horribly surprising - I said it is "interesting". 
                                                                                   - Jim B.


HO 7' single door PS-1 40' box car

Andy Carlson
 

I have an undec new IMRC kit for this car (40' w/ 7' door).

-Andy Carlson
Ojai CA




From: "'Brian Carlson' prrk41361@... [STMFC]"

 
Mike
 You do know that the Kadee car is incorrect for the early PS-1s which is why Kadee hasn’t done this car. See the essential freight Car series Jan 2008 in RMC for Ted Culotta’s article on using the IM car for this model.
Brian J. Carlson, P.E.
Cheektowaga NY
 
 
 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2015 1:29 PM
To: stmfc@...
Subject: [STMFC] Removing Lettering From Kadee Box Cars
 
 
Hello,
 
Is there anyone out there who has knowledge (first hand experience) in removing factory lettering from Kadee box cars without harming the body paint (color)?  I'd like to model a NH 40' box car in the #34000 series.  I contacted Kadee and there are presently no undec.7 ft. door box cars available.
 
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thank You,
Mike Bradley



Re: Lumber Loads (Jack Work Article)

thecitrusbelt@...
 

There were two MODEL RAILROADER articles on this subject.


Lumber Loads: February 1957 Jack Work Page 32


Lumber Loads: June 1992 Noel T. Holley Page 79


Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA



Re: Removing Lettering From Kadee Box Cars

Brian Carlson
 

Mike

 You do know that the Kadee car is incorrect for the early PS-1s which is why Kadee hasn’t done this car. See the essential freight Car series Jan 2008 in RMC for Ted Culotta’s article on using the IM car for this model.

Brian J. Carlson, P.E.

Cheektowaga NY

 

 

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2015 1:29 PM
To: stmfc@...
Subject: [STMFC] Removing Lettering From Kadee Box Cars

 

 

Hello,

 

Is there anyone out there who has knowledge (first hand experience) in removing factory lettering from Kadee box cars without harming the body paint (color)?  I'd like to model a NH 40' box car in the #34000 series.  I contacted Kadee and there are presently no undec.7 ft. door box cars available.

 

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank You,

Mike Bradley


Example - Galvanized Paneled Roofs and Modeling Peeling Paint

Dean ONeill
 

In the Photos section, in a folder named Dean ONeill, I posted an example of the "rubber cement" paint peeling method, that I have been very happy with. This is on a Kadee car.

Dean ONeill
Redmond WA


Re: Gravel Pit Operation near Plainfield Illinois

roy wojahn
 

No, the connection was to the EJ&E.


On Saturday, December 19, 2015 1:06 PM, "water.kresse@... [STMFC]" wrote:


 
I could not get the link to work.  Is that the quarry on the Burlington line west of Chicago? Al Kresse


From: "zuch2rew@... [STMFC]"
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2015 4:04:09 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Gravel Pit Operation near Plainfield Illinois

 
The shots were taken in the 50's or 60's at a Material Service quarry near Plainfield, Illinois.  They are part of a collection inherited by the son of the photographer.  If the son says its Illinois, I'll take his word.  While the Whitcomb diesel shown may look strange to the USA eye, they were somewhat common on USA shortlines.  

Roy



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