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Re: e bay auctions

Denny Anspach
 

>Some classic "junk" kits like the Ambroid ACF covered hopper kits are being offered, sometimes at premium prices. Screen roofwalks, ugh! Sealing the wood is no picnic these days either<

H-mmm.  LIke any kit, If one does not know how to build it, or dislikes doing so, the end result will indeed be  “junk”.  For others that enjoy the challenge or accomplishment that fine kit building promises, building and finishing the Ambroid kits can be at the top of the list:  It surely is on mine. 

Denny

 
Denny S. Anspach MD
Okoboji, IA

Re: Friction Bearings

Donald B. Valentine
 




---In STMFC@..., <tony@...> wrote :

Tony Thompson wrote:

        Actually, be careful with this statement. The measured frictional resistance is vanishingly small between solid and roller bearings at all speeds above about 5 miles per hour. And even starting friction, certainly distinctly higher for solid bearings, is not a huge difference for days above about 50 degrees F (if memory serves on the temperature number). Of course on really cold days the difference could get huge.
         The enormous advantage of roller bearings is not only the virtual absence of hot boxes, but the elimination of all the inspection and maintenance of solid bearings. In economic terms, this is the ball game.


     
     Unfortunately the reduction in car inspection with the use of roller bearings also has created some problems.
As we all know, bearings, too, can and do fail, and the results are just as serious as when friction bearings fail.
And the life of bearings seems very difficult to predict. For example, my wife and I drive Volvos. I have two 1998
XC-70's and she a 2006.  One of my XC-70's clocked 300,000 earlier this year and the left front wheel bearing
began to show signs of failing. My son and I changed all of them and found another that was also beginning to 
go.  With only 115,000 in hers my wife experienced the exact same problem with her left from wheel bearing
last month. Why mine lasted for 300,000 and hers barely over a third of that someone will have to explain to me.
But the point is the same, bearings ultimately fail whether they are solid or roller and the latter sometimes are
not checked enough, seeming from the false feeling that "roller bearings last forever". We wish!

Cordially, Don Valentine


Re: nice roof weathering

Scott H. Haycock
 

 


>Derailment photos are a great source of roof and underbody details. And
>sometimes interiors.

>Andy

Let me try this again- Yahoo is acting up.

Andy,

This might be your shortest post ever  :-)


Scott Haycock


Re: Friction Bearings

richard haave
 

 I spent 40+ years on four different railroads and it was Roller Bearing or Friction Bearing on each of them.


Dick Haave

Re: nice roof weathering

Scott H. Haycock
 





>Derailment photos are a great source of roof and underbody details. And
>sometimes interiors.

>Andy


Re: Red caboose -12 PFE models

Fred Jansz
 

Xcuse me for my igorance. What I read in your answer is that the ones lettered for R-30-12-9 are also the wrong ones? I have ten R-30-9 kits that seem to have the right height (all double herald, LA 6-48). However 2 other kits I have are lettered as R-30-12-9, have lower bodies, ROS 7-39. These two need to be repainted & lettered anyway because they would've been in 1950 in real life I guess. Thanks for your explanation.
Fred Jansz

Re: e bay auctions

Andy Harman
 

At 01:09 AM 6/5/2016 +0000, you wrote:

I bought the Ambroid "box of sticks" on ebay and it contains everything I need to build a nice Pennsy boxcar.
I found that when it comes to sliced dead trees, I'm not my dad or my grandfather. Even if the prototype is wood, I'd rather make it out of plastic. I have yet to actually do this. I had planned to make an N&W CF caboose from stock styrene using the plans and castings from the old QC kit. Then BLI announced a plastic CF, then they un-announced it. Then AMB did a laserkit wood version. Thing is, what I need is a plywood-sided rebuild. I will probably just use the wood sides as a template to make styrene "plywood" sides and build the rest of it as-is. I also have a brass CF to go with my BLI class A and H-2 hoppers one of these days.

Andy

Re: Friction Bearings

Andy Harman
 

At 09:44 AM 6/4/2016 -0700, you wrote:
Actually, be careful with this statement. The measured frictional resistance is vanishingly small between solid and roller bearings at all speeds above about 5 miles per hour.

The thing about changing technology is that often there's no special name for the old tech. It was just a "bearing". So when roller bearings came along they had to invent a marketing name for the "old bearings" that implied inferiority. Hence "friction".

Like, today what is a "light bulb"? We'll probably still be calling them that long after argon-case encased glass globes with tungsten filaments are relegated to museums. Or "digital modem", which is an oxymoron - but "modem" no longer means "MOdulator / DEModulator", it means "box between your computer and the communications network.

I suppose the term "friction bearing", whether correct or not, has the same meaning to both railroaders and model railroaders and if one is motivated to correct the terminology, then one must understand the reference. In other words, communication was successful.

There are plenty of cases where modeling terms differ from prototype terms by necessity. In that regard model builders have more in common with the car builders than with railroaders and shippers who use the cars. The "end user" of a car is concerned with its capacity and ability to do the job. Builders and modelers care about details like how many panels, riveted or welded, etc. I enjoy learning about all of these aspects. I bought my first ORER about 10 years ago, and while it contains no photos or much of anything useful to a model builder, it's invaluable for determining the service live of a specific class of equipment. If I have an undated photo, and I can find the car in the ORER I at least know something about its service life. It has come in very handy especially when modeling steam and transition era cars in my own era. I've put aside a number of models I considered too early only to discover examples in service in my era still wearing a 1947 paint scheme.

Anyway... terminology is good, especially when its understood.

Andy

Re: nice roof weathering

Andy Harman
 

At 09:38 AM 6/4/2016 -0700, you wrote:

<http://www.ebay.com/itm/371646799337?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT>Original Slide - Rock Island RI N&W ATSF Box Car Derailment Scene on N&W 1958
<http://www.ebay.com/itm/371646799337?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT>Original Slide - Rock Island RI N&W ATSF Box Car Derailm...
Derailment photos are a great source of roof and underbody details. And sometimes interiors.

Andy

Re: e bay auctions

Andy Harman
 

I've been buying on ebay since 1999, 99.8% positive results. I've occasionally done the "best offer" thing when it was offered. Sometimes the seller already has a minimum price and if you meet or beat it, you get an instant answer and if you don't, you get an instant rejection. The other way is the offer is open and you don't get a response until the seller actually sees it.

IIRC I bought a couple of PSC brass tank cars pretty cheap that way, one damaged that was really dirt cheap. Had a couple dents in it, but the ends were not soldered on so I was able to get inside and rub out the dents. Just enough remaining to be realistic once I get around to repainting it.

The only wood kit I bought on ebay was a Quality Craft auto rack, which is borderline OT for this list. It does represent an early 85' rack. My plan was always to build the car in plastic and just use the plans and castings. Whenever I get around to that project.

I've sold some Sunshine kits on ebay, the same way I always do - $5 minimum bid and no reserve. They did well, including a couple of Naperville giveaway minikits... well not exactly giveaway considering the price of admission but, I accumulated some I couldn't use and got surprising good money for them.

I've kept a few Sunshine kits that are borderline "boomer" era cars, or just a few too interesting to part with.

Ebay is about the best place to find about anything obscure. Think of the most obscure kit, part, manufacturer... and you'll probably get a hit.

Andy

Re: Friction Bearings

Geodyssey
 

Brad, I was just going to make the same reply, so I'll just tag on to yours.  I was in the operating (conductor, trainmaster) department and I worked with carmen & others that dealt directly with bearings.


I heard the term "soild bearing" maybe a few times.  The rest of the time it was "friction bearing".


If you, as a newbie car dept. or operation employee were to call them "solid bearings", you'd be suspected of being a "foamer".


So we have the bizzarre situation where most real railroaders use the "incorrect" term while railfans stand on the sidelines, gonna  school 'em.  (Similar to "switch" / "turnout", "engine" / "locomotive", etc.)


I've made this comment at least three times on different Yahoo groups, it never made a difference.  I fully expect non-railroader railfans to argue about this, again.  I'll keep calling them friction bearings.


Robert Simpson

ex-UP, Amtrak California, AC&J, PAR





---In STMFC@..., <corlissbs@...> wrote :

Not true. I was a real railroader and we used the term friction bearing. A common term in describing car trucks and repair of such. 

Brad Smith 

Sent from Brad's iPod

On Jun 4, 2016, at 2:52 AM, riverman_vt@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

 

Amen and thank you Tony. The term seems to have taken hold of model railroaders far 

more than it ever did with real railroaders and many of us, myself included, occasionally
slip up and use it.

Cordially, Don Valentine

Re: nice roof weathering

Steve Haas
 

<<A very interesting slide.>>

The weathering on the three roofs alone is enough to make it interesting:

1)      The effect on the car on the far right can be recreated using the tried and true “splotches of rubber cement” technique,

2)      The effect on the roof of the middle car can be replicated by a thin overspray of any appropriate dark color, but

3)      The edges of discoloration on the left car are far more subtle – perhaps a bit of paint on a rag for the stronger weathering, followed by a light overspray of grime/dust.  Anybody else have some suggestions?

 

Best regards,

Steve

 

Steve Haas

Snoqualmie, WA

Re: e bay auctions

Stephen Bishop
 

I bought the Ambroid "box of sticks"  on ebay and it contains  everything I need to build a nice Pennsy  boxcar.

 

Steve Bishop 

 

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone

 

 

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From: ed_mines@... [STMFC]

Date: Sat, Jun 4, 2016 12:01 PM

To: STMFC@...;

Subject:[STMFC] e bay auctions

 

 

 

Does anyone have any experience buying freight car kits on e bay sold as "best offer"?


Some classic "junk" kits like the Ambroid ACF covered hopper kits are being offered, sometimes at premium prices. Screen roofwalks, ugh! Sealing the wood is no picnic these days either.


Every so often pretty nice kit built cars are offered. There's a nice, built up Gloor NYC caboose being offered now.


Ed Mines 

Re: nice roof weathering

mopacfirst
 

Notice the ACF proprietary roof on the Rock car....

Ron Merrick

Re: Rutland Wheel Reports - Reefers (was Re: NYC Covered Hoppers)

Ted Schnepf
 

Hi Eric,

in the 1/28 ORER is a detailed roster for DSDX

(note the lengths are inside, between bulkheads)

#90 to 94  32' 2"
300 to 999 30' 10"
1400-1899 no dimensions
2500-2599 20' 2" (20' is correct.  must be old, short cars)
50000-8999 32' 2"

There are no individual car quantities, only a total of 560 cars.  This is a new listing submitted 1/1928. 

Just checked 12/31 ORER and there are more class series listed,  but no quantities, not even a total car count.

Ted


At 01:48 PM 6/2/2016, you wrote:


My October 1926 ORER has the following notes for DSDX cars.
 
 
The refrigerator (M.C.B. designation RS) cars of this Company are marked Dairy Shippers Despatch and D.S.D.X., and numbered 200 to 999 inclusive; inside dimensions: length 30 ft. 10 in., width, 8 ft., 2 in., height 7 ft. 4 in., capacity, 1800 cu. ft., 60,000 pounds (ice bunker capacity 5800 pounds crushed ice, 4600 pounds chunk ice, 125 cu. ft. measure of capacity). Total, 240 cars.
 
This entry is dated July 1926.
 
 
There seems to be conflicting info here. The statement of numbered 200 to 999, inclusive does not mesh with the final note of, Total, 240 cars. Unless the company was receiving new reefers during this 1926 time and not all had been placed into service. Can anyone consult a 1927 or 1928 ORER for additional detail?
 
Eric Hansmann
El Paso, TX

Hello,

Just pulled a March 1925 ORER and DSDX is listed as Dairy Shippers Despatch and had cars numbered between 200 and 999, but no total was given for the cars in service.  1925 sure predates 1951, in the article quoted below.  As probation was on, maybe the cars actually shipped dairy products or at least "near milk" from brewers.

Ted

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Re: nice roof weathering

Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
 

Curt,

A very interesting slide. I was drawn to the large pile of retired position light signals in the background. That's the sort of thing that some really torques off some people when they see it on your layout. I used to have a gondola that was entirely filled with plastic short shot investments of K-37 air pumps. I assembled them for Grandtline to cast in brass, and was allowed to keep any that failed in the mold or dried crooked in assembly. I had at least one person tell me that he didn't find my load funny at all. :~)

Yours Aye,


Garth Groff

On 6/4/16 12:38 PM, curtfortenberry@... [STMFC] wrote:
 


Looks very realistic ;-)


Curt Fortenberry


Original Slide - Rock Island RI N&W ATSF Box Car Derailment Scene on N&W 1958




Re: Beer Reefers for Everyone

al whitecar
 

too all
Over the last 20 years, I have done many various reefers using Microtrains cars, Model Railroad Customizing painting, and Art Griffin decals. I estimate  the total number of cars about 300 reefers and 100 box cars of which is 75 to 100 are beer cars. Some day, I will learn to use various Photoshop and other programs to make more beer decals for my collection. Most of the manufacturers do a portion of the prototypical beer cars. But there are "what if" beer decals which I am more interested in doing.
Al Whitecar


On Saturday, June 4, 2016 12:19 PM, "'Bruce F. Smith' smithbf@... [STMFC]" wrote:


 
Mike,

I've been thinking about a clinic on the brewing industry, but for Cocoa Beach, not Chi-town. The problem is that while I know a lot about brewing, I am not as familiar with railroad service to breweries.

Regards
Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL
________________________________________
From: STMFC@... on behalf of Mike Skibbe mskibbe@... [STMFC]
Sent: Saturday, June 4, 2016 2:03 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Beer Reefers for Everyone

The topic of freight car fleets used to move beer would be a great clinic topic for RPM Chicagoland if anyone has some extra time and the inclination to pull it all together! Sounds like there is some knowledge of the St. Louis and Milwaukee fleets here. I can help with photos of the DSDX cars...

Any takers??
Mike Skibbe
www.rpmconference.com

> On Jun 3, 2016, at 2:50 PM, Jeffrey White jrwhite@... [STMFC] wrote:
>
> Prohibition lives and not just in the South.
>
> Illinois permitted every political subdivision (county, township, city,
> ward and precinct) to decide if they were going to be wet or dry after
> the repeal of prohibition. The law permitted that decision to be made
> either by a vote of the elected representatives (i.e. county board, city
> council) or by referendum. The law also states that once that decision
> was made, it can only be changed by the same method it was made. In
> other words, if the city council or county board voted to go wet, then
> the city council or county board could return toe political subdivision
> to dry. And if the wet/dry decision was made by referendum, then it can
> only be changed by referendum.
>
> This created a patchwork of wet/dry areas in Illinois that still exists.
> During the time period we cover, much of rural Illinois was dry.
>
> Of course alcoholic beverages still passed through the dry areas and
> often there was a county that was dry but one or more municipalities in
> the county were wet.
>
> Anheuser Busch products were brewed only in St Louis until 1951 when
> they opened a brewery in Newark, NJ. This later expanded to 9 breweries
> in various parts of the country but much of that expansion happened
> after the cutoff date of this list.
>
> Busch began pasteurizing their beer in the early 1870s and shipped it
> nationwide.
>
> The Anheuser Busch website says this about the company owned cars:
>
> http://www.anheuser-busch.com/index.php/our-heritage/history/history-of-innovation/
>
> "Refrigerated Railcars- Adolphus expanded the use of refrigerated
> railcars, which were first introduced at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition
> in Philadelphia. By 1877, Adolphus was using 40 cars built by the
> Tiffany Refrigerator Car Company of Chicago. In 1878, Adolphus and three
> other businessmen established the St. Louis Refrigerator Car Co., which
> later provided Anheuser-Busch with a fleet of 850 refrigerator cars to
> transport beer throughout the nation.
>
> Rail-side Ice Houses- Ice was another variable that Adolphus had to
> manage in the shipment of his beer to distant markets. Ice melts, so in
> order to keep the refrigerated railcars cold, fresh supplies needed to
> be stored so that the cars could be repacked. To make sure the company
> had an ample supply of fresh ice, Anheuser-Busch built a series of ice
> houses and storage depots. When the railcars pulled in after traveling a
> distance, they could stop and reload with fresh ice."
>
> I wasn't aware that the company built it's own ice houses. I wonder
> where they were located and how long they lasted?
>
> Jeff White
>
> Alma, IL
>
>
>
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Re: Beer Reefers for Everyone

Bruce Smith
 

Mike,

I've been thinking about a clinic on the brewing industry, but for Cocoa Beach, not Chi-town. The problem is that while I know a lot about brewing, I am not as familiar with railroad service to breweries.

Regards
Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL
________________________________________
From: STMFC@... <STMFC@...> on behalf of Mike Skibbe mskibbe@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...>
Sent: Saturday, June 4, 2016 2:03 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Beer Reefers for Everyone

The topic of freight car fleets used to move beer would be a great clinic topic for RPM Chicagoland if anyone has some extra time and the inclination to pull it all together! Sounds like there is some knowledge of the St. Louis and Milwaukee fleets here. I can help with photos of the DSDX cars...

Any takers?? <grin>

Mike Skibbe
www.rpmconference.com



On Jun 3, 2016, at 2:50 PM, Jeffrey White jrwhite@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

Prohibition lives and not just in the South.

Illinois permitted every political subdivision (county, township, city,
ward and precinct) to decide if they were going to be wet or dry after
the repeal of prohibition. The law permitted that decision to be made
either by a vote of the elected representatives (i.e. county board, city
council) or by referendum. The law also states that once that decision
was made, it can only be changed by the same method it was made. In
other words, if the city council or county board voted to go wet, then
the city council or county board could return toe political subdivision
to dry. And if the wet/dry decision was made by referendum, then it can
only be changed by referendum.

This created a patchwork of wet/dry areas in Illinois that still exists.
During the time period we cover, much of rural Illinois was dry.

Of course alcoholic beverages still passed through the dry areas and
often there was a county that was dry but one or more municipalities in
the county were wet.

Anheuser Busch products were brewed only in St Louis until 1951 when
they opened a brewery in Newark, NJ. This later expanded to 9 breweries
in various parts of the country but much of that expansion happened
after the cutoff date of this list.

Busch began pasteurizing their beer in the early 1870s and shipped it
nationwide.

The Anheuser Busch website says this about the company owned cars:

http://www.anheuser-busch.com/index.php/our-heritage/history/history-of-innovation/

"Refrigerated Railcars- Adolphus expanded the use of refrigerated
railcars, which were first introduced at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition
in Philadelphia. By 1877, Adolphus was using 40 cars built by the
Tiffany Refrigerator Car Company of Chicago. In 1878, Adolphus and three
other businessmen established the St. Louis Refrigerator Car Co., which
later provided Anheuser-Busch with a fleet of 850 refrigerator cars to
transport beer throughout the nation.

Rail-side Ice Houses- Ice was another variable that Adolphus had to
manage in the shipment of his beer to distant markets. Ice melts, so in
order to keep the refrigerated railcars cold, fresh supplies needed to
be stored so that the cars could be repacked. To make sure the company
had an ample supply of fresh ice, Anheuser-Busch built a series of ice
houses and storage depots. When the railcars pulled in after traveling a
distance, they could stop and reload with fresh ice."

I wasn't aware that the company built it's own ice houses. I wonder
where they were located and how long they lasted?

Jeff White

Alma, IL




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Re: nice roof weathering

Bill Welch
 

Indeed Curt, thank you for the alert!

Bill Welch

Re: R-40-10 reefers

Fred Jansz
 

OK will keep that in mind, thanks for the hint also on the apex boards.
Fred