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Re: BLI 6K Tank Car photos posted

Donald B. Valentine
 

     If BLI can't do better than what they have offered as photos of the new 6,000 gal.
tank cars they need to find a new photographer. Until then, or when I have one in
hand, my view is about the same as Tim O's. A well done Brown Co. car would be
a welcome addition to what is available in HO scale but the operative words here 
are "well done". One cannot discern the quality of a model from photos that look 
more like an artist's rendition.

Cordially, Don Valentine

Re: Sand Loads in HO?

Dave Lawler
 

Get a clean, dry plastic peanut butter, mayonnaise or similar jar. Obtain an old nylon stocking from your wife, girlfriend or “significant other”.
Pour a bunch of dry sand in the jar. Stretch and rubber band a piece of the stocking over the mouth of the jar the start shaking the jar over a kitty liter box.
You’ll end up with sand dust that looks pretty good as HO scale sand.  Simple. Works for me.
Best regards,
Dave Lawler



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Re: Broadway Limited Dealers on this list

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Re: BLI 6K Tank Car photos posted

James SANDIFER
 

If it is any help in your decision, I know one of our STMFC members was assisting them with this project, a tank car guy (not I).

 

__________________________________________________

J. Stephen Sandifer

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:33 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] BLI 6K Tank Car photos posted

 

 

     If BLI can't do better than what they have offered as photos of the new 6,000 gal.

tank cars they need to find a new photographer. Until then, or when I have one in

hand, my view is about the same as Tim O's. A well done Brown Co. car would be

a welcome addition to what is available in HO scale but the operative words here 

are "well done". One cannot discern the quality of a model from photos that look 

more like an artist's rendition.

 

Cordially, Don Valentine

Pennsy X29

Robert J. Amsler, Jr.
 

Good morning:

 

I am hope someone on the list may know this information.  I looking for the width of the ladders on Pennsy X29 box cars so I can get the correct ladder from Pierre.  I looked at the all steel book from Speedwitch and the drawings show the distance between the rungs but not the stiles.

 

Thanks,

 

Bob Amsler

Saint Louis, Missouri

 

 

Re: Sand Loads in HO?

Bill Decker
 

Dave Parker,

Thanks for bringing soil science into this discussion.  That properly scopes the model size www seek.  This sounds like a case for classic "zip texture"--plaster dusted onto a wetted form.  The plaster might have just a hint of color (ochre?).  It is possible Arizona Rock might have something so fine, as well, but most of us have plaster around.

Bill Decker

Re: Broadway Limited Dealers on this list

SUVCWORR@...
 

I am a BLI dealer.  I am taking orders for the second run of tank cars and will break the 4 packs.  

Rich Orr


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Sent: Tue, Mar 7, 2017 7:31 am
Subject: [STMFC] Broadway Limited Dealers on this list



If there are any Broadway Dealers on this list that will be splitting up the bulk packs and taking reservations for their new tank cars? If so can you please let us know who you are?

Thank you!
Bill Welch


Re: Broadway Limited Dealers on this list

Jon Miller
 

On 3/7/2017 4:31 AM, fgexbill@... [STMFC] wrote:

If there are any Broadway Dealers on this list that will be splitting up the bulk packs and taking reservations for their new tank cars? If so can you please let us know who you are?

Bill Welch


    I am not a dealer but ordered a 4 pack, #6126 assorted.  I am only going to keep 1 or 2*.  Willing to trade or sell (cost +shipping) the remaining.  Cost is not MSRP.  Might make some arrangement through my dealer, private email please.  Remember BLI cars are not packed for individual sale so additional packaging is required.

* dates that fit my era

-- 
Jon Miller
For me time stopped in 1941
Digitrax  Chief/Zephyr systems, 
SPROG, JMRI User
NMRA Life member #2623
Member SFRH&MS

Re: Pennsy X29

Nelson Moyer
 

YMW ladder stiles are designated by rung spacing, not width. The width depends upon how long you're grab irons are, or you can select the etched rungs by length. I did a blog post on Resin Car Works Blog on building these ladders. You'll find it at http://blog.resincarworks.com/

Nelson Moyer

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Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 10:20 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Pennsy X29


Good morning:

I am hope someone on the list may know this information. I looking for the width of the ladders on Pennsy X29 box cars so I can get the correct ladder from Pierre. I looked at the all steel book from Speedwitch and the drawings show the distance between the rungs but not the stiles.

Thanks,

Bob Amsler
Saint Louis, Missouri

DT&I Gondola Wood Floor 5-inch wide Board x Board Construction

Bill Welch
 

Yesterday I spent some time building a styrene fixture to help me split 10-inch wood scale boards into 5-inch boards. Having given the fixture 24 hours to cure I started splitting the wood to model the flooring in a resin DT&I gon as has been discussed recently here. The results are in a Dropbox folder "DT&I Gondola Wood Floor 5-inch wide Board x Board Construction" the link for which is below. What I did is rotate the test patch four times to effectively catch the sunlight from different directions. You will see a 5-Pointed Star drawn on the Blue Tape for orientation. As you can see I used a blade to damage the wood in an attempt to show a floor after years of service.


My favorite cutting tool is a Single Edge Razor Blade (SERB) but I recently purchased an EXCEL Hobby Knife that I picture in a separate folder. I used this exclusively on this little experiment. It is light weight, easy to see, and does not roll around and when capped it is very safe. It is definitely replacing my X-Acto handle.


Because a #11 blade is a little wider than a SERB I thought it would create a slightly wider bevel when splitting the wood and help create a more defined edge to the wood. Because I am using scale 10 x 3-inch wood, I did not try to split the wood in one pass of the knife and after a couple of passes on the wood I realized I liked the effect and so some of the wood you see is actually a 10-inch piece with two or three passes of the knife. The board next to the Star is one such board. There are 3 or 4 more mixed in with individual 5-inch boards. Your feedback on how this is looking will be appreciated.


I am using CA to glue the wood onto a sheet of 0.010 styrene. I am going to experiment with PanPastels and Colored Pencils to age the floor. I am curious to see if the flexible substrate will allow me to do some of the boards separately. Here is the link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h9ee98zwzre8l7f/AAAsR7NJdne4PNFSe1Ed89zTa?dl=0


Bill Welch


Re: Sand Loads in HO?

Aley, Jeff A
 

Bill,

 

                Zip texturing sounds like a good idea for something as fine as sand!  I have even considered it for the fine cinders that seem to cover the ground at steam-era engine terminals.  Old photos show the texture there is also very fine (though not as fine as sand).

 

Regards,

 

-Jeff

 

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 8:22 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Sand Loads in HO?

 

 

Dave Parker,

 

Thanks for bringing soil science into this discussion.  That properly scopes the model size www seek.  This sounds like a case for classic "zip texture"--plaster dusted onto a wetted form.  The plaster might have just a hint of color (ochre?).  It is possible Arizona Rock might have something so fine, as well, but most of us have plaster around.

 

Bill Decker

Re: BLI 6K Tank Car photos posted

Jon Miller
 

On 3/7/2017 7:08 AM, 'Steve Sandifer' steve.sandifer@... [STMFC] wrote:
If it is any help in your decision, I know one of our STMFC members was assisting them with this project, a tank car guy (not I).

    This is good to know.

-- 
Jon Miller
For me time stopped in 1941
Digitrax  Chief/Zephyr systems, 
SPROG, JMRI User
NMRA Life member #2623
Member SFRH&MS

Re: DT&I Gondola Wood Floor 5-inch wide Board x Board Construction: New Dropbox Link

Bill Welch
 

Sorry first link did not work: This one does: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h9ee98zwzre8l7f/AAAsR7NJdne4PNFSe1Ed89zTa?dl=0

Bill Welch

Re: automobile cars

charles slater
 

Many of the earlier Santa Fe Fe-class cars were lettered Furniture and Automobile on the car side.

Charlie Slater 


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Sent: Monday, March 6, 2017 1:09 PM
To: stmfc@...
Subject: [STMFC] re: automobile cars
 
 


SOME railroads considered double door cars to be automobile cars.

But not all. The Santa Fe called them Furniture or Fe class cars.

That classification continued all the way to the Fe-42's built in 1969.

Tim O'Connor

Re: What is this car?

Jim Betz
 

Jim Gates and all,

I agree with all of your analysis - but that stock car still has
me wondering. It is obvious, even to me, that it started life
as a stock car. But I've never seen a stock car that has those
boards on the top of the sides/ends (on any RR).

Is it possible that the roof was removed, the inside of the
car lined with wood, extensions added, and it is used in chip
hopper service? I don't think so - the location and the entire
train would seem to argue otherwise.
But the top of the sides (and ends) are something I've never
seen anywhere on any RR's stock car.

Is there an ATSF guy (I am not) on this list who can confirm
that it is a stock car? Probable number? Probable date for the
photo?
- Jim B.

Stock car interiors

Jared Harper
 

Were the interiors of stock cars painted or were they natural wood?


Jared Harper

Re: What is this car?

Bruce Smith
 

Jim,

Here are some stock car photos that confirm that the car in the photo is a stock car.

1943 photo by Jack Delano

AC&F builder’s photo of class Sk-K #57143
Note that the Sk-K was designed to back haul coke.

Here’s a CGW car with a similar appearance

Regards

Bruce


Bruce F. Smith            

Auburn, AL

https://www5.vetmed.auburn.edu/~smithbf/

"Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield."



On Mar 7, 2017, at 12:02 PM, jimbetz jimbetz@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

Jim Gates and all,

  I agree with all of your analysis - but that stock car still has
me wondering.  It is obvious, even to me, that it started life
as a stock car.  But I've never seen a stock car that has those
boards on the top of the sides/ends (on any RR).

  Is it possible that the roof was removed, the inside of the
car lined with wood, extensions added, and it is used in chip
hopper service?  I don't think so - the location and the entire
train would seem to argue otherwise.
  But the top of the sides (and ends) are something I've never
seen anywhere on any RR's stock car.

  Is there an ATSF guy (I am not) on this list who can confirm
that it is a stock car?  Probable number?  Probable date for the
photo?
- Jim B.

Re: What is this car?

Richard Townsend
 

That pattern of exterior boards was not that uncommon. ATSF had some: see Westerfield's 11500 series. Westerfield also has a similar car from the PRR: the 8700 series.
 
Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: jimbetz jimbetz@... [STMFC]
To: STMFC
Sent: Tue, Mar 7, 2017 10:02 am
Subject: [STMFC] Re: What is this car?

 
Jim Gates and all,

I agree with all of your analysis - but that stock car still has
me wondering. It is obvious, even to me, that it started life
as a stock car. But I've never seen a stock car that has those
boards on the top of the sides/ends (on any RR).

Is it possible that the roof was removed, the inside of the
car lined with wood, extensions added, and it is used in chip
hopper service? I don't think so - the location and the entire
train would seem to argue otherwise.
But the top of the sides (and ends) are something I've never
seen anywhere on any RR's stock car.

Is there an ATSF guy (I am not) on this list who can confirm
that it is a stock car? Probable number? Probable date for the
photo?
- Jim B.

Re: What is this car?

BRIAN PAUL EHNI
 

ATSF Sk-L & N/P had this configuration: https://id18538.securedata.net/westerfieldmodels.com/merchantmanager/index.php?cPath=130_436







Thanks!
--

Brian Ehni



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Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 12:18 PM
To: STMFC List <STMFC@...>
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: What is this car?





That pattern of exterior boards was not that uncommon. ATSF had some: see Westerfield's 11500 series. Westerfield also has a similar car from the PRR: the 8700 series.



Richard Townsend

Lincoln City, OR

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From: jimbetz jimbetz@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...>
To: STMFC <STMFC@...>
Sent: Tue, Mar 7, 2017 10:02 am
Subject: [STMFC] Re: What is this car?



Jim Gates and all,

I agree with all of your analysis - but that stock car still has
me wondering. It is obvious, even to me, that it started life
as a stock car. But I've never seen a stock car that has those
boards on the top of the sides/ends (on any RR).

Is it possible that the roof was removed, the inside of the
car lined with wood, extensions added, and it is used in chip
hopper service? I don't think so - the location and the entire
train would seem to argue otherwise.
But the top of the sides (and ends) are something I've never
seen anywhere on any RR's stock car.

Is there an ATSF guy (I am not) on this list who can confirm
that it is a stock car? Probable number? Probable date for the
photo?
- Jim B.

Re: Pennsy X29

mark_landgraf
 

‎Bob

According to a PRR plan sheet for ladders, the X29 has
The vertical Styles are 1-3/4 by 1-3/4 by 3/16
Outside to outside the ladder width is 20
The rungs have the rivet holes 18-1/4 apart
The rungs are 3/4 inch in diameter
The rivets fit into a 5/8 hole
The vertical spacing, rung to rung is 15-3/4

Hope this helps
Mark

From: 'Robert J. Amsler, Jr.' mpfan1@... [STMFC]
Sent: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 11:20 AM
To: STMFC@...
Reply To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Pennsy X29

 

Good morning:

 

I am hope someone on the list may know this information.  I looking for the width of the ladders on Pennsy X29 box cars so I can get the correct ladder from Pierre.  I looked at the all steel book from Speedwitch and the drawings show the distance between the rungs but not the stiles.

 

Thanks,

 

Bob Amsler

Saint Louis, Missouri