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Why Transfer cabooses?

Aley, Jeff A
 

Learned and Esteemed Listmembers (you know who you are!),

 

               Why did many railroads build special “transfer cabooses”?  Why not just use a regular caboose?  It seems like extra effort to build the “shack on a flat”, and I don’t understand why that effort is justified.

 

Thanks,

 

-Jeff

 


Merchants Despatch

George Corral
 

Hi all,

I'm looking for the book Merchants Despatch, Its History and Equipment by Roger C. Hinman.

If you have a copy you don't mind sending my way, please contact me at    aileron44@...


George Corral
La Grange, KY


FOR SALE HO Kits

Storey Lindsay
 

Group,

 

I still have a few Sunshine, Westerfield, and Funaro & Camerlengo HO-Scale resin kits I need to find new homes for. I have reduced the prices in order to clear them out. If you are interested, please let me know OFFLINE at --  storey.lindsay@... -- and I will send you a list of what is still available.  Thanks for your interest.

Storey Lindsay
Celje, Slovenia

 


Re: Accurail acquired Rib Side Cars tooling

George Byers <gbyers@...>
 

Dennis,

I'm glad to hear Accurail has purchased George Schmidt's tooling and parts.  These are cars Milwaukee modelers have wanted for decades.  Sorry that he closed his company.

See the attached list for the Rib Side Car kits I have.  Most cars were on his website.  The 5411 and 5413 kits were not.  These are the 40ft cars "stretched" to 50ft  by added a 10ft section in the middle.  The 5411 and 5413 are the same car with different lettering. 

Contact me directly if you want any information from the kits.

George Byers
Milwaukee, WI
email: gbyers@...
Cell ph.: 414-507-1427


Re: GN 40' Truss Rod Boxcars

earlyrail
 

Attachment did not work.
Can not save a pdf to the images area.
It says I am not authorized to add a folder to the files area.
Send me an email and I will forward a pdf file from the Railway Engineering and Review
cascaderail  at  bellsouth  net

Howard Garner


Re: GN 40' Truss Rod Boxcars

earlyrail
 


I found my copy at the University of Minnesota library.
There should be pdf a copy attached


Re: ATSF Fe-U 50' car Whose model is this??

Scott
 

Can anybody make out what the placard says on the door?  It blurs out on my phone when it try and zoom in.

Scott McDonald


Re: Calcuim carbide car?

mopacfirst
 

One possible answer is that the windows might have been intended as 'explosion hatches'.  I've seen a calcium carbide explosion, on a small cinderblock building about 15' x 15', in 1979.  It didn't blow the roof completely off, but it lifted the roof far enough that it settled back down out of place.

Ron Merrick


Re: Athearn blue box gon

Robert J Miller CFA
 

If you are using a Windows PC try using SNIP. You can locate SNIP by clicking on the Windows icon (lower left corner of your Task Bar), then opening “Search”. Start typing “snip” and it should pop up. 

NOTE: I have not tried using SNIP with Train Life myself, but it has worked with other sites.


On May 16, 2018, at 6:06 AM, Enzo Fortuna <fortuna.enzo@...> wrote:

BUT... seems no way to dowload the pdf and read it off line?
I've not find the way, any trick?
Cheers
Enzo Fortuna
Modeling the friendly Espee in ... Italy


Re: Athearn blue box gon

Richard Townsend
 

I searched unsuccessfully for a "print" button myself. But then I just clicked "Control P" and it printed as a pdf. Be aware it is a huge file, well over 100 megs.

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR


-----Original Message-----
From: Enzo Fortuna <fortuna.enzo@...>
To: main <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, May 16, 2018 8:42 am
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Athearn blue box gon

BUT... seems no way to dowload the pdf and read it off line?
I've not find the way, any trick?
Cheers
Enzo Fortuna
Modeling the friendly Espee in ... Italy


Re: Athearn blue box gon

Enzo Fortuna
 

BUT... seems no way to dowload the pdf and read it off line?
I've not find the way, any trick?
Cheers
Enzo Fortuna
Modeling the friendly Espee in ... Italy


Re: GN 40' Truss Rod Boxcars

Dennis Storzek
 

If you are looking for large format drawings that "show all", you might search your roster for cars that were built by either Pullman or Haskell & Barker, then contact the Pullman Library at the Illinois Railway Museum :https://www.irm.org/pullmanlibrary/

It's easiest to find drawings by builders lot number, but possible by road and date. 1901 is a bit early for the collection, but just about every freightcar produced after 1909 will have some information. Each lot typically has a 1" scale general arrangement drawing (the format typically presented in the Car Builder's Cyc's), a separate 1" scale drawing of the underframe, another of "steel details", and multiple smaller large scale drawings of component parts, sometimes including trucks. Occasionally there is a lettering arrangement drawing. The large scale drawings can be ungainly to work with, and I find it easier to order them at 50% reduction and use a magnifying glass to read the smallest dimensions; the sheets are still completely legible at this size, but the total sheet size is reduced to about 2' x 3'.

The reproduction fees nay seem a bit high at the onset, but the wealth of information is worth the price.

Dennis Storzek


Re: GN 40' Truss Rod Boxcars

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
 

Hi Howard and Mike and List Members,
 
I have managed to locate many older issues of Railway and Engineering Review online, but not this one.
 
Anyone have any success turning this one up?
 
Claus Schlund
 
 
 

From: Schleigh Mike via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:06 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] GN 40' Truss Rod Boxcars
 
Thank You Howard!
 
We will pursue this source.
 
Regards from Grove City, Penna.  Mike Schleigh
 
On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 6:07:15 AM EDT, earlyrail <cascaderail@...> wrote:
 
 
Yes,
The Railway and Engineering Review, February 23, 1901, page 100
Howard Garner
 

Virus-free. www.avast.com


TrainLife site

Eric Hansmann
 

TrainLife seems to be the ExactRail storefront. Here’s the index page for the magazines that are available to view online.

https://trainlife.com/pages/the-magazine-library

 

 

Some issues are missing and portions of some issues are also missing. But it is better than nothing.

 

 

 

Eric Hansmann
Murfreesboro, TN

 

 

 


From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Tim O'Connor
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 6:22 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Athearn blue box gon

 


Awesome, thanks! I didn't know Trainlife had come back to life! For a long time
it seemed to be unavailable...

Tim O'



Re: GN 40' Truss Rod Boxcars

Schleigh Mike
 

Thank You Howard!

We will pursue this source.

Regards from Grove City, Penna.  Mike Schleigh

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 6:07:15 AM EDT, earlyrail <cascaderail@...> wrote:


Yes,
The Railway and Engineering Review, February 23, 1901, page 100
Howard Garner


Virus-free. www.avast.com


Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Calcium carbide car?

Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

Gang;

NYC owned calcium carbide container cars with cylindrical removable containers in a rack. PRR owned none, although they did accept smaller square industry containers for shipment in gons.

Elden Gatwood

-----Original Message-----
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of davidbriel2000 via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:39 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Calcium carbide car?

This is the old AHM HO model of the Calcium Carbide Flatcar. Sorry about the post STEAM era roadname, I do not know if the NYC or PRR owned any calcium carbide flatcars. David Briel



-----Original Message-----
From: BRIAN PAUL EHNI <bpehni@gmail.com>
To: main <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, May 16, 2018 8:19 am
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Calcium carbide car?


Wooden walkways don’t spark.


Thanks!
--
Brian Ehni

From: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> > on behalf of RICH CHAPIN <rwc27q@verizon.net <mailto:rwc27q@verizon.net> >
Reply-To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> >
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 6:50 AM
To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> >
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Calcium carbide car?

Google “calcium carbide container” and you’ll see drums [55 gal] and 5 gal plastic pails and some neat container cars—all currently used; use the wayback machine then imagine the interior of the car when loaded back then—I can see drums, or barrels or cans –all water tight, in that car—still doesn’t explain the wooden walkways, although maybe the spaces along the sides fit one drum—a single row along the exterior to limit the amount in the car; since we don’t “know” the car was used transport calcium carbide, which could simply be the name of the car, not the use of the car, I can view the above as a morning swag

Windows for light I’d say

Rich Chapin


Re: Calcium carbide car?

davidbriel2000 <DBriel1782@...>
 

This is the old AHM HO model of the Calcium Carbide Flatcar. Sorry about the post STEAM era roadname, I do not know if the NYC or PRR owned any calcium carbide flatcars. David Briel


-----Original Message-----
From: BRIAN PAUL EHNI <bpehni@...>
To: main <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, May 16, 2018 8:19 am
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Calcium carbide car?

Wooden walkways don’t spark.
 
 
Thanks!
--
Brian Ehni
 
From: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of RICH CHAPIN <rwc27q@...>
Reply-To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 6:50 AM
To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Calcium carbide car?
 
Google “calcium carbide container” and you’ll see drums [55 gal] and 5 gal plastic pails and some neat container cars—all currently used;  use the wayback machine then imagine the interior of the car when loaded back then—I can see drums, or barrels or cans –all water tight,  in that car—still doesn’t explain the wooden walkways, although maybe the spaces along the sides fit one drum—a single row along the exterior to limit the amount in the car; since we don’t “know” the car was used transport calcium carbide, which could simply be the name of the car, not the use of the car, I can view the above as a morning swag
 
Windows for light I’d say
 
Rich Chapin
 


Re: Calcium carbide car?

 

Wooden walkways don’t spark.

 

 

Thanks!
--
Brian Ehni

 

From: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of RICH CHAPIN <rwc27q@...>
Reply-To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 6:50 AM
To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Calcium carbide car?

 

Google “calcium carbide container” and you’ll see drums [55 gal] and 5 gal plastic pails and some neat container cars—all currently used;  use the wayback machine then imagine the interior of the car when loaded back then—I can see drums, or barrels or cans –all water tight,  in that car—still doesn’t explain the wooden walkways, although maybe the spaces along the sides fit one drum—a single row along the exterior to limit the amount in the car; since we don’t “know” the car was used transport calcium carbide, which could simply be the name of the car, not the use of the car, I can view the above as a morning swag

 

Windows for light I’d say

 

Rich Chapin

 


Re: Calcium carbide car?

RICH CHAPIN
 

Google “calcium carbide container” and you’ll see drums [55 gal] and 5 gal plastic pails and some neat container cars—all currently used;  use the wayback machine then imagine the interior of the car when loaded back then—I can see drums, or barrels or cans –all water tight,  in that car—still doesn’t explain the wooden walkways, although maybe the spaces along the sides fit one drum—a single row along the exterior to limit the amount in the car; since we don’t “know” the car was used transport calcium carbide, which could simply be the name of the car, not the use of the car, I can view the above as a morning swag

 

Windows for light I’d say

 

Rich Chapin

 


Re: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Boxcar identification help requested

Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

I think that is highly possible. I remember old "floodlights" in storage in a yard somewhere that looked awfully like big versions of a spelunking lamp.

Elden Gatwood

-----Original Message-----
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Steve and Barb Hile
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 4:19 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Boxcar identification help requested

What about use for portable flood lights at the site of a derailment?

Steve Hile

-----Original Message-----
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf
Of David Soderblom
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 3:09 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Boxcar identification help requested

Calcium carbide is indeed used to generate acetylene. Most common use
is/was in miners' helmets. It releases C2H2 when mixed with water, so a
small reservoir would drip onto the carbide. I very much doubt that calcium
carbide output would be used for welding: just too slow, difficult to
regulate, and you buy tanks of gas for that.

Was PRR engaged in a tunneling project at the time? That would explain the
need for the material for the workers.


David Soderblom
Baltimore MD
david.soderblom@gmail.com

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