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Re: Yarmouth Model Works NP boxcar

gtws00
 

Paul, That turned out very nice. 
Thanks for sharing the finished car photo
George Toman


Yarmouth Model Works NP boxcar

Paul Doggett
 

Hi guys

My Yarmouth Model Works 1937 AAR NP boxcar is ready to roll.



Paul Doggett England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿


Carmer Cut Lever Photo

Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
 

Good Friends,

While scanning up some of my old negatives, I chanced upon this view of the brake end of a flat car on the now-defunct New Hampshire & Vermont Railroad at Whitefield, NH. The Carmer cut lever is very clear for you detail hounds. Also note that the pin on the end of the lever of the right-hand car has broken off, but is still attached to the coupler.

Yours Aye,


Garth Groff


Re: C&O Gla clone

Eric Hansmann
 

A review of the dimension listed in the October 1926 ORER shows these two
hoppers have very slight differences.


24000-24499
32-foot, 3-inch outside length
10-foot outside height to top of sides
1731 cubic capacity


50000-58999
31-foot, 3-inch outside length
10-foot outside height to top of sides
1731 cubic capacity

The side stakes are different as are the end supports and hand hold
locations. Trucks are also different.

C&O 56806 does not have handholds that comply with the 1911 Safety
Appliances Act amendment. This seems odd for a car rebuilt in 1912.



Eric Hansmann
Murfreesboro, TN

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Of David via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2019 9:31 PM
To: RealSTMFC@groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] C&O Gla clone

Found this rarity on the Columbus Railroads Ralston site:
http://columbusrailroads.com/new/utility/display.php?file=..%2Fimages%2Fphot
os-ralston-frt-cars%2Frscc-312-ps-1400.jpg

Compare and contrast with the 1905 Common Design hopper here:
http://columbusrailroads.com/new/utility/display.php?file=..%2Fimages%2Fphot
os-ralston-frt-cars%2Frsc-neg+300-1200.jpg

David Thompson


Re: Model Train Magazine Index web site

Dennis Storzek
 

On Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 09:03 PM, Tim O'Connor wrote:
Yep. I first encountered it at the NMRA convention in Denver in 1991. A man was selling searches from
the database - some amount of money per page! Funny when you think about it.

Tim,

I think that was an earlier effort... the name Data Train of Texas comes to mind. As far as I know, Jeff's index was always free, and was hosted by a friend (not a model railroader) who had space on his server. That free part became a problem when the free server space was wanted for other uses, and the index was in danger of shutting down. I offered space on the server Accurail was using, since we were paying for way more than we were using at the time, but couldn't justify the time to keep the index updated. Kalmbach was the 'white knight' that saved the day. But I agree with you, the index is less useful than it has been in the past. I don't think I've used it in two or three years. 

Dennis Storzek


Building resin tank car kits

Eric Hansmann
 

Do you need tips to build the resin tank car kits in your stash? Bill Darnaby offers great kit building techniques in the latest Resin Car Works blog post.

http://blog.resincarworks.com/assembling-resin-car-works-acf-insulated-tank-car-kits/



Eric Hansmann
RCW web guy


Re: Model Train Magazine Index web site

Tom Madden
 

The 1991 Denver NMRA national convention is also where I bought that index. I think the fellow was from Texas and he called the product Datatrain IIRC. 
Tom Madden


Re: Model Train Magazine Index web site

Tim O'Connor
 

Dennis

Yep. I first encountered it at the NMRA convention in Denver in 1991. A man was selling searches from
the database - some amount of money per page! Funny when you think about it. Then he sold floppy disks
with the database for early PC models (MS-DOS, remember that?) and for a fee you could subscribe to
the updates. I did that for a while too. I think index books were printed as well.

But, like I said, utterly obsolete technology, and often less useful than a Google search. I keep my own
database of hundreds of text files built up over the past 30 years but I've greatly slacked off since so much
information is redundant or has been supplanted with new publications (RP Cyc) or Excel spreadsheets,
etc. I only rarely encounter a question that can't be answered quickly nowadays.

Tim





On 1/6/2019 8:15 PM, Dennis Storzek wrote:
On Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 11:34 AM, Tim O'Connor wrote:
The problem with the index is that it uses 50 year old technology, and the world has moved on.
The Model Train Magazine Index was the creation of one man, Jeff Scherb IIRC, who's job had him doing a lot of flying. The database was literally built on airplanes. Jeff would read the articles and assign keywords to each. The index search function would search for the entered keywords. At least, this is what Jeff told me the year we hosted the index on accurail.com.

Like all labors of love, it eventually became a chore, and Jeff sold the index to Kalmbach, who felt it would be a traffic builder for their newly launched TRAINS.com. I'm not sure if Kalmbach realized how much work keeping the index current was going to be, and I have no idea who now gets stuck assigning the keywords, but that is likely the root of the inconsistent search results. Other issues, like pages not loading, are likely an indication of how much interest they currently have in it.

Dennis Storzek


--
Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


C&O Gla clone

David
 


Re: Model Train Magazine Index web site

Nelson Moyer
 

Sometime around 2009, I did an index search using the keywords, CB&Q and Burlington Route. I got 241 articles from all of the magazines with articles on those key words. I saved those results as an Excel file. Today I did an advanced search of the index using CB&Q as the keyword, and I got zero matches. Something drastic has happened to the index, and it’s not for the better.

 

Nelson Moyer

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dennis Storzek
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2019 7:16 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Model Train Magazine Index web site

 

On Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 11:34 AM, Tim O'Connor wrote:

The problem with the index is that it uses 50 year old technology, and the world has moved on.

The Model Train Magazine Index was the creation of one man, Jeff Scherb IIRC, who's job had him doing a lot of flying. The database was literally built on airplanes. Jeff would read the articles and assign keywords to each. The index search function would search for the entered keywords. At least, this is what Jeff told me the year we hosted the index on accurail.com.

Like all labors of love, it eventually became a chore, and Jeff sold the index to Kalmbach, who felt it would be a traffic builder for their newly launched TRAINS.com. I'm not sure if Kalmbach realized how much work keeping the index current was going to be, and I have no idea who now gets stuck assigning the keywords, but that is likely the root of the inconsistent search results. Other issues, like pages not loading, are likely an indication of how much interest they currently have in it.

Dennis Storzek


Re: Model Train Magazine Index web site

Dennis Storzek
 

On Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 11:34 AM, Tim O'Connor wrote:
The problem with the index is that it uses 50 year old technology, and the world has moved on.
The Model Train Magazine Index was the creation of one man, Jeff Scherb IIRC, who's job had him doing a lot of flying. The database was literally built on airplanes. Jeff would read the articles and assign keywords to each. The index search function would search for the entered keywords. At least, this is what Jeff told me the year we hosted the index on accurail.com.

Like all labors of love, it eventually became a chore, and Jeff sold the index to Kalmbach, who felt it would be a traffic builder for their newly launched TRAINS.com. I'm not sure if Kalmbach realized how much work keeping the index current was going to be, and I have no idea who now gets stuck assigning the keywords, but that is likely the root of the inconsistent search results. Other issues, like pages not loading, are likely an indication of how much interest they currently have in it.

Dennis Storzek


Re: Twin Star Cars

Ross Dando
 

Despite the rumors I am alive and kicking. The Chrysler conversion parts are still available.  Please contact me off list at "twinstarcars - at- yahoo - dot- com"  I no longer have a domain name due to my provider not notifying me it was due and I had moved since I renewed it 10 years ago. So. No website for me.  If you need pictures let me know. I will be putting together something in the evil FB world but I know many of you do use FB. 

Thanks,
Ross Dando 
Meridian, Idaho


Re: NEB&W (RPI) layout being MOVED to ???

up4479
 


-- John is looking for help in spreading the word around.  They hope publicity will enable them to relocate.  The more people that know the better.
Steve Solombrino


Re: decals on wood

Brent Greer
 

I've had great success with decals applied to wood. You don't need to paint or seal any differently than you might otherwise do with plastic or resin,  but you do need to be careful with the amount of setting solution that you use.  I once had a wood sided car warp due to the volume of liquid the wood absorbed.  (I placed it under an incandescent bulb for a few hours to dry it out and fortunately it returned to its original shape.)

Brent
________________________________
Dr. J. Brent Greer


From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of Bruce Smith <smithbf@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 2:36:37 PM
To: stmfc
Subject: [RealSTMFC] decals on wood
 

Folks,


I could use some help. I have been working on an ABC USRA gondola with an undec IM kit (in HO) and I'm getting near the end. I have the decals for this car from the ACl/SBD/SCL HS. Most of the lettering goes on the wood sides and as many of you know, this kit has actual wood sides. I have painted these black with Model Master enamel, sanded them, and painted on a a second coat. The paint is flat and so my plan is to give a third coat with Future and proceed to decal. My question is, are 3 coats (2 paint, 1 future) good enough to seal the wood and get good decal performance, or do I need more coats of paint to seal first?


Regards

Bruce 

Bruce Smith

Auburn, AL


Re: Twin Star Cars

Tim O'Connor
 

Richard

You can try his email address -- twinstarcars@...

I vaguely recall he posted he had some health problems last year... but I could be thinking of someone else.


On 1/6/2019 3:57 PM, Richard Townsend via Groups.Io wrote:
Is Twin Star Cars still in business? It's Ross Dando's company and the manufacturer of shock absorbers for the uncommon Chrysler trucks used on some PFE reefers and other cars. Their web address takes me to a flashing melange of Asian writing.

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR


--
Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


Re: decals on wood

Guy Wilber
 

Ralph,

Buy Minwax Antique Oil Finish, or Varathane Oil Based Ultimate Polyurethane in a spray can.  We used to call the latter Varathane Gold, but Rust-Oleum changed the can to blue and white...you can also brush either; just spray a bit into a small container, and hand buff it to a glass finish prior to applying paint.

Guy Wilber
Reno, Nevada 


On Jan 6, 2019, at 12:48 PM, Ralph W. Brown <rbrown51@...> wrote:

Hi Tim,
 
Do you thin the polyurethane?  If so, how much?
 
Thanks,
 
 
Ralph Brown
Portland, Maine
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532

rbrown51[at]maine[dot]rr[dot]com
 
From: Tim O'Connor
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 2:40 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] decals on wood
 
Bruce

I seal real wood with Minwax polyurethane. It turns wood into "virtual styrene". :-) And of course
it can be painted over.

Tim O'Connor



On 1/6/2019 2:36 PM, Bruce Smith wrote:

Folks,

 

I could use some help. I have been working on an ABC USRA gondola with an undec IM kit (in HO) and I'm getting near the end. I have the decals for this car from the ACl/SBD/SCL HS. Most of the lettering goes on the wood sides and as many of you know, this kit has actual wood sides. I have painted these black with Model Master enamel, sanded them, and painted on a a second coat. The paint is flat and so my plan is to give a third coat with Future and proceed to decal. My question is, are 3 coats (2 paint, 1 future) good enough to seal the wood and get good decal performance, or do I need more coats of paint to seal first?

 

Regards

Bruce




--
Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


Re: decals on wood

Tim O'Connor
 

Ralph

I just brush it on, out of the can.

The specific kind I use: Water base, "Oil Modified" polyurethane, satin finish.

It cleans up with water.

Tim


On 1/6/2019 3:48 PM, Ralph W. Brown wrote:
Hi Tim,
 
Do you thin the polyurethane?  If so, how much?
 
Thanks,
 
 
Ralph Brown
Portland, Maine
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532

rbrown51[at]maine[dot]rr[dot]com
 
From: Tim O'Connor
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 2:40 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] decals on wood
 
Bruce

I seal real wood with Minwax polyurethane. It turns wood into "virtual styrene". :-) And of course
it can be painted over.

Tim O'Connor



On 1/6/2019 2:36 PM, Bruce Smith wrote:

Folks,

 

I could use some help. I have been working on an ABC USRA gondola with an undec IM kit (in HO) and I'm getting near the end. I have the decals for this car from the ACl/SBD/SCL HS. Most of the lettering goes on the wood sides and as many of you know, this kit has actual wood sides. I have painted these black with Model Master enamel, sanded them, and painted on a a second coat. The paint is flat and so my plan is to give a third coat with Future and proceed to decal. My question is, are 3 coats (2 paint, 1 future) good enough to seal the wood and get good decal performance, or do I need more coats of paint to seal first?

 

Regards

Bruce




--
Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


--
Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


Re: Twin Star Cars

Steve and Barb Hile
 

Ross' website did lapse and hasn't been replaced, as of yet.  You can contact Ross directly at
 
 
Steve Hile



From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Richard Townsend via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2019 2:57 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Twin Star Cars

Is Twin Star Cars still in business? It's Ross Dando's company and the manufacturer of shock absorbers for the uncommon Chrysler trucks used on some PFE reefers and other cars. Their web address takes me to a flashing melange of Asian writing.

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR


Re: Poultry Car Dimensions

Tim Meyer
 

Thanks Doug

Tim Meyer


Re: decals on wood

Denny Anspach <danspachmd@...>
 

By serendipity, I have had considerable  experience with decals on wood, and the bottom essential before decal-ling is to fill the wood grain  with paint, varnish, lacquer, or sanding sealer to the point that the surface can be lightly sanded to be smooth and “glossy”. Then, have at it. Decals have a truly difficult time settling into unfilled grain, no amount of applications of Walthers’ SolvaSet notwithstanding. 

 I have found that the woods commonly used for laser kits seem to have more open grain than the usual basswood.  I am currently in the process of finishing up several wood car kits so the subject is a hot one,.I will attach below a photo of a recent decal application on wood.  Ignore that it is a passenger car, but the point’s the same! 

Denny

Denny S. Anspach, MD
307 Stanton Road
Quarryville, PA
17566


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