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Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

Paul R Greenwald
 

Built one if these in 1960 or 1961 while in high school. Still have it (packed away after downsizing).  Have to dig it out when we get back  from FL.
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Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

Steve SANDIFER
 

That was the first Ambroid Kit I ever built. I sold it a few years ago as it did not match my layout or era.

 

 

J. Stephen Sandifer

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Benjamin Hom
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2019 5:31 AM
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Subject: [RealSTMFC] Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

 

Ambroid Western Union Material Car ad, October 1959 issue of Model Railroader.





Ben Hom

 


Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

mofwcaboose <MOFWCABOOSE@...>
 

That is because they were narrow-gauge cars used on the narrow gauge parts of the Denver & Rio Grande Western in Colorado. Two of them still exist; what was once 301 is on the Cumbres & Toltec; the former 302 is at the Colorado Railroad Museum.

John C. La Rue, Jr.
Bonita Springs, FL


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Thu, Mar 28, 2019 7:17 pm
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

Good evening:

I have a number of 1/4” drawings in my collection for:

Western Union Telegraph Co., Outfit Car No. 301 (32’)
Western Union Telegraph Co., Outfit Car No. 302 (32’)
Western Union Telegraph Co., Outfit Car No. 303 (32’)

Interesting they were so much shorter than the one being discussed.

Frank A. Pearsall
Brevard, N.C.

On Mar 28, 2019, at 2:27 PM, Benjamin Hom <b.hom@...> wrote:

Don Valentine wrote:
"...the prototype for that Western Union car hung around on the B&M for some years in the Connecticut River Valley. Harry Frye and I first ran across it one 
Saturday in the early 1970's  at the west end of the former Greenfield, Mass. station site on a siding of the westbound Fitchburg Div. main. By the early 1980's it had been moved to the East Deerfield Yard where it sat for some additional years. From there it disappeared but whether it was simply moved again to some unknown location or scrapped I cannot state. Sorting through a large box of older negatives and photos here in recent weeks I ran across a photo of it taken in Greenfield these many years ago. I have always felt the Ambroid model was a fairly good rendition of this unusual piece of equipment. Perhaps I should find the photo again, scan it an post it here."

WUTX 7559 at East Deerfield MA, November 17, 1973, Steve Brayton photo, posted on George Elwood's website:


Ben Hom


Re: Grain Loading Limit Stencils

Jack Mullen
 

Also of interest, at least for the unseen-interior-detail obsessive, is the inside door for the lumber door.
Jack Mullen


Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

Frank Pearsall
 

Good evening:

I have a number of 1/4” drawings in my collection for:

Western Union Telegraph Co., Outfit Car No. 301 (32’)
Western Union Telegraph Co., Outfit Car No. 302 (32’)
Western Union Telegraph Co., Outfit Car No. 303 (32’)

Interesting they were so much shorter than the one being discussed.

Frank A. Pearsall
Brevard, N.C.

On Mar 28, 2019, at 2:27 PM, Benjamin Hom <b.hom@...> wrote:

Don Valentine wrote:
"...the prototype for that Western Union car hung around on the B&M for some years in the Connecticut River Valley. Harry Frye and I first ran across it one 
Saturday in the early 1970's  at the west end of the former Greenfield, Mass. station site on a siding of the westbound Fitchburg Div. main. By the early 1980's it had been moved to the East Deerfield Yard where it sat for some additional years. From there it disappeared but whether it was simply moved again to some unknown location or scrapped I cannot state. Sorting through a large box of older negatives and photos here in recent weeks I ran across a photo of it taken in Greenfield these many years ago. I have always felt the Ambroid model was a fairly good rendition of this unusual piece of equipment. Perhaps I should find the photo again, scan it an post it here."

WUTX 7559 at East Deerfield MA, November 17, 1973, Steve Brayton photo, posted on George Elwood's website:


Ben Hom
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Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

mofwcaboose <MOFWCABOOSE@...>
 

Indeed. The Soo, the Chicago & Northwestern, the Georgia, the Nickel Plate, and the Frisco all had ex-Western Union cars among their nonrevenue equipment. The Nickel Plate seems to have had the most.

John C. La Rue, Jr.
Bonita Springs, FL


-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Storzek <destorzek@...>
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Sent: Thu, Mar 28, 2019 2:19 pm
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Interestingly, the Soo Line had one of these cars on their work equipment roster after WWII. Turns out the Chicago -Twin Cities telegraph line was owned by Western Union and the Soo rented a couple wires for company business. This made WU responcibilityfor the line maintenance and gang was assigned. When the Soo later bought the pole line, the assigned maintenance equipment was part of the transaction. I wouldn't doubt other roads had similar transactions.
Dennis Storzek


Re: Grain Loading Limit Stencils

Nolan Hinshaw
 

On Mar 28, 2019, at 9:35 AM, Bob Chaparro via Groups.Io wrote:

This is a good photo of the fill lines stenciled inside a boxcar to indicate the limit for loading grain by type:
http://lists.railfan.net/erielackphoto.cgi?erielack-09-30-18/X5239.jpg
Probably something none of us would model, though.
That does deep-end[sic] in part on the scale. I know some obsessive sorts working in larger outdoor scales who might.
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Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

gary laakso
 

Thanks, Ben!  It has the bottom sill that another throwback, Train-Miniature featured on its plastic boxcars. 

 

Gary Laakso

Northwest of Mick Brock

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Benjamin Hom
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:27 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

 

Don Valentine wrote:

"...the prototype for that Western Union car hung around on the B&M for some years in the Connecticut River Valley. Harry Frye and I first ran across it one 

Saturday in the early 1970's  at the west end of the former Greenfield, Mass. station site on a siding of the westbound Fitchburg Div. main. By the early 1980's it had been moved to the East Deerfield Yard where it sat for some additional years. From there it disappeared but whether it was simply moved again to some unknown location or scrapped I cannot state. Sorting through a large box of older negatives and photos here in recent weeks I ran across a photo of it taken in Greenfield these many years ago. I have always felt the Ambroid model was a fairly good rendition of this unusual piece of equipment. Perhaps I should find the photo again, scan it an post it here."

 

WUTX 7559 at East Deerfield MA, November 17, 1973, Steve Brayton photo, posted on George Elwood's website:

 

 

Ben Hom


Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

Benjamin Hom
 

Don Valentine wrote:
"...the prototype for that Western Union car hung around on the B&M for some years in the Connecticut River Valley. Harry Frye and I first ran across it one 
Saturday in the early 1970's  at the west end of the former Greenfield, Mass. station site on a siding of the westbound Fitchburg Div. main. By the early 1980's it had been moved to the East Deerfield Yard where it sat for some additional years. From there it disappeared but whether it was simply moved again to some unknown location or scrapped I cannot state. Sorting through a large box of older negatives and photos here in recent weeks I ran across a photo of it taken in Greenfield these many years ago. I have always felt the Ambroid model was a fairly good rendition of this unusual piece of equipment. Perhaps I should find the photo again, scan it an post it here."

WUTX 7559 at East Deerfield MA, November 17, 1973, Steve Brayton photo, posted on George Elwood's website:


Ben Hom


Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

Dennis Storzek
 

Interestingly, the Soo Line had one of these cars on their work equipment roster after WWII. Turns out the Chicago -Twin Cities telegraph line was owned by Western Union and the Soo rented a couple wires for company business. This made WU responcibilityfor the line maintenance and gang was assigned. When the Soo later bought the pole line, the assigned maintenance equipment was part of the transaction. I wouldn't doubt other roads had similar transactions.
Dennis Storzek


Re: PRR gon with some kind of metal product load

Denny Anspach <danspachmd@...>
 

The Budd company was a major (road) truck-trailer and automotive supplier, particularly wheels, before,  during and after its side production of passenger railroad cars.  The Hunting Park facility was where Budd manufactured all of its original stainless early ‘30s  experimental, Burlington, ATSF, B&M, etc.  cars (and locomotive bodies) up to 1948 when all railroad care production was moved to its new Red Lion plant. Apparently the Hunting Park plant depicted currently continued in operation for some decades after 1948 producing other Budd products. 

Denny
 
Denny S. Anspach, MD
Sacramento, CA 95864




Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

Tony Thompson
 

Ben Hom wrote:

Ambroid Western Union Material Car ad, October 1959 issue of Model Railroader.

     I picked up one of these models at a swap meet, repaired a few "ouches," and have used it in my layout op sessions. It led me to discover that Southern Pacific, which I model, had its own telephone/telegraph lines in most areas, but also made use of Western Union lines in some other areas, and that WU did maintain its own lines. Even when the WU lines were not being used by SP, they often were built parallel to the tracks, so WU maintenance equipment is not out of place. I would never have learned any of that if I had not chosen to buy this model.

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Re: Sunshine GATX Type 17 Tank Cars - better instructions for building them

O Fenton Wells
 

Probably Tom, I’m on the road and was going from memory and at my age that’s dangerous 
Fenton 


On Mar 28, 2019, at 11:28 AM, Tom Madden via Groups.Io <pullmanboss@...> wrote:

On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 04:39 AM, O Fenton Wells wrote:
Thanks Todd, I have a couple in inventory and appreciate your help.  I built the Warren kit years ago and sorta stumbled through it.
Fenton
 
?????  The Type 17 was a GATC radial riveted tank. Sunshine's #99.x kit came with a cast tank body and wasn't offered with Warren decals. Are you thinking of Sunshine's earlier #36.x ACF insulated tank kit where you made the tank by forming a cast wrapper around a length of PVC pipe? That did come with Warren decals. Difficult kit. Both #99 and #36 kits were offered with Cities Service decals.

Tom Madden
 
 


Re: Grain Loading Limit Stencils

Bruce Smith
 

Speak for yourself, Bob, ;) Indeed, many times these lines were on the sides of the cars near, or opposite the doors. As I work on a board by board interior for my HO scale PRR X31A, I intend to have at least one door fully open to show off the interior and thus it would likely need this stenciling. Note that the reason that I am doing this is that the restorer of a prototype PRR X31A sent me some floor boars, which I am turning into HO scale floor, side and end boards for this model.

Regards

Bruce


Bruce F. Smith            

Auburn, AL

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




On Mar 28, 2019, at 11:35 AM, Bob Chaparro via Groups.Io <chiefbobbb@...> wrote:

This is a good photo of the fill lines stenciled inside a boxcar to indicate the limit for loading grain by type:
Probably something none of us would model, though.
Bob Chaparro
Hemet, CA


Grain Loading Limit Stencils

Bob Chaparro
 

This is a good photo of the fill lines stenciled inside a boxcar to indicate the limit for loading grain by type:

http://lists.railfan.net/erielackphoto.cgi?erielack-09-30-18/X5239.jpg

Probably something none of us would model, though.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

gary laakso
 

Ben, they even used the white wash technique to highlight the under body details for us!  

Gary Laakso
Northwest of Mike Brock


Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

Donald B. Valentine <riverman_vt@...>
 

   Actually, Ben, the prototype for that Western Union car hung around on the B&M for some years in the Connecticut River Valley. Harry Frye and I first ran across it one 
Saturday in the early 1970's  at the west end of the former Greenfield, Mass. station site on a siding of the westbound Fitchburg Div. main. By the early 1980's it had been
moved to the East Deerfield Yard where it sat for some additional years. From there it disappeared but whether it was simply moved again to some unknown location or 
scrapped I cannot state. Sorting through a large box of older negatives and photos here in recent weeks I ran across a photo of it taken in Greenfield these many years ago.
I have always felt the Ambroid model was a fairly good rendition of this unusual piece of equipment. Perhaps I should find the photo again, scan it an post it here.

Cordially, Don Valentine


Re: Sunshine GATX Type 17 Tank Cars - better instructions for building them

Tom Madden
 

On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 04:39 AM, O Fenton Wells wrote:
Thanks Todd, I have a couple in inventory and appreciate your help.  I built the Warren kit years ago and sorta stumbled through it.
Fenton
 
?????  The Type 17 was a GATC radial riveted tank. Sunshine's #99.x kit came with a cast tank body and wasn't offered with Warren decals. Are you thinking of Sunshine's earlier #36.x ACF insulated tank kit where you made the tank by forming a cast wrapper around a length of PVC pipe? That did come with Warren decals. Difficult kit. Both #99 and #36 kits were offered with Cities Service decals.

Tom Madden
 
 


Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

Benjamin Hom
 

The Southeastern Railway Museum in Decatur, GA is restoring a Western Union tool car.


Ben Hom



Re: Throwback Thursday: Ambroid Western Union Material Car

Peter Ness
 

Thanks to all who took the time to inform me about the intent of “hot fuel proof”. While I did build a couple balsa (or basswood…) aircraft models as a kid, they were rubber band powered. By the time I was “old enough” for motor powered aircraft, they were already made of plastic and metal. Sometimes I’m sorry to have missed some of the earlier technologies,,,,

 

Peter Ness

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Benjamin Hom
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:20 AM
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Peter Ness asked:

"Why on the green earth would one need a cement that is “hot fuel proof”?  Was that an attempt to say non-flammable?"

 

It's meant to market the glue to the flying model airplane community.

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