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Re: Gondola Load

Nelson Moyer
 

Boomer Pete is a pen name used by Al Kalmbach in Model Railroader articles. He used to primarily for teaching purposes to encourage prototypical modeling and operation.

 

Nelson Moyer

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill Welch
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2019 9:03 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Gondola Load

 

Some of us have no idea who Boomer Pete is/was. Wondering if there is a way on the opening page of this group to have a yet to be authored and agreed upon "Ten Commandments of Freight Cars?"

Commandment 1)  XM Boxcars went everywhere

Bill Welch


Re: reporting marks for the 40ft single sheathed auto box car

Benjamin Hom
 

Claus Schlund asked:
"Any thoughts on the reporting marks for the 40ft single sheathed auto box car shown in [the] image linked below? The resolution is just not quite good enough..."
https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Image/IM86520 

NJI&I (New Jersey, Indiana, &  Illinois), a subsidiary of the Wabash.  I don't have ORER info with me at work today, but it looks like a potential kitbash of the Walthers 50 ft fantasy automobile boxcar.


Ben Hom



reporting marks for the 40ft single sheathed auto box car

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
 

Hi List Members,
 
Any thoughts on the reporting marks for the 40ft single sheathed auto box car shown in ght eimage linked below? The resolution is just not quite good enough...
 
 
Thanks for ideas in advance.
 
Claus Schlund
 


Re: Maine Central Box Car 46205

Brian Rochon
 

Thanks Todd.  You are, of course, correct.

 

Brian Rochon

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Todd Sullivan via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, April 1, 2019 10:55 AM
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Maine Central Box Car 46205

 

Ummm, in that era (1920s), I think MC is Michigan Central, part of the New York Central family, not Maine Central which has reporting marks MEC.

 

Todd Sullivan


Re: Michigan Central (NOT Maine Central) Box Car 46205

Benjamin Hom
 

Brian Rochon wrote:
"Today’s edition of the Erie Lackawanna E-Mail List Photo Archive (lists.railfan.net/erielack-photo) has four high resolution images of MC 46205, a wood-sheathed truss-rod box car, circa 1928-29."


Todd Sullivan replied:
"Ummm, in that era (1920s), I think MC is Michigan Central, part of the New York Central family, not Maine Central which has reporting marks MEC."

Todd is correct - the NYCL Oval and large "Michigan Central" reporting marks are dead giveaways.


Ben Hom 






Re: Maine Central Box Car 46205

Todd Sullivan
 

Ummm, in that era (1920s), I think MC is Michigan Central, part of the New York Central family, not Maine Central which has reporting marks MEC.

Todd Sullivan


Re: Gondola Load

Benjamin Hom
 

Bill Welch wrote:
"Some of us have no idea who Boomer Pete is/was."

Boomer Pete was a pen name that Al Kalmbach used to author various articles in Model Railroader.  The specific reference here is a piece written by him detailing the mix of home and foreign road freight cars.  He logically stated the mix should be a 50-50 mix of home road and foreign road cars, with foreign road cars weighed favoring proximity to the home road.  This idea gained unwarranted legitimacy as it was repeated in of John Armstrong's "Track Planning for Realistic Operations" (still worth getting an early edition, as later editions dropped a lot of material, and both are superior to what Kalmbach is currently offering with regards to books on model railroad operation).

The problem is that depending on the type of freight cars, this isn't the case, especially with general service cars as plain boxcars and flat cars, which tend to average out to national fleet averages.  For extensive e-mails on the subject, do a search on the late Tim Gilbert's e-mails in the group archive.  Or for a nice summary, see Tony Thompson's blog entries on the subject.


Ben Hom







Maine Central Box Car 46205

Brian Rochon
 

,_Today’s edition of the Erie Lackawanna E-Mail List Photo Archive (lists.railfan.net/erielack-photo) has four high resolution images of MC 46205, a wood-sheathed truss-rod box car, circa 1928-29. New images are posted daily by Patrick McKnight, Steamtown Historian/Archivist.

 

Brian Rochon

Silver Spring, MD


Re: Gondola Load

Bill Welch
 

Some of us have no idea who Boomer Pete is/was. Wondering if there is a way on the opening page of this group to have a yet to be authored and agreed upon "Ten Commandments of Freight Cars?"

Commandment 1)  XM Boxcars went everywhere

Bill Welch


Re: Gondola Load

Benjamin Hom
 

Fred Jansz wrote:
"A Western Pacific car on the B&O! Who would have [thought] that.

Bruce Smith wrote:
"Why?  A WP car on the B&O comes as no surprise at all to me. We’ve documented repeatedly on this list that boxcars traveled the entire country."

Because Boomer Pete lives on..."The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones."  It's sad how bad information in this hobby keeps getting passed on over and over again.


Ben Hom


Re: Gondola Load

Andy Carlson
 

My first thought was of a bean separator, such as used for Lima Beans. Not at all uncommon in California. Not many photos, as these were buried inside structures. I have such a bean separator I made dozens of years ago for a San Luis Obispo building.

Of course, the device is what it is, and our consensus doesn't necessary prove anything.
-Andy Carlson

On Monday, April 1, 2019, 5:56:50 AM PDT, Bruce Smith <smithbf@...> wrote:


Bruce,

Thanks for the more high res view, but it doesn’t really appear to change anything from our January discussion. It appears to either be a penstock, or some similar water piping or part of some sort of ventilation system. Looking at the boxy parts on the end, they have some irregularities that make me think that they might be temporary protection for something as opposed to a permanent part of whatever this is.

Regards

Bruce


Bruce F. Smith            

Auburn, AL

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




On Mar 31, 2019, at 8:50 PM, Bruce Griffin <bdg1210@...> wrote:

Group,

John King offered a much higher resolution scan for consideration. The load and gon are much clearer than in the scan I shared at first. The load is headed west from Baltimore in 1952 about 14 miles west of Baltimore. Any additional thoughts on origin or contents?  

Best Regards,
Bruce D. Griffin
Ashland, MD

<King Sentinel Photos OML2.jpg>


Re: Gondola Load

Bruce Smith
 

Fred,

Why?  A WP car on the B&O comes as no surprise at all to me. We’ve documented repeatedly on this list that boxcars traveled the entire country.

Regards

Bruce


Bruce F. Smith            

Auburn, AL

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




On Apr 1, 2019, at 1:06 AM, Fred Jansz <fred@...> wrote:

Tim and others interested,
WP 20243 also caught my eye immediately of course.
A Western Pacific car on the B&O!
Who would have thaught that.
However 20243 is not from the 20001-20200 'shorty' 9'6" batch (issued by Speedwitch (K-114, white or silver lettering), I own 3 of these kits, all built now), but from the  1945-built Mt Vernon batch WP 20201-20550 which has the 10'6" IH.
regards, Fred Jansz


Re: Gondola Load

Bruce Smith
 

Bruce,

Thanks for the more high res view, but it doesn’t really appear to change anything from our January discussion. It appears to either be a penstock, or some similar water piping or part of some sort of ventilation system. Looking at the boxy parts on the end, they have some irregularities that make me think that they might be temporary protection for something as opposed to a permanent part of whatever this is.

Regards

Bruce


Bruce F. Smith            

Auburn, AL

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




On Mar 31, 2019, at 8:50 PM, Bruce Griffin <bdg1210@...> wrote:

Group,

John King offered a much higher resolution scan for consideration. The load and gon are much clearer than in the scan I shared at first. The load is headed west from Baltimore in 1952 about 14 miles west of Baltimore. Any additional thoughts on origin or contents?  

Best Regards,
Bruce D. Griffin
Ashland, MD

<King Sentinel Photos OML2.jpg>


Re: WP Boxcar was Gondola Load

Bruce Griffin
 

Friends,

The WP car is coupled to boxcar GN 47384 (see attached photo) from the same photo sequence. They are on a siding headed to the Doughnut Corporation of America, a plant which milled and mixed grains and dry ingredients for doughnut flour and produced doughnut machinery for shops. Photos from this large mill show boxcars from across the country, so modeling It on my layout allows for cars from all over to be present. Any additional photos of the WP car would be appreciated. 

Best Regards,
Bruce D. Griffin
Ashland, MD


view of the trackside unloading equipment for a bulk oil dealership

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
 

Hi List Members,
 
We have a nice view of the trackside unloading equipment for a bulkj oil dealership at the link below...
 
 
No steam era freight cars on the siding, but there surely will be before long.
 
Enjoy!
 
Claus Schlund
 


Re: Gondola Load

Dennis Storzek
 

Related to air handling, could also be a plenum to conduct flue gasses from a furnace to a smoke stack.
Dennis Storzek


Re: Gondola Load

RICH CHAPIN
 

Has look of a large air-handling system. Structure doesn't look heavy enough [i.e, the cross-sections of the sheet metal] to handle water. Nice shot, love gon loads, Thx

Rich Chapin
Basking Ridge, NJ


Re: Gondola Load

Paul Woods <paul@...>
 

As an engineer who has built all kinds of pipework for handling water, and all kinds of ductwork for handling air, I would lean towards the gon loads being the latter.  The bracing seems too light for water piping.  The large boxy structures remind me of acoustic enclosures I designed for ships, to prevent the unholy roar of ventilation fans from reverberating along the sheet-metal ducting.

Regards
Paul Woods

Whangarei, NZ


Re: a fun glimpse into the Western Union operation

Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
 

John and Friends,

I wonder if the two cars to the left of the locomotives in this view are Western Union. They appear to be converted passenger or head end cars. This is Roper Yard on the D&RGW, circa 1947. Not a diesel in sight!

http://www.steamerafreightcars.com/gallery/shot%20of%20mo/shotofmoaug02_1.html

Yours Aye,


Garth Groff

On 3/31/19 11:05 PM, mofwcaboose via Groups.Io wrote:
Nice find.

Until about 1914, Western Union line forces were often housed in camp cars leased from the railroads they were working along, since Western Union telegraph lines nearly always paralleled railroads. There are no markings visible on these cars to show if they belonged to Western Union or not. Some of the first Western Union cars may have been converted from boxcars, before they began to use old Pullmans.. Thus there is a good chance this is a very early Western Union outfit.

One advantage of having their own cars was that they could be readily transferred from one railroad to another., which obviously could not be done with railroad-owned cars. Another reason was that railroad-owned camp cars of the time were often rather spartan. With their own cars, the company could provide better accomodations.

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

-----Original Message-----
From: Claus Schlund &#92;(HGM&#92;) <claus@...>
To: STMFC <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Mar 31, 2019 9:15 pm
Subject: [RealSTMFC] a fun glimpse into the Western Union operation

Hi List Members,
 
We were recently discussing the Ambroid Western Union car.
 
For those interested in seeing the whole train, have a look at the image below.
 
Unfortunately the cars do not appear to match the Ambroid model.
 
Still, a fun glimpse into the Western Union operation.
 
 
Claus Schlund
 


Re: Gondola Load

Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
 

Friends,

Very interesting indeed. It is a Mt. Vernon 40', 10'6" IH AAR boxcar with 6' doors, part of series 20201-20550 built in 1945. It would have been painted FCR with "white" lettering (called "aluminum because of its pigment, but appearing white) and the square "Feather River Route" herald in black-and-white.

Yours Aye,


Garth Groff

On 3/31/19 10:18 PM, Tony Thompson wrote:
The WP box car on the siding is interesting.
Tony Thompson 


On Mar 31, 2019, at 6:50 PM, Bruce Griffin <bdg1210@...> wrote:

Group,

John King offered a much higher resolution scan for consideration. The load and gon are much clearer than in the scan I shared at first. The load is headed west from Baltimore in 1952 about 14 miles west of Baltimore. Any additional thoughts on origin or contents?  

Best Regards,
Bruce D. Griffin
Ashland, MD

<King Sentinel Photos OML2.jpg>

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