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Re: NJI&I Postwar AAR Boxcar – Front Range Upgrade #1

Paul Doggett
 

Very nicely Done Bob 


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On 23 Jul 2020, at 18:09, Robert Chapman <chapbob4014@...> wrote:


Circa 1990, Front Range offered styrene kits for variations of postwar AAR boxcars with R-3-4 improved dreadnaught ends and diagonal panel roofs, a cache of which I unburied in my pandemic project to drain the stash of long-slumbering styrene kits. One of the variations is a 12-panel welded car with 8-foot doors – a prototype fielded by Wabash subsidiary NJI&I, which acquired two 50-car series in 1/50.   

The Front Range carbody is nicely executed, but with add-on parts well below contemporary standards. New parts include a Yarmouth Models US Gypsum runningboard, Kadee 7/7 ladders/bracket grabs/Miner brakewheel, and Kato ASF A-3 trucks. Front Range’s deep fishbelly sidesill was modified to NJI&I’s more conventional pattern. Decals are from K4, which offers an amazing variety of secondary road choices. No weathering – once in a while we need a fresh car. Interestingly, the prototype lettering is “wrong side”. (Anyone know why?)    

For those not already NJI&I modelers (!) – the New Jersey, Indiana & Illinois was a short line created by Singer Sewing Machine to connect its South Bend plant to the Wabash 11 miles south; the roadname comes from the three states hosting Singer plants. Acquired by Wabash in 1926, it was operated as a separate subsidiary. Completing these undecs has added the fun of modeling prototypes that I would never have dreamed of pulling off the shelf at the LHS.  

Regards,
Bob Chapman

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Re: Photo: Assorted Boxcars (NYC, MC, PRR & Wabash)

Gary Ray
 

Hi Bob,

I really appreciate all the photo links you are sharing from the 20’s.  I will copy the billboard image from this link.  Also will investigate Duke’s billboard site more.

Gary Ray

Magalia, CA

 

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Photo: Assorted Boxcars (NYC, MC, PRR & Wabash)

A 1921 photo from the Duke University Archives:

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/outdooradvertising/XXX0660

Scroll on the photo to enlarge it.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


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Re: Photo: NC&St.L Boxcar 15397 (was 15337)

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
 


My typo error, I meant 15397! Sorry!
 
CLaus Schlund
 

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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: NC&St.L Boxcar 15397 (was 15337)

Hi Bob and List Members,
 
Upon inspection of the end reporting marks, I think this car number is actually 13397, not 15337
 
Thanks for the great images Bob!
 
Claus Schlund
 
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Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2020 11:30 AM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Photo: NC&St.L Boxcar 15337

Photo: NC&St.L Boxcar 15337

A 1926 photo from the Duke University Archives:

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/dukeconstruction/19260301EC0066

Scroll on the photo to enlarge it.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Re: Photo: NC&St.L Boxcar 15397 (was 15337)

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
 


Hi Bob and List Members,
 
Upon inspection of the end reporting marks, I think this car number is actually 13397, not 15337
 
Thanks for the great images Bob!
 
Claus Schlund
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2020 11:30 AM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Photo: NC&St.L Boxcar 15337

Photo: NC&St.L Boxcar 15337

A 1926 photo from the Duke University Archives:

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/dukeconstruction/19260301EC0066

Scroll on the photo to enlarge it.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Re: Photo: Rock Island Boxcar With A Load Of Radios

Tony Thompson
 

Bob Chaparro wrote:

Why Radio Was "Special" In The Early 20th Century
I've seen several photos of boxcars with banners proclaiming their load of radios. The reason was radio was something new and special in the early 20th Century.
In 1919, Frank Conrad, a Westinghouse engineer, began broadcasting music in Pittsburgh. These broadcasts stimulated the sales of crystal sets. The popularity of Conrad’s broadcasts led to Westinghouse establishing a radio station, KDKA, in 1920.

      KDKA still exists (or did until quite recently), and was "grandfathered" in the general pattern of Western station call letters beginning with "K" and Eastern ones with "W".

Tony Thompson




Re: Photo: Livestock Cars With Roof Hatches

Bob Chaparro
 


Re: [Non-DoD Source] [RealSTMFC] NJI&I Postwar AAR Boxcar – Front Range Upgrade #1

Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

Nice car, Bob!

 

Elden Gatwood

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Robert Chapman
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:38 PM
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Subject: [Non-DoD Source] [RealSTMFC] NJI&I Postwar AAR Boxcar – Front Range Upgrade #1

 

Circa 1990, Front Range offered styrene kits for variations of postwar AAR boxcars with R-3-4 improved dreadnaught ends and diagonal panel roofs, a cache of which I unburied in my pandemic project to drain the stash of long-slumbering styrene kits. One of the variations is a 12-panel welded car with 8-foot doors – a prototype fielded by Wabash subsidiary NJI&I, which acquired two 50-car series in 1/50.   

 

The Front Range carbody is nicely executed, but with add-on parts well below contemporary standards. New parts include a Yarmouth Models US Gypsum runningboard, Kadee 7/7 ladders/bracket grabs/Miner brakewheel, and Kato ASF A-3 trucks. Front Range’s deep fishbelly sidesill was modified to NJI&I’s more conventional pattern. Decals are from K4, which offers an amazing variety of secondary road choices. No weathering – once in a while we need a fresh car. Interestingly, the prototype lettering is “wrong side”. (Anyone know why?)    

 

For those not already NJI&I modelers (!) – the New Jersey, Indiana & Illinois was a short line created by Singer Sewing Machine to connect its South Bend plant to the Wabash 11 miles south; the roadname comes from the three states hosting Singer plants. Acquired by Wabash in 1926, it was operated as a separate subsidiary. Completing these undecs has added the fun of modeling prototypes that I would never have dreamed of pulling off the shelf at the LHS.  

 

Regards,

Bob Chapman


NJI&I Postwar AAR Boxcar – Front Range Upgrade #1

Bob Chapman
 

Circa 1990, Front Range offered styrene kits for variations of postwar AAR boxcars with R-3-4 improved dreadnaught ends and diagonal panel roofs, a cache of which I unburied in my pandemic project to drain the stash of long-slumbering styrene kits. One of the variations is a 12-panel welded car with 8-foot doors – a prototype fielded by Wabash subsidiary NJI&I, which acquired two 50-car series in 1/50.   

The Front Range carbody is nicely executed, but with add-on parts well below contemporary standards. New parts include a Yarmouth Models US Gypsum runningboard, Kadee 7/7 ladders/bracket grabs/Miner brakewheel, and Kato ASF A-3 trucks. Front Range’s deep fishbelly sidesill was modified to NJI&I’s more conventional pattern. Decals are from K4, which offers an amazing variety of secondary road choices. No weathering – once in a while we need a fresh car. Interestingly, the prototype lettering is “wrong side”. (Anyone know why?)    

For those not already NJI&I modelers (!) – the New Jersey, Indiana & Illinois was a short line created by Singer Sewing Machine to connect its South Bend plant to the Wabash 11 miles south; the roadname comes from the three states hosting Singer plants. Acquired by Wabash in 1926, it was operated as a separate subsidiary. Completing these undecs has added the fun of modeling prototypes that I would never have dreamed of pulling off the shelf at the LHS.  

Regards,
Bob Chapman


Re: Buster Keaton again

Bob Chaparro
 

Very likely these are Santa Fe livestock cars from their earlier classes, possibly Classes Sk-K, -L-, N or -P. Such cars appear on Page 71 of the book, Stock Cars of the Santa Fe Railway and a roof drawings appear on Pages 76 and 80.

A wreck photo showing the roof details of ATSF 56161 (Class Sk-K), a single deck car built in 1907:

http://www.steamerafreightcars.com/gallery/wreck/atsf56161main.html

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Photo: Assorted Boxcars (NYC, MC, PRR & Wabash)

Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Assorted Boxcars (NYC, MC, PRR & Wabash)

A 1921 photo from the Duke University Archives:

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/outdooradvertising/XXX0660

Scroll on the photo to enlarge it.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Photo: Norfolk Southern & Seaboard Gondolas

Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Norfolk Southern & Seaboard Gondolas

A 1926 photo from the Duke University Archives:

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/dukeconstruction/19260401EC0083

Scroll on the photo to enlarge it.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Photo: Southern Gondolas 119079, 316116 & 119156

Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Southern Gondolas 119079, 316116 & 119156

1929 and 1930 photos from the Duke University Archives:

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/dukeconstruction/19300503WC0344

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/dukeconstruction/19290503WC0194

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/dukeconstruction/19290301WC0174

Scroll on the photos to enlarge them.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Photos: Norfolk Southern Boxcar 20178

Bob Chaparro
 

Photos: Norfolk Southern Boxcar 20178

Two 1926 photos from the Duke University Archives:

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/dukeconstruction/19260615EC0123

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/dukeconstruction/19260615EC0130

Scroll on the photos to enlarge them.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Photo: NC&St.L Boxcar 15337

Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: NC&St.L Boxcar 15337

A 1926 photo from the Duke University Archives:

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/dukeconstruction/19260301EC0066

Scroll on the photo to enlarge it.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Photo: D&H Gondola 37595

Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: D&H Gondola 37595

A 1926 photo from the Duke University Archives:

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/dukeconstruction/19260601EC0118

Scroll on the photo to enlarge it.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Photo: Clinchfield Boxcar 8153

Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Clinchfield Boxcar 8153

A 1930 photo from the Duke University Archives:

https://repository.duke.edu/dc/dukeconstruction/19300503WC0346

Scroll on the photo to enlarge it.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Re: Photo: Rock Island Boxcar With A Load Of Radios

Bob Chaparro
 

Why Radio Was "Special" In The Early 20th Century

I've seen several photos of boxcars with banners proclaiming their load of radios. The reason was radio was something new and special in the early 20th Century.

In 1919, Frank Conrad, a Westinghouse engineer, began broadcasting music in Pittsburgh. These broadcasts stimulated the sales of crystal sets. The popularity of Conrad’s broadcasts led to Westinghouse establishing a radio station, KDKA, in 1920. In 1921, KDKA began broadcasting prizefights and major league baseball.

Westinghouse broadcast news and entertainment programs to entice people to purchase the radios they manufactured. And many manufacturers profited from selling an item that combined entertainment with furniture.

There were five licensed radio stations in 1921. By 1930 there were 618.

Annual sales of radios were $60 million in 1922. By 1929 they were $843 million.

Going from almost nothing in 1920, by 1934 sixty percent of the nation’s households had radios.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Re: Photo: NYC Boxcar 227130 & Buster Keaton

G.J. Irwin
 

This is great!  Researching history can be fascinating. 

And incidentally, one of the overhead shots in the full blog post shows a neat switching puzzle for, of course, Steam Era Freight Cars.

Thanks for this and all the other posts, Bob. 

Cheers,
George Irwin


Re: Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Volume 35

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Re: Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Volume 35

Paul Krueger
 

Here is some more information from a bookseller who sells through Facebook and train shows.

Paul Krueger
Seattle, WA

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Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Vol. 35 – the 1937 AAR Box Car
by Silverlake Images
 
A brand new Railway Prototype Cyclopedia is being produced by Silverlake Images. Modelers and historians have long appreciated the definitive information provided in this series. RPC Vol. 35 – the 1937 AAR Box Car will be a 385 page work which will included photos, text, rosters and drawings of this basic building block of box car history. The work itself will have the appearance and standards of the previous 34 volumes. It will be traditionally press printed and of a quantity to meet and exceed initial demand. Delivery is expected during the fall season, well in time for holiday gift consideration. The book is currently in the final review and is expected to go to the printer in very early August.


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