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Pacific Fruit Express Reefers 47269 and 47312 Upgrade

Lester Breuer
 

I have upgraded two Pacific Fruit Express (PFE), Refrigerator Cars 47269 and 47312, PFE Class R-40-23.  If you are interested in the upgrade of these reefers including changes, addition of parts not in the kit and additional lettering.  Photos and writeup of the upgrade process including painting, lettering and weathering are now available on my blog I have to share photos and writeup of modeling projects on my Minneapolis & Northland Railroad Company.   If you would like to take a look please do at the following link:

 

http://mnrailroadcab100.blogspot.com/

  

Lester Breuer


In memory of Stan Rydardicz, a steam era Kit bashing

Andy Carlson
 

Hello Everyone-

New resin ends for a long planned kitbash. Stan drew my appreciation in his way of finding projects which could be facilitated by making some resin parts. with the interest generated from the recent RPC #35 book I think it is time to talk about doing an early 1937 AAR box car in HO.

First, a little background. Intermountain made the tooling for the IMWX '37 AAR box car as part of the "divorce" from a founding member leaving the company. Though the car was nicely done, it did have an error which was passed down from Intermountain's earlier made 'O' scale '37 AAR box car. The floor stringers are not in the proper location. I believe that the tool maker must have thought that the cars should have 3 stringers and before the 3rd one could be cut, decided to leave the remaining 2 stringers alone. This was unfortunate, as those remaining 2 are not correctly placed. After the sell of the IMWX tooling to Red Caboose, Intermountain felt compelled to offer their own '37 box car. While made well in some aspects, such as the separate ends, problems emerged with a big mistake in the roof panels (too wide) and furthering the repeated errors of the floor stringers. In addition, the bolsters were poorly designed and have made all cars with this frame to ride too high.

Later, Branchline Models made their only "shake-the-box" kit, also a '37 AAR box car. It has been mostly off the radar due to its molded on parts. This Yardmaster brand car is, however, a nicely tooled car. It has a very nice under frame of the earlier version of single floor stringers. The car side's rivets are very well done as well as the Murphy raised panel roof.

Some one could commit to a large project by filing off the ladders, grabs and end brake gear, such as what Richard Hendrickson did years ago with the Athearn 40' box cars. Side ladders are not too difficult to remove, but the end ladders, grabs and brake removal is a lot of work.

A positive design of the Yardmaster kit is that the ends are separate parts which means if another 4/5 end can be found, most of the grunt work is done, leaving just the sides to have their ladders relatively easily removed.

Since this Yardmaster kit has the earlier single floor stringers, I feel that these Yardmaster kits would be a useful project for a quality early '37 AAR box car. The earliest '37 cars had square corner ends so I looked into seeing if an end I was gifted from a friend years ago would work. Wayne Madison made his 4/5 end from Terry Wegmanns' 4/4 sq corner ends with which he did a lot of work to remove ladder brackets and adding the extra bottom 5th rib.

So now a quality kit bash of the Yardmaster '37 AAR box car using resin ends will make a car which has correct ride height, good roof and a nice correct, for early cars, under frame. Stan would approve, I am certain!

I now have a mold for the Wayne Madison end. I am offering a pair of these resin ends which fits the Yardmaster '37 AAR box car well. Price is $7 pair and includes a sprue of Red Caboose bracket grabs. I accept checks and with a small fee PayPal is welcomed. Sadly, the post office rates for 1st class mailing is somewhat expensive. Buyer will need to pay $4.80 shipping. Contact me of-list for details at <midcentury@...>

Do well, everyone
-Andy Carlson
Ojai CAInline image






Re: Photo: Inflammable Placard (1926)

Andy Brusgard <ajb1102@...>
 

Must be a car in LCL service.  Why else have a scale inside?


Re: Need broadside photo of OSL #3029-54 short caboose #3029-54

Andy Brusgard <ajb1102@...>
 

It is in the little details.
I like the way the corner is notched for hanging the markerlights


RP Cyc #35

Ted Schnepf
 

Hello Everyone,

RP Cyc #35, about the 1937 AAR boxcars is a real monster, at 384 pages. Much reading in this issue. There were 750 copies printed this summer and now only about 100 or so remain. They expect to be sold out by Thanksgiving. If you have been delaying ordering your copy, now is the time.

Thanks to everyone supporting this freight car publication.

If you still need a copy please contact me off list.

Rails Unlimited
Ted Schnepf
126 Will Scarlet,
Elgin, Ill. 60120

847=697-5353


Re: NH Boxcars

Schuyler Larrabee
 

But it was his WIFE that picked the scheme from several alternatives . . .

 

Schuyler

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of akerboomk
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2020 6:00 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] NH Boxcars

 

McGinnis became president of the NH in April, 1954, and he was the “mover” who started the new paint schemes, so some point in time after that.

 

Peter Ness’ web site has more info

            https://newhavenrailroad1959.webs.com/newhavenfreightcars.htm

 

Search the page for “McGinnis” and you’ll find some more dates as applied to specific series.

 

Ken


--
Ken Akerboom


Want to Buy: Sunshine SLSF Howe Truss single-sheathed boxcar and Sunshine C&O 40000-43999 series gon

nyc3001 .
 

Hi,

I'm looking to add a Sunshine SLSF Howe Truss SS boxcar (kits 39.1 or 39.2) and a Sunshine C&O 40000-series gon (kits 67.2-67.5) to my collection. If anyone has either of these two kits that they would be willing to sell, feel free to contact me at nyc3001@...

Thanks,
Phil


Re: NH Boxcars

Tim O'Connor
 


1955 I think - both appeared in that year but I don't know if one preceded the other.


On 10/30/2020 4:28 PM, Allen Cain wrote:
When did New Haven first start painting boxcars in the bright orange and orange and black paint schemes?

I attached an image of the Red Caboose HO model as an example.  They also do one with an orange body and black door.  Did the two versions first appear at the same time or at different times?

Much appreciated!

Allen Cain

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Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


Re: NH Boxcars

akerboomk
 

McGinnis became president of the NH in April, 1954, and he was the “mover” who started the new paint schemes, so some point in time after that.

 

Peter Ness’ web site has more info

            https://newhavenrailroad1959.webs.com/newhavenfreightcars.htm

 

Search the page for “McGinnis” and you’ll find some more dates as applied to specific series.

 

Ken


--
Ken Akerboom


Re: NH Boxcars

steve_wintner
 

Smokebox did decals for the orange one. http://smokeboxgraphics.com/decalspre2k.html

The instructions cover some of that info I think.

Stephan


NH Boxcars

Allen Cain
 

When did New Haven first start painting boxcars in the bright orange and orange and black paint schemes?

I attached an image of the Red Caboose HO model as an example.  They also do one with an orange body and black door.  Did the two versions first appear at the same time or at different times?

Much appreciated!

Allen Cain


Re: Photo: Inflammable Placard (1926)

RICH CHAPIN
 

Perhaps someone forgot to remove the placard????


WTB: Hamsmith CB&Q FM-11 kit

Brian LaManna
 

List,

I would like to purchase one of Mr Hamsmith’s Burlington FM-11 flat car kits but I’m in the People’s Republic of Canada and he only ships to US addresses.  SO, if anyone has one unbuilt kit that they’d like to sell me and ship to the Great White North, please send me a message OFF LIST.   The email is 

brianlamannaAThotmail.com

(Replace the “AT” with an @)

Thanks!

Brian LaManna/Moncton, NB


Re: Photo: CN Depressed Center Flatcar 699962 (1937)

Marc Simpson
 

Interestingly I photographed one of these cars in work service on CN near Blue River BC in 2004.  They definitely had a long life.  I'll have to dig up those photos.

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Marc Simpson


Re: Need broadside photo of OSL #3029-54 short caboose #3029-54

Keith Retterer
 

Looks just like a Union Pacific CA class caboose.  You may have an easier time finding a broadside photo of one of those.  The photo I have of a UP CA class caboose is just like the OSL photo, not a true broadside.


Re: Photo: Inflammable Placard (1926)

Eric Hansmann
 

Cool to see a Canadian Northern car in a 1926 image.

 

As far as the inflammable placard, it might be in regard to another load in this car. Especially if this is carrying LCL.

 

 

Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Chaparro via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2020 11:02 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Inflammable Placard (1926)

 

Photo: Inflammable Placard (1926)

A photo from the National Archives of Canada:

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/CollectionSearch/Pages/record.aspx?app=FonAndCol&IdNumber=3349104

This photo can be enlarged quite a bit.

I'll bet you didn't know maple sugar could burst into flames. Probably good for pancakes flambé. 

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Re: Need broadside photo of OSL #3029-54 short caboose #3029-54

Keith Retterer
 

Hey Bob,  Here is a photo of an OSL wood caboose I hope you can use.  It is not a broadside view, but is not a full 3/4 view either.  The side boards do show up nicely, though.


Re: Decals for scale locations and light weights

Tony Thompson
 

     I've sent Charlie a list of most common SP, T&NO, and PFE reweigh stencils.

Tony Thompson




Re: Photo: CN Gondola 131272 (1927)

Eric Hansmann
 

A neat gondola. I see a 5-23 build date. 

Eric Hansmann
Murfreesboro, TN

On Oct 30, 2020, at 12:06 PM, Bob Chaparro via groups.io <chiefbobbb@...> wrote:

Photo: CN Gondola 131272 (1927)

A photo from the National Archives of Canada:

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/CollectionSearch/Pages/record.aspx?app=FonAndCol&IdNumber=3349577

This photo can be enlarged quite a bit.

Car built in 1923? Build date is a little fuzzy on my monitor.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Photo: CN Gondola 131272 (1927)

Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: CN Gondola 131272 (1927)

A photo from the National Archives of Canada:

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/CollectionSearch/Pages/record.aspx?app=FonAndCol&IdNumber=3349577

This photo can be enlarged quite a bit.

Car built in 1923? Build date is a little fuzzy on my monitor.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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