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Re: Final Wash For Flat Car Decks

steve_wintner
 

For staining real wood, Tools for Working Wood, Lee Valley, and others offer a multitude of products, using a variety of solvents. 

Steve


Re: Help with Northwestern green/yellow reefer

Tim O'Connor
 


I don't know about those numbers but NWX had many different wood ice reefers while the Branchline
and Westerfield models represent ACF Type 2 and Type 3
reefers built in the 1920's. Of course the
Westerfield instructions are an excellent source for prototype information. :-)

I think there are exact color matches for CNW yellow and green. Call Des Plaines Hobbies because I
know they used to have custom CNW mixes too.

Tim O'Connor


On 5/31/2022 5:37 PM, Charlie Duckworth wrote:

Friend recently gave me two Branchline reefers one for the Northwestern with the gray sides.  The car unfortunately lettering is as built in 1927 and I’m modeling the early 1950’s.  I found an Odd Ball set for the Northwestern green and yellow scheme and have the sides stripped down to the bare plastic.  This reefer is totally out of my expertise and need some SME help.  

the decal sheet has the following car numbers 6201, 6311 and 6700 for NWX. Are these good for the wood reefers?

What’s recommended for the green and yellow colors and finally what color was the roof, ends and underframe?

lots of questions but I couldn’t find anything with a google search or a search on .io. 

thanks. 
--
Charlie Duckworth


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Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


Re: Final Wash For Flat Car Decks

Tim O'Connor
 


Either isopropyl alcohol or denatured alcohol, depending on the precise results you want. (They evaporate differently.)

I also usually use a warm/hot air gun because evaporation time can make a difference.

The dilution can vary greatly. If I am using a brush, I also keep a pad of assorted dry pigments handy to pick up a few grains
of color to add to the wash.


On 5/31/2022 10:18 PM, WILLIAM PARDIE wrote:

Some time ago thinned India Ink was a recommended final wash for weathering flat car decks.  Does anyone recall what was used to thin the ink?

Thanks:

Bill Pardie


--
Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


Re: Photo: Rock Island Hide Loading Boxcar 141137 (1956)

hubert mask
 

I offer the hide loading car Rock Island.  Decal set 87-315 all decals are listed in alphabetical order.  Maskislanddecals.com

Hubert Mask 


On Jun 1, 2022, at 1:07 PM, Schleigh Mike via groups.io <mike_schleigh@...> wrote:


Yes, Bruce, & Group----

Hide cars possessed a ruinous stink!  The smell was so bad that city fathers at Salamanca, New York requested that resident ERIE RR keep the accumulating westbound empties out of town rather than in the local yard.

Yes, Bruce, these tended to be older, single-sheathed cars but there were exceptions such as all steel cars and even cars less than five years old.

This particular car, RI 141137, was from the 141000-141999 group of 1929 and later.  These first 1000 (8'-7" I.H.) can be modeled using Sunshine Models Kit 57.1.  My long-ago study of hide cars show four other cars of this group loading from late 1952 to mid-1956.  These were four of 22 Rock Island cars that were found in the sampling done for that study.  At or slightly after 1960 this railroad started collecting all hide cars into a 'catch-all' series, 40000-40999.  After 1960 nine more RI cars were also found in this service.

There was earlier mention of ATSF's Bx-39 50 foot 'Emergency' cars.  These 40180-40244 cars show up four times between 1954 and 1966 in my survey.

Hide loaded cars were smelly and ruined for general service but were necessary for the work of their day.  While small compared to other 'finer' loadings, this was an important part of the tanning industry once conducted throughout much of the northeast and elsewhere.

Regards form Mike Schleigh in western Penna. (Grove City)

On Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 10:44:02 AM EDT, Bruce Hendrick <brucehendrick@...> wrote:


Note the stencil HIDE LOADING ONLY. I have read in several places that the stench from the hides was so bad that any car so used was ruined for any other type of service. Therefore, older cars were usually used, which seems to be the case in this 1956 view.

Thanks for sharing.

Bruce Hendrick
Brea, California






Re: Photo: Boxcars Near Downtown Oklahoma City (Undated)

Ray Breyer
 

Ah, the forgotten fleet of Harriman/Pressed Steel side sill boxcars. The IC had a lot of them: 3,150 37'10" OL XMs, 200 37'10" OL XAs, and 3,000 41'10" OL XMs. The 38-footers were all gone by 1940, but the 42-footers stayed in revenue service through the K brake ban, and as MOW cars up to the ICG merger.


Ray Breyer
Elgin, IL




On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 03:59:47 PM CDT, Ted Schnepf <railsunl@...> wrote:


Hello,

Pressed Steel underframe and part of the Harriman family.

Ted Schnepf


On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 02:53:57 PM CDT, Benjamin Hom <b.hom@...> wrote:


Claus Schlund asked:
"The double-sheathed boxcar closest to the camera - is it Illinois Central? I suspect it might be..."

It is.  Click on the "Zoom" tab above the photo to enlarge.


Ben Hom


Re: Photo: Rock Island Hide Loading Boxcar 141137 (1956)

Schleigh Mike
 

Yes, Bruce, & Group----

Hide cars possessed a ruinous stink!  The smell was so bad that city fathers at Salamanca, New York requested that resident ERIE RR keep the accumulating westbound empties out of town rather than in the local yard.

Yes, Bruce, these tended to be older, single-sheathed cars but there were exceptions such as all steel cars and even cars less than five years old.

This particular car, RI 141137, was from the 141000-141999 group of 1929 and later.  These first 1000 (8'-7" I.H.) can be modeled using Sunshine Models Kit 57.1.  My long-ago study of hide cars show four other cars of this group loading from late 1952 to mid-1956.  These were four of 22 Rock Island cars that were found in the sampling done for that study.  At or slightly after 1960 this railroad started collecting all hide cars into a 'catch-all' series, 40000-40999.  After 1960 nine more RI cars were also found in this service.

There was earlier mention of ATSF's Bx-39 50 foot 'Emergency' cars.  These 40180-40244 cars show up four times between 1954 and 1966 in my survey.

Hide loaded cars were smelly and ruined for general service but were necessary for the work of their day.  While small compared to other 'finer' loadings, this was an important part of the tanning industry once conducted throughout much of the northeast and elsewhere.

Regards form Mike Schleigh in western Penna. (Grove City)

On Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 10:44:02 AM EDT, Bruce Hendrick <brucehendrick@...> wrote:


Note the stencil HIDE LOADING ONLY. I have read in several places that the stench from the hides was so bad that any car so used was ruined for any other type of service. Therefore, older cars were usually used, which seems to be the case in this 1956 view.

Thanks for sharing.

Bruce Hendrick
Brea, California






Re: Help with Northwestern green/yellow reefer

Charlie Duckworth
 

According to Ted Culotta’s reefer book 1952. 

On Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 10:20 AM ottokroutil via groups.io <otask=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
This is such a cool paint scheme, but probably too new for my '51 cutoff date. I do have a couple of their reefers in grey. Out of curiosity, when did the Northwestern start using the green and yellow scheme on their reefers and other house cars? 
Advice appreciated.


--
Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.


Re: Three Old SP Boxcars (Undated)

Nolan Hinshaw
 

On May 31, 2022, at 13:11, Douglas Harding <iowacentralrr@...> wrote:


The photo description says 2' bolts. Being this is a lumber train in Oregon, I suspect shingle bolts, for making wood shingles. Most likely cedar.
It's most likely Thuja plicata, the PNW endemic cedar. Note the genus - not cedrus, but the same family - a cousin, as it were to the so-called "true" cedars. California incense cedar (calcocedrus decurrens, reclassified from Libocedrus behind my back several decades ago) is a similar cousin, and just as delightful.

As far as I can tell they're still commercially-viable species and form non-trivial proportions of the rail-born lumber traffic in the US.
--
Little Willie from the mirror sucked the mercury all off
Thinking in his childish error it would cure his whooping cought.
At the funeral Willie's mother said to Mrs. Brown,
"Twas a chilly day for Willie when the mercury went down.


Re: Final Wash For Flat Car Decks

Jim Betz
 

Bill,
  I used to use India Ink for washes but have switched to acrylics for all washes -
except on actual wood (structures, etc.).  I find the acrylic washes work better
(for me) on brass or plastic.  I like the way India Ink 'penetrates' wood and brings
out the grain.
                                                                                            - Jim in the PNW


Re: headlight operation on Spectrum non-DCC 4-6-0

Bruce Hendrick
 

I am not familiar with this locomotive but I’m not sure I have ever heard of a DC engine with an ON/OFF for the headlight. If I had to guess I’d say it is much more likely to be a burned out bulb.

Bruce Hendrick
Brea, California


Re: Help with Northwestern green/yellow reefer

ottokroutil
 

This is such a cool paint scheme, but probably too new for my '51 cutoff date. I do have a couple of their reefers in grey. Out of curiosity, when did the Northwestern start using the green and yellow scheme on their reefers and other house cars? 
Advice appreciated.


Re: Help with Northwestern green/yellow reefer

Charlie Duckworth
 

Thanks for everyone’s input I just need to make a run up to House of Trains and buy some paint.  I probably won’t get to this project for a few weeks I’ve got to finish the X23 (working on the underframe today) and the three RI stock cars need to have their underframes finished. 
--
Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.


headlight operation on Spectrum non-DCC 4-6-0

Richard McQuade
 

I have a Spectrum 4-6-0 (non-DCC) and while I can get it to run, I don't know how to switch on the headlight. What do I need to do to turn on/off the headlight?


Re: Photo: Rock Island Hide Loading Boxcar 141137 (1956)

Bruce Hendrick
 

Note the stencil HIDE LOADING ONLY. I have read in several places that the stench from the hides was so bad that any car so used was ruined for any other type of service. Therefore, older cars were usually used, which seems to be the case in this 1956 view.

Thanks for sharing.

Bruce Hendrick
Brea, California


Re: Help with Northwestern green/yellow reefer

 

Charlie, the photos I have of NWX 6000 series are both in gray.

 

The color photos I have appear to show green hardware (hinges, ladders, etc., including underframe) as in this photo. Yes, wrong number series, but this is one of the clearest photos I have to show what was painted which color.

 

 

Thanks!
--

Brian Ehni

On Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 7:03 AM Charlie Duckworth <omahaduck@...> wrote:

Lloyd 
thanks for the clarifications; what color was the ladders and door hardware?  I ‘assume’ green and the underframe? Black?   Also the Odd Ball decal set has numbers in the 6000 range is this accurate for the wood cars?  
--
Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.

 


Re: Final Wash For Flat Car Decks

Nelson Moyer
 

I searched but couldn’t find any, so no, it’s probably no longer available. I bought an 8 oz. car around 1978 to stain ties for a Timesaver. The can says it was specially made for Campbell and there is a warning that it contains petroleum distillate, so since Campbell was in CA, it’s  probable that it was discontinued due to CA idiocy. It’s probably illegal to ship by air or I’d send you some. One can lasts more than a lifetime because of the high dilution factor.

 

I’ve seen MR articles recommending various MinWax stains for ties, so you might look at those for an organic solvent based wood stain. Think Ebony Black was one of the recommended stains.

 

Nelson Moyer

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of WILLIAM PARDIE
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 9:47 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Final Wash For Flat Car Decks

 

Thanks Nelson And Steve:

 

Is there still a Campbell's tie stain?

 

Bill Pardie

 


Re: Help with Northwestern green/yellow reefer

O Fenton Wells
 

Thanks Brian, appreciate that.
Fenton

On Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 8:32 AM BRIAN PAUL EHNI <bpehni@...> wrote:

Looking thru my NWX pictures, some DID have brake steps, like this example. All of the cars with steel ends also had them (again, my photos).

 

 

Thanks!
--

Brian Ehni

 

 

From: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of O Fenton Wells <srrfan1401@...>
Reply-To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 6:40 AM
To: <main@realstmfc.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Help with Northwestern green/yellow reefer

 

Charlie, one thing I noticed on these cars from looking at photos.  There was no brake step on the B end of the car, at least in the photos I've seen.  I believe the Brake wheel is a bit higher than on those cars that have a brake step so the brakeman can get leverage while turning the wheel.  This is my assumption for what it's worth.

Fenton

 

On Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 7:03 AM Charlie Duckworth <omahaduck@...> wrote:

Lloyd 
thanks for the clarifications; what color was the ladders and door hardware?  I ‘assume’ green and the underframe? Black?   Also the Odd Ball decal set has numbers in the 6000 range is this accurate for the wood cars?  
--
Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.


 

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Fenton Wells
250 Frye Rd

Pinehurst NC 28374
910-420-8106
srrfan1401@...



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Fenton Wells
250 Frye Rd
Pinehurst NC 28374
910-420-8106
srrfan1401@...


Re: Help with Northwestern green/yellow reefer

 

Looking thru my NWX pictures, some DID have brake steps, like this example. All of the cars with steel ends also had them (again, my photos).

 

 

Thanks!
--

Brian Ehni

 

 

From: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of O Fenton Wells <srrfan1401@...>
Reply-To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 6:40 AM
To: <main@realstmfc.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Help with Northwestern green/yellow reefer

 

Charlie, one thing I noticed on these cars from looking at photos.  There was no brake step on the B end of the car, at least in the photos I've seen.  I believe the Brake wheel is a bit higher than on those cars that have a brake step so the brakeman can get leverage while turning the wheel.  This is my assumption for what it's worth.

Fenton

 

On Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 7:03 AM Charlie Duckworth <omahaduck@...> wrote:

Lloyd 
thanks for the clarifications; what color was the ladders and door hardware?  I ‘assume’ green and the underframe? Black?   Also the Odd Ball decal set has numbers in the 6000 range is this accurate for the wood cars?  
--
Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.


 

--

Fenton Wells
250 Frye Rd

Pinehurst NC 28374
910-420-8106
srrfan1401@...


Re: Help with Northwestern green/yellow reefer

O Fenton Wells
 

Charlie, one thing I noticed on these cars from looking at photos.  There was no brake step on the B end of the car, at least in the photos I've seen.  I believe the Brake wheel is a bit higher than on those cars that have a brake step so the brakeman can get leverage while turning the wheel.  This is my assumption for what it's worth.
Fenton

On Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 7:03 AM Charlie Duckworth <omahaduck@...> wrote:
Lloyd 
thanks for the clarifications; what color was the ladders and door hardware?  I ‘assume’ green and the underframe? Black?   Also the Odd Ball decal set has numbers in the 6000 range is this accurate for the wood cars?  
--
Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.



--
Fenton Wells
250 Frye Rd
Pinehurst NC 28374
910-420-8106
srrfan1401@...


Re: Help with Northwestern green/yellow reefer

Charlie Duckworth
 

Lloyd 
thanks for the clarifications; what color was the ladders and door hardware?  I ‘assume’ green and the underframe? Black?   Also the Odd Ball decal set has numbers in the 6000 range is this accurate for the wood cars?  
--
Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.

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