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Re: PFE R-30-16

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

Fred Freitas wrote:
This class of PFE car is described as being wood ends & sides
with steel roof; and refreshed with paint in 1953. Are there any
other wood sided cars that would be appropriate for this era in the
PFE fleet? Thanks
As the PFE book shows, in its survival tables, there were quite a few classes with wood sides in service in 1953. Do you have any other criteria to narrow it down a bit?

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, thompson@signaturepress.com
Publishers of books on railroad history


Re: Wabash hoppers

Rob Adams
 

Tim;

The Wabash hopper that I see in that photo is one of their many War-emergency composite hoppers, rather than a panel-sided car. The composite cars had wood sheathing until they were rebuilt later in the 1950's with steel side sheathing. Of perhaps more interest though, is the dinged up Ann Arbor panel side hopper behind the Wabash car. The AA cars in that series numbered only 25 and were, unfortunately, seldom photographed. The photo confirms the use of Miner hand brakes on the AA cars. Thanks for sharing the link.

Regards, Rob Adams

Tim O'Connor wrote:


A wreck photo from Decatur IL in 1950, showing a panel-side
Wabash hopper. But look: it appears that the interior of the
car is made smooth by wood sheathing! Any seen this before or
have an explanation?

http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/wab/wab-decyd-ajg.jpg

Tim O'Connor




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Re: Wabash hoppers

Dave Nelson <muskoka@...>
 

I recall reading something that the odd panels used on these cars did not
hold up as well as expected so perhaps Tom is right -- a repair job.

Dave Nelson

-----Original Message-----

The only time I have seen wood in a steel hopper was as a repair where the
sidesheets were corroded away and the contents would leak out. I can't tell
whether this is wood or sheet steel in this picture, but it certainly does
look like the interior is sheeted in some way. The formed panel hoppers were
noted for trapping load contents in the panels, as well as excessive
corrosion. Perhaps this one has been either repaired or upgraded to
eliminate that possible problem.

Tom


Re: Wabash hoppers

Tom Jones III <tomtherailnut@...>
 

The only time I have seen wood in a steel hopper was as a repair where the
sidesheets were corroded away and the contents would leak out. I can't tell
whether this is wood or sheet steel in this picture, but it certainly does
look like the interior is sheeted in some way. The formed panel hoppers were
noted for trapping load contents in the panels, as well as excessive
corrosion. Perhaps this one has been either repaired or upgraded to
eliminate that possible problem.

Tom

----- Original Message -----
Subject: [STMFC] Wabash hoppers



A wreck photo from Decatur IL in 1950, showing a panel-side
Wabash hopper. But look: it appears that the interior of the
car is made smooth by wood sheathing! Any seen this before or
have an explanation?

http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/wab/wab-decyd-ajg.jpg


Wabash hoppers

Tim O'Connor
 

A wreck photo from Decatur IL in 1950, showing a panel-side
Wabash hopper. But look: it appears that the interior of the
car is made smooth by wood sheathing! Any seen this before or
have an explanation?

http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/wab/wab-decyd-ajg.jpg

Tim O'Connor


Re: ADMIN: Order in the court

Dave Nelson <muskoka@...>
 

Paul Hillman writes:
As far as MY being a "noob", "newbie", "new-ninny" or whatever the
"intellectual-click" chooses to use, I've been in railroading for 56
years, actually starting when I was 3.
Our Listmom replies:
I believe Dave refers to those new to the STMFC.
Dave Nelson adds:
Mike is correct and I apologize that my original comment was unclear and has
misled.

Dave Nelson


ADMIN: Order in the court

Mike Brock <brockm@...>
 

OK, guys, settle down. Order in the Court. The subject of the STMFC's objectives etc. is NOT open for discussion on the group. If you want to send me your view I'll be glad to consider your comments.

I will, however, address a comment or two.

Paul Hillman writes:

As far as MY being a "noob", "newbie", "new-ninny" or whatever
the "intellectual-click" chooses to use, I've been in railroading
for 56 years, actually starting when I was 3.
I believe Dave refers to those new to the STMFC.

Most groups always have somebody in them that trys to take over,
the "old-hats" who bloat their heads up about how "smart" they are.
Perhaps. However, as far as the STMFC is concerned, there is already a "somebody" that takes over, only he took over when the group was formed. That somebody is your faihful servant. At the same time, I have an able assistant, Jeff Aley, and a small group of original formees that I call upon at various times for review of policy.

I note that several recent messages regarding the culture and policy of the STMFC are written under the subject heading of "Truck Journals". Now, assuming in the future that we form a searchable "library", it will include messages placed in said library by the subject heading. It is interesting that some members, who desire such a capability, corrupt its potential by incorrect use of the subject heading. So...guess what? At some time in the future, some "mewbie" wanting to study truck journals will instead find strange ramblings about "newbies"...and he'll no doubt wonder what the heck those are.

Mike Brock
STMFC Owner


Re: Other Dealers, was Bob's Photos

Keith Sirman <keith.sirman@...>
 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Webber" <no17@comcast.net>
To: <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2005 2:14 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Other Dealers, was Bob's Photos


Other dealers is subjective, depending on what you are looking
for. One person's best will be another's washout due to the road or
era not being what is desired.

Some I have used are:
Keith Sirman keith.sirman at sympatico dot ca
Jim Shaw <mailto:wjshaw@msn.com>wjshaw at msn dot com
J. Michael Gruber Portage WI 53901 Mainline Photos
J.R. Quinn Worcester NY 12197
Bob Liljestrand
Don Gruber North Aurora IL 60542-0122 Railroad Photographs
Stan Kistler Grass Valley CA 95945 Historical Railroad Photographs
John A Rehor Lovettesville VA 22080-9402 Beech Grove Photo
John C. La Rue, Jr. Bonita Springs FL
Bruce Maxwell John Maxwell Collections http://www.colong.com/
Tom Klinger
Norm Metcalf
Jay Williams
William A. Raia
Jim Ehrenberger

Others of institutional type include the DPL, LOC and such. But,
again, it depends on road, era, type, etc.

(BTW, the Grubers, Bob, Raia. Williams and Keith typically show up at
Naperville among others.)
Hi Bob: Thanks for mentioning me,
keith.sirman@sympatico.ca
115 Colcrest street,
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8E 3Y7
905-573-9689

Sorry to say that I won`t be at Naperville this year as there has been a
death in the family and lots of sickness but wait til next year, mom and I
will be back full strength and I`ve gotten abunch of new negs for more cars
and engines and we hope to do a couple of shows next year but I can always
be reached at home.
thanks again,
Keith Sirman


ADMIN: The purpose of the group

Mike Brock <brockm@...>
 

Dave Nelson wrote:

Are the old hands obligated to anwswer *every* n00b's
question, even those that have been dealt with many times before?
In my
opinion, the answer is no.
=======================
Dave Husman replies with:

Is any one person obligated, no.

Is the list obligated, yes.

The basic purpose of the list is to share information. If someone
asks a question and those who know don't answer, then information
isn't being shared.
The STMFC charter clearly states:

"The purpose of this list is to discuss all aspects of North American freight cars of the steam era [ 1900-1960 ]. The objectives include the sharing of information about railroad freight cars including their operation and various techniques of building models of them."

Thus, while sharing information IS an objective, the purpose for the group is to provide a forum for discussion. I should know because I formed the group...along with 30 others including both Richard Hendrickson and Dave Nelson. Let me make it very clear. Neither the group nor any member is obligated to do anything...except follow the rules. One of the pleasant aspects of the group is that members DO respond with answers to questions and, being somewhat knowledgeable about certain aspects of railroad history, I can say that, commonly, responses require some research...requiring time and effort. When a member has done this a number of times with regard to the same subject, it is to be expected, I think, for the member to show impatience, particularly when carefully researched information is ignored by members who were privy to previous discussions. The group was formed, however, for discussion, so diverse views on a subject should be expected. At the same time, many members might not be aware of the growth of the group...which now includes 1050 members. Hence, many "newbies" [ and the term is not meant as an insult but merely to indicate new to the group ] have not been through some of the discussions. It is apparent that some type of history needs to be maintained of some of the more technical and pertinent messages. I'll look into this.




I would be suprised if the same basic questions
didn't keep popping up. They do on every other list I have
subscribed to.
It IS true that no subject within scope should be considered out of bounds. At the same time, the solution seems to be a searchable library.

And that's exactly what all the "noob's" are thinking when they ask a
question. Evidently they will be disappointed.
I don't think so.

Mike Brock
STMFC Owner


Re: Truck Journals

Paul Hillman
 

Thanks Dave for your wise input.

As far as MY being a "noob", "newbie", "new-ninny" or whatever
the "intellectual-click" chooses to use, I've been in railroading
for 56 years, actually starting when I was 3. There just happened to
be a few questions that I'd never delved into after all these
wonderful years, and thought these "wonders of knowledge" would be
of some commeraderie-help.

Most groups always have somebody in them that trys to take over,
the "old-hats" who bloat their heads up about how "smart" they are.
It's all part of the arrogant-side of the human-mind. "a little
knowledge is dangerous.", is the old saying.

If you "wise-guys" are so bored with some of these "dumb" questions,
just don't answer,......at least not with some raw insult.

Either that, or I should find a better group which caters more
kindly to dolts!!

Paul Hillman



--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "dehusman" <dehusman@c...> wrote:
--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Dave Nelson" <muskoka@c...> wrote:
Are the old hands obligated to anwswer *every* n00b's
question, even those that have been dealt with many times
before?
In my
opinion, the answer is no.
=======================
Is any one person obligated, no.

Is the list obligated, yes.

The basic purpose of the list is to share information. If someone
asks a question and those who know don't answer, then information
isn't being shared. I would be suprised if the same basic
questions
didn't keep popping up. They do on every other list I have
subscribed to.

I guess it depends on how you visualize the list as a
single "research project" where you cover each item in sequence
and
never back over it or a "school" where a new class enrolls every
year
and the same basics get covered year after year.
===========================
In the meanwhile the best I can hope for is the continued
PUBLISHING
and SHARING by those who are better informed than I... and by
and
large I
will be grateful to receive whatever they happen to share.
===========================
And that's exactly what all the "noob's" are thinking when they
ask a
question. Evidently they will be disappointed.

Dave H.


Tank car search

Fred Freitas <pennsy@...>
 

Looking for a match for the GATX ICC, 103B-W 8,000 gal. car.
Anyone on the list have a good idea of what car is currenlt the
closest to the one in question? Thanks

Fred Freitas


PFE R-30-16

Fred Freitas <pennsy@...>
 

Listers,
This class of PFE car is described as being wood ends & sides
with steel roof; and refreshed with paint in 1953. Are there any
other wood sided cars that would be appropriate for this era in the
PFE fleet? Thanks

Fred Freitas


Re: Truck Journals

dehusman <dehusman@...>
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Dave Nelson" <muskoka@c...> wrote:
Are the old hands obligated to anwswer *every* n00b's
question, even those that have been dealt with many times before?
In my
opinion, the answer is no.
=======================
Is any one person obligated, no.

Is the list obligated, yes.

The basic purpose of the list is to share information. If someone
asks a question and those who know don't answer, then information
isn't being shared. I would be suprised if the same basic questions
didn't keep popping up. They do on every other list I have
subscribed to.

I guess it depends on how you visualize the list as a
single "research project" where you cover each item in sequence and
never back over it or a "school" where a new class enrolls every year
and the same basics get covered year after year.
===========================
In the meanwhile the best I can hope for is the continued PUBLISHING
and SHARING by those who are better informed than I... and by and
large I
will be grateful to receive whatever they happen to share.
===========================
And that's exactly what all the "noob's" are thinking when they ask a
question. Evidently they will be disappointed.

Dave H.


Re: Truck Journals

Dave Nelson <muskoka@...>
 

Isn't the STMFC list supposed to be a source for all of this type of
knowledge, for those of us out here who aren't so privy to such "secret"
information?
Yeah but Paul, for those of us who have been thru this issue many, many
times it *is* off-putting. You need to be aware that many here have been
doing freight cars on the internet since the early 1996. And of course
others are brand new. Are the old hands obligated to anwswer *every* n00b's
question, even those that have been dealt with many times before? In my
opinion, the answer is no.

BTW, it strikes me as rather offensive to suggest people here keep secrets.
Far more likely they're bored, busy, or just indifferent to answering. For
instance, I could have added a few thoughts in on the solid bearing
terminology question... by virtue of the fact that I have been fortuante
enough to purchase a number of cyclopedias and have taken the time to read
instead of just looking at the pictures. But I didn't. That's not keeping
secrets; it's not bothering ONE MORE TIME. Indeed, there are other more
interesting things to do.

Perhaps if the STMFC would produce a FAQ page, like an encyclopedia, then
many of these discussions would be unnecessary and we could refer to the
FAQ's instead of each other.
Perhaps you could start one. Surely many will appreciate a comprehensive
work. In the meanwhile the best I can hope for is the continued PUBLISHING
and SHARING by those who are better informed than I... and by and large I
will be grateful to receive whatever they happen to share.


Mike Brock,....Is this bordering on "Flaming" us ignorant-slobs out here?
I'm sure Mike will remind us all of the official policy.

Dave Nelson


P&LE shipper's directory

Schuyler Larrabee
 

http://cgi.ebay.com/1905-PITTSBURG-LAKE-ERIE-RAILROAD-FREIGHT-BOOK_W0QQitemZ6556436595QQcategoryZ413
2QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

In spite of what my wife thinks there are limits to what I collect. This 1905 directory is within
list limits timewise, and would be a good way to understand what shippers there were (and
consignees, too, I expect) on the P&LE. Therefore, you would know more about what steam-era freight
cars would be required, both in- and out-bound.

SGL


Re: Truck Journals

Paul Hillman
 

To Richard Hendrickson,

Thanks for all the fine and inside info on this subject of roller-bearing trucks, just what I've been seeking for, as well as apparently others. However, I find it unusual for you to say;

"By the way, this has all been covered in published
sources as well as in previous discussions on the STMFC list, so the
recent deluge on the list of opinion and speculation masquerading as
fact on this subject is really quite UNWARRANTED, not to say TIRESOME
for those of us who have been paying attention to these matters for a
long time."

and;

"Those of us on this list who carry out serious prototype research,...."

Oh, excuse me, only your "clan" does??

and;

"Others on the list may, of course,
use any terminology they like, but should be aware that their choices
may lead others to doubt their seriousness and their credibility."

Isn't the STMFC list supposed to be a source for all of this type of knowledge, for those of us out here who aren't so privy to such "secret" information?

Perhaps if the STMFC would produce a FAQ page, like an encyclopedia, then many of these discussions would be unnecessary and we could refer to the FAQ's instead of each other.

Mike Brock,....Is this bordering on "Flaming" us ignorant-slobs out here?

Paul Hillman


Re: RTR Resin-is Here now

cvsne <mjmcguirk@...>
 

Link to photos of the GHQ N scale preproduction models:

http://www.railimages.com/gallery/martinmcguirk/aab

Marty McGuirk


Re: High walkways, Low walkways, Platforms... on Tank cars

Richard Hendrickson
 

On Aug 27, 2005, at 2:49 PM, Richard Brennan wrote:

Browsing through Kaminski's AC&F Centennial History book; the last
ACF tank car builder's photo I see with high walkways is circa-1915,
and the first with a modern (or should that be moderne?) tank-top
operating platform is dated 1934 .
Both AC&F and the Standard Tank Car Co. (then the largest producer of tank cars in North America) built tank cars of standard design with high running boards until ca. 1915, and Union Tank Line Class V and X cars of that era (by several different builders) had running boards about 1/3 of the way up the sides of the tank. It's not clear why the practice of building tank cars with high running boards was discontinued, but trainmen doubtless complained vigorously about having to climb down the ladders on adjacent cars to gain access to tank car end sills and then having to climb up the ladders to the high running board. reversing the process at the other end of the car. At any rate, the United States Safety Appliance regulations that initially took effect in 1911 had provisions for both high mounted and low mounted tank car running boards but those for Class III tank cars built after 1917 assume that the running boards will be approximately level with the top of the center sills, so apparently no cars of Class III specification were built with high running boards.

What occasioned these changes.. and why was there such a long
transition period to the now universal top platform design? It
appears that cars without platforms were built well into the late
1950s... Was it simply buyer preference... or was there a change in
AAR or DOT regulations?
As for railed dome platforms, those began to appear in the 1920s on cars which were loaded and unloaded through the dome rather than through bottom outlets, or which required workmen to access the top of the car to connect steam lines to the car's heating coils. Some buyers specified platforms while others made do with narrow walkways alongside the domes (often on only one side of the car) depending on the loading and unloading arrangements the cars were likely to encounter in service. Such dome platforms were required on Class V (high pressure) tank cars, as their "domes" were in fact not expansion domes but valve casings, and these cars were loaded and unloaded entirely through the valves and connections inside the casings. Other types of tank cars continued to be built well into the 1960s without such platforms.

Richard Hendrickson


Re: RTR Resin-is Here now

Benjamin Hom <b.hom@...>
 

Dean Payne wrote:
"Any photos of these cars [NP 14000 series boxcars], prototype or other
scale?"

Ted's Steam Era Freight Cars website is still there, you know:
http://www.steamfreightcars.com/gallery/boxauto/np14160main.html


"Funaro also makes some NP 40' DS boxcars, but with truss rods, in a
different # series, so that can't be
correct. Perhaps similar in appearance, though."

...in that they're both 40 ft DS boxcars with radial roof with a definite NP
"family" appearance, but they are NOT the same car.
http://www.steamfreightcars.com/gallery/boxauto/np39731main.html
http://www.fandckits/HO/1007.html
http://www.fandckits/HO/1008.html

The corresponding HO scale kits are the Sunshine 52.x series kits.


Ben Hom


Re: Solid, Roller & Friction Bearing Journals

Denny Anspach <danspach@...>
 

At 05:51 PM 8/27/05, Gary Laakso wrote:


Subject: RE:
I understood that the Milwaukee was one of the first railroads to place
roller bearings on its heavy weight passenger cars. Does anyone know if
the use of roller bearings included express reefers on the Milwaukee?
The only traditional express reefers that the Milwaukee owned with two series of distinctive low slung cars built by the Milwaukee shops fortheChicago Milwaukee & Puget Sound,and they were lettered "For Fish Service Only". Photos of these cars are few are far between, and several lasted to about 1953, To my knowledge, they never had roller bearings applied, and they were generally retired from front line work in about 1934.

I am having a brain bubble (I am also on vacation and away from sources) so am absolutely unsure whether or not the Milwaukee built several ribside reefers in c. 1941. If so, my impression is that they were primarily for freight service and did not have roller bearings. I am prepared to be corrected.

Of interest is that although the Milwaukee leaped into the roller bearing business four square for their prime passenger equipment after 1928, they never did so with their freight cars.

Denny

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