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Re: Grab iron clearance

 

I was given the gift of an old grabiron off of a
wood-sheathed box car (Exact type unknown) that is sitting on
my desk. The clearance is 2-1/2 inches, the diameter is 3/4
inch, the inside width (clearance) is 16-1/4 inches, the
mounting holes are on 20 inch centers, the thickness at the
mounting hole is 1/2 inch and the outside diameter around the
mounting hole is 1-3/4 inches.
What a forehead slapper! As Jimmy Buffet would say, it was so obvious it
plumb evaded me. I have a grab iron here that came from the Milwaukee shops
in Deer Lodge. I don't know what it's off of, but it's black with boxcar red
on the ends where it bolts to the car side. Here are the comparable
dimensions.

Clearance is 2 �", diameter is 5/8", inside clear width is 23", mounting
holes on 24" centers and offset 1�" from center of grab bar to center of
bolt hole, �" mounting hole with square head bolts, and 1�" diameter around
the mounting holes.

Dan Stinson
Helena, Montana


Re: Northern Specific Models NP Flat Car

Thomas M. Olsen <tmolsen@...>
 

List,

Recently there was a discussion regarding Aaron Gjermundson's new NP flat car and some people having sent money for the kit, but not hearing or receiving theirs. I would like to say that I sent for three of the kits on March 29th and received them this past Saturday, May 19th. The only delay was how long it took for Tom Madden to complete the castings, get them to Aaron and for Aaron to reach my name in the queue!

I must say that I am impressed with the quality of the castings. It appears that Aaron has learned from his earlier mistakes and has his operation up to speed. I wonder what he has in mind for an encore after this model?

Tom Olsen
7 Boundary Road, West Branch
Newark, Delaware, 19711-7479
(302) 738-4292
tmolsen@...


Re: URTX / Soo Line Reefer 1882 preserved at Whippany Railroad Museum

Thomas M. Olsen <tmolsen@...>
 

Dennis,

It is not just a museum in New Jersey, but many museums are the same way, not all, but many! An example of this is that there is an PRR H30 Covered Hopper in the Pennsylvania State Railroad Museum at Strasburg Pa. that has a paint date that shows it was painted before it was built!

I was there one cold January day to go out into the yard at the back of the Museum to photograph the PRR observation car "Tower View" for a fellow in Switzerland (a PRRT&HS member) who needed photos to scratch build the car. When finished, I stopped in to thank the, then Museum Director, Bob Emerson, for his assistance in letting me out into the yard which at that time was restricted to Museum employees. In passing, I mentioned the discrepancy on the H30 to him. He went out onto the museum floor to look for himself and came back shaking his head. The car had been repainted only a few months before and he said that the problem would not be corrected until some time in the future when they had an opportunity to revisit the car, but I could tell that he was not very happy that the error had been made. As far as I know, the error remains today!

Tom Olsen
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Newark, Delaware, 19711-7479
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Dennis Storzek wrote:

Been there, done that. It's the "model railroader" syndrome. Because
we as modelers might prefer one paint scheme to another, all we have
to do is buy some Evergreen scribed styrene and Tichy K brake
equipment, and we can do whatever we want. In fact we can do whatever
we want without buying any additional materials, so long as we don't
mention it on this list.

It would be one thing if they were a tourist railroad; a private
concern that just sells a ride. But a MUSEUM should hold itself to a
higher standard than someone's personal model railroad. Here is their
mission statement, from their web page:
"The Whippany Railway Museum is dedicated to Preserving the Heritage
and History of the Railroads of New Jersey through the Restoration,
Preservation, Interpretation and Operation of Historic Railroad
Equipment and Artifacts from New Jersey and the immediate vicinity."
I guess if it's not from New Jersey or the immediate vicinity it
doesn't have to be correct.

Dennis









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Re: Grab iron clearance

Schuyler Larrabee
 

Schuyler,
I was given the gift of an old grabiron off of a
wood-sheathed box car (Exact type unknown) that is sitting on
my desk. The clearance is 2-1/2 inches, the diameter is 3/4
inch, the inside width (clearance) is 16-1/4 inches, the
mounting holes are on 20 inch centers, the thickness at the
mounting hole is 1/2 inch and the outside diameter around the
mounting hole is 1-3/4 inches. Whether this is "standard" or
not, I cannot say, but it seems typical in my experience.

Larry Grubb
Geez, Larry, you're really raising the bar here . . . .8^)

Thanks a lot.

SGL


Re: Tunnel Brake

benjaminfrank_hom <b.hom@...>
 

Eric Hansmann asked:
"Were the XL cars the last PRR house car to get these brakes?"

Yes, though other PRR house cars built at the same time as Class XL
received them, as these equipment diagrams show:
http://prr.railfan.net/diagrams/PRRdiagrams.html?diag=XM-
.gif&sel=box&sz=sm&fr=
http://prr.railfan.net/diagrams/PRRdiagrams.html?diag=KF-
.gif&sel=stk&sz=sm&fr=


"You state that the brake was omitted form cars built after 1908. Do
you have a final date when were they removed from cars in service?"

Existing Class XL boxcars shopped after July 1, 1911 received a
revised arrangement of safety appliances to conform to the Safety
Appliance Act. The tunnel brake was removed during this shopping.


"Was this a common brake application on rolling stock of other
railroads?"

Not that I know of - a quick scan of White turned up nothing, but I
admitted don't have a lot from the first decade of the 20th Century.


Ben Hom


Re: Replacement parts for 65' mill gon, NYC stock car & 3-bay PS-2

mcindoefalls
 

--- In STMFC@..., "mopacfirst" <ron.merrick@...> wrote:

I'd throw out a request for something we discussed a year
or two ago, and that is a P-S style drop end with three straight
corrugations as used on some of the "Greenville-style" gons built by P-
S. Model reference: the P2K gons released several years ago which
continue to dribble out, now with semi-authentic loads.
Hear, hear!!! This would make kitbashing a PS-5 (that was the gon, IIRC) from the P2K car,
and we can finally have a correct Rutland gon model. Or with die cutting apparently so
cheap these days, perhaps Life Like could make the part in styrene and offer PS-5's along
with the Greenville cars. Perhaps there are few major visible differences in the bodies and
the Greenville shell could be used.

Walt Lankenau


Re: "Historical" Clubs

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

Rich Orr wrote:
You are never going to win this. From the previous comments it is very clear that the revisionist historian philosophy is being espoused. That is the 'historians" are free to reshape the data in any manner as long as it supports their hypothesis. Draw a conclusion and make the facts fit the conclusion. The antithesis of the scientific method. And those of us who care that facts be facts which are not subject to interpretation but rather allow one to understand the entire picture recognize this philosophy which is rampant among today's alleged historians. It is back dated social engineering that allows what is politically correct today (i.e. expedient) to change the facts of the past.
Not a bad (if hostile) summary of Mr. Foucault and friends. You are right that those who accept this view that "historical conclusions are all personal" probably could not care less about what we call "accuracy" on this list.

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@...
Publishers of books on railroad history


Truth, historical accuracy, SFRD and FGEX - a simplistic solution

Malcolm Laughlin <mlaughlinnyc@...>
 

I think we are dealing here with a conflict between two quite reasonable objectives, and I'd like to make a suggestion that I think resolve the conflict. I respect the interesting input from the professional historians about the "knowability" of history, but I also don't want to see information lost, as I'm sure the historians don't, of exactly what happened or what something looked like if it can be definitely known.

Recognize that there are two constituencies here for the railroad museum. One that works at the micro-level of exact detail like Schuyler and Andy Miller. I have great respect for their work, but it's more than I can handle.

The other is macro-level people like me who are most interested in the overall effect. When I'm operating a model railroad, I don't really care if the grab irons are an inch too far out or the ice hatches have the wrong number of hinges or even if the roof is black or dark red as long as the car I'm seeing from two or three feet away [think 100 to 200 scale feet] looks like my memory of a PFE car.

Suppose you are running a museum in the southwest and you want to show what a reefer that moved produce from the area looked like. And suppose the only car available to you is an ice bunker car that was operated by FGE and its details are different from any car ever operated by PFE or SFRE.

From the perspective of showing the younger generation what cars in that service in your territory looked like, it seems perfectly reasonable to me to paint it in one of those schemes.

But then we have to recognize that there are others who would like to know exactly what a car in that service looked like. It's unfair to them to say that this car is one that operated in the southwest.

Can't we reasonably satisfy both constituencies with the sign/brochure,whatever, that describes the car in the museum. Say that it is intended to show what such cars looked like but is not an exact replica of a PFE/SFRE car. Also state its original ownership and car number.

Doesn't that completely satisfy the requirements of truth and accuracy for both constituencies. Let's recognize ALL of the legitimate interests and stop putting down the guys whose main interest is different from yours.


Malcolm Laughlin, Editor 617-489-4383
New England Rail Shipper Directories
19 Holden Road, Belmont, MA 02478


Re: Restoration Accuracy

Denny Anspach <danspach@...>
 

Garth Groff writes-

SN boxcar 2350 (at the CSRM) has arch-bar trucks from SN 2313,
itself now on temporary trucks at the Western Railway Museum; the truck
swap apparently was done by the WP/SN before the cars were disposed of).
True enough. Mea Culpa. I was there at the time.

Through a WP Surgeon neighbor of mine c. 1967-70, I received a call from a WP manager asking if we would be interested in some wood box and stock cars that were otherwise to be disposed of. I said "sure", and I was then given a very short deadline to inspect a long string of wood cars from which to make the selections (sitting on an industrial siding of the SN's old Holland branch in West Sacramento).

By any means the resulting car selection was far less the result of knowledgeable introspective study, than it was of sheer time-driven expediency. We (a WP employee and I) went down the line and marked out several cars, choosing them not by number, but purely by perceived condition and appearance. I marked the chosen cars with a spray can of yellow paint. As I recall, we ended up with cars that all had Andrews trucks, while a number of those NOT chosen had Arch Bar.

Well, for bad, worse, or otherwise, in the interests of "truck diversity", we decided to change out the trucks on one car, and that is what happened. It would have been way out off the edge of the bell-shaped curve for either of us to either be overly concerned at that time 45 years ago about the matter (Hey, there were still thousands of wood cars still out and about, and one car could surely not make a difference!) .

With the knowledge that the rest of the cars were heading imminently to the scrapper, who also would have thought that all these years later the car that was robbed of its rightful trucks would still be around to haunt us?

The CSRM does have a nice collection of wood freight cars ripe for restoration, and as has been noted, they have on occasion in the distant past been displayed outside near the Arcade Station where they looked good just as a part of the scenery, but at tremendous resulting cost to their integrity. . One of the cars in this regard not mentioned by others is a truly fine ATSF wood caboose- one of my personal favorites.

Denny
--
Denny S. Anspach, MD
Sacramento


Re: Grab iron clearance

Andy Sperandeo <asperandeo@...>
 

Way to go, Larry. That's a source that few could argue with. - Andy

Andy Sperandeo
Executive Editor
Model Railroader magazine
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Re: Grab iron clearance

Larry Grubb <larry450sl@...>
 

Schuyler,
I was given the gift of an old grabiron off of a wood-sheathed box car (Exact type unknown) that is sitting on my desk. The clearance is 2-1/2 inches, the diameter is 3/4 inch, the inside width (clearance) is 16-1/4 inches, the mounting holes are on 20 inch centers, the thickness at the mounting hole is 1/2 inch and the outside diameter around the mounting hole is 1-3/4 inches. Whether this is "standard" or not, I cannot say, but it seems typical in my experience.

Larry Grubb

----- Original Message -----
From: Andy Sperandeo
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 9:44 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Grab iron clearance


Hi Schuyler,

I looked at the 1940 CBC, and while there are no minimum clearance
dimensions in the drawings for the corner grabs, the text of the safety
appliance section on page 1093 gives 2 inches and preferably 2-1/2 inches as
the minimum clearance for "roof handholds." The same minimum clearance
applies to side and end handholds, with the note that ladder rungs are
handholds within this specification. Two-and-a-half inches in HO scale is
.0338", so a .030" spacer would be about right for the minimum. But the Cyc
doesn't give a maximum clearance for these handholds.

So long,

Andy

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Re: "Historical" Clubs

SUVCWORR@...
 

In a message dated 5/22/2006 11:35:49 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
thompson@... writes:

This is fine, but let's see if this matters for how freight cars
are painted at museums. History is not science, nor is it "facts;" the
famous analogy is that an accumulation of facts is like a pile of
bricks: it's not a house. History makes A house (each historian will
put the bricks together differently). But that is not the topic of what
was said so far. What was said so far, as I understood it, was about
authentic bricks. I don't see how you can, for example, paint or modify
an artifact like a freight car in a way which is not representative of
its origins, and still use it as a brick. Otherwise, bricks are only
what historians choose: they can invent bricks to please themselves.
That might sit well with Foucault but not with most people.
I think you are confusing museum practice with the practice of
history. They are of course allied, or should be, but do not always
have the same goals. Playing games with question marks around "truth"
doesn't help the discussion, though perhaps it would get you some
applause in that room at an academic meeting.



Tony,

You are never going to win this. From the previous comments it is very
clear that the revisionist historian philosophy is being espoused. That is the
'historians" are free to reshape the data in any manner as long as it
supports their hypothesis. Draw a conclusion and make the facts fit the
conclusion. The antithesis of the scientific method. And those of us who care that
facts be facts which are not subject to interpretation but rather allow one to
understand the entire picture recognize this philosophy which is rampant
among today's alleged historians. It is back dated social engineering that
allows what is politically correct today (i.e. expedient) to change the facts of
the past.

Rich Orr


SL-SF & RI ends for Greenville Gons

lnbill <bwelch@...>
 

For this, I would use a PS-1 end as a form, and with a burnishing tool
and aluminum or brass sheet form the end. Martin used such a technique
with his Greenville gon kit and I remember being very satisfied with
the results.

He included the form which I think he refered to as a mandrel.

Bill Welch

--- In STMFC@..., "cf5250" <timboconnor@...> wrote:


Bill Welch wrote

1). I have finished an Improved Dreadnaught end for the long
mill gon, and will be sending the pattern to Ted for casting.
For years I have wished for a replacement end for the Greenville
(Proto 2000) gondola that matches the SLSF and I think RI cars,
which had non-tapered sine wave ends (like a PS-1 end). I think
such ends also were applied to some 65' gondolas. I don't know
how you could make a master to produce such an end in 3-D.

Tim O'


Re: Replacement parts for 65' mill gon, NYC stock car & 3-bay PS-2

lnbill <bwelch@...>
 

--- In STMFC@..., "cf5250" <timboconnor@...> wrote:


Bill Welch wrote

1). I have finished an Improved Dreadnaught end for the long
mill gon, and will be sending the pattern to Ted for casting.
For years I have wished for a replacement end for the Greenville
(Proto 2000) gondola that matches the SLSF and I think RI cars,
which had non-tapered sine wave ends (like a PS-1 end). I think
such ends also were applied to some 65' gondolas. I don't know
how you could make a master to produce such an end in 3-D.

Tim O'


Re: CMT ONT, CP, and CN Stock Cars

benjaminfrank_hom <b.hom@...>
 

Jack Hanger asked:
"Was curious as to the accuracy of the Boxcar Red/White paint scheme
offered on the Ontario Northern, Canadian Pacific and/or the Canadian
National stock cars being offered by CMT?"

Clearing out the e-mail backlog and didn't see an answer to this
question.

Jack, I'm not sure which stock car models you're asking about. If
it's the Proto 1000 Fowler/Dominion stock cars, there are no pictures
on the CMT website, so I can't make a determination on accuracy.
http://www.modeltrains.com/Default.htm

Here's a link to the Westerfield models of these cars to illustrate
what this scheme looked like:
http://www.westerfield.biz/cg330001.htm


Ben Hom


Re: ADMIN: Historical Accuracy

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

Frank Greene wrote:
But, I think there's a valid point buried in the message. That point is what does one do when the available information doesn't answer "why" things happened . . . I think that's where Gerald is coming from. Understanding "why" is a necessary part of history, but maybe not so necessary for building an accurate model . . . as it appeared on a specific date.
Well said, Frank. We weren't talking about (and on this list pretty much can't discuss) the practice of history per se. In that sense, Fitzgerald's post is a red herring. Worse, it could leave the impression that "truth" is inaccessible, therefore we should quit worrying about accuracy. I doubt he meant that, but there are those who could read it that way.

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2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
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Re: ADMIN: Historical Accuracy

Frank Greene <fgreen01@...>
 

Sheriff, I'm glad you're the one who took this on. <vbg>

After reading Gerald's epistle, I'm not sure I'll take an academic's word as
gospel, again (assuming I understand the words). If facts (e.g., ownership,
manufacturer, length, width, appliances, etc.) can be discounted as "too
deterministic," then what does the historian base his/her conclusion on?

But, I think there's a valid point buried in the message. That point is what
does one do when the available information doesn't answer "why" things happened
(e.g., why did the Southern Railway build truss-rod steel underframe SU box cars
in the late '20s). The drawings and other documents are factual, but the
decision process may not be clear. The SRHA has a pretty extensive archive, but
it may not contain all the conversations, memos, telegrams, etc. passing back
and forth between mechanical, finance, and presidential suite personnel
concerning the decision to buy obsolete design box cars. Is there sufficient
information in the archives to draw a conclusion? If we're missing a critical
piece of information will we know it and what if it would lead to a different
conclusion? We have to interpret what we have and use our best judgment (damn,
isn't that where we were when we were discussing the color of J&L tank cars?).
I think that's where Gerald is coming from. Understanding "why" is a necessary
part of history, but maybe not so necessary for building an accurate model of a
specific Southern SU boxcar as it appeared on a specific date.

Maybe I should ask my history major, steam-diesel transition era modeler, RR
museum volunteer son (who's on this list but hasn't followed this thread because
he's too busy doing those other things) for his thoughts on this topic.

Frank Greene
Memphis, TN
fgreen01@...

----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Brock
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 11:33 AM
Subject: [STMFC] ADMIN: Historical Accuracy


Regretfully, such points that Gerard puts forth probably require at least some
comment...lest one assumes that his positions are unassailable.


Re: Grab iron clearance

Frank Greene <fgreen01@...>
 

The standards don't have to state a maximum handhold spacing, which will be
established by the width and height clearances.

Frank Greene
Memphis, TN
fgreen01@...

----- Original Message -----
From: Andy Sperandeo
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 9:44 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Grab iron clearance


Hi Schuyler,

I looked at the 1940 CBC, and while there are no minimum clearance
dimensions in the drawings for the corner grabs, the text of the safety
appliance section on page 1093 gives 2 inches and preferably 2-1/2 inches as
the minimum clearance for "roof handholds." The same minimum clearance
applies to side and end handholds, with the note that ladder rungs are
handholds within this specification. Two-and-a-half inches in HO scale is
.0338", so a .030" spacer would be about right for the minimum. But the Cyc
doesn't give a maximum clearance for these handholds.

So long,

Andy

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Executive Editor
Model Railroader magazine
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Question Marks

Gerard J Fitzgerald <gjf@...>
 

Hi all,

I enjoyed the comments and will buy our moderator a drink when next we meet. I
should note that those were supposed to be quotation marks and NOT question
marks around truth. This was not intentional and has led to confusion.
Sometimes sending e-mail on this system on a remote site causes this to occur
sometimes and for that I apologize.

All the best

Gerry

Dr. Gerard J. Fitzgerald
Department of History-University of Pennsylvania
2006 Hass Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of the Chemical Sciences
Chemical Heritage Foundation


Re: masking (Painting) freight car trucks

Tim O'Connor
 

Tim, can you be more specific as to what this stuff is. Is it the same
goop that is used to glue enclosures in junk mail, etc?
Thanks
Rod

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