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Re: Stick on weights. Was Coins as car weights.

Schuyler Larrabee
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, Mont Switzer <mhts_switzerm@...> wrote:

I prefer the stick on lead weights like what Peter has on order. I
get mine from A-line and probably pay a little more for them to be able
to buy in small quantities.

These weights are small and heavy. I try to install them over the
car trucks on house cars. This leaves the floor clean if I want to
model the door in the open position.

I still don't have a "pat system" for weighting open top cars.

Mont Switzer
You can buy these by the pound on eBay. Search for (you guessed
it) "Stick on weights." Least expensive, but you may need to find some
buddies to go in on it with you.

SGL


Re: Another thank you to Dennis Storzek

Greg Martin
 

Jeeze Mike,

I have mine(Kahn's) completed and I have another done of a later car, SCDB/ Needham packing, albeit a car at the fringe of this list...

Com'on you guys these its are easier than a resin kit, what's the problem... Mont is yours done yet?

Greg Martin

-----Original Message-----
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To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 3:39 pm
Subject: [STMFC] Another thank you to Dennis Storzek








Not only that but Dennis and Accurail deserve a very strong thank you from
Prototype Rails [ Cocoa Beach ] for supplying the cars for the KCS box car
[ 2006 ] and Kahn's Reefer [ 2007 ] hands on clinics put on by Greg Martin,
Denny Anspach and Jim Singer at Prototype Rails RPM Meet at Cocoa Beach, FL.
The only real issue with the clinic this last Jan is that I somehow ended up
with Jeff Aley's kit and I haven't completed my own yet. If Jeff and I don't
have our completed versions at Cocoa Beach next Jan 4 I shudder to think of
the consequences <G>...and, like I say, I still have Jeff's. <G>. Hmmm, have
we progressed to the point where we can beam stuff across the country via
the net?

Mike Brock





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Unwarranted slam in August TKM

asychis@...
 

In a message dated 8/14/2007 1:39:42 AM Central Daylight Time,
STMFC@yahoogroups.com writes:

Wrong, this was a general offering to all dealers for which the Aramillo
Museum placed a large order. It is not a special car ala the ART car. It is
the
X29 patch panel in the REA circle keystone scheme.

Rich Orr



No Rich, you are wrong. I will not go into the details here except to say
that the X29 patch panel cars we received were not like the ART cars, it was a
different process. I am currently trying to find out why Greg Martin made
such an attack on us. When that is resolved I will tell you the FACTS.
Something that Greg was sadly short of. Red Caboose and the Amarillo Railroad
Museum know the FACTS. You should not state things about which you know very
little.

Jerry Michels
Amarillo Railroad Museum



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Re: Box Cars In Grain Service

Malcolm Laughlin <mlaughlinnyc@...>
 

I didn’t have time to get in the discussion on Saturday about the grading/classification and cleaning of box cars, but I’d like to make a few comments on the subject. These are based on memories of my experiences in the 60’s and 70’s.

Classification of box cars was not an exact science and the railroads were unable to agree on a uniform standard. The problem was that the actual usage of box cars was not amenable to a four step grading system. Each grade had certain requirements for roof condition, interior walls, floors, cleanliness and other factors. A car that flunked any one of these requirements for a grade would go to the next lower grade. One road’s class A might not suit another’s loading requirements. Even in different regions on the same railroad, grades would have different uses. For example, on the NYC in Buffalo a class A car was likely to be used for flour loading and class B for grain loading. In Boston class A might be for newsprint loading and B for something in palletized cartons. A splintered lining might not disqualify a car for flour loading, but it would for newsprint.

The term “AAR classification” was essentially meaningless. While in theory it might have existed, it was not useful. In the late 70’s, the AAR and FRA funded the Freight Car Management program, essentially a research effort towards ways to improve car utilization. One of the interesting projects in which I participated was as project manager for compilation of a Manual of Car Utilization Practices and Procedures. It gave me a chance to visit many railroads and document systems they had developed to improve car utilization. One of the FCM projects was an attempt to develop a computerized multi-factor car grading system. I don’t recall that it got any useful results.

Now to address cleaning, I’ll end this and make another post, in the interest of not trying to cover too many subjects in one.


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


Re: weighting open top cars (was: Stick on weights. Was Coins as car weights)

proto48er
 

Guys -

Go to any plumbing supply house (or, for that matter, Home Depot, in
the plumbing section) and ask about their sheet lead used for shower
pans. Better yet, go to a plumbing company and ask them for the lead
scraps from installation of shower pans. Should be very cheap, about
1/8" thick lead sheet - enough to last a lifetime!

A.T. Kott


NAPERVILLE 2007

joel norman <mec-bml@...>
 

HELLO:
Is there any way to find out who will be at Naperville this
year?Be nice to have coffee or breakfast with some of you guys....
OK U turn
Joel Norman
Eastern Maine Rly '''were its always spring/summer 1952'''


Re: Coins as car weights

SUVCWORR@...
 

In a message dated 8/14/2007 12:52:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time, atsf@inow.com
writes:

But steel is magnetic. Lead is good but hard to get these days. Wheel
weights are not bad (lead) but you need to mail-order in CA. Copper and
brass are expensive.
Go to your local garage and ask them to keep the weights they remove from
wheels for you. If you don't mind the potential exposure and keep any kids away,
you can melt the wheel weights and pour the molten lead into sheets. Just
avoid breathing the fumes. It is best to do this outside.

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Re: Moscow, Wisconsin (was new Accurail cars)

al_brown03
 

This strays from topic a little, but I gave bad info yesterday. The
railroad that bypassed Moscow, and pretty much killed off the town by
doing so, later became the Dodgeville branch of the Illinois Central.

Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.


--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "al_brown03" <abrown@...> wrote:

Moscow is in southwestern Wisconsin, in Iowa County, more or less
between Blanchardville and Hollandale. But the railroad between
those
two places (in the era of this group a branch of, I think, the
Milwaukee Road) bypassed Moscow. (Blanchardville and Hollandale are
on a branch of the Pecatonica River, but Moscow's up a side
valley.)
Methinks one of your club members may be playing.

Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.


--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Miller, Andrew S." <asmiller@>
wrote:

One of the box cars in my club's operating roster is marked for
the
KGB. The car pocket says "return when empty to Moscow WI"


regards,

Andy Miller

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of
Richard Hendrickson
Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2007 5:01 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [STMFC] new Accurail cars

On Aug 11, 2007, at 10:54 AM, Tim O'Connor wrote:


>Anyone want to comment on how accurate these are (recognizing
that
all the
>detail may not be shown)?
>http://www.accurail.com/accurail/trainfest.htm
>Atty Raymond G. Meyer

The CNW gondola is dead-on accurate
Dead-on accurate? Probably not, and we won't know for sure until
we
see the model's ends. If they follow the AAR recommended
practice
drawings, they'll be pre-war Dreadnaught ends, whereas that C&NW
70
ton

cars and other postwar versions all had Improved Dreadnaught ends.

Richard Hendrickson


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Re: Coins as car weights

BERNARD SPINELLI <bspinelli@...>
 

on 8/14/07 11:48 AM, Garth G. Groff at ggg9y@virginia.edu wrote:

Tim,

Kadee under-the-track magnets can attract steel car weights at floor
level. Hard to see, but I've had cars equipped with super free-rolling
trucks like Kato's actually move by themselves toward the magnets.

Kind regards,

Garth G. Groff

timboconnor@comcast.net <mailto:timboconnor%40comcast.net> wrote:
Unless the steel is axle-height, I don't think it's going to have
any effect unless you're using super-magnets for uncouplers.
Plenty of models come with steel weights.

Tim O'Connor
Go out a buy a bag of lead shot #8 at any gun shop. It will last you a
lifetime & will fit in any spot on a car. Use epoxy to set the shot. bernie
spinelli


Re: Coins as car weights

Andy Sperandeo <asperandeo@...>
 

You can order .040" and .062" lead sheet online from Small Parts Inc.,
www.smallparts.com. The 40 thou comes out to 37 cents an ounce in 12"-square
sheets, and the 62 thou is 40 cents an ounce in the same size sheet. Of
course, that's before you add in shipping charges from Florida, but if you
don't mind paying for convenience, there it is. (Pennies are definitely
cheaper, easily available, and non-magnetic, but they aren't as dense, which
counts for a lot when weighting flats and gons. They're harder to cut, too!)

So long,

Andy

Andy Sperandeo
Executive Editor
Model Railroader magazine
asperandeo@mrmag.com
262-796-8776, ext. 461
FAX 262-796-1142


Re: Box Cars In Grain Service

Malcolm Laughlin <mlaughlinnyc@...>
 

Posted by: "Russ Strodtz" Don't really know what you are looking for. Since virtually any 40', 6' door car could
be used for bulk grain I don't see where there would be any external markings.

The large supply of similar cars floating around Canada and the U.S. could all be
used for grain service as needed. Have never heard of any instance where a
particular group of cars was "Assigned" to grain service.
=======================================

We should not hear of assignment of any general service car type. It was not permitted by Car Service Rules, and became illegal when the ICC adopted the AAR's Car Service Rules. That applies not only to box cars, but also to ordinary flats, gons and hoppers.


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


weighting open top cars (was: Stick on weights. Was Coins as car weights)

Miller, Andrew S. <asmiller@...>
 

I cast weights for hopper cars to put in the cavity under the slope
sheet and inboard of the slope sheet support sheet over the bolster.

I do this by cutting a triangular notch in the edge of a 1x3 the same
shape as the cavity I intend to fill. I then sandwich this between two
pieces of plywood and clamp the three pieces in a vise. I then melt
solder into the cavity. When it has cooled, I remove the three boards
from the vise and voila, cast weight for a hopper car! Actually I cut
several cavities in the same 1x3 so that I have a few weights cooling
at once.

regards,

Andy Miller

-----Original Message-----
On Behalf Of Mont Switzer
I still don't have a "pat system" for weighting open top cars.

Mont Switzer


Re: Coins as car weights

Garth G. Groff <ggg9y@...>
 

Tim,

Kadee under-the-track magnets can attract steel car weights at floor level. Hard to see, but I've had cars equipped with super free-rolling trucks like Kato's actually move by themselves toward the magnets.

Kind regards,


Garth G. Groff

timboconnor@comcast.net wrote:

Unless the steel is axle-height, I don't think it's going to have
any effect unless you're using super-magnets for uncouplers.
Plenty of models come with steel weights.

Tim O'Connor


Re: Freight Car Idyll AND music

rockroll50401 <cepropst@...>
 

On the lighter side for your amusement. When Denny mentioned having
children and grandchildren around and listening to music while reading
a freight car book a song came to mind. When Tony mentioned the Rolling
Stones that sealed it. Ever since "Gimme Shelter" is stuck in my head!
Thanks guys. Last night when I got home from work I enjoyed the music
of listening to the "Steel Wheels" of my freight cars singing the
clickety-clack song.
Clark Propst


Re: Stick on weights. Was Coins as car weights.

Mont Switzer <mhts_switzerm@...>
 

I prefer the stick on lead weights like what Peter has on order. I get mine from A-line and probably pay a little more for them to be able to buy in small quantities.

These weights are small and heavy. I try to install them over the car trucks on house cars. This leaves the floor clean if I want to model the door in the open position.

I still don't have a "pat system" for weighting open top cars.

Mont Switzer

"Peter J. McClosky" <pmcclosky@comcast.net> wrote:
None of the Hobby shops up here carry "Stick on Weights".

I went to every auto parts store I could find (before giving up) and
could not fine any. Most of the clerks in these stores had no idea what
I was talking about. When I explained that they were used to balance
alloy wheels they "got it"

Then I went to a tire store, and while the would not sell me any they
had in stock ("I would not have any to use"), they did pre order me 1
box each of 1/4 oz and 1/2 oz stick on weights.

I think I got a life time supply, without paying for shipping (and lead
is heavy!!!).

Peter
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Jon Miller wrote:

...Lead is good but hard to get these days. Wheel
weights are not bad (lead) but you need to mail-order in CA.

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Stick on weights. Was Coins as car weights.

Peter J. McClosky <pmcclosky@...>
 

None of the Hobby shops up here carry "Stick on Weights".

I went to every auto parts store I could find (before giving up) and
could not fine any. Most of the clerks in these stores had no idea what
I was talking about. When I explained that they were used to balance
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Then I went to a tire store, and while the would not sell me any they
had in stock ("I would not have any to use"), they did pre order me 1
box each of 1/4 oz and 1/2 oz stick on weights.

I think I got a life time supply, without paying for shipping (and lead
is heavy!!!).

Peter
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...Lead is good but hard to get these days. Wheel
weights are not bad (lead) but you need to mail-order in CA.

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Re: Coins as car weights

Miller, Andrew S. <asmiller@...>
 

Only because you live in California Jon. In the rest of the world no
one worries about children climbing on roofs to eat the flashing, and
sheet lead is readily available at Home Depot - even here in the
People's Democratic Republic of Massachusetts.

regards,

Andy Miller

-----Original Message-----
On Behalf Of Jon Miller

Lead is good but hard to get these days.

Jon Miller
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Re: Coins as car weights

Tim O'Connor
 

Unless the steel is axle-height, I don't think it's going to have
any effect unless you're using super-magnets for uncouplers.
Plenty of models come with steel weights.

Tim O'Connor

-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Jon Miller" <atsf@inow.com>

Go to your hardware store and buy a strip of plain steel,<
But steel is magnetic.


Re: Unwarranted slam in August TKM

Tim O'Connor
 

Rich

The QUESTION this begs is -- since AM got the whole shipment -- will there
be another shipment? Perhaps RC itself got shorted. Perhaps AM pays their
bills on time. We just don't know. Any car that sells out that fast is bound to
be run again. Patience and demand, not boycotts and public whining, will
get better results. If PRR modelers were to "strike back" at RC or even AM,
would that be to their benefit in the long run? I don't see how it could.

Tim O'Connor

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From: SUVCWORR@aol.com
It was an announced car that RC decided to send the entire shipment to the
museum.? When I called RC I was told all dealer orders were forgone and that not
enough cars were received to fill AM's order so they got them all.? Nice way of
telling the dealers where they can go.? Distributing proportionally to all who
had pre-ordered the cars would have resulted in the same outcome for RC -- all
cars out the door but they decided their multitude of dealers was less important
than one customer.

Rich Orr


Re: Coins as car weights

Jon Miller <atsf@...>
 

Go to your hardware store and buy a strip of plain steel,<
But steel is magnetic. Lead is good but hard to get these days. Wheel weights are not bad (lead) but you need to mail-order in CA. Copper and brass are expensive.


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