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Re: Towing "loops"?

water.kresse@...
 

I believe Henry Ford had Model T's running between tracks to switch FCs on the DT&I. Pulling a rope is more stable than pushing a long stick. You can still do something stupid pulling . . . . cables whip back when they break. We had a kid killed by a cable break on a tank recovery vehicle down at Ft Knox.

Al Kresse

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From: "rockroll50401" <cepropst@netconx.net>
"Roping Staple".

Learn something new everyday. Where I work they were called pulling
loops. Used in conjunction with 'car pullers'. I wish I could remember
when this practice was ended where I work. I'm guessing it was in the
80s.
Clark Propst


Re: Towing "loops"?

rockroll50401 <cepropst@...>
 

"Roping Staple".

Learn something new everyday. Where I work they were called pulling
loops. Used in conjunction with 'car pullers'. I wish I could remember
when this practice was ended where I work. I'm guessing it was in the
80s.
Clark Propst


Re: 1940s tank car questions

John Hile <john66h@...>
 

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

That gives the impression -- correct me if I've misunderstood --
that one couldn't back a gasoline tank *truck* up to a tank *car*: the
consignee's storage tank had to be permanent.

That was my interpretation as well.

But, having said that, Rule 1 of the same publication seems to allow
for carriers and consignors to ship items "not subject" to the
provisions of the Official Classification, yet still "limited only as
provided by common law and by the laws of the United States and of the
several States in so far as they apply,..." and "not inconsistent with
such common carrier's liability,..." Rule 1 seems to be geared toward
allowing alternate rates when items are not sent subject to the
Official Classification. Whether that includes the ability to avoid
the restrictions of Rule 35, I do not know.

From a legal standpoint, adhering to Rule 35 certainly makes sense for
the carrier, as it would greatly reduce their liability by eliminating
the handling on their property of certain (most?) volatile petroleum
products. Also, providing for the appropriate facilities at a team
track my not be economically attractive for any given carrier...fire
protection, spill containment, steam heat, pump maintenance, car
grounding, etc.

The "Petroleum or Petroleum Products" listed in the rating section of
the Official Classification are:
Belt Oil
Benzine
Crude Oil
Cordage Oil
Felt Oil
Floor Oil
Fuel Oil
Gas Oil
Gas, Liquefied
Gasoline
Harness Oil
Leather Oil
Miners' Oil
Miners' Oil Stock
Naphtha
Naphtha Distillate
Neatsfoot Oil
Paint Oil
Putty Oil
Refined Oil Distillate
Refined Oil, illuminating or burning
Soap Oil
Tanner's Oil
Tobacco Oil
Transformer Oil
Wool Oil
Oil, N.O.I.B.N (Not Otherwise Indexed By Name)
Grease, Axle
Grease, Lubricating, other than Axle Grease
Grease, N.O.I.B.N
Lubricating Oil


John Hile
Blacksburg, VA


Re: Towing "loops"?

Scott Pitzer
 

To represent the simplest common type, I use Detail Associates "Alco
Lift Rings."
Of course, you can wrap brass wire around a drill bit just as well.


Re: newby

Garth G. Groff <ggg9y@...>
 

Eddie:

Welcome. You will find members of this group to be among the most knowledgeable anywhere about freight cars, and are ready to share what they know. Generally we are pretty nice folks, though one or two can be a bit pithy. I suggest you wander through our archives, since your questions may have been discussed before (they've never worked well for me!), and you might be directed there rather than reposting all the same information.

I don't know as much as I would like to about the D&RGW, but I am a fan of the Western Pacific. Since there was once joint ownership of these lines, and cooperation for many years thereafter, I may be able to help you with some questions.

Kind regards,


Garth G. Groff

Eddie Stavleu wrote:

To all group members

Thanks for letting me join your group
I live in Australia and model the D&RGW RR as close as possible, for some 30 years..
I am afraid I will have questions and probably no answers for you.

Thank you all.

Eddie Stavleu
Brisbane Australia.

" There is no known cure for an obsession with trains " Anon 1989.



Re: Towing "loops"?

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

Mike Brock wrote:
Armand Premo pointed out to me recently that certain box cars had a "towing loop" on the side of the car between the bolster and the car's end at the bottom of the side.
They were mostly used for car-pulling equipment at shipper or receiver sidings, and could be used in switching too. They date back to Harriman freight cars on SP and UP in the form of metal castings at bolster ends.

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Re: 1940s tank car questions

boyds1949 <E27ca@...>
 

I know this does not answer Al's question. The rule cited below in
John Hile's message apparantly lasted through our era. The 1972
Uniform Freight Classification still had virtually the same rule (the
working was slightly different). The later rule refers to "asphalt
or tar" instead of "road oil" and there is no mention of fuel oil.
The ratings for commodities such as gasoline specifically referred to
Rule 35.

John King


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

That gives the impression -- correct me if I've misunderstood --
that
one couldn't back a gasoline tank *truck* up to a tank *car*: the
consignee's storage tank had to be permanent. The exception for
road
oil is crystal clear (a strange term to use in connection with this
commodity!), and in fact the Rutland had numerous team tracks to
which road oil was delivered (per Nimke's books). Fuel oil too, eh?
I
take it they mean the heavy stuff, and I'll have to look it up.

Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.


--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "John Hile" <john66h@> wrote:

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

Did any customers unload gasoline from a team track or a siding
as
they needed it?
FWIW, here is the text of Rule 35, Section 8, from a 1925 La Salle
Consolidated Freight Classification book...

"Inflammable Liquids having a flash point lower than 200 degrees
Fahrenheit, including Petroleum and Petroleum Products, other than
Fuel or Road Oil, in tank cars, must not be shipped and will not
be
delivered unless consigned to parties accepting delivery on
private
sidings, equipped with facilities for piping the liquid from tank
cars
to permanent storage tanks, or consigned to parties accepting
delivery
from Railroad Sidings where facilities exist for piping the liquid
from tank cars to permanent storage tanks."

John Hile
Blacksburg, VA


Re: Towing "loops"?

Richard Hendrickson
 

On Feb 18, 2008, at 5:35 PM, Mike Brock wrote:

Armand Premo pointed out to me recently that certain box cars had a
"towing
loop" on the side of the car between the bolster and the car's end at
the
bottom of the side. This "loop" appears to be of steel and is
constructed so
that if one dropped a metal rod perpendicular to the track, it would
go
through the loop....
Towing loops were quite common on steam era freight cars, and some
railroads specified their application to all new or rebuilt cars. For
example, you'll see them on the side sills near the bolsters on all NYC
steel box cars. Sometimes they were mounted vertically under the side
sills instead of horizontally. Their purpose was to provide an
attachment point for the cable-and-winch arrangements which were widely
used at industrial spurs and team tracks to move cars into position for
loading and unloading. When there were no towing loops (also called
towing staples), the hooks on the cables were attached to any
convenient place on the car (e,g, sill steps, ladder stiles), which was
an open invitation to damage.

Richard Hendrickson


Re: Towing "loops"?

Richard Dermody <ddermody@...>
 

Mike,

According to the "Dictionary of Car Terms", 1940 CBC, it's a "Roping Staple".

"Roping Staple. A U-bolt, special casting or forging secured to the side sill near the end of the car into which the hook of a switching rope may be caught, so that a switching locomotive can pull cars on side tracks while it is on the main track or vice versa."

Dick

On Feb 18, 2008, at 8:35 PM, Mike Brock wrote:

Armand Premo pointed out to me recently that certain box cars had a "towing
loop" on the side of the car between the bolster and the car's end at the
bottom of the side. This "loop" appears to be of steel and is constructed so
that if one dropped a metal rod perpendicular to the track, it would go
through the loop. MK&T cars...series 77501-78000 and 95000-96000 appear to
have these attached, photos showing 77780 [ 1946 ], 96656 [ 1964 ], 95045
[ 1949 ] have them. The model of these cars provided by Speedwitch does
include the boltheads used to attach these "loops" and Ted modeled them but
he does not appear to address them in the instructions or the RMC article on
the cars [ July 2007 ]. In addition, several other cars do exhibit "loops"
including USRA steel cars Reading 10246, B&A 50312, CNJ alternate ARA 19029,
PM 82450, Erie modified '23 ARA 76012 and NKP 26174. However, MK&T cars
77882 and 95271 shown on pgs 36 and 37 of Richard's Focus in Freight Cars
clearly do not show them in the late '30's so they appear to have been add
on's. Any thoughts on these?

Mike Brock




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Re: Towing "loops"?

Tom Palmer
 

Mike and the group,
The Katy boxcars were not originally built with the towing loops. These were added during the shopping done to the cars during WW2. On the Katy they allowed the grain elevator operators to pull the cars for loading. The loops were located at the height where I have seen car pulling equipment mounted at the elevators here in Texas and in Oklahoma. Rice growing area on the Houston line and wheat growing area on the Northwestern District.
Regards,
Tom Palmer - Modeling the Katy in Texas in the year 1952

----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Brock
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: 2/18/2008 7:35:40 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Towing "loops"?


Armand Premo pointed out to me recently that certain box cars had a "towing
loop" on the side of the car between the bolster and the car's end at the
bottom of the side. This "loop" appears to be of steel and is constructed so
that if one dropped a metal rod perpendicular to the track, it would go
through the loop. MK&T cars...series 77501-78000 and 95000-96000 appear to
have these attached, photos showing 77780 [ 1946 ], 96656 [ 1964 ], 95045
[ 1949 ] have them. The model of these cars provided by Speedwitch does
include the boltheads used to attach these "loops" and Ted modeled them but
he does not appear to address them in the instructions or the RMC article on
the cars [ July 2007 ]. In addition, several other cars do exhibit "loops"
including USRA steel cars Reading 10246, B&A 50312, CNJ alternate ARA 19029,
PM 82450, Erie modified '23 ARA 76012 and NKP 26174. However, MK&T cars
77882 and 95271 shown on pgs 36 and 37 of Richard's Focus in Freight Cars
clearly do not show them in the late '30's so they appear to have been add
on's. Any thoughts on these?

Mike Brock


newby

Eddie Stavleu <eddiestavleu@...>
 

To all group members

Thanks for letting me join your group
I live in Australia and model the D&RGW RR as close as possible, for some 30 years..
I am afraid I will have questions and probably no answers for you.

Thank you all.

Eddie Stavleu
Brisbane Australia.

" There is no known cure for an obsession with trains " Anon 1989.


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Towing "loops"?

Mike Brock <brockm@...>
 

Armand Premo pointed out to me recently that certain box cars had a "towing loop" on the side of the car between the bolster and the car's end at the bottom of the side. This "loop" appears to be of steel and is constructed so that if one dropped a metal rod perpendicular to the track, it would go through the loop. MK&T cars...series 77501-78000 and 95000-96000 appear to have these attached, photos showing 77780 [ 1946 ], 96656 [ 1964 ], 95045 [ 1949 ] have them. The model of these cars provided by Speedwitch does include the boltheads used to attach these "loops" and Ted modeled them but he does not appear to address them in the instructions or the RMC article on the cars [ July 2007 ]. In addition, several other cars do exhibit "loops" including USRA steel cars Reading 10246, B&A 50312, CNJ alternate ARA 19029, PM 82450, Erie modified '23 ARA 76012 and NKP 26174. However, MK&T cars 77882 and 95271 shown on pgs 36 and 37 of Richard's Focus in Freight Cars clearly do not show them in the late '30's so they appear to have been add on's. Any thoughts on these?

Mike Brock


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Re: 1940s tank car questions

al_brown03
 

That gives the impression -- correct me if I've misunderstood -- that
one couldn't back a gasoline tank *truck* up to a tank *car*: the
consignee's storage tank had to be permanent. The exception for road
oil is crystal clear (a strange term to use in connection with this
commodity!), and in fact the Rutland had numerous team tracks to
which road oil was delivered (per Nimke's books). Fuel oil too, eh? I
take it they mean the heavy stuff, and I'll have to look it up.

Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.


--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "John Hile" <john66h@...> wrote:

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

Did any customers unload gasoline from a team track or a siding as
they needed it?
FWIW, here is the text of Rule 35, Section 8, from a 1925 La Salle
Consolidated Freight Classification book...

"Inflammable Liquids having a flash point lower than 200 degrees
Fahrenheit, including Petroleum and Petroleum Products, other than
Fuel or Road Oil, in tank cars, must not be shipped and will not be
delivered unless consigned to parties accepting delivery on private
sidings, equipped with facilities for piping the liquid from tank
cars
to permanent storage tanks, or consigned to parties accepting
delivery
from Railroad Sidings where facilities exist for piping the liquid
from tank cars to permanent storage tanks."

John Hile
Blacksburg, VA


Re: 1940s tank car questions

John Hile <john66h@...>
 

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

Did any customers unload gasoline from a team track or a siding as
they needed it?
FWIW, here is the text of Rule 35, Section 8, from a 1925 La Salle
Consolidated Freight Classification book...

"Inflammable Liquids having a flash point lower than 200 degrees
Fahrenheit, including Petroleum and Petroleum Products, other than
Fuel or Road Oil, in tank cars, must not be shipped and will not be
delivered unless consigned to parties accepting delivery on private
sidings, equipped with facilities for piping the liquid from tank cars
to permanent storage tanks, or consigned to parties accepting delivery
from Railroad Sidings where facilities exist for piping the liquid
from tank cars to permanent storage tanks."

John Hile
Blacksburg, VA


Re: Towing "loops"?

Guy Wilber
 

In a message dated 2/18/2008 7:36:01 PM Central Standard Time,
brockm@brevard.net writes:

Armand Premo pointed out to me recently that certain box cars had a "towing
loop" on the side of the car between the bolster and the car's end at the
bottom of the side.


Mike,

The proper term for the "towing loop" is roping staple. Roping staples were
utilized by switching crews (early on) to move/position cars by fastening
ropes between locomotives and freight cars on adjacent trackage in much the
same vein as poling pockets.

The staples were also used by small industries to pull cars into position
for loading and unloading by attached cables wound by electric or gas powered
pullers. These were common at grain elevators, bulk cement plants (LO cars),
bulk oil facilities (tanks), etc. Another use was to secure freight cars
taking a short ride upon a ferry.

Regards,

Guy Wilber
West Bend, WI



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Re: 1940s tank car questions

Charlie Vlk
 

I recall that my mom & dad had oil heat in our first house (1947-1952) and didn't get gas in our second house for a couple of years.
(1952-1954). The furnace conversion wasn't a big deal IIRC as it was a new unit set up for the eventual conversion, and the tank was
placed outside anticipating it being removed when gas lines came to our area.
The shipments of home heating oil (assuming that distribution was by tank car and not pipeline) would be impacted by
the laying of gas lines in suburban areas (we lived in Brookfield, just west of Chicago) and the changeover to gas heat, water heaters and stoves.
Certainly the local fuel distributors (usually former coal dealers located on railroad sidings) would be impacted.
I don't know when pipeline gas (as opposed to gas works making locally it out of coal / coke as detailed in Keith Kohman's article in
RMC a couple of years ago) came in after WWII but it would impact the home heating oil traffic differently, I imagine, depending
on what part of the country you are modeling and your time period.
Charlie Vlk


Re: Deliveries of Plaster and its Ingredients in the Steam Era

rockroll50401 <cepropst@...>
 

I've been told the plaster out of Ft Dodge IA went in box cars.
Sometimes plaster board was stacked in one end of the car and bagged
plaster loaded in the oposite end.
Clark Propst


Re: Illinios Central Furfural cars

rockroll50401 <cepropst@...>
 

I was talking to Lloyd on the phone yesterday and called him an Icon. I
think by his (first) post to this group must would agree. Thanks for
joining in Lloyd.
Clark Propst

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