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Re: Shipping Christmas Trees

Bill Vaughn
 

By 1978 I remember swithcing 50' double door cars with Christmas trees.  But again very old and on there last legs.  Some may not have made the empty return trip.
 
Bill Vaughn

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From: charles slater <atsfcondr42@hotmail.com>
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Shipping Christmas Trees
To: "STMFC List" <stmfc@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 10:39 AM



I worked as a switchman in L.A. from 1970-1984 and at least up until 1975 we would handle box cars only loaded with Christmas trees beginning in late November up until mid December for Safeway and Market Basket (two large grocery stores chaines in Southern Calif) and they would arrive in the oldest junk 40 foot box cars. The trees were loaded crosswise in the cars about 6 to 8 feet high and top iced with crushed ice blown into the cars and covered the trees about 12" thick. Sometimes the doors were closed and sometimes they were left open. And sometimes a few were missing when the cars arrived in L.A. The stores allways gave us a tree when we delivered the cars to them if we wanted one.

These cars were old NP, SP&S, GN, Milw, SP, CB&Q and just about anything from the northwest and all of these cars were in the last years of service.

These cars were delivered to their warehouses for unloading and trucked to the stores for sale. The only good thing about those cars is you could smell them a long ways off.

Charlie Slater   



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Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 20:00:35 -0800
Subject: [STMFC] Shipping Christmas Trees

 



Were Christmas Trees shipped in reefers? Were insulated boxcars around in enough numbers to be a reasonable alternative? (I model 1952) Did they, reefer loads of Christmas trees,  need to be iced, or simply kept at a reasonably cool temp?

Did these loads make up a significant "surge" in traffic to take up much of the unused slack in reefer fleets during November and December?

I ASSume November and December are slow months for Reefers. I know that many reefers were pressed into express service to handle the increased mail and express load as we got closer to Christmas, but did the shipment of trees make a dent in this use of reefers?

Were loads of cut trees sent to a metropolitan produce market's for distribution to retail outlets? Were cut trees a sort of "produce"?

Tons of questions but it sparked an interest. Thank you all in advance.

Paul Catapano

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Re: Stan's long stock car

Tim O'Connor
 

Bill

There is already an online list in the STMFC Files web page. It may
not be 100% current but it's close, based on what I saw at Naperville.

Tim O'Connor

At 11/24/2009 11:31 AM Tuesday, you wrote:
Is there a resource on-line that has an up-to-date list/description of Stan's offerings?

Bill Welch


Re: Centralia Car Shops

Tim O'Connor
 

Right, CCS is custom Intermountain tooling. DPH also has a
line of custom tooled S scale models. I believe it was DPH
who had the Viking roof made for the Red Caboose 1937 box cars.
I wish more retailers would take such a pro-active approach to
the hobby!

Tim O'Connor

Jerry,

AFAIK, Centrailia is still owned by Des Plaines Hobbies. See:

http://www.desplaineshobbies.com/store/

Jim Brewer
Glenwood MD


Re: Coke questions

Tim O'Connor
 

Petroleum coke is a dark, inky black and is "fine" material. I'll
go with Eric on coal coke until someone comes up with a color photo :-)

If you want to see coke go to Google news and look at yesterday's
derailment in Houston -- hopper cars of coke all over the highway!

Tim O'Connor

At 11/24/2009 01:54 PM Tuesday, you wrote:
If one wanted to model coke, say to fill the Walthers coke containers, what
material would one use, and what color would it be? Thanks!

Jerry Michels

Jerry:
Coke is usually a light grey, silvery color, at least from the old
beehive or the more modern non-recovery systems (you didn't specify era). I
am less sure about coke from a byproduct plant.

Eric Hiser
Phoenix, AZ


Intermountain bulkhead cars

Tim O'Connor
 

I think the B&O car is accurate... but is the NYC flat ok?

B&O http://www.imrcmodels.com/ho/html/48753.htm
NYC http://www.imrcmodels.com/ho/html/48752.htm

Thanks
Tim O'Connor


Re: Coke questions

Eric Hiser <ehiser@...>
 

If one wanted to model coke, say to fill the Walthers coke containers, what
material would one use, and what color would it be? Thanks!

Jerry Michels

Jerry:
Coke is usually a light grey, silvery color, at least from the old
beehive or the more modern non-recovery systems (you didn't specify era). I
am less sure about coke from a byproduct plant.

Eric Hiser
Phoenix, AZ


Re: Christmas Trees by Rail

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

Richard Wilkens wrote:
So to "Legally" include Christmas on this list I'll ask the following, did the railroads that served the Christmas tree growing areas of North America see all that many shipments of trees by rail? How were they handled? Box cars? Refrigerator cars? Gondolas?
I've never seen anything in photos except box cars. SP publicity photos often showed box cars being either loaded or unloaded, and were included in their Christmas article for the employee magazine, _SP Bulletin_ most years, so I'd assume they would use a typical scene.
One exception: as included in my volume on SP flat cars, the National Christmas Tree, set up every year outside the White House, was usually shipped on a long flat car. In 1960, SP used a TOFC car for this.

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Re: Shipping Christmas Trees

charles slater
 

I worked as a switchman in L.A. from 1970-1984 and at least up until 1975 we would handle box cars only loaded with Christmas trees beginning in late November up until mid December for Safeway and Market Basket (two large grocery stores chaines in Southern Calif) and they would arrive in the oldest junk 40 foot box cars. The trees were loaded crosswise in the cars about 6 to 8 feet high and top iced with crushed ice blown into the cars and covered the trees about 12" thick. Sometimes the doors were closed and sometimes they were left open. And sometimes a few were missing when the cars arrived in L.A. The stores allways gave us a tree when we delivered the cars to them if we wanted one.

These cars were old NP, SP&S, GN, Milw, SP, CB&Q and just about anything from the northwest and all of these cars were in the last years of service.

These cars were delivered to their warehouses for unloading and trucked to the stores for sale. The only good thing about those cars is you could smell them a long ways off.

Charlie Slater



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From: pc66ot@sbcglobal.net
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 20:00:35 -0800
Subject: [STMFC] Shipping Christmas Trees





Were Christmas Trees shipped in reefers? Were insulated boxcars around in enough numbers to be a reasonable alternative? (I model 1952) Did they, reefer loads of Christmas trees, need to be iced, or simply kept at a reasonably cool temp?

Did these loads make up a significant "surge" in traffic to take up much of the unused slack in reefer fleets during November and December?

I ASSume November and December are slow months for Reefers. I know that many reefers were pressed into express service to handle the increased mail and express load as we got closer to Christmas, but did the shipment of trees make a dent in this use of reefers?

Were loads of cut trees sent to a metropolitan produce market's for distribution to retail outlets? Were cut trees a sort of "produce"?

Tons of questions but it sparked an interest. Thank you all in advance.

Paul Catapano

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Re: Wright Trak SAL gondola kit

Clark Propst <cepropst@...>
 

I just decaled one side of the gon and about had a heart attack. The New Date on the decal sheet is 1957. I model 54. But, a quick glance at the prototype photos showed one with a reweigh date of 1950.

I find it extremely necessary to include a prototype data sheet with each model kit.

Decals are nice quality, no repack data though.
Clark Propst
Mason City Iowa


Re: WrightTrak B&O M-53

charles slater
 

Yes I did and still waiting for the decals to arrive.

Charlie Slater



To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
From: Bruce_Griffin@uncg.edu
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 06:45:30 +0000
Subject: [STMFC] WrightTrak B&O M-53





Guys,

I know several of you must have purchased this kit at Naperville. Any feedback? I have one person's opinion of the kit, but would like to hear others to be fair. Thanks.

Regards,
Bruce D. Griffin
Editor, The B&O Modeler
Summerfield, NC





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Re: Centralia Car Shops

jfbrewer@...
 

Jerry,



AFAIK, Centrailia is still owned by Des Plaines Hobbies.  See:



http://www.desplaineshobbies.com/store/



Jim Brewer

Glenwood MD

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Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 11:05:32 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [STMFC] Centralia Car Shops

 




Can someone tell me if Centralia Car Shops is still an independent company
or is their line now owned by InterMountain? Thanks.

Jerry Michels

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Re: Wright Trak SAL gondola kit

jfbrewer@...
 

Clark,



I purchased this kit, as well as their NS low side gondola kit at Naperville; my kits appear to contain all the parts, even those that you are missing.  However, both contain the same sheet of basic instructions and no prototype information or finished model photographs.  I am still waiting on the decals for the NS kit as I understand Wright Trak was waiting to have then printed pending approval of their art work.  These kits aren't listed on their web site so there is no help available there.  I'm hoping once Wright Trak catches up wiith business after Naperville and Trainfest, the necessary information will be made available to us.



I made a cursory search on-line for photos of the prototypes, but couldn't find anything..



Jim Brewer

Glenwood MD

----- Original Message -----
From: "Clark Propst" <cepropst@netconx.net>
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10:39:46 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [STMFC] Wright Trak SAL gondola kit

 




I'm about finished with a Wright Trak SAL gondola kit I bought from them at Trainfest. (Hope their models sold well)

If memory serves me correctly the kit contained the body, Tichy brake sprue, weight (which was too long), trucks, and a piece of brass wire, decals, plus two sheets of instructions.

The instructions included one typed page and one page with four photocopied photos of the constructed model. The instructions mentioned an inside floor and etched parts sprue, which were not in my kit. The builder didn't recommend using the etched parts anyway?

I was able to dig up the styrene for the floor, grab irons, sill steps, cut levers, and a brake platform.

Construction time was what you'd expect from a one piece bodied gon. Drilling holes for the grabs and steps and adding the Tichy brake parts.

One item missing from the kit that makes it impossible to finish is a good photo of a completed model or prototype. I had no idea what color to paint it or where to place the decals! I was able to obtain the information from a friend.

I paid $40 for the kit.
Clark Propst
Mason City Iowa

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Type X tank car question

Frank Valoczy <destron@...>
 

Could anyone suggest where I might find good (as in, good for making a
model with) drawings of the Type X underframe?

Thanks.

Frank Valoczy
Vancouver, BC


Re: Stan's long stock car

Jim Hayes
 

There isn't yet but soon will be if a certain unnamed keeper of the Sunshine
website gets off his butt and gets busy. That unnamed person has photos of
all Stan's built up kits and a web page partially done.

Jim Hayes
Portland Oregon
www.sunshinekits.com

On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 8:31 AM, lnbill <fgexbill@tampabay.rr.com> wrote:



Is there a resource on-line that has an up-to-date list/description of
Stan's offerings?

Bill Welch


--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com <STMFC%40yahoogroups.com>, "Clark Propst"
<cepropst@...> wrote:

I picked up one of Stan Rydarowicz's new 50' Mathers stock cars at
Naperville. I'm about finished with assembly.

The kit is basically a P2K stock car with styrene and resin parts for the
doors and center extension of the frame.

All parts needed for assembly are included. The instructions made me
laugh because they are written just like Stan talks. He did not included
several of the assembly steps, so like most small maker kits, you're on your
own. He does provide some poor photocopies of the constructed model. I was
impressed by the thought Stan put into this model.

This is a time consuming kit. Heck, the P2K kit is time consuming alone.
There is no good photo of a completed model or prototype. The decals
included do have a drawing of the cars. A friend supplied photos of the
prototype which were quite helpful.

Next time I talk to Stan I'll recommend he amends his instructions to
make each step clearer to the builder.

The kit is priced at $35. These cars were built in the early 60s, but are
so cool I had to have one!

Stan sells an extensive line of resin supplemented kits including several
modified reefers.
Clark Propst
Mason City Iowa

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Re: Christmas Trees by Rail

Jon Miller <atsf@...>
 

I'm guessing shipping by rail was most of Dec. (maybe late Nov.) until the 25. It seems that ** trees were put up differently in the steam era than now. I remember ours went up the 24th and came down the 1st., at least in the 40s. As this list goes to 60 the purchasing time window would have changed and I suspect by 60 they weren't delivered by train anymore. Thoughts?

Jon Miller
AT&SF
For me time stopped in 1941
Digitrax, Chief/Zephyr systems, JMRI user
NMRA Life member #2623
Member SFRH&MS


Re: Christmas Trees by Rail

Ross McLeod <cdnrailmarine@...>
 

In my experience trees moved from British Columbia in standard box cars to Texas - late sixities.
 
Carriers restrict the use of high class cars for hauling material that would damage the inside of the car, therefore I would not see a railway giving a working reefer to a tree shipper. Realize there was a  test case was made in a reefer.
 
In my experience these shipments were given very high priority, traced and expedited constantly thru the approx one month period they moved.

Also of course reefers would have incur additional charges for protective service.
 
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Re: Stan's long stock car

Bill Welch
 

Is there a resource on-line that has an up-to-date list/description of Stan's offerings?

Bill Welch

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Clark Propst" <cepropst@...> wrote:

I picked up one of Stan Rydarowicz's new 50' Mathers stock cars at Naperville. I'm about finished with assembly.

The kit is basically a P2K stock car with styrene and resin parts for the doors and center extension of the frame.

All parts needed for assembly are included. The instructions made me laugh because they are written just like Stan talks. He did not included several of the assembly steps, so like most small maker kits, you're on your own. He does provide some poor photocopies of the constructed model. I was impressed by the thought Stan put into this model.

This is a time consuming kit. Heck, the P2K kit is time consuming alone. There is no good photo of a completed model or prototype. The decals included do have a drawing of the cars. A friend supplied photos of the prototype which were quite helpful.

Next time I talk to Stan I'll recommend he amends his instructions to make each step clearer to the builder.

The kit is priced at $35. These cars were built in the early 60s, but are so cool I had to have one!

Stan sells an extensive line of resin supplemented kits including several modified reefers.
Clark Propst
Mason City Iowa



Re: Red caboose now intermountain

Paul Deis <pdeis@...>
 

Thanks for the info. It looks like the flat cars I need are coming now I will cross my fingers for the SP Stockcars. Until I saw the list I didn't know Intermountain was also handling Tichy and Con-cor


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Chief Engineer, D&P Mountain Railroad
http://web.mac.com/curlyp
pdeis@att.net


Stan's long stock car

Clark Propst <cepropst@...>
 

I picked up one of Stan Rydarowicz's new 50' Mathers stock cars at Naperville. I'm about finished with assembly.

The kit is basically a P2K stock car with styrene and resin parts for the doors and center extension of the frame.

All parts needed for assembly are included. The instructions made me laugh because they are written just like Stan talks. He did not included several of the assembly steps, so like most small maker kits, you're on your own. He does provide some poor photocopies of the constructed model. I was impressed by the thought Stan put into this model.

This is a time consuming kit. Heck, the P2K kit is time consuming alone. There is no good photo of a completed model or prototype. The decals included do have a drawing of the cars. A friend supplied photos of the prototype which were quite helpful.

Next time I talk to Stan I'll recommend he amends his instructions to make each step clearer to the builder.

The kit is priced at $35. These cars were built in the early 60s, but are so cool I had to have one!

Stan sells an extensive line of resin supplemented kits including several modified reefers.
Clark Propst
Mason City Iowa


Re: Centralia Car Shops

asychis@...
 

Tim, you wrote: Right, CCS is custom Intermountain tooling.

That's unclear to me. Do you mean CCS is selling cars made by
InterMountain or the other way around? InterMountain has CCS cars on its website.

Jerry Michels

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