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Re: Focus on freight Cars, Vol. 2

Benjamin Hom
 

Bill Williams asked:
"I have been getting an answer machine at Speedwitch for over two weeks. My
e-mails go unanswered.
A friend and I are trying to buy copies of Richard's book. Can anybody tell me
why Ted Culotta is not responding to attempts to buy this book? I saw where he
was busy but good grief!
I had been told that I was on an e-mail list to be notified when the book was
coming out but wasn't notified.
Any info would be appreciated."

Bill, recommend ordering from the Speedwitch website at
http://www.speedwitch.com/Books.htm

I got my order in last week and have already received a shipping confirmation
via e-mail.


Ben Hom


elastic thread

Al and Patricia Westerfield <westerfield@...>
 

Thanks to everyone who responded. I now know exactly what I need. - Al Westerfield


Re: Jackson and Sharp Photo Collection

Richard Townsend
 

How does one get to see all 3,000 on line? I am able to get to only the one page of photos?


Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, Oregon


Re: Thanks, Al and Patricia (UNCLASSIFIED)

Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

All;

I agree with all the specific kudos, and would add that when we at the
PRRT&HS went to establish the "what" of what people wanted to know in The
Keystone Modeler, we looked frequently to Al and Patricia's instructions and
models to see if we covered all the bases.

I, for one, built Al's PRR G22 as my first real resin kit, and never stopped
enjoying the quality of the experience through many of its siblings, and the
finished products.

Al and Patricia's retirement is justly deserved, but their participation in
the manufacturing community will be sorely missed. Here's hoping we see some
more articles on his layout and equipment!

Elden Gatwood
Chairman, Modeling Committee
PRRT&HS

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
thiggins_rochester
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2011 12:42 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Thanks, Al and Patricia



I have a dozen or so Westerfield kits, about half of them finished. I have
always been impressed with the level of detailed documentation included with
them and Al's accessibility to promptly answer questions on some point of
assembly or availability of a model. I always felt when ordering a
Westerfield model I was getting much more than an accurate kit, I was getting
a fully researched contextual history -complete with an attrition table!
Westerfield set the bar very high. They are leaving a void that will be hard
to fill.

Tony Higgins

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com <mailto:STMFC%40yahoogroups.com> , "mike brock"
<brockm@...> wrote:

And...to add an official thank you to Al and Patricia Westerfield from
the STMFC...thanks for all the good stuff over the yrs. Like most on
the STMFC, I have quite a few of their little beauties running around.
I can still recall a comment by the late Lou Ullian. He noted that,
before Westerfield cars were added to my train consists, he would look at
the locomotives.
"Now...", he said, "I look at the cars as well".

Mike Brock
STMFC Owner



Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO


Re: Focus on freight Cars, Vol. 2

Stuart A. Forsyth <trainmail@...>
 

I ordered via the website and received the book promptly. YMMV.

Stuart A. Forsyth
forsyth@usa.net
On Jan 3, 2011, at 11:21 AM, bill_d_goat <billdgoat@bellsouth.net> wrote:

I have been getting an answer machine at Speedwitch for over two weeks. My e-mails go unanswered.
A friend and I are trying to buy copies of Richard's book. Can anybody tell me why Ted Culotta is not responding to attempts to buy this book? I saw where he was busy but good grief!
I had been told that I was on an e-mail list to be notified when the book was coming out but wasn't notified.
Any info would be appreciated.
Bill Williams


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Focus on freight Cars, Vol. 2

bill_d_goat
 

I have been getting an answer machine at Speedwitch for over two weeks. My e-mails go unanswered.
A friend and I are trying to buy copies of Richard's book. Can anybody tell me why Ted Culotta is not responding to attempts to buy this book? I saw where he was busy but good grief!
I had been told that I was on an e-mail list to be notified when the book was coming out but wasn't notified.
Any info would be appreciated.
Bill Williams


Re: Thanks, Al and Patricia

Tony Higgins
 

I have a dozen or so Westerfield kits, about half of them finished. I have always been impressed with the level of detailed documentation included with them and Al's accessibility to promptly answer questions on some point of assembly or availability of a model. I always felt when ordering a Westerfield model I was getting much more than an accurate kit, I was getting a fully researched contextual history -complete with an attrition table! Westerfield set the bar very high. They are leaving a void that will be hard to fill.

Tony Higgins

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "mike brock" <brockm@...> wrote:

And...to add an official thank you to Al and Patricia Westerfield from the
STMFC...thanks for all the good stuff over the yrs. Like most on the STMFC,
I have quite a few of their little beauties running around. I can still
recall a comment by the late Lou Ullian. He noted that, before Westerfield
cars were added to my train consists, he would look at the locomotives.
"Now...", he said, "I look at the cars as well".

Mike Brock
STMFC Owner


Telegraph/phone/utility line

RDG2124 <RDG2124@...>
 

Mr. W and list,
?
?? Found it.?The elastic line is made by Berkshire Junction.? Have?installed this on two layouts in our?round robin group finding it easy to use and?appearance wise the cat's meow.
?
?? It is in stock at Caboose Hobbies.?? http://www.caboosehobbies.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?scales_name=&roadnames_name=&categories_id=&inc_subcat=1&manufacturers_id=&keyword2=spool&sku=&maxrow=50&x=0&y=0


Evan Leisey
Bennett, CO


Re: product name and source

tugricktug2000 <tuggernaut@...>
 

These folks carry EZ Line:

http://www.scenicexpress.com/

Can be ordered online. Also Berkshire Junction itself offers that quaint option known as mail-order ;).

While I'm at it please allow me to add to the good wishes for your retirement, Mr. Westerfield. Your reknowned products will certainly be greatly missed. Enjoy.

Rick Schoch


Re: product name and source

ken_olson54022 <kwolson@...>
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Al and Patricia Westerfield" <westerfield@...> wrote:

Some years ago at Timonium a small company was showing an elastic plastic string for use in utility pole wires. Does anyone know the name of this product and where it can be obtained? The sizes shown at the show were not big enough for my needs. - Al Westerfield
It's essentially spandex thread. I'm unsure whether you meant that the size of the spools was inadequate for your needs or that you want a larger diameter thread.
Google brings up a number of manufacturers, folks selling sewing supplies should also be of some help.
The black should be relatively easy to find but I've never found another source for the rust color. I'd appreciate a heads up from anyone out there who does locate it.

Ken Olson


Re: George Bishop RIP

Don <riverman_vt@...>
 

Tim,

Sad as it is, thank you for the news about George Bishop. Thank you even more for what you have written about him, which echos the thoughts of the vast majority of us who knew George. I first met George in 1970 when he was working for an engineering form in downtown Boston and I was working in by first insurance position there as well. George wanted decent lettering of the "Speed Lettering" type for Boston & Maine steam locomotives and none was available at the time. His first efforts were meager compared to what he has offered for "Speed Lettering" for the last tewnty years or so.
I believe the latest sets are the fourth version of the artwork and really are very good. As you noted he would keep at it to improve someting until he got it "right" and I would add weather it took days
or years. Floquil paint, as many of us will recall, had issues of its own between about 1975 and 1985. When George spoke with me about the difficulties he was having with the paint and the supplier I became one of those who urged him to find a new supplier and, like you advise Fred Beceker did, pointed him toward the West Coast. In the end I feel his Accu-paint" was/is the best paint we have ever had available in the hobby for use on styrene and wood materials. having used Scalecoat on brass for over forty years I do not know how it works on that material. He was as pleased to do the artwork for my NERS decal sets as I was pleased to have him do them. I had good source material, which George loved, and he really got into things.
George was about the most reasonable supplier I have ever worked with in this fine hobby. Only Gordon Cannon and Dan Wesson have ever equalled him and George will be missed here as much as they are.
He was always so enthusiastic about things with those of us who took the time to know him. Those who did not really know him may never know the treasure they have missed. Somehow I'll bet he and Harry Frye are enjoying New England modeling together again with a great pike somewhere in the sky.

Don Valentine

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

Since Accupaint has come up many times on these mailing lists,
I thought it might interest some to know that George Bishop died
on December 20, 2010.

George "took me under his wing" when I rejoined the hobby in 1988
by way of the Nashua Valley Model Railroad Club in Massachusetts.
This was a "proto-freelance" New England railroad that represented
many of the cutting edge ideas of the hobby and George provided much
of the creative energy behind the layout design and concepts. This
layout was featured in at least two major magazine articles, I think
one in Model Railroading and another in Model Railroader.

He was one of the best all around modelers I've ever known and was very
generous with his time and expertise. And he told me lots of stories about
the hobby that I would never have known otherwise. It seemed like almost
everyone in the hobby in New England knew George, and he knew them too.

For example, when did Jack Parker release Central Valley bridge parts?
George needed a huge amount of the stuff to build the "Canyon Diablo"
bridge as well as a double track bascule bridge for the club, and he
convinced Jack to sell him bags of the stuff. There were still leftover
piles of it at the club when it closed in 2007. And the bridges were
built, beautifully, as was almost anything George decided to build.

George originally started Accupaint with Floquil/RPM as his supplier.
After speaking with Fred Becker of Front Range, who had found a very
interesting supplier in California for paint, George switched -- and
this paint is still highly valued by many modelers. George also made
"Accucals" decals. His meticulous research and artwork and silkscreening
resulted in some of the best decals ever. George also produced decals for
Quality Craft, Diamond Scale, and other "craftsman" kit manufacturers.

George also partnered with another fellow in a commercial vinyl decals
business; for 10 years or so he ran a small hobby shop that he stocked
with all kinds of detail parts and kits -- a modeler's delight! He tried
to start a railroad video production business. He got interested in resin
manufacturing and produced an incredibly accurate model of the TurboTrain.
I watched him making the masters for this, and then experimenting with
rubber molds and casting materials. When George wanted to know how something
was done, he just did it, relentlessly, until he figured it out.

When George lost his old family home, he decided to replace it with a new house.
So he built a 1/48 scale model (fully framed) out of Evergreen styrene! It was
a work of art. In the end he decided a small modular ranch home was more
practical, and that's where he lived, next to the NVRRA club, until he moved
to an assisted living facility.

George, a man who loved trains and made great contributions to our hobby and
who has greatly enriched my experience of the hobby. And he was just fun to
be around. I still have a video George made for me of the "Golden Spike" on
my home layout .. George made a scale banner that stretched across the track
and filmed as the train burst through!

RIP George

Tim O'Connor


Jackson and Sharp Photo Collection

hacketet <hacketet@...>
 

Operating on the Christiana River in Wilmington, Delaware, from 1863 to 1950, Jackson and Sharp was a major supplier of railroad cars to railroads all over the country. They also build small commercial ships and private yachts. They photographed every car and ship they built. The entire collection of over 3000 photographs has been digitized and is now on line at

http://www.archives.delaware.gov/exhibits/photograph/index.shtml

They are primarily passenger cars, but there are some freight cars as well. It's well worth a look, especially if you are interested in the earlier years of railroading.


Re: product name and source

RDG2124 <RDG2124@...>
 

Believe what you are looking for is spools of elastic line know as either E-Z Line or Easy Line (Sorry, haven't had my first cup of coffee, yet.)  This product comes in colors appropriate for different types of wire.  Their green line brings telegraph lines to life.  The elastic construction is a life saver for telegraph or power lines located along the edge of the layout.
 
If no longer available, I have seen elastic threads at sewing supply shops.


Evan Leisey
Bennett, CO

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Paul Ehni
To: STMFC List Sent: Sun, Jan 2, 2011 8:47 pm
Subject: Re: [STMFC] product name and source


  Was it these folks?

http://www.rapidotrains.com/poles.html

--
Thanks!

Brian Paul Ehni

From: Al Westerfield <>
Reply-To: STMFC List <Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:37:31 -0600
To: STMFC List <Subject: [STMFC] product name and source

Some years ago at Timonium a small company was showing an elastic plastic
string for use in utility pole wires. Does anyone know the name of this
product and where it can be obtained? The sizes shown at the show were not
big enough for my needs. - Al Westerfield

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


For Sale: Focus on Freight Cars Vol. 2 at discount

Kurt Laughlin <fleeta@...>
 

I received an unneeded copy of Speedwitch's Focus on Freight Cars Vol.2, Double Sheathed Box and Automobile Cars, by Richard Hendrickson. Rather than returning it to Speedwitch I am offering it at the discounted price of $36.00 (shipping INCLUDED), which is the pre-Christmas sale price that was offered. This is $5.00 off the current price. I accept Paypal in addition to USPS money orders and checks.

Please contact me OFF-LIST at fleeta@verizon.net

Kurt Laughlin (KL)


Re: product name and source

Charles Hladik
 

Al,
That would be Berkshire Junction at _www.berkshirejunction.com_
(http://www.berkshirejunction.com) This couple is just as nice as you and
Patricia.
Enjoy the retirement.

In a message dated 1/2/2011 10:47:18 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
behni@att.net writes:




Was it these folks?

_http://www.rapidotrains.com/poles.html_
(http://www.rapidotrains.com/poles.html)

--
Thanks!

Brian Paul Ehni

From: Al Westerfield <_westerfield@charter.net_
(mailto:westerfield@charter.net) >
Reply-To: STMFC List <_STMFC@yahoogroups.com_
(mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com) >
Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:37:31 -0600
To: STMFC List <_STMFC@yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com) >
Subject: [STMFC] product name and source

Some years ago at Timonium a small company was showing an elastic plastic
string for use in utility pole wires. Does anyone know the name of this
product and where it can be obtained? The sizes shown at the show were not
big enough for my needs. - Al Westerfield

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]




Chuck Hladik
Rutland Railroad
Virginia Division


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


Re: product name and source

Barrybennetttoo@...
 

It is also available in other sizes and colours much cheaper and in greater
bulk from craft stores selling jewellery making materials.

Barry Bennett
Coventry, England.


George Bishop RIP

Tim O'Connor
 

Since Accupaint has come up many times on these mailing lists,
I thought it might interest some to know that George Bishop died
on December 20, 2010.

George "took me under his wing" when I rejoined the hobby in 1988
by way of the Nashua Valley Model Railroad Club in Massachusetts.
This was a "proto-freelance" New England railroad that represented
many of the cutting edge ideas of the hobby and George provided much
of the creative energy behind the layout design and concepts. This
layout was featured in at least two major magazine articles, I think
one in Model Railroading and another in Model Railroader.

He was one of the best all around modelers I've ever known and was very
generous with his time and expertise. And he told me lots of stories about
the hobby that I would never have known otherwise. It seemed like almost
everyone in the hobby in New England knew George, and he knew them too.

For example, when did Jack Parker release Central Valley bridge parts?
George needed a huge amount of the stuff to build the "Canyon Diablo"
bridge as well as a double track bascule bridge for the club, and he
convinced Jack to sell him bags of the stuff. There were still leftover
piles of it at the club when it closed in 2007. And the bridges were
built, beautifully, as was almost anything George decided to build.

George originally started Accupaint with Floquil/RPM as his supplier.
After speaking with Fred Becker of Front Range, who had found a very
interesting supplier in California for paint, George switched -- and
this paint is still highly valued by many modelers. George also made
"Accucals" decals. His meticulous research and artwork and silkscreening
resulted in some of the best decals ever. George also produced decals for
Quality Craft, Diamond Scale, and other "craftsman" kit manufacturers.

George also partnered with another fellow in a commercial vinyl decals
business; for 10 years or so he ran a small hobby shop that he stocked
with all kinds of detail parts and kits -- a modeler's delight! He tried
to start a railroad video production business. He got interested in resin
manufacturing and produced an incredibly accurate model of the TurboTrain.
I watched him making the masters for this, and then experimenting with
rubber molds and casting materials. When George wanted to know how something
was done, he just did it, relentlessly, until he figured it out.

When George lost his old family home, he decided to replace it with a new house.
So he built a 1/48 scale model (fully framed) out of Evergreen styrene! It was
a work of art. In the end he decided a small modular ranch home was more
practical, and that's where he lived, next to the NVRRA club, until he moved
to an assisted living facility.

George, a man who loved trains and made great contributions to our hobby and
who has greatly enriched my experience of the hobby. And he was just fun to
be around. I still have a video George made for me of the "Golden Spike" on
my home layout .. George made a scale banner that stretched across the track
and filmed as the train burst through!

RIP George

Tim O'Connor


Re: ORERs on Google Books

Jack Mullen
 

Gene,

All of the on-line ORER copies I've found are scans from bound volumes in library collections (Stanford and U Mich mostly IIRC) and contain multiple numbers. The c.1900 ones typically have 3 numbers bound together, the later ones 2, due to increasing page count of each ORER issue.

There are quite a few more I've found. 1901-1908 is fairly complete, and there are a couple later ones that you've found. Unfortunately, this is one area where Google's search doesn't work well. I get only 3 hits from a search for "Official Railway Equipment Register". My searches were confused for a while until I realized that Google's "issue" number isn't the ORER Volume/number identification, but is the number of the bound volume.

It's late tonite, but tomorrow evening I'll try to put together a list of what I've downloaded and what numbers they contain, and hopefully a useful link. Heck, by tomorrow you'll probably have found the rest anyway.

Jack Mullen

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

The rest of you probably already know this but I didn't. Just this morning I discovered that instead of downloading 6 ORERs from Google Books I downloaded many more.

The March 1901 ORER file turns out to contain April and May 1901 as well.

The September 1901 ORER file turns out to contain October and November 1901, too.

September 1903 remains unchecked.

July 1904 also contains July 1905.

February 1913 and June 1917 still need to be checked.

If anyone has found any other ORERs on Google Books I, for one, would like to know about it.

Gene Green


Re: product name and source

Brian Paul Ehni <behni@...>
 

Was it these folks?

http://www.rapidotrains.com/poles.html

--
Thanks!

Brian Paul Ehni

From: Al Westerfield <westerfield@charter.net>
Reply-To: STMFC List <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:37:31 -0600
To: STMFC List <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [STMFC] product name and source






Some years ago at Timonium a small company was showing an elastic plastic
string for use in utility pole wires. Does anyone know the name of this
product and where it can be obtained? The sizes shown at the show were not
big enough for my needs. - Al Westerfield

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]









[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


Re: product name and source

Brian Carlson
 

Al:

It was Berkshire Junction. The product was EZ-line.
http://www.berkshirejunction.com/



Brian J. Carlson, P.E.

Cheektowaga, NY



From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Al
and Patricia Westerfield
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2011 10:38 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] product name and source





Some years ago at Timonium a small company was showing an elastic plastic
string for use in utility pole wires. Does anyone know the name of this
product and where it can be obtained? The sizes shown at the show were not
big enough for my needs. - Al Westerfield

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