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Re: Tank cars

Bruce Smith
 

"milepost1" <bushnell.mp77@gmail.com> 02/22/11 8:11 PM >>>
http://www.youtube.com/user/jlebaron1#p/u/1/CHcPxuwQHaY
I was most interested in the tank cars on this "short" freight. Of
special interest was the three dome tank with different >size domes on
the same car.

I'm hardly an expert but can someone "educate" me about these cars- I
don't remember seeing a "model" that replicates >this. Also if you watch
the video there is one "small" single dome car too. Any guess as to
size, type, build date, etc. etc. >etc.

Gordon,

Tank cars with a larger center dome and smaller side domes are usually
cars that were single compartment tanks retrofitted to be
multicompartment tanks. There also appears to be a 3 dome tank with
equal sized domes. The only single dome car I see is a TEXACO car right
behind the tender. The video is difficult to see much detail on, but
the retrofitted car might be of GATC manufacture

Regards
Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL


Re: Waybills

Kurt Laughlin <fleeta@...>
 

----- Original Message -----
From: mike brock

No one responding in this thread has mentioned a frt conductor's book. . . .

----- Original Message -----


What was the real RR purpose of the conductor's book?

KL


Re: Waybills

mike brock <brockm@...>
 

Jeff Aley writes:

"It depends upon how you operate your model RR. If you allow freight agents to "confiscate" empty cars as they pass through the yard, then the cars in your through trains will need waybills and Empty Car bills to designate which are available for confiscation.

On the other hand, if there is no such operation on your model rr, then waybills are not needed for through freights."

No one responding in this thread has mentioned a frt conductor's book. Now...given that there is much paper work and RR functions that we don't mercifully have to perform...like checking for hot boxes, checking on tie life, replacing individual ties, supplying paper to the agent, replacing flues, placing sand in sand bunkers, straightening track after a 4-12-2 rolls by, etc....I find that the info in a frt conductor's book supplies all I need with regard to frt car movement on my Sherman Hill layout with its minimum number of industries...not unlike most mountain RR activity. For example, a frt conductor's book identifies each frt car in a train, the train its in, the car's contents, where it came from and where it's going. In the case of, say, train X4004 headed east from Rawlins to Laramie, the list of cars will usually include a large number going east to other locations. The yardmaster will remove those going through Denver and will be careful not to exceed the locomotive's tonnage rating for the grade over the Hill. A new list would then be generated for the train before it left Laramnie eastbound. Now, of course, I could supply a tiny hammer for the yard crew to nail a destination card [ I have a video showing this process ] to each car but when I have done that in the past, the operators lose the %&^%$# hammers AND no one can read the &(&^+$ cars on the car anyhow.

To help the crew of, say, X9003, a train order will specify that cars are to be dropped at Brucef...ooops...Buford. The conductor will tell the head end crew what cars are to be dropped...and the agent at Buford will tell them where....with luck.
Mike Brock


Re: Backdating "Shake and Take" reefers

Bruce Smith
 

"Dean" <1payne1@windstream.net> 02/22/11 6:02 PM >>>
I've been reading the "Shake and Take" reefer article in the latest
RMC, and really like the idea. However, I believe the >Kahn's car paint
scheme is to new for my late 30's time frame.
I'd like to model one of the other cars featured in the article. IIRC
from Bill Welch's clinic, the FGEX cars were more >common than the NX
cars. Besides, the aluminum roof paint on the NX car seems like a
post-WWII thing to me >(cringing, as this is a guess on my part. Were
they painted BCR in their first decades?)

Dean,

So, as Mont sort of indicated, the "Kahn's car" is in reality an FGE
1922 design reefer. Subsequently, some of those cars were transferred
to NX and some of those leased to Kahn's. For your period, you want to
an FGE car for sure. The paint scheme of the time is well documented
and included an oxide red roof and ends. BTW, this car is available in
a reasonably accurate resin kit from Sunshine (1 foot too short, but
otherwise excellent).

If I should consider attempting one of these bashes, does anybody have
advice on backdating, besides K brakes? (AB >brakes were new in the
early 30's, and not likely to have been retrofitted to these cars in the
mid-late 30's.) Were the >trucks originally arch bar or T-section?
I may have to dig out my copy of Bill Welch's clinic handout... :-)
Also, not having access to a NWSL Riveter, would Archer rivets work in
this application? I'll be ordering some for another >project.

You may need to add a few rivets but do not add the "plates" on the
sides. These are really the ends of the steel that was used for framing
post WWII. Archer will work fine for these.

For the K-brakes, use the linkages as shown (since ABs were retrofitted)
with a KC cylinder.

I've done a few of these as well (the 1953 Kahn's and 1944 era NX and
FGE cars). For details, you can check out the FGE project on PRRPro. I
hope to write mine up for TKM. Some differences from Mont's models
include:
- IM FGE ladders - why use anything else when IM now offers these <G>?
- IM FGE hatch rests - these are on the sprues with the ladders, so I
removed the molded on hatch rests and added these. You will see in the
photos that these are noticable on these reefers.
- all brass wire underbody piping
- and of course, I used correct paint and lettering for 1944.

Regards
Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL


Tank cars

Bushnell.mp77 Account
 

I recently watched an old film (youtube) that was of a 1947 passenger train but before that a few quick glimpses of a freight appeared.

http://www.youtube.com/user/jlebaron1#p/u/1/CHcPxuwQHaY

I was most interested in the tank cars on this "short" freight. Of special interest was the three dome tank with different size domes on the same car.

I'm hardly an expert but can someone "educate" me about these cars- I don't remember seeing a "model" that replicates this. Also if you watch the video there is one "small" single dome car too. Any guess as to size, type, build date, etc. etc. etc.

Gordon Andrews




--
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Re: Waybills

Aley, Jeff A
 

Armand,

It depends upon how you operate your model RR. If you allow freight agents to "confiscate" empty cars as they pass through the yard, then the cars in your through trains will need waybills and Empty Car bills to designate which are available for confiscation.

On the other hand, if there is no such operation on your model rr, then waybills are not needed for through freights.

Regards,

-Jeff


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Question:Would waybills be as important (in the model world) for through freights as to way freights?Armand Premo
----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 8:43 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Waybills

Tony

Might be the same raw data, for sure. I don't know, there's only
so much time in the world for most of us. Railroads created paperwork
because they were a business. Paperwork is not my hobby interest. I'm
a minimalist myself -- a waybill only needs to say where the car is
going as far as I'm concerned. :-) Your waybill analysis pays real
dividends because it informs your modeling. But for the life of me
I can't see the utility of knowing that company ABC in East Podunk
bought fresh carrots and company XYZ in West Podunk only bought
oranges -- unless of course, I am modeling the Podunk Terminal Rwy.

Tim O'Connor

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You may want to look at this group -- they have compiled
spreadsheets of real railroad freight shippers. Can you say
"information overload"?

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Ry-ops-industrialSIG/
Don't know if it's the same database, but the OpSIG (operations)
group also has a huge listing of shippers on line, at opsig.org

Tony Thompson
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Backdating "Shake and Take" reefers

Dean Payne
 

I've been reading the "Shake and Take" reefer article in the latest RMC, and really like the idea. However, I believe the Kahn's car paint scheme is to new for my late 30's time frame.
I'd like to model one of the other cars featured in the article. IIRC from Bill Welch's clinic, the FGEX cars were more common than the NX cars. Besides, the aluminum roof paint on the NX car seems like a post-WWII thing to me (cringing, as this is a guess on my part. Were they painted BCR in their first decades?)
If I should consider attempting one of these bashes, does anybody have advice on backdating, besides K brakes? (AB brakes were new in the early 30's, and not likely to have been retrofitted to these cars in the mid-late 30's.) Were the trucks originally arch bar or T-section?
I may have to dig out my copy of Bill Welch's clinic handout... :-)
Also, not having access to a NWSL Riveter, would Archer rivets work in this application? I'll be ordering some for another project.

Dean Payne


Re: CG 7115 PS-1

John Hile
 

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

Hello All,

In researching Kadee's CG PS-1 #7115 (CG 7000-7299 blt 4/52) I ran across some conflicting information...

Can anyone clarify for me what color the roof (and running board) should be for this car when it was new.
















Thanks to all who replied,

-John Hile


Re: PRR's X38 variants (UNCLASSIFIED)

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

Gatwood, Elden wrote:
The X38 was PRR's 50-foot version of the X37; built in the immediate pre-war and war years, as an "automobile" car . . . In fact, it was much more. Most X38's were found in dedicated service, with few actually in automobile service . . .
Elden, until the early 1950s AAR classified double-door box cars as "automobile cars," regardless of equipment and assignment

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Re: Red Caboose X29

Kathe Robin <kathe@...>
 

Not that I could find on their web pages. LHS in some area may have them.

Max

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Aley, Jeff A
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:57 AM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Red Caboose X29

Max,

Are they not available from Red Caboose?

Regards,

-Jeff


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cheat_river_engineering
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 5:53 AM
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Subject: [STMFC] Re: conductor's reefer data



Does anyone haveither a kit on an unpainted assembled model of the Red
Caboose "original" version of an X-29 boxcar they would be willing to sell
ortrade for? I'm in the market for at least 3 such cars.

Thanks,

Nax
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Re: PRR's X38 variants (UNCLASSIFIED)

Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Folks;

Since some of you were asking, I did some digging, on the PRR X38 variants.
I do not know the entire story, but it is an important car, widely seen in
auto parts and general service. You need this car. I hope someone is coming
out with it.

The X38 was PRR's 50-foot version of the X37; built in the immediate pre-war
and war years, as an "automobile" car. All came equipped with staggered
"7-foot" (actually wider, over a 14'6" door opening) doors and 10'7 IH.

In fact, it was much more. Most X38's were found in dedicated service, with
few actually in automobile service with floor tubes and tie-downs; many more
in auto parts service, with racks for miscellaneous parts, auto chassis (!),
auto side panels, auto roofs, and auto bodies. These went all over the
country to auto plants.

There were seven X38 equipped with veneer flooring for shipment of felt.

There were 582 (!) X38 with nailable steel floors in the doorway area. Many
of these were also rack cars.

X38A came with end doors.

I believe X38 (no sub-class) were in series 58101 to 58799 (700 cars), and
73700 to 76099 (2400 cars). X38A were in series 57800-58099 (300 cars) and
76100-76399 (300 cars).

The fixed ends were 5/5 Dreadnaught ends with a shortened top rib, plus a
"stepped" eave like the X37. Some cars in the 58xxx series came with 7-panel
Superior doors, and others with 7'+ "pre-war" Youngstown doors. Cars in
series 73700+ appear to have 3-plank wooden running boards, while cars in
series 58xxx have what appears to be Allen Wood steel running boards, but
this needs confirmation at the PRRT&HS archives. I suspect the wooden r/b
was a wartime restriction, but I want the correspondence. I also need to do
additional research on the roof issue. It appears that 58xxx series had
lap-seam roofs like the X37, but some of the 73xxx cars had seam caps on what
appears to be a rectangular panel roof. This may be where the confusion
comes in regarding what folks can or cannot model.

The X38 also came with a double-width side panel, of 2 double/3 double
configuration. This feature is why there has been no easy bashing of this
car, unless one were to start with 2 Sunshine X37's and go from there...

At some point, over 400 random cars in both series of X38 were rebuilt with
single 7' doors, as sub-class X38C, and sent right back into service as auto
parts cars. The filler was two equal width panels riveted to new posts.
They lost 100 cubic feet in capacity during the rebuild, and I have no idea
why.

The X38D was an XML, in series 605000-605349 (350 cars). The 600000 series
on the PRR was generally a segregated service series, so these cars need
additional research and photos to get to the "why". Dimensionally, they are
1 inch shorter inside, 2 inches narrower, 5 inch narrower at the eaves, and
pretty much the same elsewhere. They are also approx. 100 cubic feet less in
capacity than the X38.

The X38F were rebuilds of X38 (renumbered to series 45500 to 45672 - 173
cars), with cushioning.

The X38H (7 cars in series 46993 to 46999) were also rebuilds, but of X38A,
also with cushioning.

The X38L were rebuilds with cushioning, and also replacement of both doors
with a 10-foot plug door, and "Load Divider" (LD) equipped. Photos show
these with a deep fishbelly replacement side sill. I have yet to figure out
exactly how many were rebuilt.

These cars would make a perfect addition to the many cars we currently host
on our layouts.

Elden Gatwood






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Re: Red Caboose X29

Brian Carlson
 

Ted's Speedwitch set is very good.
Brian Carlson

--- On Tue, 2/22/11, Aley, Jeff A <Jeff.A.Aley@intel.com> wrote:


From: Aley, Jeff A <Jeff.A.Aley@intel.com>
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Red Caboose X29
To: "STMFC@yahoogroups.com" <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 5:03 PM


 



Bruce (et. al.),

Please remind me: from whom should I buy HO decals for a patch-panelled X29? I would like to represent cars as they appeared in 1952.

Thanks,

-Jeff


Re: conductor's reefer data

Aley, Jeff A
 

Tony,

When was the "peak traffic"? My copy of the PFE book is (unfortunately) in storage.

Is it correct to assume that the peak to which you refer is the overall PFE peak, and not a "regional" peak? (I.e. one wouldn't see 80% PFE reefers coming out of Roseville while you had 100% PFE coming out of Tucson).

Thanks,

-Jeff


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Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 9:34 AM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Re: conductor's reefer data



cliff prather wrote:
This was from the brief file in the case and I have not attempted to
check all the facts, such as, did BAR have any reefers at the end of
WWII or did they just lease cars. This does show as Tony stated, PFE
contracted with other reefer owners to supply cars. PFE in this
brief stated that they maintain a fleet of cars that could handled
only about 90% of the peak traffic demand.
My interview with Pete Holst included the statement that 90%
of the peak traffic was the BEST that PFE ever did. Other years it was
somewhat less. Of course, most of the year they could handle 100%.

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2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
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Re: Red Caboose X29

Aley, Jeff A
 

Bruce (et. al.),

Please remind me: from whom should I buy HO decals for a patch-panelled X29? I would like to represent cars as they appeared in 1952.

Thanks,

-Jeff


From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bruce Smith
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 8:59 AM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Red Caboose X29



Max,

In fact, the 1924 X29, both with and without patch panels, is
available from RC.
RC-7002
'HO' Undecorated X-29 '24 Steel Plate End Box Car
In Stock
US$ 19.95
RC-7005

'HO' Undecorated X-29 w/plate end, body side sill patch
In Stock
US$ 19.95

Regards
Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

On Feb 22, 2011, at 9:57 AM, Aley, Jeff A wrote:

Max,

Are they not available from Red Caboose?

Regards,

-Jeff


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Does anyone haveither a kit on an unpainted assembled model of the
Red Caboose "original" version of an X-29 boxcar they would be
willing to sell ortrade for? I'm in the market for at least 3 such
cars.

Thanks,

Nax
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Re: PRR X32 D Question

Benjamin Hom
 

Dave Nelson wrote:
"I suppose the double door could change the location and/or size of the
cross-bearers and maybe something along the side sills too... but the center
sill itself would probably be the same for all these classes, don't you think?"

I agree.  The changes would likely be in crossbearer location, and a comparison
of these two builders photos shows an additional sidesill reinfocerment below
the doors of the Class X32B automobile car:
http://prr.railfan.net/freight/freightphotos.html?photo=BuildersPhotos/X32a_E12406_Side_BillLane.jpg&fr=clX32

http://prr.railfan.net/freight/freightphotos.html?photo=BuildersPhotos/X32b_E15370_Side_BillLane.jpg&fr=clX32



Ben Hom


Re: Modeling truss rods - lessons learned

Robert Tomb
 

Ned and Group,

I made up mine from styrene rod on this gon (photo in ICGHogger album). All of the components are plastic, so it went together pretty fast. I get the gap needed for the turnbuckle and I cold-form the rods as I go.

Robert Tomb
Spring, TX

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Ned Carey" <nedspam@...> wrote:

Thank you to all that suggested ideas for modeling truss rods. I tried several techniques and report my results below.

First I tried ACC to hold two separate pieces of line to the turnbuckle, intending to leave a gap in the turnbuckle. I was surprised at the holding power. However when I glued the 2nd side in the ACC filled the turnbuckle gap. With practice this should work but I moved on to other methods.

Next I tried to heat the end of the monofilament to create a mushroom to hold it to the turnbuckle. It was difficult to get the second piece of monofilament to feed through the side of the turnbuckle. The one I did this way popped loose. I redid it and added ACC and it appears fine now, with a nice open turnbuckle.

In both cases above I found it difficult to get the turnbuckle centered between the queen posts. I needed an extra pair of hands to hold the nylon monofilament tight while I centered and glued the turnbuckle. I found my extra pair of hands by using clamping tweezers on the mono. I let the weight of the tweezers pull the mono tight while I used my hands to center and glue in place.

Frustration led me to try using one piece of monofilament weaved back and forth through the floor and over the queen posts. I fed the mono. though the turnbuckles which meant I wouldn't have that "see Through" look. This allowed me to pull the mono tight and the turnbuckles could be aligned and glued after the stringing is done. If I didn't care about the see through look this is the technique I would go with.

Truss rods work on a model just like they do in real life. When I was done I noticed that the floor was curved upwards in the middle. To make sure the monofilament was taught and straight I put enough tension on them to curve the floor. To have the truss rods straight with less tension I now pre-stress ( put a kink in) the monofilament at the bends.

I grit blasted the model and put it in the ultrasonic cleaner. The ultrasonic loosened the Truss Rods! I thought I would have to start over. A quick hit with a hair drier and I could watch the rods tighten up. All was good again.


Conclusion - my future technique:
1.. Mushroom end of monofilament with a soldering iron, feed through the turnbuckle from the middle and ACC
2.. Do one truss rod at a time
3.. Use clamping tweezers to pull the mono tight.
4.. Pre-stress the mono at the bends
5.. Glue with free hand
I hope my experiences will help someone else.

Ned Carey
Laurel, MD



Re: Waybills

George Simmons
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "A. Premo" <armprem2@...> wrote:

Question:Would waybills be as important (in the model world) for through freights as to way freights?Armand Premo
Depends. Do the through freights have any work on the model portion? If they just roll through without stopping then no they might not be as important. But if cars must be removed from one train and set into another then they will be needed. On a friends model railroad, cars that just move from staging to stagning have a carcard but instead of a waybill, they just have a card in the pocket that says "THRU". When working these train in the two classification yards, the cars with the "THRU" cards are never taken out of the train, well hardly every.

George Simmons
Dry Prong, LA


Re: PRR X32 D Question

Dave Nelson
 

I suppose the double door could change the location and/or size of the
cross-bearers and maybe something along the side sills too... but the center
sill itself would probably be the same for all these classes, don't you
think?

Dave Nelson

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Benjamin Hom
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:49 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [STMFC] PRR X32 D Question

Dave Nelson wrote:
"My library tells me the PRR X32 d was a rebuild from earlier X32 B and C
cars.
with the most obvious external change being a double door car was made into
a single door car. Now that it has just one door (just like the original
X32), other than the roof contour, are there any other differences between
the original X32 and the X32 D?"

All Class X32D had the later "flush" contour roof and a 7 ft 2 in door
opening. Be advised that the Bowser HO scale model's door is too narrow as
it uses the main door from their 12 ft 6 in opening Class X32A kit.


"Also, did all the X32 cars use an identical underframe design?"

That's a good question.  The design was revised during the production run
for Class X32A, widening the door opening from 12 ft 1 in to 14 ft 6 in. 
All Class X32B and X32C cars had the wider door opening.  It follows that
the underframe should have been changed as a consequence; this is something
that needs to be further researched.


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Re: Blackstone tank car

Jim Williams <wwww5960@...>
 

Norman.......Website link....Jim W.


http://www.bittercreekmodels.com/




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From: Norman+Laraine Larkin <lono@comcast.net>
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tue, February 22, 2011 12:07:33 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Blackstone tank car

 
Do you have a little more information on Bitter Creek Shops?
Norm Larkin

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From: "Frederick Freitas" <prrinvt@yahoo.com>
To: <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 12:40 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Blackstone tank car

GUYZ,

Give the Bitter Creek Shops a try; they have many of the older style
trucks in cast metal form. I've used some with satisfactory results.

Fred Freitas

From: Jack Burgess <jack@yosemitevalleyrr.com>
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 11:03 AM
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Blackstone tank car

The frameless "Van Dyke" ones started out as standard gauge tank cars and
were converted to narrow gauge. Richard Hendrickson did an article on them
in the December 1996 RMC (using a Precision Scale kit). Getting correct
trucks for them (if you model after the mid-1930s) is the difficulty...they
need cast 5' wheelbase trucks to be correct. The article describes how to
achieve this. A lot of them appeared on the YV and I followed Richard's
article to model a half dozen of them a few years ago...they are a neat
looking tank car!

Jack Burgess
www.yosemitevalleyrr.com

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<style for truck?
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Re: PRR X32 D Question

Benjamin Hom
 

Dave Nelson wrote:
"My library tells me the PRR X32 d was a rebuild from earlier X32 B and C cars.
with the most obvious external change being a double door car was made into a
single door car. Now that it has just one door (just like the original X32),
other than the roof contour, are there any other differences between the
original X32 and the X32 D?"

All Class X32D had the later "flush" contour roof and a 7 ft 2 in door opening. 
Be advised that the Bowser HO scale model's door is too narrow as it uses the
main door from their 12 ft 6 in opening Class X32A kit.


"Also, did all the X32 cars use an identical underframe design?"

That's a good question.  The design was revised during the production run for
Class X32A, widening the door opening from 12 ft 1 in to 14 ft 6 in.  All Class
X32B and X32C cars had the wider door opening.  It follows that the underframe
should have been changed as a consequence; this is something that needs to be
further researched.


Ben Hom

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