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Re: Missing Significant Frt Cars

Andy Harman
 

On Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:08:45 -0400, mike brock wrote
method and since we are measuring inches, some additional error is present.
The difference between the side measaurements, however, are probably fairly
accurate. Overall dimensions...length and height...are the same. The H10 is
wider.
Regardless, between the slope sheets and the side profile, it's distinctly different in
appearance from the H2/3 and forget kitbashing it. The H10 is basically an "improved"
H2, but in the form of a redesign and is a much more modern car while still remaining on
topic for this list. In as-built paint anyway.

Andy


TC boxcar nomenclature correction

Jim King
 

It was pointed out to me yesterday that terminology I used (as provided to
me during the design phase) on the 1941-built Tennessee Central boxcar was
incorrect. The design IS correct and, therefore, so is the model, so those
of you who purchased the kit have nothing to worry about.



The comments made to me indicated that the web image, a low rez image
required for fast loading for folks still using dial-up connections, seemed
to show roof ribs. Weathering with oils along the rivet rows, photo angle,
combined with the low resolution image, caused the visual problem. The
Pullman riveted roof does, indeed, have ONLY rows of rivets, no ribs. My
web page description has been corrected to reflect proper Pullman
terminology for the roof and ends.



Jim King

Smoky Mountain Model Works, Inc.

Ph. (828) 777-5619

<www.smokymountainmodelworks.com>


Re: Kadee Trucks

Paul Lyons
 

Richard,

Just teasing my buddy Brian, who has a way of twisting my mind around when it comes to freight car trucks!

Paul Lyons

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On Apr 13, 2011, at 9:09 PM, cobrapsl@aol.com wrote:

Thanks Brian, I will now be forever confused as to weather I need a
Proto 2000 Type B, or a Kadee Type B-1 under my models requiring
that type truck!!
Paul Lyons
Relax, Paul. Brian is entirely correct, but the differences are very
subtle and often impossible to see in prototype photos. Most
viewers, even on this list, will never be able to tell whether your
model has National Type Bs or National Type B-1s. My advice is to
use what you have or - if you're buying new trucks - go with the
Kadees because of their excellent brake shoes and rigging,
equalization, and self-centering.

Richard Hendrickson


Re: Missing Significant Frt Cars

mike brock <brockm@...>
 

I wrote:

Well...there isn't much difference between an H2a and an H10. The H10 is 4"
wider but the other dimensions are the same.
And Andy Harman replied:

Nope. You can't make an H10 out of an H2a, if you could I'd already have a bunch of
kitbashes in the works. It's easier to scratch build it. Unfortunately I don't have
scale drawings of the H10.

http://www.gp30.com/events/lrm2004/lrm2004-038.jpg - on the left is Jim6's scratchbuilt
(actually a long discontinued styrene spaghetti kit) H10, on the right is a Broadway
H2a.
I could not access that address. Of course these are models but prototype photos reveal the same comparison. The
H10 sides are not as tall, it has a more "slender" profile if you will.
You are correct. Photos in Andrew Dow's book Norfolk & Western Coal Cars clearly show that the sides of the H10 "begin" considerably higher than the bottom of the center sill whereas the sides of the H2a "begin" at about the same level as the bottom of the center sill. There are plans for each car in Dow's book but I cannot make out the numbers on the H2a plan [ a copy from a Cyc ] and the H10 plan includes seemingly every measurement possible EXCEPT that of the side. However, if one were to assume the plans were drawn to scale, and wheel size is 32", the H10 side is 85.2" high and if the wheel size is 33", the side is 88" high. The H2a's side is 92.75" [ 32" wheel ] or 95.62" [ 33" wheel ]. Frankly, I don't trust the plan to be drawn to scale. Photo ratios using both 32" and 33" wheel sizes shows the H2a side to be either 98.4" [ 32" wheel ] or 101.475" [ 33" wheel ], and the H10 side to be 92.16 [ 32" wheel ] or 95.04" [ 33" wheel ]. Since the wheel is not in the same plane as the car side, some slight error is introduced using the ratio method and since we are measuring inches, some additional error is present. The difference between the side measaurements, however, are probably fairly accurate. Overall dimensions...length and height...are the same. The H10 is wider.

Mike Brock


Re: Kadee Trucks

Richard Hendrickson
 

On Apr 13, 2011, at 9:09 PM, cobrapsl@aol.com wrote:

Thanks Brian, I will now be forever confused as to weather I need a
Proto 2000 Type B, or a Kadee Type B-1 under my models requiring
that type truck!!
Paul Lyons
Relax, Paul. Brian is entirely correct, but the differences are very
subtle and often impossible to see in prototype photos. Most
viewers, even on this list, will never be able to tell whether your
model has National Type Bs or National Type B-1s. My advice is to
use what you have or - if you're buying new trucks - go with the
Kadees because of their excellent brake shoes and rigging,
equalization, and self-centering.

Richard Hendrickson


SSW Double sheathed Boxcars

losgatos48@...
 

I am looking for information on the Cotton Belt rebuilt double sheathed wood boxcars that were in the 36,000 series. The cars had a 10'2" interior height. I am trying to find a car diagram for the series or possibly the unrebuilt cars.

Thank you,
Gene Deimling
El Dorado Hills, CA


Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)

Andy Harman
 

On Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:05:25 -0000, jaydeet2001 wrote

The alternate standard offset - is this the version NKP had?
Yes. One could oversimplify and call it the AMC version.
I could certainly get into that. Maybe not quite in the same quantity as the H10 but, I
could use quite a few.

Andy


Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)

David
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Andy Harman" <gsgondola@...> wrote:

The alternate standard offset - is this the version NKP had?
Yes. One could oversimplify and call it the AMC version.

And then there's the NYC's shorter (lengthwise) version of the AAR standard offset twin.

David Thompson


Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)

Andy Harman
 

On Thu, 14 Apr 2011 11:11:24 -0400, Gatwood, Elden SAW wrote

It may be reality, or just blather.
It wouldn't be the first time manufacturer(s) put up a smoke screen. I don't have a
problem with them telling me "no comment" or "none of your business", but just making up
something to throw me off course is playing me for a fool. Especially when I can be
duped into spreading it and I think that's where a lot of this stuff comes from.

I remember once asking a manufacturer's rep about a product I was interested in, and the
guy looked at me like I was from outer space. He acted not only as if I was the only
person who ever mentioned such a thing, but almost acted as if he had never even heard
of the thing. He smugly suggested a similar product from another manufacturer - which
was, in addition to not being what I wanted - very poorly done. He left me feeling like
an idiot for even mentioning such an obscure, strange, weird, and unwanted thing.

Less than a year later, his company put out that exact thing -- at precisely the same
time as a competitor also put out that exact thing. I guess the smoke screen worked, he
sure fooled me. I also never talked to that manufacturer again. He probably doesn't
miss me.

When Bowser came out with the PRR H21A, in singles, six-packs and 12-packs,
they couldn't keep them on the shelf. Now they've reached saturation. Folks
just don't need them with all they currently own.
I think that may be the issue - open hoppers are not an oo-looky impulse buy for the
casual shopper. They are the kind of thing that, when announced, people will advance
reserve them by the dozen if not the gross, and then they're done. If we're to believe
Intermountain's new blurb about A/R, to the detriment of the impulse buyer, then a coal
hopper should fit that business model perfectly.

Of course trying to make a logical argument out of a hobby is sort of like getting into
a logic argument with your kid when he asks "Whhhhyyyy??" Any answer besides "Because I
said so" is open invitation to counterpoint and alternate logic. So regardless of
logic, I'll get my H10 hopper when somebody feels like making one, and it will have
little to do with statistics, polls, or logic.

I also believe an alternate standard offset twin would sell, and yet we don't
even have a resin kit....but we do for a chisel-side IC offset twin?
The alternate standard offset - is this the version NKP had?

Andy


Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)

armprem2 <armprem2@...>
 

Not necessarily just coal road modelers.The wheel reports that I have indicate that hoppers were second only to box cars in number.Armand Premo

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George;

It may be reality, or just blather.

I know modelers and layout builders that have HUNDREDS of hoppers, all less
than state-of-the-art, and ALL of them tell me they'd buy dozens of RTR cars,
IF they were offered. Yes, they each have good numbers of Kadee twins (which
we all LOVE), but honestly, if you're not modeling the RDG (or C&I, GA etc.),
just how many do you need? Most coal road modelers are ACHING for their pet
hopper to be made in RTR plastic. Trouble is, most of them are one-road
cars, or small road cars.

When Bowser came out with the PRR H21A, in singles, six-packs and 12-packs,
they couldn't keep them on the shelf. Now they've reached saturation. Folks
just don't need them with all they currently own.

Could someone produce an RTR H21A/E with state-of-the-art details, and would
it sell well enough to re-coup? Absolutely. Do manufacturers believe this?
Those we've spoken with say no. I say they are missing a big opportunity.

One of these days one of them will bite, and off to the races.

It'd be the same with a GLA, an X31A, and several other PRR freight cars.
Each road has its examples.

I also believe an alternate standard offset twin would sell, and yet we don't
even have a resin kit....but we do for a chisel-side IC offset twin?

C'mon....

Elden Gatwood

P.S. There is one resin manufacturer doing EXTREMELY well off a niche
market. Anyone want to guess who that is?

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To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)

Sheer puzzlement about hoppers being slow sellers. As a coal road modeler I
can see that most modelers would only buy one road's hoppers. But they are
slightly more than half of all the cars on my layout. Should be more, but I
can't resist the occasional oddball boxcar you know.

George Courtney

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com <mailto:STMFC%40yahoogroups.com> , "armprem2"
<armprem2@...> wrote:
>
> Hear hear.Well put.Armand Premo
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Gatwood, Elden SAW
> To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com <mailto:STMFC%40yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 7:57 AM
> Subject: RE: [STMFC] Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)
>
>
>
> Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
> Caveats: NONE
>
> Andy;
>
> > A solid data package will go a long way to advance the possibility
> > of a model being produced.
> >>No doubt, but ........I've already talk to Exactrail and Tangent,
> >>they
> didn't seem to be very interested. The larger manufacturers like
> Athearn, Walthers, Atlas, already have a lot of coal hoppers in their lines
already...
> ditto Bowser. Intermountain I haven't talked to about it, oddly
> enough, it's kind of up their alley - they have done a bunch of
> covered hoppers (albeit only one steam/transition era), and not a single
coal hopper.
>
> You bring up another good point, and I have talked to a number of
> manufacturers about it; what type of cars sell best and get the most
> interest.
>
> This is the inevitable answer:
>
> Box cars, box cars, box cars;
>
> Covered hoppers
>
> Gondolas and flat cars
>
> Open hoppers bringing up the rear.
>
> There is a lot of speculation on why, including: RTR open hoppers are
> extremely costly to assemble, don't sell as well as other car types,
> and have big differences between RRs that render them applicable to
> only a handful of roads. Open hopper kits are "hard to assemble", and other
reasons above.
>
> So, the answer we get, repeatedly, on the "why don't we have an
> alternate standard twin offset hopper" is: a) many detail differences
> between RRs, b) not enough major roads for one version to warrant
> doing one, c) people don't really buy a lot of open hoppers compared
> to other projects we could do that would do better, and d)... Richard
Hendrickson won't buy any of them.
>
> I don't buy all of this, even the part about Richard, and will
> continue to work with open-minded manufacturers on ANY project that
> might benefit us. I also have hope we will see an alternate standard
> twin offset hopper in HO, just probably not RTR.
>
> Elden Gatwood
>
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>
>
>
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Re: Branchline kit 1500 or equvilant

Andy Harman
 

On Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:24:26 -0400, Larry Sexton wrote
Does anyone have a Branchline 40' Postwar AAR boxcar kit with an 8' door
they are willing to sell or have an idea where I might locate one? There may
be a similar decorated BL kit with an 8' door that will work as well for
creating the EJ&E 1941 10'06 boxcar if someone has a suggestion. The 8' door
appears to be the key restriction.
An undec pair of these just sold for $28.50 on ebay... plus another $8 shipping. I
dropped out of the bidding at $18, but only because I have a few of them. I do need
more though so I'm not parting with any. The Branchline paint does strip easily with
91% alcohol though if you are so inclined and decorated kits seem easier to come by.
The announcement of Atlas taking over the Branchline rolling stock seems to have created
a rush of ebay sellers unloading their stock as it's now "out of production" but I think
those with a hoard are now holding back waiting for prices to go higher, as the market
was flooded there for a few weeks.

I've got that Sunshine conversion too...

Andy


Re: Necessary Freight cars

Andy Harman
 

On Thu, 14 Apr 2011 08:13:01 -0500, Bruce Smith wrote

And yet, somehow, some of us still manage to put together information
for manufacturers, review their drawings and test shots AND get some
modeling of our done too... It is, in reality, a matter of
priorities that you set for yourself, and the efficient use of your
time.
Doing research is also a skill in and of itself. There's more to it than just grabbing
a camera and note pad and heading out with a full tank of gas. It requires some
practice and some intuition, as well as patience and persistence. In terms of
priorities, it's not so much about doing the deed but having to learn a whole new set of
skills. Or, I can do anything I want in my life, but I can't do everything I want.
2011 may go down as the year Andy started his layout. I don't want it to be the year
Andy spent all his vacation time chasing H10 data for a car that didn't get made, while
his basement is still an unfinished concrete cavern of unbuilt kits. Perhaps if I do my
own job, by the time I have that Gibson-Osborn coal connection built, someone will have
some H10s for me to put on it. I'd certainly accept them - and pay for them - in RTR
form if they are of Tangent or EXR quality (EXR done right, not their shakey-box). In
the mean time, it costs me nothing to keep mentioning it, although I'll probably get
more interest on the BBFCL and MFCL.

Andy


Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)

Andy Harman
 

On Thu, 14 Apr 2011 07:57:57 -0400, Gatwood, Elden SAW wrote

This is the inevitable answer:
One thing I've learned about pat answers is to take them with a tub of salt.

There is a lot of speculation on why, including: RTR open hoppers are
extremely costly to assemble, don't sell as well as other car types, and have
big differences between RRs that render them applicable to only a handful of
roads. Open hopper kits are "hard to assemble", and other reasons above.
I'm not sure why an open hopper would be harder to assemble than a covered hopper. My
H10 doesn't have any parts that, say, Intermountain's 1958 doesn't have and the 1958 has
things the open hopper doesn't have like a roof, roofwalk, and hatches.

Manufacturers that ignore Professor Pat Paradigm and institutionalized sayings about
what does and doesn't sell, and the ridiculous numbers quoted to the public for "tooling
costs" will make me happy by finding ways to do new things. From my experience the
things that do NOT sell are "signature" or "ethnic" cars that are botched to the point
that even most loyal followers of that road won't buy them, although even for something
that bad there may be salvation in the Holy 13 road names.

A major manufacturer has just put out a new tool freight car (not steam era) admitting
up front that it "combines cool features from different prototypes" or some such
nonsense. This from a toolmaker that should know better. I'm told from several dealers
they can't keep it on the shelf. It's not a cheap item. Producing an unusual prototype
that existed in small numbers is like a broken clock, it's right twice a day. A clock
that reads 37:0#P:UG is wrong, always - but apparently there's still a market for them.
And it's a whole lot easier to make than it is to build a precision clock that keeps
accurate time.

Andy


Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)

armprem2 <armprem2@...>
 

Difficulty of construction? Bogus excuse.A hopper IMHO, is merely a box car without a roof or running board.Should be easier to build.My major complaint is the lack of variety.Armand Premo

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Subject: [STMFC] Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)



Sheer puzzlement about hoppers being slow sellers. As a coal road modeler I can see that most modelers would only buy one road's hoppers. But they are slightly more than half of all the cars on my layout. Should be more, but I can't resist the occasional oddball boxcar you know.

George Courtney

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "armprem2" <armprem2@...> wrote:
>
> Hear hear.Well put.Armand Premo
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Gatwood, Elden SAW
> To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 7:57 AM
> Subject: RE: [STMFC] Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)
>
>
>
> Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
> Caveats: NONE
>
> Andy;
>
> > A solid data package will go a long way to advance the possibility of
> > a model being produced.
> >>No doubt, but ........I've already talk to Exactrail and Tangent, they
> didn't seem to be very interested. The larger manufacturers like Athearn,
> Walthers, Atlas, already have a lot of coal hoppers in their lines already...
> ditto Bowser. Intermountain I haven't talked to about it, oddly enough, it's
> kind of up their alley - they have done a bunch of covered hoppers (albeit
> only one steam/transition era), and not a single coal hopper.
>
> You bring up another good point, and I have talked to a number of
> manufacturers about it; what type of cars sell best and get the most
> interest.
>
> This is the inevitable answer:
>
> Box cars, box cars, box cars;
>
> Covered hoppers
>
> Gondolas and flat cars
>
> Open hoppers bringing up the rear.
>
> There is a lot of speculation on why, including: RTR open hoppers are
> extremely costly to assemble, don't sell as well as other car types, and have
> big differences between RRs that render them applicable to only a handful of
> roads. Open hopper kits are "hard to assemble", and other reasons above.
>
> So, the answer we get, repeatedly, on the "why don't we have an alternate
> standard twin offset hopper" is: a) many detail differences between RRs, b)
> not enough major roads for one version to warrant doing one, c) people don't
> really buy a lot of open hoppers compared to other projects we could do that
> would do better, and d)... Richard Hendrickson won't buy any of them.
>
> I don't buy all of this, even the part about Richard, and will continue to
> work with open-minded manufacturers on ANY project that might benefit us. I
> also have hope we will see an alternate standard twin offset hopper in HO,
> just probably not RTR.
>
> Elden Gatwood
>
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>
>
>
>
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Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)

Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

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George;

It may be reality, or just blather.

I know modelers and layout builders that have HUNDREDS of hoppers, all less
than state-of-the-art, and ALL of them tell me they'd buy dozens of RTR cars,
IF they were offered. Yes, they each have good numbers of Kadee twins (which
we all LOVE), but honestly, if you're not modeling the RDG (or C&I, GA etc.),
just how many do you need? Most coal road modelers are ACHING for their pet
hopper to be made in RTR plastic. Trouble is, most of them are one-road
cars, or small road cars.

When Bowser came out with the PRR H21A, in singles, six-packs and 12-packs,
they couldn't keep them on the shelf. Now they've reached saturation. Folks
just don't need them with all they currently own.

Could someone produce an RTR H21A/E with state-of-the-art details, and would
it sell well enough to re-coup? Absolutely. Do manufacturers believe this?
Those we've spoken with say no. I say they are missing a big opportunity.

One of these days one of them will bite, and off to the races.

It'd be the same with a GLA, an X31A, and several other PRR freight cars.
Each road has its examples.

I also believe an alternate standard offset twin would sell, and yet we don't
even have a resin kit....but we do for a chisel-side IC offset twin?

C'mon....

Elden Gatwood

P.S. There is one resin manufacturer doing EXTREMELY well off a niche
market. Anyone want to guess who that is?

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of gsc3
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:26 AM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)



Sheer puzzlement about hoppers being slow sellers. As a coal road modeler I
can see that most modelers would only buy one road's hoppers. But they are
slightly more than half of all the cars on my layout. Should be more, but I
can't resist the occasional oddball boxcar you know.

George Courtney

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com <mailto:STMFC%40yahoogroups.com> , "armprem2"
<armprem2@...> wrote:

Hear hear.Well put.Armand Premo
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Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 7:57 AM
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)



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Andy;

A solid data package will go a long way to advance the possibility
of a model being produced.
No doubt, but ........I've already talk to Exactrail and Tangent,
they
didn't seem to be very interested. The larger manufacturers like
Athearn, Walthers, Atlas, already have a lot of coal hoppers in their lines
already...
ditto Bowser. Intermountain I haven't talked to about it, oddly
enough, it's kind of up their alley - they have done a bunch of
covered hoppers (albeit only one steam/transition era), and not a single
coal hopper.

You bring up another good point, and I have talked to a number of
manufacturers about it; what type of cars sell best and get the most
interest.

This is the inevitable answer:

Box cars, box cars, box cars;

Covered hoppers

Gondolas and flat cars

Open hoppers bringing up the rear.

There is a lot of speculation on why, including: RTR open hoppers are
extremely costly to assemble, don't sell as well as other car types,
and have big differences between RRs that render them applicable to
only a handful of roads. Open hopper kits are "hard to assemble", and other
reasons above.

So, the answer we get, repeatedly, on the "why don't we have an
alternate standard twin offset hopper" is: a) many detail differences
between RRs, b) not enough major roads for one version to warrant
doing one, c) people don't really buy a lot of open hoppers compared
to other projects we could do that would do better, and d)... Richard
Hendrickson won't buy any of them.

I don't buy all of this, even the part about Richard, and will
continue to work with open-minded manufacturers on ANY project that
might benefit us. I also have hope we will see an alternate standard
twin offset hopper in HO, just probably not RTR.

Elden Gatwood

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Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)

George Courtney
 

Sheer puzzlement about hoppers being slow sellers. As a coal road modeler I can see that most modelers would only buy one road's hoppers. But they are slightly more than half of all the cars on my layout. Should be more, but I can't resist the occasional oddball boxcar you know.

George Courtney

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Hear hear.Well put.Armand Premo
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Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 7:57 AM
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Andy;

> A solid data package will go a long way to advance the possibility of
> a model being produced.
>>No doubt, but ........I've already talk to Exactrail and Tangent, they
didn't seem to be very interested. The larger manufacturers like Athearn,
Walthers, Atlas, already have a lot of coal hoppers in their lines already...
ditto Bowser. Intermountain I haven't talked to about it, oddly enough, it's
kind of up their alley - they have done a bunch of covered hoppers (albeit
only one steam/transition era), and not a single coal hopper.

You bring up another good point, and I have talked to a number of
manufacturers about it; what type of cars sell best and get the most
interest.

This is the inevitable answer:

Box cars, box cars, box cars;

Covered hoppers

Gondolas and flat cars

Open hoppers bringing up the rear.

There is a lot of speculation on why, including: RTR open hoppers are
extremely costly to assemble, don't sell as well as other car types, and have
big differences between RRs that render them applicable to only a handful of
roads. Open hopper kits are "hard to assemble", and other reasons above.

So, the answer we get, repeatedly, on the "why don't we have an alternate
standard twin offset hopper" is: a) many detail differences between RRs, b)
not enough major roads for one version to warrant doing one, c) people don't
really buy a lot of open hoppers compared to other projects we could do that
would do better, and d)... Richard Hendrickson won't buy any of them.

I don't buy all of this, even the part about Richard, and will continue to
work with open-minded manufacturers on ANY project that might benefit us. I
also have hope we will see an alternate standard twin offset hopper in HO,
just probably not RTR.

Elden Gatwood

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Re: Kadee Trucks

Andy Sperandeo <asperandeo@...>
 

I've tried a couple pair of the recent Kadee trucks, and I like them as much as Richard does. I've replaced the wheelsets, however, because I prefer a combination of metal axles and "code 88" wheels. - Andy

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Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)

armprem2 <armprem2@...>
 

Hear hear.Well put.Armand Premo

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Subject: RE: [STMFC] Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)



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Andy;

> A solid data package will go a long way to advance the possibility of
> a model being produced.
>>No doubt, but ........I've already talk to Exactrail and Tangent, they
didn't seem to be very interested. The larger manufacturers like Athearn,
Walthers, Atlas, already have a lot of coal hoppers in their lines already...
ditto Bowser. Intermountain I haven't talked to about it, oddly enough, it's
kind of up their alley - they have done a bunch of covered hoppers (albeit
only one steam/transition era), and not a single coal hopper.

You bring up another good point, and I have talked to a number of
manufacturers about it; what type of cars sell best and get the most
interest.

This is the inevitable answer:

Box cars, box cars, box cars;

Covered hoppers

Gondolas and flat cars

Open hoppers bringing up the rear.

There is a lot of speculation on why, including: RTR open hoppers are
extremely costly to assemble, don't sell as well as other car types, and have
big differences between RRs that render them applicable to only a handful of
roads. Open hopper kits are "hard to assemble", and other reasons above.

So, the answer we get, repeatedly, on the "why don't we have an alternate
standard twin offset hopper" is: a) many detail differences between RRs, b)
not enough major roads for one version to warrant doing one, c) people don't
really buy a lot of open hoppers compared to other projects we could do that
would do better, and d)... Richard Hendrickson won't buy any of them.

I don't buy all of this, even the part about Richard, and will continue to
work with open-minded manufacturers on ANY project that might benefit us. I
also have hope we will see an alternate standard twin offset hopper in HO,
just probably not RTR.

Elden Gatwood

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Caveats: NONE




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Re: Branchline kit 1500 or equvilant

Larry Sexton
 

Does anyone have a Branchline 40' Postwar AAR boxcar kit with an 8' door
they are willing to sell or have an idea where I might locate one? There may
be a similar decorated BL kit with an 8' door that will work as well for
creating the EJ&E 1941 10'06 boxcar if someone has a suggestion. The 8' door
appears to be the key restriction.



Larry Sexton



From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tim
O'Connor
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 4:29 AM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Kadee Trucks






I usually use .088 Reboxx as well. But one thing I've noticed with
Kadee/Proto/Branchline wheels is that they do not perform equally. I
usually get better rolling performance with P2K wheels than with Kadee.
The axles are not made exactly alike and may use different material.

Kinda moot now... the HGC trucks are just so much better, than I hope
I can eventually trade up to those and sell the metal Kadee trucks on
Ebay.

Tim O'

I have used Reboxx wheel sets successfully in Kadee trucks. Be aware they
are insulated on only one side so you will need to make sure both axles are
oriented the same direction. I just measured a Kadee axle at about 1.015"
so a Reboxx axle of about that length should work nicely. I haven't had a
lot of trouble with Kadee axles wearing out, but I have replaced them in
open ended cars (tank cars, hoppers, etc) with code 88 wheels for better
appearance, hence the Reboxx.

Andy


Re: Necessary Freight cars

Bruce Smith
 

On Apr 13, 2011, at 11:36 PM, Andy Harman wrote:

At 10:53 PM 4/13/2011 -0500, you wrote:
A solid data package will go a long way to advance the
possibility of a
model being produced.
No doubt, but not all of us are employed in model RR R&D, nor
retired and
mobile to go travel to Roanoke and pull erection drawings, or chase
down
survivors in museums and measure them and photograph every detail.
And yet, somehow, some of us still manage to put together information
for manufacturers, review their drawings and test shots AND get some
modeling of our done too... It is, in reality, a matter of
priorities that you set for yourself, and the efficient use of your
time.

Regards
Bruce

Bruce F. Smith
Auburn, AL
https://www5.vetmed.auburn.edu/~smithbf/

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