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Re: Train Shed Cyclopedias

byronrose@...
 

Allow me to disagree with Lt Ben. I don't think there is any need for a
modeler to own either equipment registers or diagram books until they are
familiar with and have built all the available kits for their interests
and are looking for something else to do. There is just too much
information in those very specialized books for a newcomer to make any
kind of use of and it will only complicate an already difficult learning
period. Basically the same reason not to bother with the Train Sheds at
this point of your education.

Learn all you can about freight cars from photos and articles relating to
them and modeling. Once you are conversant and comfortable dealing with
them, then you can get into the esoteric stuff. Believe me, you'll go
nuts trying to determine where the width of a flat car is measured from
until you are familiar with the anatomy of a flat car.

And why the heck can't you fight the Battle of Midway with your 1/72
models? I do it every night in the tub with my 1/48 models. Coral Sea
too, but I have to remove the meatballs from thr models.

Trust me, I'm an RPA.

BSR


On Wed, 10 Jan 2001 20:39:11 -0000 bhom3@home.com writes:

Warren,

Thanks for asking this question - after sitting in on clincs at the
San Jose national and seeing the large attendance by modelers fairly

new to prototype modeling and listening to some of their questions,
I've been working on an article (intended as the first in an ongoing

series on a systematic approach on building a steam era boxcar fleet

for the modeler just getting into prototype modeling). My
premise: "If I was starting from scratch in prototype railroad
modeling and wanted a research library, which items do I absolutely
need that I can readily find at a reasonable price?" As Byron's
detailed in his excellent post, there is a lot out there. Over the
last fifteen years, there has been an explosion in the quantity and
quality of freight car information available - unlike fifteen years
ago, where you were searching for a needle in a haystack because
information you're looking for isn't readily available or surces
haven't been identified yet, today it's the opposite problem - you
have so much information out there that things sometimes get lost in

the volume (this problem I'd much rather have). The challenge for
the new prototype modeler is to "get the most bang for the buck" for

his research material. Unfortunately, there isn't anything nearly
as
economical as the Squadron "In Action" series (I also started as a
scale modeler, and still keep a shelf of them when I feel the need
for a change of pace). Byron hit many of the really good pubs out
there - here's a few more:

NEB&W Guide to Steam Era Freight Cars: Even if I weren't a member
of
the RPI society, I'd still give this series my highest
recommendation. These represent almost 20 years of research towards

creating a realistic freight car fleet for the NEB&W, growing from a

series of notes made by Todd Sullivan on which prototypes are
represented by which kits. From this beginning, John Nehrich has
expanded and updated these into 4 sizable volumes of information
covering everything from suitability of kits, paint schemes, freight

car evolution, developing a model freight car fleet, etc., etc..
Even though these contain no color photos (an unfortunate by-product

of operating on a shoestring budget provided by the Institute), the
sheer amount of information makes these a great bargain for the
price. One nice feature of the guide is that John takes pains to
reference articles in the hobby press, which makes sifting through
the pile of magazine back issues much less painful. For more info
(an an online guide to steam era freight car kits), go to
http://www.union.rpi.edu/railroad/ .

Official Railway Equipment Registers: Once only available as
originals on a catch-as-can basis at railroadiana shows (at a
premium
price), many of these are now available on CD (various issues -
August 1888 to Janauary 1959, PRR 1893-1926, PRR 1927-1950) from Al
Westerfield (http://users.multipro.com/westerfield/), and the
January
1953 issue in paper from the NMRA
(http://jdb.psu.edu/nmra/orer.html). These are listings for all
railroads operating of freight cars in revenue interchange service
and contain a treasure trove of information from number series,
dimensions, specially equipped cars, and interchange connections.
These are not stand alone publications from the modeler's point of
view because they do not contain diagrams or pictures, but they
multiply the effectiveness of the rest of your references because
they give you the big picture. I highly recommend obtaining a copy
of an ORER for the years you're interested in modeling.

Equipment Diagram Books: Many historical societies offer
reproduction equipment diagram books, and Wayner has PRR diagram
book
as well. Again, these aren't stand alone because the diagrams are
not scale drawings but general arrangments, but they are an
excellent
representation of a particular road's fleet.

Westerfield Data Sheets: Al offers his outstanding decals
separately, and he includes his data sheets with them, which are
easily worth the price of his kits, much less the decals!


Judging from your last post, you're on the right track with the L&N
Historical Society. As for other roads, I'd pick up the first
volume
of the NEB&W Guide, a copy of the ORER for the year(s) I'm
interested
in from Westerfield, and start with learning more about the roads
that connect with the sections of the L&N, NC&StL, and TC that
you're
interested in, as well as the roads with major car fleets (PRR, NYC,

B&O, ATSF, SP).

Welcome aboard! (I also came to the same conclusion about my
aircraft and ship models - I very well couldn't refight the Battle
of
Midway with my 1/72 aircraft collection either).


Ben Hom


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Re: Tank car parts

Jon Miller <atsf@...>
 

Byron,
What ever happen to that tank car frame?

Jon Miller
AT&SF
For me time has stopped in 1941
Digitrax DCC owner, Chief system
NMRA Life member #2623
Member SFRH&MS


Re: 38 foot IL Commonwealth pulpwood cars

Tim O'Connor <timoconnor@...>
 

John, yes, I am familiar with that photo. But it's not what I would call a high
quality photo. Most of the small lettering is illegible, which by today's standards
is a no-go. What we need are clear, legible side and end photos. I think I've
seen an equally poor photo of the SSW car too.

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To: <STMFC@egroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2001 10:37 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] 38 foot IL Commonwealth pulpwood cars


Tim - There is a builder's photo of the T&NO car on our Atlas rolling stock guide


RE Train shed Cyclopedias

Dana and Larry Kline <klinelarrydanajon@...>
 

Many of the Train Shed Cyclopedias are still available directly from:

Charles S. Gregg
808 Boulder Springs Drive, #C5
Richmond, VA 23225
chasmagg@aol.com

I most recently recieved a catalog in June, 2000.

Although each issue is a relatively small excerpt for one (or sometimes
several) Car Builders Cyclopedias, there are multiple parts available form
several different Cyclopedias. The most complete group is from the 1943
Cyclopedia:

TS 17, Box, stock and flat cars, 80 pages
TS 21, Passenger cars, 80 pages
TS 70, Gondolas and hoppers, 64 pages
TS 71, Hoppers, tanks, container cars and cabooses, 64 pages
TS 75, Cabooses and freight car construction details, 64 pages
TS 77, Freight car construction details, underframes and brakes, 64 pages
TS 81, Freight car construction details, safety appliances and trucks, 64
pages
TS 83, Construction details, industrial and export cars, 64 pages
TS 86, Motor cars, and passenger car construction details, 64 pages
TS 88, Passenger car construction details and interior fittings, 64 pages

This adds up to 672 pages, or about half of the complete 1943 cyclopedia.
The corresponding total price is $46.80. The content includes engineering
drawings and photos of prototype freight and passenger cars. Many
additional issues are available from other years. I have always liked the
TS series since it allowed me to buy just the parts of a complete Car
Builders Cyclopedias that interest me.

Larry Kline


Re: Tichy ads

Jon Miller <atsf@...>
 

Just received my RMC and noticed that Tichy had no less the 3 ads in the
Feb. issue. One for the war emergency gon, one for some express trucks, and
one for some nut/bolt/washer and rivet castings. Richard , if I remember
correctly, said the gon was quite nice. I am interested for comments on the
express trucks, any?
Having been quiet for awhile is Tichy now back into the fray?

Jon Miller
AT&SF
For me time has stopped in 1941
Digitrax DCC owner, Chief system
NMRA Life member #2623
Member SFRH&MS


Re: Tichy ads

Ted Culotta <ted@...>
 

From what I understand, Don Tichy's main business, which was producing
injection molded supplies for the medical industry, is no longer occupying
his time, leaving him free to pursue freight car kits. I think we can
expect more offerings from him in the future, so send him your requests.

Ted Culotta

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Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2001 4:12 PM
To: STMFC@egroups.com
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Tichy ads


Just received my RMC and noticed that Tichy had no less the 3 ads in the
Feb. issue. One for the war emergency gon, one for some express trucks, and
one for some nut/bolt/washer and rivet castings. Richard , if I remember
correctly, said the gon was quite nice. I am interested for comments on the
express trucks, any?
Having been quiet for awhile is Tichy now back into the fray?

Jon Miller
AT&SF
For me time has stopped in 1941
Digitrax DCC owner, Chief system
NMRA Life member #2623
Member SFRH&MS


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Re: Train Shed Cyclopedias

Ted Culotta <ted@...>
 

Ben:

I also recommend looking into your local NMRA chapter. Interest in freight
cars usually begets more interest and many of the experts are not
distributed in an entirely even, random pattern, but rather clustered in
specific areas.

Ted

-----Original Message-----
From: bhom3@home.com [mailto:bhom3@home.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2001 12:39 PM
To: STMFC@egroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Train Shed Cyclopedias


Warren,

Thanks for asking this question - after sitting in on clincs at the
San Jose national and seeing the large attendance by modelers fairly
new to prototype modeling and listening to some of their questions,
I've been working on an article (intended as the first in an ongoing
series on a systematic approach on building a steam era boxcar fleet
for the modeler just getting into prototype modeling). My
premise: "If I was starting from scratch in prototype railroad
modeling and wanted a research library, which items do I absolutely
need that I can readily find at a reasonable price?" As Byron's
detailed in his excellent post, there is a lot out there. Over the
last fifteen years, there has been an explosion in the quantity and
quality of freight car information available - unlike fifteen years
ago, where you were searching for a needle in a haystack because
information you're looking for isn't readily available or surces
haven't been identified yet, today it's the opposite problem - you
have so much information out there that things sometimes get lost in
the volume (this problem I'd much rather have). The challenge for
the new prototype modeler is to "get the most bang for the buck" for
his research material. Unfortunately, there isn't anything nearly as
economical as the Squadron "In Action" series (I also started as a
scale modeler, and still keep a shelf of them when I feel the need
for a change of pace). Byron hit many of the really good pubs out
there - here's a few more:

NEB&W Guide to Steam Era Freight Cars: Even if I weren't a member of
the RPI society, I'd still give this series my highest
recommendation. These represent almost 20 years of research towards
creating a realistic freight car fleet for the NEB&W, growing from a
series of notes made by Todd Sullivan on which prototypes are
represented by which kits. From this beginning, John Nehrich has
expanded and updated these into 4 sizable volumes of information
covering everything from suitability of kits, paint schemes, freight
car evolution, developing a model freight car fleet, etc., etc..
Even though these contain no color photos (an unfortunate by-product
of operating on a shoestring budget provided by the Institute), the
sheer amount of information makes these a great bargain for the
price. One nice feature of the guide is that John takes pains to
reference articles in the hobby press, which makes sifting through
the pile of magazine back issues much less painful. For more info
(an an online guide to steam era freight car kits), go to
http://www.union.rpi.edu/railroad/ .

Official Railway Equipment Registers: Once only available as
originals on a catch-as-can basis at railroadiana shows (at a premium
price), many of these are now available on CD (various issues -
August 1888 to Janauary 1959, PRR 1893-1926, PRR 1927-1950) from Al
Westerfield (http://users.multipro.com/westerfield/), and the January
1953 issue in paper from the NMRA
(http://jdb.psu.edu/nmra/orer.html). These are listings for all
railroads operating of freight cars in revenue interchange service
and contain a treasure trove of information from number series,
dimensions, specially equipped cars, and interchange connections.
These are not stand alone publications from the modeler's point of
view because they do not contain diagrams or pictures, but they
multiply the effectiveness of the rest of your references because
they give you the big picture. I highly recommend obtaining a copy
of an ORER for the years you're interested in modeling.

Equipment Diagram Books: Many historical societies offer
reproduction equipment diagram books, and Wayner has PRR diagram book
as well. Again, these aren't stand alone because the diagrams are
not scale drawings but general arrangments, but they are an excellent
representation of a particular road's fleet.

Westerfield Data Sheets: Al offers his outstanding decals
separately, and he includes his data sheets with them, which are
easily worth the price of his kits, much less the decals!


Judging from your last post, you're on the right track with the L&N
Historical Society. As for other roads, I'd pick up the first volume
of the NEB&W Guide, a copy of the ORER for the year(s) I'm interested
in from Westerfield, and start with learning more about the roads
that connect with the sections of the L&N, NC&StL, and TC that you're
interested in, as well as the roads with major car fleets (PRR, NYC,
B&O, ATSF, SP).

Welcome aboard! (I also came to the same conclusion about my
aircraft and ship models - I very well couldn't refight the Battle of
Midway with my 1/72 aircraft collection either).


Ben Hom


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Re: 38 foot IL Commonwealth pulpwood cars

ibs4421@...
 

John,
I will forward this to Steve Johnson, and see if he has any good
copies of NC&StL cars for this. IIRC, Steve has worked with Atlas before,
as well as LL on some of their car projects.

Warren

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Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2001 8:34 AM
Subject: [STMFC] 38 foot IL Commonwealth pulpwood cars


Paul Graf of Atlas is looking for photos from which to create the artwork
for other versions of their HO scale pulpwood car. Supposedly the Frisco,
Savannah & Atlanta, IGN, MP, SP and NCStL all had these, and maybe someone
knows of other such cars. (A spotting feature would be the 38 foot IL
between the bulkheads.)
- John Nehrich


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Re: Train Shed Cyclopedias

Richard Hendrickson
 

Ben Hom's post on sources for freight car research was very well done and,
along with Byron's, should be archived as a national resource.

However, I must respectfully disagree with Byron about the value of Train
Shed Cyclopedias and ORERs for relative newcomers to the subject. Warren
sounds to me like he's hitting the ground running and will be able to make
good use of these documents by next week, if he isn't there already. When
I was just beginning to get interested in freight cars, at a time when very
little information was readily available, I got an ORER for the date I
model, quickly learned how to interpret the data, and used it so much that
I literally wore it out and have since had to replace it. And I
enthusiastically welcomed the advent of the Train Shed Cyclopedias, which I
found to be goldmines of information. The issue is perhaps more one of
intent than experience. Dabblers are easily overwhelmed, and for them
Byron's advice is doubtless appropriate. But Warren doesn't strike me as a
dabbler, especially in view of his extensive experience in other realms of
scale modeling and prototype research, so I'd advise him to go for it.

Richard H. Hendrickson
Ashland, Oregon 97520


Re: Train Shed Cyclopedias

Tim O'Connor <timoconnor@...>
 

Richard Hendrickson wrote

However, I must respectfully disagree with Byron about the value
of Train Shed Cyclopedias and ORERs ...
I concur with Richard, and would say that the TSC's are also a good
way to find out if you'd actually be interested in a Cyclopedia w/o
having to take out a second mortgage. And I love my ORER's and use
them very frequently. My Westerfield CD-ROM 1959 ORER is especially
handy.

Timothy O'Connor <timoconnor@mediaone.net>
Marlborough, Massachusetts


USRA DS Boxcars and "Clones"

bhom3@...
 

Hello again,

Looking for information on the following USRA Double-Sheathed boxcars
and "clones" thereof to support an installment of my "boxcar series
for the new prototype modeler":

PM 80000-81999: Lost track of this number series after the merger
with C&O. What did C&O do with these cars?

NP 10000-13999: An Al Chione photo of NP 11257 ran with Rich
Hendrickson's article in the May 1988 issue of Model Railroading. It
is captioned as a USRA DS boxcar, but NP never received an allocation
of the DS boxcars. The car in the photo appears to have 7-8 Murphy
Ends (difficult to tell from the angle of the shot) and NP's
trademark radial roof. Any more info on these cars?

UP Class B-50-13: Did any of these cars survive into the 1950s in
original form?

Thanks for the assist!


Ben Hom


Re: Train Shed Cyclopedias

John Nehrich <nehrij@...>
 

You might also check the larger libraries. The RPI library has the reprints
of the entire 1879 (or so, I'm not sure of the date), 1880's, and 1906.
They also have in their archives an original 1916.
In buying for an original Cyc, you are paying for the collector's value
of an antique and also a whole lot of pages of not so useful stuff to most
modelers. And the Gregg reprints certainly are easier to lug around, spill
coffee on, etc.
This must have been mentioned, but a subscription to Railmodel Journal
would be one of the top "must-haves".
- John Nehrich

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Subject: Re: [STMFC] Train Shed Cyclopedias


Richard Hendrickson wrote

However, I must respectfully disagree with Byron about the value
of Train Shed Cyclopedias and ORERs ...
I concur with Richard, and would say that the TSC's are also a good
way to find out if you'd actually be interested in a Cyclopedia w/o
having to take out a second mortgage. And I love my ORER's and use
them very frequently. My Westerfield CD-ROM 1959 ORER is especially
handy.

Timothy O'Connor <timoconnor@mediaone.net>
Marlborough, Massachusetts


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Re: Train Shed Cyclopedias

Guy Wilber
 

In a message dated 1/11/01 11:11:43 AM Pacific Standard Time,
ibs4421@commandnet.net writes:

<< He would make us read "1937 ARA Boxcars In Service" if there was such a
thing. >>

Warren,

We are going to get to you yet...the 1937 box cars were an AAR "Standard",
not ARA. 8^)

Regards,

Guy Wilber
Sparks, Nevada


Spencer Kellogg Old Time Tank Car

John Nehrich <nehrij@...>
 

Spen Kellogg sent me a copy of his family's company's annual report of 1960,
which included a photo of an old tank somewhat akin to the MDC kit. I've
posted the picture at:

http://www.union.rpi.edu/railroad/images/Glossary/Glossary-K.html#Kellogg&So
ns

By the way, I didn't know that they made Beacon Feeds, which is a brand I've
seen a lot of signs for. - John Nehrich


Re: Tank car parts

byronrose@...
 

On Wed, 10 Jan 2001 14:08:17 -0800 "Jon Miller" <atsf@inow.com> writes:
Byron,
What ever happen to that tank car frame?

Jon, you really know how to hurt a guy.

To answer your question though, it's in a box right next to the started
patterns for the Pennsy X-23.

BSR
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Cycs., Books, Research, etc.

ibs4421@...
 

Noble Freight Car Grandmasters,
Well, my post regarding the cycs. didn't open up a can of worms, but it sure did promote some discourse on research, books, etc. I thank all of you for the kind and extremely informative responses, as well as your encouragement.
I suppose the reason that I, as a newcomer to model railroading, decided to go the prototype modeling route has to do with my background with history. I have a Bs in History, and have spent a great portion of my so-called adult life recreating various periods of US history in P-scale (12"=1') for the NPS, various state historic sites, and museums both as an avocation and a vocation. In Civil War circles, I was known as one of the "hard-core campaigner types" as opposed to "main-streamers". This, to me, is about the same as "prototype modelers" vs. the "shake the box" crowd. We spent a great deal of our time pulling our hair out because those that manufactured our reproductions would get it wrong, even though they said they copied an original. Many of us adopted the phrase "It takes as much effort to get it right in the first place as to get it wrong, so why not do it right the first time". Much of my joy and happiness in pursuing that recreation of history was getting "it" as right as possible within my abilities, and I just wanted to transfer the same philosophy over to my railroad modeling. Hence, that is why I joined this group. That is why, as soon as I had the money, I purchased John Nehrich's "Steam-Era guide to HO Freight Cars" back in '97. I have been choosy about my purchases, but there have been some mistakes. John's book has kept me from making some really bad purchases for the most part.
Historical Societies: Yes, some are better than others, and the L&NRRHS ain't perfect. If it wasn't for Steve Johnson, that single photo and profile probably wouldn't even make it in there. If any of ya'll have a question regarding L&N, NC&StL, or TC freight equipment, he IS the MAN! What the society has done though, is provide a means for me to get in touch with those who DO know the info which I am seeking out, or those that have done what I aim to do. For that it has been excellent.
All of you have provided me with some really fantastic info and guidance for finding the freight car info I need. Please know that I WILL use it! Now, if I can only get my own little space in the house to start on some of those resin kits that I want to get going this year. :)

Warren
Ride The Battlefield Route!
Ride The Dixie Line!
NC&StL Rwy


Re: USRA DS Boxcars and "Clones"

Ed Workman <eworkman@...>
 

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Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2001 9:42 PM
Subject: [STMFC] USRA DS Boxcars and "Clones"


UP Class B-50-13: Did any of these cars survive into the 1950s in
original form?
This class is a derivative of the B50-5, an enlargement of the B50-1 of ca.
1905. Classes built for UP include B50-5 with pressed sills, B50-6
w/Bettendorf sill, B50-11 built up UF and steel ends. Basic house
dimensions and framing were common to 5 thru 13, with small differences due
to roof and end types. SP also had B50-5 and -6, and B50-9, same box on a
built up deep center sill.


Re: Train Shed Cyclopedias

byronrose@...
 

On Wed, 10 Jan 2001 22:27:49 -0500 "Tim O'Connor"
<timoconnor@mediaone.net> writes:
Richard Hendrickson wrote

However, I must respectfully disagree with Byron about the value
of Train Shed Cyclopedias and ORERs ...
I concur with Richard, and would say that the TSC's are also a good
way to find out if you'd actually be interested in a Cyclopedia w/o
having to take out a second mortgage. And I love my ORER's and use
them very frequently. My Westerfield CD-ROM 1959 ORER is especially
handy.
Richard and Tim,

I never said that the Cycs, Train Shed or otherwise, and the ORERs were
not helpful. I only said that I felt that getting into them at too early
a learning stage could dislocate his interest and complicate his learning
curve. If he is in fact not early in the curve, then there should be no
problem.

But I do know that the Cyc drawings can be very intimidating to someone
who is not familiar or knowledgeable with freight car construction.
Check my comment about good people making bad drawings. It has happened
and will continue to happen. What hope has a neophyte to interpret these
drawings (and pages of data) without that necessary grounding in freight
car construction, purpose and operation.

If Warren has all that and is comfortable with it, then I say go for the
yellow (old pages, of course!).

So we all agree after all!

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Re: Tank car parts

Richard Hendrickson
 

On Wed, 10 Jan 2001 14:08:17 -0800 "Jon Miller" <atsf@inow.com> writes:
Byron,
What ever happen to that tank car frame?

Jon, you really know how to hurt a guy.

To answer your question though, it's in a box right next to the started
patterns for the Pennsy X-23.
Well, Byron, we assume you know what the road to hell is paved with.

Richard H. Hendrickson
Ashland, Oregon 97520


Re: Train Shed Cyclopedias

Jeff Aley - GCD PE <jaley@...>
 

On Jan 10, 8:39pm, bhom3@home.com wrote:
Subject: [STMFC] Train Shed Cyclopedias
"If I was starting from scratch in prototype railroad
modeling and wanted a research library, which items do I absolutely
need that I can readily find at a reasonable price?"
A question, and then a few comments.

Question: What is the Squadron series like? I've never modeled anything
but railroads, so I'm not familiar with the data contained therein.

Comments: It seems to me that there are two questions that the beginning
prototype modeler might ask himself (or herself).

1) What should I model?
2) How do I model it?

The first question can be answered simply by choosing a prototype that is
"cool", or it may require extensive research to determine what is
appropriate for a given time in a given location. It is in this area
where ORER's, videos, and photos taken in the chosen location are helpful.

The answer to the second question is "it depends". It behooves one to
know what kits and scratchbuilding supplies are available and applicable.
For this, one should have a Walther's Catalog, with
http://www.walthers.com as a poor substitute. One should also have the
NEB&W Guide that Ben mentioned or at least have a bookmark to their web
site
http://www.union.rpi.edu/railroad/images/rolling-stock/Kits/Kit-Guide.html

Magazines are an excellent resource, as Byron suggests. While in the
process of acquiring magazines, it is helpful to know which issues have
articles you need. To this end, one should make frequent use of the
magazine index at http://index.mrmag.com/ .

The final "general" resource that I would use is a subscription to the
Freight Cars List, where answers to many questions (and sources for
photos) may be found. One may also wish to join the intermodal list, if
one's interests lie in more modern eras.

After these "general" resources, one has to find specific resources, i.e.
those related to the car(s) being modeled. As far as I know, there are no
compact, easily available resources that cover the myriad freight cars
that one might wish to model. There are many books on specific railroads
(Terry Metcalfe's UP book being my personal favorite), and there are many
private collections of information (the Hendrickson Library, for example)
as well as public collections (what's the name of the Canadian library?)
but these do not fit easily onto one's bookshelf. I suppose that this is
why Byron advocates magazines: a magazine collection is the closest thing
you'll find to an archive of specific information on "all kinds" of
freight cars. Next best is the archives of the Freight Cars List, but
unfortunately there are no photos, drawings, or diagrams.


In closing, I will point out the obvious theme of this little commentary:
I rely heavily on resources that are available for FREE on the internet.
I also rely heavily upon the kindness of strangers.[*]

Regards,

-Jeff

[*] Was that line from "A Freightcar named Desire" or from "Cat on a Hot
Diagonal-Panel Roof"?

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Intel Corporation, Folsom, CA
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