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Re: How's Tichy doing currently, decal thickness and all?

Dick Harley
 


The problems with Tichy PFE decals far extend past their being too thick (you can feel the ink with your finger nail).

Tichy PFE decals have lettering that is the wrong size and shape - some too big, some too small.  The numbers are the wrong size, and their shape is nowhere near what PFE (and SP and UP) used.  The UP medallions are the wrong shape and style.

Compare lettering to the SPH&TS painting & lettering book, or new Microscale sets 87-501 or 60-501.  Compare medallions to the book or Microscale 87-414 or MC-4021.
Tichy's PFE artwork is just not accurate - or even close. 


Cheers,
Dick Harley
Laguna Beach,  CA

article on color - and the absence of color

Tim O'Connor
 

Very interesting science of making something truly "black"

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/science/black-fashion-physics-animals.html



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*Tim O'Connor*
*Sterling, Massachusetts*

Re: Looking for car colors and road numbers

Tim O'Connor
 


Tichy ought to try producing decals for actual raised lettering applied to the prototype,
for example for steam locomotive smokebox number plates. Something about turning a pig into
a purse comes to mind...



On 11/13/2019 9:58 PM, radiodial868 wrote:
Couple of pics of the SSW and Lackawanna versions I made.  I recall the RMJ article and pics was important as it covered body color, trucks and uncoupling devices.  I included a closeup showing the Tichy thickness everyone is talking about. The only time you notice it on this small lettering is with a camera closeup.
RJ Dial

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Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

Uploading Files

Richard Wilkens
 

So this site still does not allow files to be uploaded? I have an excel spreadsheet on the SP&S USRA DS box cars but I can't upload.

Thanks,

Rich Wilkens

Re: Looking for car colors and road numbers

Tim O'Connor
 


my bad Staffan


On 11/14/2019 5:00 AM, Staffan Ehnbom wrote:
GN?

Staffan Ehnbom

On Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 10:41 PM Bill Welch <fgexbill@...> wrote:
On Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 02:23 PM, Tim O'Connor wrote:
The Tichy flat car is nearly correct as is for

   ACL, CG, CN, FEC, GN, L&N, NC&StL, SAL, SP&S, SSW, and T&P

Champ produced an excellent decal set for the kit HC-646


NOT - UP, SP, WP, D&RGW, AT&SF or C&NW


Not nearly correct, exactly correct for NC&StL
Bill Welch


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Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

Re: Swift and California Fruit Transportation Company

Tony Thompson
 

Richard Townsend wrote:

A 1906 Railway Gazette article I read says Swift & Co. bought the California Fruit Transportation Company, which had gotten into financial trouble after tangling with a big fruit shipper in California. Does anyone have any information on this company and its cars. At one point it owned over 600 reefers.

    There is a brief summary of this topic in Chapter 3 of the PFE book. CFT was the first big, private fruit shipper, and operated 600 cars by 1891, but their high rates led to several other concerns being formed to compete with them. Prominent among them was Continental Fruit Express, perhaps the big shipper you mentioned (the large Earl fruit company was behind the founding of CFX), the Goodell California line, and California Fruit Express.
     By 1895 Swift had indeed absorbed CFT, but Armour, a bigger shipper of both meat and produce, had absorbed all the others into its Fruit Growers Express. That FGE is not the one we know from more recent times, but was simply an Armour subsidiary for produce shipping. When Armour was forced out of the produce business by the Federal Trade Commission in 1919, a new company was organized to obtain the reefers and operate the produce business. They purchased Armour's cars and other facilities, as well as the FGE name, in 1920.

Tony Thompson



Revenue Divisions Between Railroads

Bob Chaparro
 

Revenue Divisions Between Railroads

This is part of a discussion on the CB&Q Group about car routing. What caught my eye was the mention about revenue divisions between railroads being confidential. Seems to make good business sense.

Fred Crissey stated,

"Railroads divided revenue amongst themselves and these agreements were confidential. When I was in the Q Sales Department I dealt with the auto companies and other firms and when we tried to figure out our assigned car requirements we needed to know how much CBQ revenue would be generated for each assignment. The CBQ revenue division was a key number and the Divisions folks in Chicago (part of the Rate Department) would give me the divisions verbally only and with instructions that this was confidential information."

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

Re: Looking for car colors and road numbers

Kemal Mumcu
 

http://speedwitchmedia.com/product/d186-nashville-chattanooga-st-louis-fm7fm8fm9-flat-cars/

Re: Looking for car colors and road numbers

Staffan Ehnbom
 

GN?

Staffan Ehnbom

On Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 10:41 PM Bill Welch <fgexbill@...> wrote:
On Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 02:23 PM, Tim O'Connor wrote:
The Tichy flat car is nearly correct as is for

   ACL, CG, CN, FEC, GN, L&N, NC&StL, SAL, SP&S, SSW, and T&P

Champ produced an excellent decal set for the kit
HC-646


NOT - UP, SP, WP, D&RGW, AT&SF or C&NW


Not nearly correct, exactly correct for NC&StL
Bill Welch
 
 

Re: Looking for car colors and road numbers

Bill Lugg
 

Those are some good looking cars.  What did you do for air hoses and brackets?  I really like the work you did on the decks too.

Bill Lugg

On 11/13/19 7:58 PM, radiodial868 wrote:
Couple of pics of the SSW and Lackawanna versions I made.  I recall the RMJ article and pics was important as it covered body color, trucks and uncoupling devices.  I included a closeup showing the Tichy thickness everyone is talking about. The only time you notice it on this small lettering is with a camera closeup.
RJ Dial

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* IMG_0035.jpg <https://RealSTMFC.groups.io/g/main/attachment/168007/2>
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Re: New video of my layout

James SANDIFER
 

Nice video. I enjoyed seeing your layout and how you operate. It shows what
can be done with a small space. I am impressed with your staging drawer.


J. Stephen Sandifer

-----Original Message-----
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf
Of Tony Thompson
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:51 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io; Espee@groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] New video of my layout

For anyone who might be interested, there's a new commercial video that has
just been posted of my layout (link below) and maybe also to my blog post
about it. The blog post is here:

https://modelingthesp.blogspot.com/2019/11/a-new-video-of-my-layout.html

and the video, if you want to jump straight to it on YouTube, it's here:

https://youtu.be/RUfmRvun2_w

Tony Thompson
tony@...

Re: SP&S USRA DS Boxcar Photos

Bill Welch
 
Edited

On Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 03:13 PM, Sean Murphy wrote:
Does anyone have any SP&S double sheathed boxcar photos? Preferably from after 1940? I am doing a Westerfield kit build.
I am building an SP&S USRA DS using the Westy kit and I am editing photos of my build at the moment. Will post some photos here in a day or so along with a couple of prototype photos.

Bill Welch

Re: Looking for car colors and road numbers

Allan Smith
 

Bill if you would contact me off list I could send you a scan of the article

Al Smith
Smithal9@...

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 06:59:48 PM PST, radiodial868 <radiodial@...> wrote:


Couple of pics of the SSW and Lackawanna versions I made.  I recall the RMJ article and pics was important as it covered body color, trucks and uncoupling devices.  I included a closeup showing the Tichy thickness everyone is talking about. The only time you notice it on this small lettering is with a camera closeup.
RJ Dial

Re: Looking for car colors and road numbers

radiodial868
 

Couple of pics of the SSW and Lackawanna versions I made.  I recall the RMJ article and pics was important as it covered body color, trucks and uncoupling devices.  I included a closeup showing the Tichy thickness everyone is talking about. The only time you notice it on this small lettering is with a camera closeup.
RJ Dial

Re: Nalco Weed Sprayer and tank cars

Steve and Barb Hile
 

Among other things, it certainly appears that the spray car is longer than a 40' boxcar.
 
Steve Hile



From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Jack Mullen
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:50 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Nalco Weed Sprayer and tank cars

Here's a youtube video link that was just posted on the EJ&E group.
This was filmed at Griffith IN in the mid '60s.  There's about 30" of a weed spray train working on the EJ&E, beginning at about  5'00".  There's a broadside shot of the spray car, and a glimpse of the top deck monitors in use.

https://youtu.be/cYTp3dLADyQ

Jack Mullen

Re: Square brake staffs

radiodial868
 

I checked my large supply of LEDs. Would work for a flat car. The longest leads are still waaay too short for a boxcar.
I also had bought some of that .024 Nickel Silver beading wire wrap awhile back, but it scaled out to 2.5" across the flats, but more importantly when I installed in place with a brake wheel and mechanism, it looked very out of scale and toylike.  I may have picture of it still, will look.
RJ Dial

TICHEY GLAT AND PROTOTYPE PHOTO

WILLIAM PARDIE
 



On Nov 13, 2019, at 9:14 AM, Eric Hansmann <eric@...> wrote:

Bill,

Check this link for the June 1993 RMJ. Some of the magazines on the original Trainlife site can be accessed.
http://original.trainlife.com/magazines/pages/148/10699/june-1993-page-5


Eric Hansmann
Murfreesboro, TN



-----Original Message-----
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill Lugg
Sent: Monday, November 4, 2019 11:18 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Looking for car colors and road numbers

Since I was stuck in moderator limbo for several days, I discovered a previous thread on these cars and specifically a message from Eric Hansmann compiling some very helpful prototype info from the June 1993 Rail Model Journal article about the flat cars (unfortunately, the link http://magazine.trainlife.com/rmj_1993_6/ seems to result in a database access error now).  So I'm abandoning the plan stated below and selecting some from the list in the aforementioned message.


I do have a couple of questions though.  Several list "Mineral Red paint" would a close match be box car red or is a different color of red called for?  Are there any photos of the SP&S, T&P, DL&W, Cotton Belt and CP cars to use for lettering guides? Is there a chance anyone out there happens to have a copy of the linked article I could get a scan of for reference?  It would really help in building these and I've been unsuccessful in finding any from other sources.


Thanks for the help.
Bill Lugg


On 11/1/19 9:30 PM, William Lugg wrote:
I'm working on a six pack of HO scale Tichy 50 ton, 40 foot flat cars
and have decided to letter them for six different roads.  I model the
UP in the 1950-1953 time frame so I'm thinking of using UP, SP, WP,
D&RGW, AT&SF and C&NW as my road choices. My question is are there
online resources that will tell me what color to pain the car and what
number series would be valid for each road in this time frame?  I've
done some searching on Google, but have come up dry so far.  Photos
would be even better if they're out there.

Thanks
Bill Lugg







Re: Looking for car colors and road numbers

Bill Lugg
 

Do you happen to know the number for the Speedwitch decal set.  I'm not seeing it on their web site.

Thanks
Bill Lugg

On 11/13/19 3:36 PM, Kemal Mumcu via Groups.Io wrote:
I built one of these as a NC&StL. Speedwitch Media offers beautiful (accurate) decals for these cars. Decals matter in my opinion.

Colin Meikle

Re: Looking for car colors and road numbers

Bill Lugg
 

Yes, the provided link worked, thanks, Eric.  I'll read it before proceeding further.

Bill Lugg

On 11/13/19 2:40 PM, radiodial868 wrote:
You definitely want to read the RMJ article before proceeding. Use that last link from Eric. If still doesn't work i can send a PDF. I built 3 that required little modification (SP&S, NC&StL, SSW). Turned out to be really nice cars, Used the Tichy decal set. Will post a picture tonight.
RJ Dial
Burlingame, CA

Re: How's Tichy doing currently, decal thickness and all?

Jake Schaible
 

Totally agree with Ken, that Tichy decals make for great PFE medallions.  But to my eyes, the white on the SP logo is a wee bit thin, and I'd kill for a correct UP "System" Logo (something never been done yet in N scale waterslide.)

PFE Logos: Tichy vs Microscale in N.

Tichy PFE datablock in N.

Microscale PFE Datablock in N.

While for lager text, the inkjet (depending on color) do "pile" paint more (to get saturation), they seem to actually produce better small text, given silk screens are not able to reliably hold small text and often suffer element lose.  

 

>James SANDIFER "Titchy decals are extremely thick. There is no way I have found to blend them into a car."

You might want to give this method a try.  Not mine, but comes from an acclaimed N scale modelers who happens to work at Microtrains, and he offered this when a similar comment about thick ink jet decals was made back in 2017 on the same TRW thread I referenced above.  His "Solvaset plus hairdryer" method has word for me even in N scale, but is take a lot of time and is a PITA.    

 

"Archer textured decals are made by the same sort of printer using the same inks as Tichy.  One of the issues you have is the thickness of the white inks to gain the kind of opacity you need.  Until we can get a machine that can do thermal printing like our trusty Alps over irregular surfaces this is the process we have to work with.  I think you will also find you'll have difficulty getting these over ribs and other surface details.  The ink doesn't soften with traditional decal solvent solutions easily so you have to really work on getting them to set. I have used Solvaset and a hair dryer to good effect."