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Re: OMI 1930-built GATC 10,000 Gal double dome tank car

Fred Jansz
 

Hi there Garth!
please do read the whole discussion.
Short: NIPX 6 & 7 were back in the GATX pool, but 1930 built NIPX 8 was pictured by Arnt Gerritsen in 1988, so one might presume it was also among us in 1950.
NIPCo sent the car West to dump the toxic waste in the virgin Feather River.
At least, that's how it was done on my RR in those good old times!
cheerio,
Fred Jansz

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

Fred Jansz
 

Gents,
agree with that (fonts, size and thickness).
would like to emphasize Ted's excellent PFE decal line too.

speaking about PFE decals;
wish someone would print the 'inverted' UP herald as (accidentally) used on the R-30-16 (and maybe others).
fun to add to one of my Sunshine R-30-16's.
cheers,
Fred Jansz

Re: Looking for car colors and road numbers (Tichy Flatcars)

radiodial868
 

The Airhose bracket on the SSW is rubber Hi-Techs and the DL&W is plastic Kadee with those crappy flimsy hoses replaced with black wire. 
As for the deck, that is a strong point of the Tichys. Attached is a set of images of the paint sequence.
  1. Gray solvent based primer (ModelMaster in this case).
  2. Swipes of thinned acrylic paint colors of the usual suspects: burnt & raw umbers & siennas, black, gray
  3. A thinned acrylic paint oxide or boxcar red wash
  4. Followed by a black artists oils wash
  5. Followed by good old Dullcoat.
Apologize for the bandwidth on STMFC, but never have shared this on Resin Freight Cars, because these ain't resin!
RJ Dial

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

Tony Thompson
 

Dick Harley wrote:

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. 

     Dick is exactly right. I haven't bought any Tichy PFE decals, because I rely on the "gold standard," the new Microscale sets with Dick's superb artwork, taken from PFE drawings. But I recently looked at a friend's PFE set from TIchy, and as Dick says, not even close. I have no idea what, if anything, these decals are based on, but obviously not the prototype. Caveat emptor.

Tony Thompson



Re: NP Refrigerators

John Monrad
 

Second article listed at link below ("Modifying Central Valley NP Stock Car") describes the procedure for narrowing the roof and hiding the joint:
http://www.nprha.org/modeling/forms/allitems.aspx
Once installed, it's a simple matter to install the correct roof trim on the ends.

John Monrad

Red Caboose NP reefer kitbash with CVMW roof

Andy Carlson
 

The Central Valley NP Stock Car roof is too wide as a relict of a decision which Jack Parker made in the preliminary design of the stock car. He felt that if made wider, it would allow the cars to make tight radiuses, and perhaps with other perceived reasons.

The car roof needs to be narrowed enough to fit correctly on the RC reefer, and the 1/8" is from memory. I suggest narrowing it exactly to fit. That is what dial calipers are a great tool to have. Fortunately narrowing a curved roof has the joint hidden from the running board. The joint where the two halves bond together will not be tangent. I suppose that a bit of sanding may fix this little problem, but it is not visible with the running board, but you will know!

Another thing--lucky for anyone working on this kitbash, the modifications to get the ends to fit the new roof is made easier in that 0.010" styrene end fascias cover the gaps which an imperfect fitting leaves behind. Don't forget the Accurail fishbelly under frame!

Maybe Dan Smith can comment on the conversion, as he is saw Jerry Glow's work in person before Jerry left California for the land of heat and humidity.

I am no expert on this project, I m simply passing on the ideas as shared with Dave Koester who was the original person who came up with the idea. He told me that the finished NP reefer is close to being accurate, but I think that it would fail the Byron Rose test.

-Andy Carlson
Ojai CA

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, 5:38:31 PM PST, radiodial868 <radiodial@...> wrote:


This sounds interesting and a way to salvage these beautiful looking paint jobs. Andy, when you say narrow the roof by 1/8", do you mean remove the running board and split the roof under the running board and remove the 1/8" there?
Thx,
RJ Dial

Re: NP Refrigerators

radiodial868
 

This sounds interesting and a way to salvage these beautiful looking paint jobs. Andy, when you say narrow the roof by 1/8", do you mean remove the running board and split the roof under the running board and remove the 1/8" there?
Thx,
RJ Dial

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



--
*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

Attachments:



--
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


--
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

Attachments:

* IMG_0039.jpg <https://RealSTMFC.groups.io/g/main/attachment/168007/0>
* IMG_0038.jpg <https://RealSTMFC.groups.io/g/main/attachment/168007/1>
* IMG_0035.jpg <https://RealSTMFC.groups.io/g/main/attachment/168007/2>
* Lackawanna.jpg
<https://RealSTMFC.groups.io/g/main/attachment/168007/3>

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

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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