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Bob's Photos

Schleigh Mike
 

Hello Freight Car Aficionados!

Yesterday I received a nice package of photos from Bob Liljestrand.  Speaking with him on the phone, I learned that he is more than willing to offer his services if you wish to write or call to discuss specifics.  His details are as follows---

Bob’s Photo

P. O. Box 52

Wallingford, KY  41093    Phone----606-845-3323

Most of you know he has neither email nor a web site AND no catalog.  However, if you request something like a C&O boxcar in the group 18500-18999, he can probably help you.

Like most of us, Bob is stuck at home with all near-term train shows/meets cancelled.  He would appreciate the chance to help you with any photos he might have.  He likes to talk too.

I have no skin in this message and I trust I can be forgiven its posting at this time.

Kind regards from wet Grove City, Penna,
Where the skunk cabbage is emerging---Mike Schleigh


Re: Adjusting the gondola fleet

Clark Propst
 

On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 02:34 PM, Brian Carlson wrote:
Who models their fleet based on staging? (Other than maybe Clark P) you should have some off-layout storage also or you’re gonna get bored with the same cars and your operators will begin to know where to route a car automatically. 

Brian J. Carlson 
 
Ah! That's where your ops strategy comes in. I operate on layouts using 4 place bills and yes you learn what goes where. IF the cars are 'noticeable' meaning bright colors or unusual design. My gon's, hoppers all look pretty much alike, so there's no memory retention. Cars carry the same load, but seldom go to the same customers each ops. Operators are more interested in what goes where rather than the model, especial if they're generic looking.
CW Propst
 


Re: Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar

Paul Woods <paul@...>
 

Was there an expectation that empty barrels would be returned?

Regards
Paul Woods


---- On Thu, 19 Mar 2020 02:48:13 +1300 Malcolm H. Houck via Groups.Io <Indian640@...> wrote ----

Barrels for cement were indeed very common and the Rosendale Consolidated Cement Company (Rosendale NY) shipped over 100 paper -lined barrels of cement per day in the early days of the last century. Interestingly that need created an entire sub-set enterprise of barrel manufacture, leading to the development of mechanization of the barrel manufacture; -- machining the croze in the staves, jigs for assembling the bottoms and lids. specialty machinery for milling the staves and, lastly (among other things) an assembly machine to grasp and close the staves while the steel hoops were slid and pressed over the staves.

Mal Houck
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Re: Adjusting the gondola fleet

Brian Carlson
 

Who models their fleet based on staging? (Other than maybe Clark P) you should have some off-layout storage also or you’re gonna get bored with the same cars and your operators will begin to know where to route a car automatically. 

Brian J. Carlson 

On Mar 18, 2020, at 3:31 PM, Fran Giacoma <frangiacoma@...> wrote:

Thank you John for the info and attachment. This will help me narrow down my choices as I have only room for 2 additional gondolas in the fleet due to a limited amount and length of the staging tracks.

Fran Giacoma


Re: Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar

Aley, Jeff A
 

Guy,

 

               Thanks for the answers.  I’m glad to have learned something new today.

 

Regards,

 

-Jeff

 

 

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Jeff wrote:

 

“I see a series of at least 5 rings where the car side meets the roof.  What are they?”

 

Lifting rings to which chain blocks were attached for lifting automobiles or light trucks for tilting or decking prior to the more common use of Evans or NYC auto racks.  This is definitely a 40’ auto car with staggered doors.

 

“I also see something at the peak of the end (a rectangular plate with maybe a chain dangling from it?).  What is that?”

 

I see it and agree it’s very small chain or a stretch of rope, but am unsure of its purpose.

 

“Finally, in my ignorance, I am surprised that the lining of the car side does not go all the way to the floor. Are boxcars commonly built this way?”

 

Commonly referred to as “belt rails” and another staple of auto cars from the ‘teens, 1920s and 1930s.  Heavy boards for securing blocking, bracing and temporary decking.

 

Guy Wilber

Reno, Nevada


Re: Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar

Guy Wilber
 


Jeff wrote:

“I see a series of at least 5 rings where the car side meets the roof.  What are they?”

Lifting rings to which chain blocks were attached for lifting automobiles or light trucks for tilting or decking prior to the more common use of Evans or NYC auto racks.  This is definitely a 40’ auto car with staggered doors.

“I also see something at the peak of the end (a rectangular plate with maybe a chain dangling from it?).  What is that?”

I see it and agree it’s very small chain or a stretch of rope, but am unsure of its purpose.

“Finally, in my ignorance, I am surprised that the lining of the car side does not go all the way to the floor. Are boxcars commonly built this way?”

Commonly referred to as “belt rails” and another staple of auto cars from the ‘teens, 1920s and 1930s.  Heavy boards for securing blocking, bracing and temporary decking.

Guy Wilber
Reno, Nevada_._,_._,_


Re: Adjusting the gondola fleet

Fran Giacoma
 

Thank you John for the info and attachment. This will help me narrow down my choices as I have only room for 2 additional gondolas in the fleet due to a limited amount and length of the staging tracks.

Fran Giacoma


Re: Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar

Todd Sullivan
 

Hi Jeff,

I'm going to offer some hunches, and I'll probably be corrected in due course! 

The boxcar interior first.  When I was at the NPTCo in the early 1960s, that car would have been classified by the car inspectors as being suitable for rough freight.  The interior lining is incomplete, and the lining (boards) that do exist are in rough shape.  Barrels are rough freight, in that they don't need a smooth lining to protect the product/lading, so the car's condition and the load are matched.  That doesn't explain why the lining boards seem to be missing at the bottom and near the top of the sides, but maybe that's the way the car's owner equipped the car.  That's not common for boxcars, BTW.  Looking at the blocking (dunnage) to keep the barrels in place, it occurred to me that perhaps the car is in dedicated service, as the lining boards are at the correct height to nail the blocking.

The 5 rings or hooks on both sides of the car by the doors could have been used to hang tarps or other primitive load-restraining devices (ropes?) to keep the lading from shifting toward the door openings.  They are probably not hooks for the workers' coats!

The device on the car end with the chain attached could be a vent, but it really doesn't look like that.  So, that's a puzzle beyond my knowledge.

Todd Sullivan


Re: Priming w/Yellow

Tim O'Connor
 


Thank you Bill!


On 3/17/2020 11:21 AM, Bill Welch wrote:
Badger’s Primers and Modelflex line of paints rarely if ever require reduction so “no" for that question.

I am spraying at 20 PSI w/Badger 155 siphon AB and .75mm needlle/nozzle combo. With Gravity feed suggest 15 PSI.

Bill Welch

On Mar 17, 2020, at 9:44 AM, TIMOTHY <timboconnor@...> wrote:

Nice.

Straight out of the bottle or diluted? What psi? (I rarely use acrylics)

Tim



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Subject: [RealSTMFC] Priming w/Yellow

Just primed my M-K-T company built War Emergency boxcar w/Badger's Neutral Yellow primer.

Bill Welch

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Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


Re: Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar

Aley, Jeff A
 

In the first photo (link reproduced here: https://tessa.lapl.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/photos/id/100971/rec/1247 ), I see a series of at least 5 rings where the car side meets the roof.  What are they?

I also see something at the peak of the end (a rectangular plate with maybe a chain dangling from it?).  What is that?

Finally, in my ignorance, I am surprised that the lining of the car side does not go all the way to the floor. Are boxcars commonly built this way?

 

Thanks,

 

-Jeff

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Chaparro via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2020 9:44 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar

 

Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar

An undated photo from the Los Angeles City Public Library:

https://tessa.lapl.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/photos/id/100971/rec/1247

Caption: "Barrels of liquor are stacked in a railroad car, ready to be transported. The number 1 is written on the top of each barrel."

A good view of how these barrels were secured in a boxcar. It's possible these are beer barrels as they appear to be the same kind of barrels as shown in this photo, although the boxcar is not the same one:

https://tessa.lapl.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/photos/id/103564/rec/16

Caption: "One man brings a barrel of Los Angeles Brewing Co. beer as two men roll the barrel on a railroad car. The barrels are stacked into the railroad car and later transported."

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Re: Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar (Cement)

Nolan Hinshaw
 

On Mar 17, 2020, at 20:37, Richard Townsend via Groups.Io <richtownsend=netscape.net@groups.io> wrote:

Fine china sometimes was shipped i barrels, padded with excelsior.
This suggests a rail/marine scene, as in the 19th and early 20th centuries China came to North America in the holds of ships, packed just like that. Visit the 1886 steel sailing ship Balclutha[0] at the only floating national park in the US[1] to see an example.

[0] Connell & Sons, Glasgow
[1] San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park: <http://www.nps.gov/safr/>
--
"Honor is a mere scutcheon."
John Falstaff, Henry IV Part 1
V.i.129–139


Re: Adjusting the gondola fleet

John King
 

Fran,

 

The attached spreadsheet is an excerpt from a much larger spreadsheet compiled by the late Tim Gilbert of through trains between Potomac Yard and Monroe Virginia.    Most of the gons were in through service between Potomac Yard  (4) and Monroe (165).  I have highlighted the few local cars in yellow.    There is a nice interesting variety here.   Any of them could have occasionally wound up on the B&O Shenandoah Subdivision.

 

I’m familiar with the branch line you are modeling.   The interchanges on the B&O’s Shenandoah Sub had very little use as through routes.   The tariffs I have show the interchange for traffic on the B&O between the west and the Southern as Potomac Yard.   The only routes via Strasburg Jct. were for traffic to and from stations on Southern’s Harrisonburg Branch or traffic to or from stations on the B&O’s Shenandoah Sub.      Through traffic from the N&W generally was interchanged on the main line at Shenandoah Jct., not Charlestown but there might be the occasional carload of coal in a gondola. 

 

That pretty much limits us to what might be delivered to a station on the Shenandoah Sub. or the occasional interchange car to the Southern. 

 

There were lots of B&O container gons to the lime and dolomite plants.    Unfortunately, there is no current model available for the 50 foot B&O O-27B cars used with the containers. 

 

John King

 

 

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Fran Giacoma
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 11:07 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Adjusting the gondola fleet

 

Thanks for all the replies. As info, I am doing this same project with the flat cars on my layout so I will use the results here with them also.

 

Clyde - great idea looking at photos of trains. They, like conductors reposts are rare for my sub-division, but will keep on looking for them.

 

Jack - that table is exactly what I was looking for. Even though it is 1953, It will give me a good starting point to go further with this project. I definitely will go back to my ORER and look at the top 10 fleets and also examine the “friendly” interchanges with the B&O on and off this sub-division.

 

Todd - thanks for turning me on to the recapitulation list for each railroad; just found them in my ORER! This saves a lot of time looking up and adding numbers. I have my list of industries and the type of cars they use; I am constant refining it as I acquire more info, which is an ongoing pursuit. 

 

I started this project this past weekend as the wife and I are “social distancing”. Being retired and all my volunteer gigs are cancelled this week and next, I have a lot of time to operate and work on the layout. Projects like these are most enjoyable and keep my brain active.

 

Thanks again!

 

Fran Giacoma


Re: Adjusting the gondola fleet

Fran Giacoma
 

Thanks for all the replies. As info, I am doing this same project with the flat cars on my layout so I will use the results here with them also.

 

Clyde - great idea looking at photos of trains. They, like conductors reposts are rare for my sub-division, but will keep on looking for them.

 

Jack - that table is exactly what I was looking for. Even though it is 1953, It will give me a good starting point to go further with this project. I definitely will go back to my ORER and look at the top 10 fleets and also examine the “friendly” interchanges with the B&O on and off this sub-division.

 

Todd - thanks for turning me on to the recapitulation list for each railroad; just found them in my ORER! This saves a lot of time looking up and adding numbers. I have my list of industries and the type of cars they use; I am constant refining it as I acquire more info, which is an ongoing pursuit. 

 

I started this project this past weekend as the wife and I are “social distancing”. Being retired and all my volunteer gigs are cancelled this week and next, I have a lot of time to operate and work on the layout. Projects like these are most enjoyable and keep my brain active.

 

Thanks again!

 

Fran Giacoma


Re: Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar (Cement)

Mont Switzer
 

Tim,

 

I don’t think it has much affect.  Depending on the size of the drums, they fit nicely on a pallet, which was easier to handle.  Four 55 gallon steel drums fit nicely onto a 48 inch pallet.

 

There is also a “gizmo” that allows a forklift to attach itself directly to a 55 gallon steel drum, one or two at a time for floor loading.

 

The way I read all of this the pallet didn’t show up until after cement  was no longer shipped in barrels, though.

 

Mont

 

Montford L. Switzer

President

Switzer Tank Lines, Inc.

Fall Creek Leasing, LLC.

mswitzer@...

(765) 836-2914

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tim O'Connor
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 9:51 AM
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar (Cement)

 

So the fork lift and the wood pallet doomed most barrel use?

Tim O'


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To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Sent: 2020-03-17 11:16:56 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar (Cement)

Lots of things used to be shipped in barrels at one time. Another example would be nails, which used to come in small size barrels called kegs. Last time I saw a nail keg was in the sixties while in high school. The wood shop instructor and I were down in the basement under the shops looking for some hardwood planks for a project, and off to the side was a row of kegs with different size nails. The typical high school wood shop doesn't use many nails, and now I'm wondering if these were still from the original stock-up order from when the school was built in the thirties.

Railroad spikes and track bolts still come in kegs, although the modern version are short steel drums. For that matter, a lot of smaller foundry product was shipped in barrels at one time; barrels are stronger than crates, and easier to move by hand.

Strangest one I remember was receiving several factory type lunchroom tables manufactured by the Chicago Hardware Foundry back about 1975, and the leg castings and swing arms for the seats were packed in fiberboard drums, which are also a modern derivative of the barrel. Traditional practices die hard.

Dennis Storzek


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Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


Re: Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar (Cement)

George Eichelberger
 

I do not have access to the file in the SRHA archives right now but the Southern Railway file on the construction of Fontana Dam in Western NC describes the railroad carried many thousands (20+?) of box car loads of bagged cement on the Murphy Branch (partially relocated because of the dam) 1942-44.

Ike


Re: Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar (Cement)

Tim O'Connor
 

So the fork lift and the wood pallet doomed most barrel use?

Tim O'


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

From: destorzek@...
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Sent: 2020-03-17 11:16:56 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar (Cement)

Lots of things used to be shipped in barrels at one time. Another example would be nails, which used to come in small size barrels called kegs. Last time I saw a nail keg was in the sixties while in high school. The wood shop instructor and I were down in the basement under the shops looking for some hardwood planks for a project, and off to the side was a row of kegs with different size nails. The typical high school wood shop doesn't use many nails, and now I'm wondering if these were still from the original stock-up order from when the school was built in the thirties.

Railroad spikes and track bolts still come in kegs, although the modern version are short steel drums. For that matter, a lot of smaller foundry product was shipped in barrels at one time; barrels are stronger than crates, and easier to move by hand.

Strangest one I remember was receiving several factory type lunchroom tables manufactured by the Chicago Hardware Foundry back about 1975, and the leg castings and swing arms for the seats were packed in fiberboard drums, which are also a modern derivative of the barrel. Traditional practices die hard.

Dennis Storzek


--
Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar

Malcolm H. Houck
 

Barrels for cement were indeed very common and the Rosendale Consolidated Cement Company (Rosendale NY) shipped over 100 paper -lined barrels of cement per day in the early days of the last century. Interestingly that need created an entire sub-set enterprise of barrel manufacture, leading to the development of mechanization of the barrel manufacture; -- machining the croze in the staves, jigs for assembling the bottoms and lids. specialty machinery for milling the staves and, lastly (among other things) an assembly machine to grasp and close the staves while the steel hoops were slid and pressed over the staves.

Mal Houck


Re: Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar (Cement)

Bob Chaparro
 

Well, Doug's chart certainly explains the dearth of cement barrel photos.

As to overall cement shipments, here is a chart of a sampling of cement shipments from the Modeling the CNW in Milwaukee, 1957 Blog.

Chart Caption: "It turns out that with very minor exceptions, the portland cement traffic travelled in box cars or in special cars. In 1950 the majority of the traffic was in box cars, but by the end of the decade the situation was reversed and special cars were carrying the majority of the traffic."

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Re: C&O 40' 1930 Automobile Boxcar

Randy Hammill
 

   Well, if we're going to discuss swimming up river against a good current, ancient Greek writers complained about writing on the walls, and there is plenty of Roman graffiti on the walls at Pompeii. It ain't exactly a new observation.


Romani ite domum




Randy Hammill
Prototype Junction
http://prototypejunction.com

Modeling the New Haven Railroad 1946-1954
http://newbritainstation.com


Re: Photo: Barrels in A Boxcar (Cement)

Richard Townsend
 

Fine china sometimes was shipped i barrels, padded with excelsior.

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR