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Re: Modeling LCL

Ted Schnepf
 

Hi Clark,

As you are modeling a medium sized city, Mason City Iowa. The LCL car could have many dozens of packages to unload each day and would delay the through freight too long. So the car would be set out and the switch crew would spot it at the freight house.

If you were modeling Ackley, Iowa, a small town further south on the MStL, the LCL car would be on the way freight and there the wayfreight crew would wrestle off the packages. the size of the town and amount of LCL business affects the delivery scheme.

Ted

At 03:28 PM 11/5/2009, you wrote:
I'm about finished with a trailer to set by my freight house just like the big boys did. The company trailer advertizes "Dependable Daily Service"

There's a photo of Bill Daranby's layout in an ad on page 101 of the latest MR.
Behind the engine is a 'Rider' car and next, with doors open, is a company box car with LCL. The idea is that the crew drops and/or picks up packages at the stations along the way.

My current plan is we have an Eastbound LCL car set out by the through freight. The switch crew spots it at the freight house and blocks the car that was at the freight house for the next EB to pick up. I need to do the same with a west bound car.

What we have is Bill's plan of just stopping for a few minutes for LCL verses my idea of having a car spend 24 hours in one town's freight house.

Are both of they plans correct? If one or both are not. How would LCL be handled between stations and freight houses?
Clark Propst
Mason City Iowa
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Union Pacific B 50-17 Boxcars, Steel Sided Rebuilds

Bob McCarthy
 

Howdy,
 
     We are doing research on this group of boxcars. 
 
     Do any of you reading this list have any images beyond those found in MAINLINE MODELER, May 1991, pp.82-85?
 
     From comments in the article, it appears that the underframe on this group of cars was similar, if not exactly the same, as the PFE underframe.  Can anyone comment on whether this is a fact.
 
Thanks,
 
Bob McCarthy







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Union Pacific A-50-21 box cars

John Gillies <gillies@...>
 

I saw this UP A-50-21 box car slide http://tinyurl.com/ybmbokr for sale on eBay, but can't make out the car's number. Does anyone know the UP number series allocated to the A-50-21 class? Thanks in advance.

John Gillies
Canberra, Australia


Re: Express box brake system layout

steve l <stevelucas3@...>
 

Just curious, Dennis. Is the "wig-wag" valve for graduated release located on the pipe bracket (I'm assuming so), or near the brake cylinder? Suggestions for modelling this if it's a visible feature on the brake gear?

Steve Lucas.

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "soolinehistory" <destorzek@...> wrote:



--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "steve l" <stevelucas3@> wrote:


I'd imagine that the same brake gear could very well have been used. Troop sleepers used two sets of Wabco AB-1-B brake gear. It is similar in appearance to freight AB gear, the only difference being that the control valve was fitted for graduated release to work in passenger trains.

Steve Lucas.
AB equipment is enjoying a certain amount of popularity with tourists railroads these days, using it to re-equip coaches where valve portions, gaskets, and testing services for the original equipment have become either exceedingly expensive or nonexistent. It works well enough. I've never bothered to ask if they are setting it up as the 1-B graduated release variant; not really a problem if the majority of other equipment has P equipment, which isn't graduated release either.

The one visible difference with the AB-1-B valve is a second "wig-wag" valve similar to the bleed valve; this second valve only bleeds the cylinder, rather than the whole brake system as on the freight version. The illustration of an AB valve Gene Green published in his brake equipment handout a couple years ago is actually an assembled AB-1-B valve, and has this second bleed valve. I've never thought to look to see if both valves are rodded to the outside of the car, or which of the two is.

Dennis


Re: Express box brake system layout

Dennis Storzek
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "steve l" <stevelucas3@...> wrote:


I'd imagine that the same brake gear could very well have been used. Troop sleepers used two sets of Wabco AB-1-B brake gear. It is similar in appearance to freight AB gear, the only difference being that the control valve was fitted for graduated release to work in passenger trains.

Steve Lucas.
AB equipment is enjoying a certain amount of popularity with tourists railroads these days, using it to re-equip coaches where valve portions, gaskets, and testing services for the original equipment have become either exceedingly expensive or nonexistent. It works well enough. I've never bothered to ask if they are setting it up as the 1-B graduated release variant; not really a problem if the majority of other equipment has P equipment, which isn't graduated release either.

The one visible difference with the AB-1-B valve is a second "wig-wag" valve similar to the bleed valve; this second valve only bleeds the cylinder, rather than the whole brake system as on the freight version. The illustration of an AB valve Gene Green published in his brake equipment handout a couple years ago is actually an assembled AB-1-B valve, and has this second bleed valve. I've never thought to look to see if both valves are rodded to the outside of the car, or which of the two is.

Dennis


Looking for two Sunshine SS kits

Bill Welch
 

I am looking for two Sunshine kits and wondering if anyone on this
list has examples they have decided not to build and would like to sell.

# 39.7 IGN/NOT&M 40-foot Howe Truss boxcar, wood door, indented
Dreadnaught end, Murphy radial roof

# 57.5 MILW 714000-717199 40-foot Howe Truss boxcar, steel door,
Dreadnaught ends; 1936-fifties complex tilted box decals

I have a duplicate kit # 57.2 Illinois Central 176000 series 40'
single sheathed boxcar kit I can use in trade if desired.

Please contact me at fgexbill@tampabay.rr.com if interested.

Thanks!

Bill Welch


Re: Express box brake system layout

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

Steve Lucas wrote:
I'd imagine that the same brake gear could very well have been used. Troop sleepers used two sets of Wabco AB-1-B brake gear. It is similar in appearance to freight AB gear, the only difference being that the control valve was fitted for graduated release to work in passenger trains.
Exactly, and in fact, the SP cars did have AB-1-B gear.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, thompson@signaturepress.com
Publishers of books on railroad history


Re: Express box brake system layout

steve l <stevelucas3@...>
 

I'd imagine that the same brake gear could very well have been used. Troop sleepers used two sets of Wabco AB-1-B brake gear. It is similar in appearance to freight AB gear, the only difference being that the control valve was fitted for graduated release to work in passenger trains.

Steve Lucas.

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, Anthony Thompson <thompson@...> wrote:

Bud Rindfleisch1 wrote:
Does anyone know of any diagrams or plans showing the underfloor
layout of brake components, piping and train and steam lines on
express boxcars like SP, and DL&W 40' steel cars? I'm guessing the
reservoir, cylinders and AB valves had to be passenger train
compatible.
I don't have a drawing for the SP cars, Bud, but as far as I can
tell from photos, the brake gear is LOCATED the same as on a freight
car. You're right, the brakes had to work in passenger service, but
did not have to be the SAME as passenger brake gear.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, thompson@...
Publishers of books on railroad history


Re: Mini Kit files

Bill Vaughn
 

Sounds good
 
Bill Vaughn

--- On Mon, 11/9/09, mumpseee <eric.mumper@gmail.com> wrote:


From: mumpseee <eric.mumper@gmail.com>
Subject: [STMFC] Mini Kit files
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Date: Monday, November 9, 2009, 9:20 AM


 



Group,

This should open up a giant can of worms especially since I do not have something to start this idea off.

After the discussions of mini-kits, how about having a mini-kit folder in the files section where members can add information for building specific cars out of different parts? There are so many options for existing kits and it is difficult to keep track of so many different railroads. The format would be the poster's choice, but it could be as simple as a sort of bibliography. Generic example:

PFE R-xx-xx numbers xxxxx-xxxxx
Intermountain xxxx reefer
Stan's xxxx ends
Tahoe TPx trucks
Champ xxx decals
Sunshine Southwest reweigh decals
Polyscale reefer orange 40%, reefer yellow 60%
Photos:
Tony Thompson's PFE reefer book pp xx-xx
Bob's Photos image xx

This could be an immense help for many of us with, in my case, a CB&Q layout in the midwest, but naturally needing cars from all over.

Thoughts? Ideas? Rotten tomatos?

Eric Mumper


Re: Express box brake system layout

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

Bud Rindfleisch1 wrote:
Does anyone know of any diagrams or plans showing the underfloor layout of brake components, piping and train and steam lines on express boxcars like SP, and DL&W 40' steel cars? I'm guessing the reservoir, cylinders and AB valves had to be passenger train compatible.
I don't have a drawing for the SP cars, Bud, but as far as I can tell from photos, the brake gear is LOCATED the same as on a freight car. You're right, the brakes had to work in passenger service, but did not have to be the SAME as passenger brake gear.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, thompson@signaturepress.com
Publishers of books on railroad history


Mini Kit files

Eric Mumper
 

Group,

This should open up a giant can of worms especially since I do not have something to start this idea off.

After the discussions of mini-kits, how about having a mini-kit folder in the files section where members can add information for building specific cars out of different parts? There are so many options for existing kits and it is difficult to keep track of so many different railroads. The format would be the poster's choice, but it could be as simple as a sort of bibliography. Generic example:

PFE R-xx-xx numbers xxxxx-xxxxx
Intermountain xxxx reefer
Stan's xxxx ends
Tahoe TPx trucks
Champ xxx decals
Sunshine Southwest reweigh decals
Polyscale reefer orange 40%, reefer yellow 60%
Photos:
Tony Thompson's PFE reefer book pp xx-xx
Bob's Photos image xx

This could be an immense help for many of us with, in my case, a CB&Q layout in the midwest, but naturally needing cars from all over.

Thoughts? Ideas? Rotten tomatos?

Eric Mumper


Re: Railshops H30A

Eric Mumper
 

Elden,

My mistake on the designation. H30A should be the one. And many thanks for the replies. Very glad to hear this kit is still on the way.

Eric Mumper

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Gatwood, Elden J SAD " <elden.j.gatwood@...> wrote:

You guys are talking about the Railshops H30A covered hopper kit, right? Not
the H31A composite hopper? Or is this a new class?

Elden Gatwood

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
mumpseee
Sent: Friday, November 06, 2009 4:19 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Railshops H31A



Group,

Does anybody have more information on the Railshops PRR H31A? They were not
at Naperville this year and I was really hoping they would come to market
with these. The samples last year were wonderful.

Eric Mumper


Re: Trainfest

Bob Hainstock
 

I would not rule out resin kits at Trainfest, Sylvan has been there
for the last two years or more.

I for one would look for any of the resin manufacturers and would definitely buy something from Westerfield, Funaro, Sunshine,
Speedwich, or any other company that would be there.

I make ever effort to buy something from any vendor that I would like to see at this show again. Maybe I am a rare breed, but consider participating next year please. I can only make on or two big show per year and this show is one of them that I do schedule into my "must
do's."

But I also have the NMRA national convention in Milwaukee to add to
my schedule for next summer. I would consider that as a must attend
too.

Bob Hainstock
Green Bay

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, Ray Meyer <rgmeyer2@...> wrote:

If all you are looking for is resin kits, Trainfest is not the place
to go. But if you want to see some really good modeling and get some
deals on new equipment and just swap stories with a lot of good guys,
Trainfest is the place to go. Ad the manufacturers area is a good
place for some expert advice and a preview of what's coming.


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


Re: Railshops H31A

Gatwood, Elden J SAD
 

You guys are talking about the Railshops H30A covered hopper kit, right? Not
the H31A composite hopper? Or is this a new class?

Elden Gatwood

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
mumpseee
Sent: Friday, November 06, 2009 4:19 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Railshops H31A



Group,

Does anybody have more information on the Railshops PRR H31A? They were not
at Naperville this year and I was really hoping they would come to market
with these. The samples last year were wonderful.

Eric Mumper


Re: Domino Sugar PS 2893

terry irwin
 

All,



While the debate revolves around repainted vs. reweighed vs. blt vs. new, et al., I'd just like to mention that I asked Greg if he'd send me the photo off-list, which he kindly did. The UP gondola is exactly as he described it and I'm glad to have the photo for future reference.



Terry Irwin





To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
From: timboconnor@comcast.net
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2009 14:17:17 -0500
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Domino Sugar PS 2893





Greg

What's your point? I said show me a photo of a repainted car,
not a reweighed car. You're telling me the car was built in the
1960's and never repainted or rebuilt. What's unusual about that?
I've seen many such cars in photos and in person.

Tim O'Connor

At 11/8/2009 12:11 PM Sunday, you wrote:
Tim and all,

If you would have only made it out to our PMR Meet in Salem Rails by the
River (shameless plug) you would have had an opportunity to get the guided
tour of the SP Brooklyn Roundhouse on Sunday Morning after the event. There
you will find a Union Pacific G-70-10 gondola in what appears to be it's
original paint that was built in 10/64 and still exhibits a NEW 10-64 where
the reweigh date should have shown the car being re-weighed at least every
thirty months or so, as it has been drummed into my head on this list. Well
guess what... what we have is a true museum piece and I don't think that
anyone realizes it.

Mark Kerlick and Stan were there as well and both took shots. Stan was
mostly interested in the NKP Alco PA.

If you would like a shot of the photo let me know and I will send you a
copy, but considering it is beyond the date of this list I don't feel it is
appropriate to post it to the files/photos section. Sorry it's not twelve
years old it is 45 years old and it's private owner is the Union Pacific. So
never say never...

Greg Martin


_timboconnor@comcast.net_ (mailto:timboconnor@comcast.net) writes:

Greg

It's a private car so for whatever reason they stenciled it NEW even
though the car has obviously been repainted. If you can find a photo of a 12
year old repainted (not rebuilt) railroad owned car stenciled NEW please share.

In any case, NEW is not BLT -- that's why the built date is located in a
different place and is even part of the current COTS stencil system. A NEW
car is a capital expenditure (i.e. after tax expense), while a repainted or
refurbished car is an expense (i.e. before income taxes).
The IRS was quite strict about when RR expenses could be capitalized.

Tim




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Google Books and freight cars

Bill Welch
 

In my research on the FGE/WFE/BRE companies I have managed to find what I would characterize as some highly specialized and technical books that have been digitized as a part of the ambitious "Google Books" project which, is scanning the collections of some of the largest and most important libraries in the land. Although I assume some of you know of this effort, others may not. As I know some of us can be a like "a dog to a bone" with some aspects of our beloved freight cars, folks may want to see what they can come up with. Have fun!

Bill Welch


Re: Non-Proto trucks on a Proto 2000 car

brianleppert@att.net
 

I checked one of my P2K tank car kits and found that it does seem to have a 1/8" boss for mounting the trucks, much like Athearn's, so you will have to enlarge the bolster hole on the (old) TMW trucks. I would suggest using either a round file or a #30 drill (.1285").

I'll take this opportunity to announce that I've made some changes to my truck tooling. For one, the hole in the truck bolster is now bigger and solves the above problem. The hole now measures about .130" diameter, which matches that on Accurail trucks.

Also, I have read on this list that the tops of Dalman sideframes were hitting the body bolsters on Red Caboose X29/ARA box cars. If RC had done their tooling accurately, there would have been enough clearance. But since they didn't, I have lowered the Dalman sideframes a little bit so that now, with a washer to raise the body for proper coupler height, I think things will be OK. I don't feel that the lower sideframes are noticable.

I hope these changes help.

Brian Leppert
Tahoe Model Works
Carson City, NV

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Brian J Carlson" <prrk41361@...> wrote:

Dean: I have never had a problem using TMW trucks on Proto. I have used
Dalman and Buckeye (AAR Spring Plank) trucks



Brian J. Carlson, P.E.

Cheektowaga NY



From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Dean
Sent: Sunday, November 08, 2009 10:32 AM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Non-Proto trucks on a Proto 2000 car





I had forgotten, but Proto 2000 trucks fit differently from most others,
which makes it more difficult to swap in a set of trucks from another
manufacturer. Case in point: I'm trying to use my Tahoe arch bars on a Sun
Oils 10K tank car, but the shoulder on the frame won't allow it without
modifications.
Do I shave off the shoulder? I think I did that years ago with a Proto 1000
USRA gon (for Andrews trucks) and I don't think I was happy with the
results, too much wobble? (Those were Red Caboose Andrews trucks, and I
wasn't very experienced, so perhaps I could do it better.)
Or, do I modify the trucks by reaming them out to fit shoulder? It appears
to be somewhere between 1/8" and 9/64", but I am loath to buy a special
drill size just to ream out two trucks!
What do you do? Any problems using the Proto trucks on other cars? I think I
remember using them on a F&C CV auto car successfully...

Dean Payne







Re: Non-Proto trucks on a Proto 2000 car

Brian Carlson
 

Dean: I have never had a problem using TMW trucks on Proto. I have used
Dalman and Buckeye (AAR Spring Plank) trucks



Brian J. Carlson, P.E.

Cheektowaga NY



From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Dean
Sent: Sunday, November 08, 2009 10:32 AM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Non-Proto trucks on a Proto 2000 car





I had forgotten, but Proto 2000 trucks fit differently from most others,
which makes it more difficult to swap in a set of trucks from another
manufacturer. Case in point: I'm trying to use my Tahoe arch bars on a Sun
Oils 10K tank car, but the shoulder on the frame won't allow it without
modifications.
Do I shave off the shoulder? I think I did that years ago with a Proto 1000
USRA gon (for Andrews trucks) and I don't think I was happy with the
results, too much wobble? (Those were Red Caboose Andrews trucks, and I
wasn't very experienced, so perhaps I could do it better.)
Or, do I modify the trucks by reaming them out to fit shoulder? It appears
to be somewhere between 1/8" and 9/64", but I am loath to buy a special
drill size just to ream out two trucks!
What do you do? Any problems using the Proto trucks on other cars? I think I
remember using them on a F&C CV auto car successfully...

Dean Payne


Re: 8-hatch reefers

Tim O'Connor
 

And continued to use at least one of them into the 1960's...

At 11/8/2009 12:54 PM Sunday, you wrote:
Dave--The GTW were still using CN-design wood reefers during WWII.

Steve Lucas.


Re: Domino Sugar PS 2893

Tim O'Connor
 

Greg

What's your point? I said show me a photo of a repainted car,
not a reweighed car. You're telling me the car was built in the
1960's and never repainted or rebuilt. What's unusual about that?
I've seen many such cars in photos and in person.

Tim O'Connor

At 11/8/2009 12:11 PM Sunday, you wrote:
Tim and all,

If you would have only made it out to our PMR Meet in Salem Rails by the
River (shameless plug) you would have had an opportunity to get the guided
tour of the SP Brooklyn Roundhouse on Sunday Morning after the event. There
you will find a Union Pacific G-70-10 gondola in what appears to be it's
original paint that was built in 10/64 and still exhibits a NEW 10-64 where
the reweigh date should have shown the car being re-weighed at least every
thirty months or so, as it has been drummed into my head on this list. Well
guess what... what we have is a true museum piece and I don't think that
anyone realizes it.

Mark Kerlick and Stan were there as well and both took shots. Stan was
mostly interested in the NKP Alco PA.

If you would like a shot of the photo let me know and I will send you a
copy, but considering it is beyond the date of this list I don't feel it is
appropriate to post it to the files/photos section. Sorry it's not twelve
years old it is 45 years old and it's private owner is the Union Pacific. So
never say never...

Greg Martin


_timboconnor@comcast.net_ (mailto:timboconnor@comcast.net) writes:

Greg

It's a private car so for whatever reason they stenciled it NEW even
though the car has obviously been repainted. If you can find a photo of a 12
year old repainted (not rebuilt) railroad owned car stenciled NEW please share.

In any case, NEW is not BLT -- that's why the built date is located in a
different place and is even part of the current COTS stencil system. A NEW
car is a capital expenditure (i.e. after tax expense), while a repainted or
refurbished car is an expense (i.e. before income taxes).
The IRS was quite strict about when RR expenses could be capitalized.

Tim

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