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Photo: CB&Q Hopper Car 189314

Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: CB&Q Hopper Car 189314

A 1948 photo from the Newberry Library:

http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/nby_rrlife/id/828/rec/624

This photo can be enlarged quite a bit.

I hope the man of the car knows how to steer it.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Photo: Repainted CB&Q Boxcar 11988

Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Repainted CB&Q Boxcar 11988

A 1948 photo from the Newberry Library:

http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/nby_rrlife/id/777/rec/617

This photo can be enlarged quite a bit.

The car was built in 1925.

Note the stencil "Single Door Car" on the door. The door appears to separate in the middle with each half sliding toward an end of the car.

Anyone know the name for this type of door?

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Photos: CCIX Tank Car 342

Bob Chaparro
 


Photo: CB&Q Composite Hopper 194284

Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: CB&Q Composite Hopper 194284

A 1948 photo from the Newberry Library:

http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/nby_rrlife/id/764/rec/405

This photo can be enlarged quite a bit.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Union Refrigerator Transit Lines 50293

Lester Breuer
 

decided to add additional refrigerator cars to the fleet.  I have built the second of three Branchline Trains reefers being added .  If you are interested in the build of Union Refrigerator Transit Lines (URTX) 50293 leased to the Soo Line including changes and addition of parts not in the kit.  Photos and writeup of the build process including painting and weathering are now available on my blog I have to share photos and writeup of modeling projects on my Minneapolis & Northland Railroad Company.   If you would like to take a look please do at the following link:

 

http://mnrailroadcab100.blogspot.com/

 

 

Lester Breuer


Re: My correction to the latest IMRC PFE Reefers

John Sykes III
 

Steve:

Excellent!  I ordered a half dozen CalScale brake sets, then, like you, found that I could do the corrections with just a little bit of brass wire.  I'll just add them to my brake parts drawer for future use.

-- John


Re: D&LW 55161 riveted 12-panel box car

Mont Switzer
 

Good clinic and always worth seeing more than once.  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 Brian Carlson via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 4:17 PM
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] D&LW 55161 riveted 12-panel box car

 

I’ve done it there, Pittsburgh and online.  

Brian J. Carlson 



On Jun 30, 2020, at 4:15 PM, Bud Rindfleisch <BlackDiamondRR@...> wrote:



Brian,

     What clinic? Cocoa Beach? I've never been.

        Bud Rindfleisch


Re: D&LW boxcar clinic?

Bud Rindfleisch
 

OK Brian, 
     Where do I find your clinic on line, can you send me a link?
        Bud Rindfleisch


Re: correcting my mistake D&LW 55161 riveted 12-panel box car

Bud Rindfleisch
 

Andy,
     Don't fret, no big deal, I just thought the car looked to be a bit taller. Without car number information at hand, the DL&W did roster quite a few 10'0" cars as well.
Appreciate the photo.
     Bud Rindfleisch


Re: Tangent Tank Car Paint Removal

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
 

Allen, Daniel and Friends,

Some "lacquer thinners" are pure acetone. I buy a house -brand of fingernail polish remover sold by my local supermarket (Care One brand, sold by Giant, and probably other related east-coast chains like Martin's; I found the same product as a house-brand at Walgreens). According to the bottle it is 100% pure acetone. However, on the back it says the stuff also contains denatonium benzoate, which Wikipedia tells me is something used to make the acetone bitter so it isn't ingested. On the front of the bottle it says "Contains Bitrex", which is suspect the aforementioned denatonium benzoate. The supermarket sells about a half-dozen other varieties of nail polish remover with all sorts of supposed health-giving chemicals (like colagens). Because these might turn into a gooey mess, I only buy the pure stuff.

I understand that I can buy acetone fairly cheaply at big-box DIY stores. Due to possible evaporation issues from larger cans, and the ease of handling, I prefer the small 16 oz. size nail polish remover.

Anyway, this stuff is pretty good removing inks and paints. I use it when restoring archery bows. It has slightly softened some plastics, even some so-called "fiberglass" (which may be a pretty broad term). Once evaporation ended, the plastics were firm again. It will also remove varnish, but that's what I want when I'm doing restorations. When used sparingly, it probably has uses for removing lettering on model trains, but I would test it first on an unexposed part of a model. Other than for very small cleaning applications, I only use this outdoors as it is quite volatile. For example, when I'm building arrows I use acetone (out on the patio) as a wipe-down after sanding to remove both sanding dust and any surface pitch. A 30" arrow shaft treated with acetone will be dry to the touch before I've finished wiping down the next one, and without smell by the third. Just in case, I let them dry overnight before applying any paint or varnish. I do wear nitrile or latex exam gloves because acetone's rapid evaporation can dry out skin, and do who knows what other damage to living tissue.

As an aside, when I walk past nail salons I see the ladies inside using nail polish remover on customers. The ladies wear what are essentially dust masks, no real protection against volatile chemicals. It makes me sad to think what they may be doing to their lungs by breathing this stuff daily, but here in Virginia there apparently are no relevant regulations.

Yours Aye,


Garth Groff  🦆


On Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 4:04 PM Daniel A. Mitchell <danmitch@...> wrote:
Just one word of warning … There’s no such chemical as “Lacquer Thinner”.

What’s sold under that generic name is any blend of acetone or other ketones, alcohols (many different), petroleum distillates like tolueneacetates, ethers, plus who knows what. Every brand is DIFFERENT.  Some “lacquer thinners” curdle some lacquers causing the entire mess to turn to Jello. Their relative effects on various model paints is anyone’s guess. Many lacquer thinners will violently attack some plastics like styrene.

USE CARE, and experiment first on some hidden or unimportant area.

Dan Mitchell
==========

On Jun 30, 2020, at 10:10 AM, Mont Switzer <MSwitzer@...> wrote:

Allen,
 
I learned the hard way just last evening that lacquer thinner will remove the Tangent lettering almost immediately with little effect on the bae paint color.
 
Mont
 
Montford L. Switzer
(765) 836-2914
 
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Allen Cain
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:46 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Tangent Tank Car Paint Removal
 
First off, if this is the wrong list for this please let me know and any suggestions for another list woU\Uld be appreciated.
 
I am seeking advice on the removal of the paint/ink that Tangent Scale Models applies to their GATX 1948+ tank cars and their Cosden 3 Dome tank cars.
 
Bought some ICG Decals and plan to strip and renumber them.
 
Thanks,
 
Allen Cain



Re: My correction to the latest IMRC PFE Reefers

Andy Cich
 

Steve,

 

Excellent presentation? The pictures, arrows, and captions describe the process very clearly.

 

Did you have much trouble breaking the glue joints and getting the parts removed? It looks like you were able to salvage the AB valve and cosmetically repair it. I considered asking Intermountain for warranty parts, but it looks like you were able to re-use everything.

 

Andy Cich

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Steve and Barb Hile
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 9:07 AM
To: STMFC <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>; main@PlasticFreightCarBuiilders.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] My correction to the latest IMRC PFE Reefers

 

I was excited to get one of the PFE R-30-18 models this spring, but the excitement was tempered when many noted the strange way the brake components were assembled.  After some discussions with Dick Harley and others, I documented my changes in a short presentation that is attached.

 

Be sure to check out Dick’s updated web pages on PFE reefers.  He has added a lot to his site at he pondered these cars.

 

https://harley-trains.smugmug.com/PFETrainPhotos/PFE-Wood-Ice-Reefers/Bettendorf-vs-Built-Up/

 

Steve Hile


Re: CN on the CV in less than warmer times

Marty McGuirk
 

Looks like White River Junction, VT. 


On Jun 30, 2020, at 6:58 PM, Andy Carlson <midcentury@...> wrote:


Maybe on the central Vermont with lots of CN stuff.
-Andy Carlson
Ojai CA



<CN CV 1955.jpg>

<CN CV 1955.jpg>


Re: Tangent Tank Car Paint Removal

Tangent Scale Models
 

Dan,

What you say is no doubt true, but the bigger takeaway is if you are washing factory-painted cars with weathering washes, put a "barrier" coat on FIRST that is a non-laquer product.  In other words, use a product like Testors Model Master acryl semi gloss, or a vallejo acrylic.  The sequence here is critical - yes you have to apply at least 2 clear coats to the model.  You won't regret it!

Don't wash away the beautiful stenciling (that is, unless you want to as a weathering effect!).

Best wishes,

David Lehlbach
Tangent Scale Models (and a modeler when I have time)


Re: My correction to the latest IMRC PFE Reefers

spsalso
 

Thank you for sharing, Steve!


Ed

Edward Sutorik


Re: Train-Master vs. Train-Miniature

Brian Termunde
 

Well I have to say that I find this all very interesting and hope it continues! While not necessarily about prototypical models of steam era freight cars, it is about where we started (and the individuals involved) and that is how we got to the accurate (more or less) that we have today. Those early models, why they may fail to meet the current standards, if it hadn't been for them, and everyone relied upon models similar to O and S Scale tinplate models, I would imagine that we would not have made the progress that we have made.


It's always nice to learn about the past, so one of my favorite columns is Collectors Consist in RMC.


Naturally, YMMV . . . 

 
 
Take Care,

 
Brian R. Termunde

Midvale, Utah


CN on the CV in less than warmer times

Andy Carlson
 

Maybe on the central Vermont with lots of CN stuff.
-Andy Carlson
Ojai CA



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Re: D&LW 55161 riveted 12-panel box car

Schuyler Larrabee
 

October ’67 ORER says so, yes

 

Schuyler

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bud Rindfleisch
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:01 PM
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] D&LW 55161 riveted 12-panel box car

 

Andy,

     Is this DL&W box a 10' 6" IH car? Sure looks it.

       Bud Rindfleisch


Re: D&LW 55161 riveted 12-panel box car

Brian Carlson
 

I’ve done it there, Pittsburgh and online.  

Brian J. Carlson 

On Jun 30, 2020, at 4:15 PM, Bud Rindfleisch <BlackDiamondRR@...> wrote:


Brian,
     What clinic? Cocoa Beach? I've never been.
        Bud Rindfleisch


Re: D&LW 55161 riveted 12-panel box car

Bud Rindfleisch
 

Brian,
     What clinic? Cocoa Beach? I've never been.
        Bud Rindfleisch


Re: D&LW 55161 riveted 12-panel box car

Bud Rindfleisch
 

Andy,
    After I sent my message I remembered I have the Morning Sun Erie/DL&W color book with quite a few views of boxcars, I could have looked it up in there, duh!
    Bud Rindfleisch