Tichy Bolsters was..RE: Update - IM Santa Fe Ft-V flat car

Brian Carlson <brian@...>

Be careful with these. I "pressed" one into a bolster and on removal it
broke, causing me to have to re-drill and tap the screw hole. I modified
them by inserting longer 2-56 screws from the bottom and screwing them into
the bolsters now when I use them.

Brian J. Carlson, P.E.
Cheektowaga NY

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of Rob
Sent: Sunday, September 06, 2009 6:26 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Update - IM Santa Fe Ft-V flat car

I think Tichy includes a pair of small T shaped plastic parts in the USRA SS

kit that would work to protect some of the underbody. They press fit into
the bolsters until the trucks are ready to be applied. I do not see a
reason you couldn't insert them (without glue of course) and then glue their

bases to some .06" styrene sheet cut a little wider than the outline of the
car (looking from the track up). It wouldn't stop every ding, but most of

Rob Kirkham

From: "Tim O'Connor" <timboconnor@...>
Sent: Sunday, September 06, 2009 10:54 AM
To: <STMFC@...>
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Update - IM Santa Fe Ft-V flat car

All this handling has resulted in two more repairs. Both the air hoses
and the stirrup steps did not survive my ham handed work, so they will
have to be replaced. In addition, I have replaced the wheels with 0.088
tread wheels from Branchline and the #5 clones with Kadee #58 couplers.
Bruce Smith

Bruce, I need a tool item as follows: a device that screws into
the truck bolster (remove trucks first) and that projects outwards
creating a protective "box" around the sill steps. With one of these
devices screwed into each bolster, I could work on virtually any
freight car -- painting, details, repairs, decaling -- without any
danger to the delicate sill steps, brake hoses, cut levers etc.

I have such an item for painting -- a metal jig with two metal
"handles" that screw into the car and into the jig, so the car can
be painted easily without having to touch the car body. But when
working on the car one wants to handle the car, lay it down, etc
and this always involves risk to the small details.

I can't tell you how many brake hoses and sill steps I've broken and
had to replace by now. I'm sure it numbers in the dozens. Usually I have
replacement parts, but not always. I'd much rather not break them in the
first place.

Tim O'Connor


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