SP Ogden Yard 50s

Jack Mullen

I was surprised that more folks didn't think of Don Strack's Utah Rails website in connection with this Ogden photo.

Here's a link to a higher rez version, in Don's gallery titled Roger Kingsford photos:

Greg Martin

Tim O'Connor writes:

>I don't know which photo you're looking at Tony -- the one I'm looking at has
four 40 foot steel box cars in a row, and the galvanized coating is starting to
show through on all four of them. The painted Gypsum running board also appears
to be losing its paint, and the Apex running board in the foreground also appears
to have had a painted lateral that has lost most of its paint ...

My guess is that modelers see precisely what they want to see. :-)

Tim O'Connor<
I have to agree that at least on three of the four cars the galvanize metal roofs are beginning to so signs of paint peel. I think, or at least it strikes me is what we see represented on paint peel in modeling is far more exaggerated then in practice. It appears, at least in the photos to be shades of gray, not silver or aluminum that we often see.
I am glad you pointed out the running boards as this is something that I am going to have to address more concisely in my modeling as the reality is that most of use should likely paint our running boards gray an weather tem slightly with your favorite freight car color, or by the KADEE running boards offered in galvanize gray/silver...
I am just wondering how roofs painted with asphaltum held up, not much better I suspect.  
Greg Martin     
Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through it.
Norman Maclean

Jim Betz


  Continuing the thread(s) ...

  Someone else mentioned this but I think it bears repeating/further
discussion.  Look at the first 4 cars in the 3rd row from the left (the
first one is only half shown).  What is important to me (and to the
prior poster) is that these 4 cars are all "essentially the same" 
(same basic color for the sides and roofs and same general 
amount of weathering) ... but the roof walks are different for all
four!  Not just a little bit different but enough different that they
stand out from each other.  I'm not talking about which kind of
roof walks - I'm referring to the color/shade of color, the amount
and variations in the weathering, etc.
  I would expect that if I put 4 cars on the layout that represented 
these 4 as closely as I could do them ... that I'd be -certain- to get
some comments about one or the other of them "looking wrong".

  But here, right in front of us, is evidence that roof walks could
and did look very different from "the rest of the car" and/or the
cars next to them. 

  I've said it before and I'll probably say it again ... this photo and
the others on this particular page - reward study. I don't know 
about you but I, for one, "am not done with this set of pictures
yet".  *G*
                                                                                      - Jim

Jim Betz

  the same thing is true for the roof walks on the 7 stock cars ...

Jim Betz

   ... and the reefers in the 2nd track from the left ...