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Photo: SP Yard


Tony Thompson
 

Mont Switzer wrote:

How do you handle the car cards on that one?

    As I said to  Schuyler:  . . .  because my layout has no reversing loops or wyes, cars are always visible from one side only. There are just separate waybills for each side, so that either side can be used in a session.

Tony Thompson




Eric Hansmann
 

I notify the yard clerk that a car is missing from my train and there’s an extra car without a waybill that I left on track 5.

 

 

Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mont Switzer
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2021 3:55 PM
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Tony,

 

How do you handle the car cards on that one?

 

Mont

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tony Thompson
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     One reason to turn cars might be the case where you have lettered each side for a different railroad.   <g>

Tony Thompson

 

 

 


Mont Switzer
 

Tony,

 

How do you handle the car cards on that one?

 

Mont

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tony Thompson
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     One reason to turn cars might be the case where you have lettered each side for a different railroad.   <g>

Tony Thompson

 

 

 


Robert Bowdidge
 

An SP employee who worked at Gemco (yard near GM Van Nuys) mentioned that freight cars for the plant would occasionally come in with an "unload this side" placard that needed to match the loading dock configuration.  There was an air-operated turntable at the yard that could be used to turn incorrectly-facing freight cars, but it was balky and often not functioning.  The backup solution was to run the cars several miles down the mainline to a wye at Burbank Junction.  If there wasn't time to reverse the car, then the placard would mysteriously disappear and the car would be delivered as-is.

Robert


Tony Thompson
 

Schuyler Larrabee wrote:

Reeeely?? Who would do such a thing?  Think of the headaches for the billing folks!

  Richard Hendrickson did a bunch of cars that way (and omitted end reporting marks). Of course, he didn't have an operating layout, and the one he had been working on, was only a diorama where you would see passing trains from one side only.
     I inherited a few of those cars, and because my layout likewise has no reversing loops or wyes, cars are always visible from one side only. There are just separate waybills for each side, so that either side can be used in a session.
     Let me know if you have additional questions, Schuyler <vbg>.

Tony Thompson




Schuyler Larrabee
 

Reeeely?? Who would do such a thing?  Think of the headaches for the billing folks!

 

Schuyler

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tony Thompson
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     One reason to turn cars might be the case where you have lettered each side for a different railroad.   <g>

Tony Thompson

 

 

 


Tony Thompson
 

     One reason to turn cars might be the case where you have lettered each side for a different railroad.   <g>

Tony Thompson




Steve and Barb Hile
 

Of course, I am drawn to what certainly appears to be a 10,000 gallon UTLX Type V car in the right foreground, ahead of the NP boxcar.

And could the UOCX car be a GATC 10,000 gallon car, like the Tangent model??

Steve Hile

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From: Eric Hansmann
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Wow! That’s a great photo from the 1920s, Bob! Based upon the Pennsylvania Lines USRA single-sheathed boxcar, I’d estimate this is before 1927. After Lines West was folded into the main Pennsylvania RR corporate structure in 1924, they quickly painted out refences to Lines. Finding an in-service image of a PL USRA boxcar is rare.

 

Love all the other freight cars here, too!

 

 

Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN

 

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Photo: SP Yard

An undated photo from the Huntington Library:

https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p16003coll2/id/21896/rec/638

This photo can be enlarged quite a bit.

This photo shows a great assortment of freight cars.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Eric Hansmann
 

Wow! That’s a great photo from the 1920s, Bob! Based upon the Pennsylvania Lines USRA single-sheathed boxcar, I’d estimate this is before 1927. After Lines West was folded into the main Pennsylvania RR corporate structure in 1924, they quickly painted out refences to Lines. Finding an in-service image of a PL USRA boxcar is rare.

 

Love all the other freight cars here, too!

 

 

Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Chaparro via groups.io
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Subject: [RealSTMFC] Photo: SP Yard

 

Photo: SP Yard

An undated photo from the Huntington Library:

https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p16003coll2/id/21896/rec/638

This photo can be enlarged quite a bit.

This photo shows a great assortment of freight cars.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Benjamin Hom
 

Claus Schlund wrote:
"How about cars placarded as "Unload this Side" / "Unload other Side"

Bruce Smith wrote at 7:45 AM:
"In the RARE circumstance where a car must be directionally spotted for unloading (end door must face a ramp, for example)..."


Ben Hom


Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
 

Hi Bruce and List Members,
 
Bruce asked: "Why would you want to turn a freight car around to run the opposite direction down the line?"
 
How about cars placarded as "Unload this Side" / "Unload other Side"
 
Claus Schlund
 
 

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Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:45 AM
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Ray,

Why would you want to turn a freight car around to run the opposite direction down the line? You simply add the car. In the RARE circumstance where a car must be directionally spotted for unloading (end door must face a ramp, for example) the car would be turned using the closest turntable or wye. However, generally, there was no need to "turn" freight cars.

Regards,
Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL


From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of Ray Hutchison <rayhutchison2@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:19 AM
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OK.  That brake wheel (and for all of the other cars facing you in the photograph) raises a question I have been thinking about for the last month or so.  It's not like all trains go in the same direction.  So let's say these cars are all headed west.  A freight consist that has been traveling east enters the yard.  Short of running them out on a wye, how does one turn around an incoming car to add to the westbound cars?


Mont Switzer
 

Bruce,

 

Unlike the PRR that had an extensive infrastructure smaller roads (like the Monon) could only turn cars (and locomotives) at certain locations, so it took some planning.  As the need to turn steam diminished turning locations were eliminated.

 

As an interesting side note, in the intermodal era (starts in earnest about 1954) all trailers loaded and unloaded on the Monon had their noses facing north.  Thus no turning required. 

 

As interline piggyback cars were accepted turning once again had to be managed.

 

Mont 


From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] on behalf of Bruce Smith [smithbf@...]
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Ray,

Why would you want to turn a freight car around to run the opposite direction down the line? You simply add the car. In the RARE circumstance where a car must be directionally spotted for unloading (end door must face a ramp, for example) the car would be turned using the closest turntable or wye. However, generally, there was no need to "turn" freight cars.

Regards,
Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL


From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of Ray Hutchison <rayhutchison2@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:19 AM
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: SP Yard
 
OK.  That brake wheel (and for all of the other cars facing you in the photograph) raises a question I have been thinking about for the last month or so.  It's not like all trains go in the same direction.  So let's say these cars are all headed west.  A freight consist that has been traveling east enters the yard.  Short of running them out on a wye, how does one turn around an incoming car to add to the westbound cars?


Bruce Smith
 

Ray,

Why would you want to turn a freight car around to run the opposite direction down the line? You simply add the car. In the RARE circumstance where a car must be directionally spotted for unloading (end door must face a ramp, for example) the car would be turned using the closest turntable or wye. However, generally, there was no need to "turn" freight cars.

Regards,
Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL


From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of Ray Hutchison <rayhutchison2@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:19 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: SP Yard
 
OK.  That brake wheel (and for all of the other cars facing you in the photograph) raises a question I have been thinking about for the last month or so.  It's not like all trains go in the same direction.  So let's say these cars are all headed west.  A freight consist that has been traveling east enters the yard.  Short of running them out on a wye, how does one turn around an incoming car to add to the westbound cars?


Ray Hutchison
 

OK.  That brake wheel (and for all of the other cars facing you in the photograph) raises a question I have been thinking about for the last month or so.  It's not like all trains go in the same direction.  So let's say these cars are all headed west.  A freight consist that has been traveling east enters the yard.  Short of running them out on a wye, how does one turn around an incoming car to add to the westbound cars?


Mark Rossiter
 

 

The brake wheel on the foreground flat car looks like some of those on my models that have experienced rough handling by fellow club members or if they were inadvertently bumped during assembly before the glue was completely dry!

 

Mark Rossiter


Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: SP Yard

An undated photo from the Huntington Library:

https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p16003coll2/id/21896/rec/638

This photo can be enlarged quite a bit.

This photo shows a great assortment of freight cars.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA