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Clark Propst <cepropst@...>
 

Hi,
My name is Clark Propst I model the M&StL in Mason City Iowa. I found
this group through an e-mail from Richard Hendrickson. You could say I
followed him home.
I was surprised to see several messages about the Decker reefers.
After I read them I thought I had joined a travel group instead of a
bunch of freight car fans. I guess I shouldn't knock good press. I'd be
happy to talk about River City (Mason City in the Music Man), but I'd
like some help.
I have two unfinished projects on my plate. #1 is an M&StL 72000
series double deck stock car (hogs for Deckers). I'm using a photo of a
73000 single deck car and in-consist dd shots as guides. If anyone has a
photo of a 72000 I'd like a copy, Please. #2 is a URTX 4800 series
reefer that were leased by the M&StL (dressed poultry from EG Morse). It
was suggested to me to use a TYCO wood side reefer for this car. I chose
to only use the TYCO sides, I used Details West 4/4 dreadnought steel
ends, a modified C&BT underframe, but the photos I have unfortunately do
not show the roof very well. I can't believe the M&StL was the only road
to lease this style of reefer. Can someone clue me in on what to use for
the roof?
Thanks, Glad to be aboard,
Clark


Richard Hendrickson
 

I have two unfinished projects on my plate. #1 is an M&StL 72000
series double deck stock car (hogs for Deckers). I'm using a photo of a
73000 single deck car and in-consist dd shots as guides. If anyone has a
photo of a 72000 I'd like a copy, Please.
Clark, I have only one photo of a M&StL 72000 series stock car, and it's a
(not very sharp) low-angle in-consist shot of 72017 (the car next to it is
a Maty box car). You may already have this photo, but if not I can scan it
and send you a JPEG.

#2 is a URTX 4800 series
reefer that were leased by the M&StL (dressed poultry from EG Morse). It
was suggested to me to use a TYCO wood side reefer for this car. I chose
to only use the TYCO sides, I used Details West 4/4 dreadnought steel
ends, a modified C&BT underframe, but the photos I have unfortunately do
not show the roof very well. I can't believe the M&StL was the only road
to lease this style of reefer. Can someone clue me in on what to use for
the roof?
I have several photos of these late URTX rebuilds, including one of URTX
4815 with M&StLK stenciling (apparently these cars were rebuilt in the late
1950s/early 1960s, as 1960 is the earliest reweigh date I can find). They
were leased to the Soo Line as well as ther M&StL and also operated in
short-term leasing service with no stenciling for a specific railroad or
shipper. It appears from the photos I have that they had diagonal-panel
steel roofs and pressed steel Equipco hatch covers. InterMountain makes
both diagonal-panel roofs and Equipco hatch covers for their PFE R-40-25
kits, though I don't know whether they would work dimensionally with the
Tyco body.

Richard H. Hendrickson
Ashland, Oregon 97520