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You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!

Bob Chaparro
 

You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!

A 1953 photo from the Akron-Summit County Public Library:

https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/ABJarchives/id/2001/

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Description: "Photograph of more than eighty employees of Biggs Boiler Works Co. lined up on three railroad flat cars to illustrate the length of a huge vulcanizer the Akron firm had just completed for the Johns-Manville Co. plant in Port Union, Ontario. The steel cylinder was one of the two longest ever shipped by Biggs. It measured 146 feet in length, 90 inches in diameter, and weighed 115,000 pounds. Because of its length and the necessity for avoiding curves, a special route to its destination had to be worked out."

Additional Description: "They're Making 'Em Big at Biggs Boiler / to Kuebler. 146 Ft. Long Cylinder at Biggs Boiler / 1-19-53 / They're Making 'Em Big At Biggs Boiler / More than 80 employees of Biggs Boiler Works Co. line up on three railroad flat cars to illustrate the length of a huge vulcanizer the Akron firm has just completed for Johns-Manville Co. plant in Port Union, Ont. The steel cylinder is one of the two longest ever shipped by Biggs. It measures 146 feet in length, 90 inches in diameter and weighs 115,000 pounds. Because of its length and the necessity for avoiding curves, a special route to its destination had to be worked out. / Beacon Journal Photograph"

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

Schuyler Larrabee
 

What appears to me to be amazingly minimal tie-downs for that load.  A hoop, not even tight, over the two end cars?

 

Schuyler

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Chaparro via groups.io
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Subject: [RealSTMFC] You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!

 

You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!

A 1953 photo from the Akron-Summit County Public Library:

https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/ABJarchives/id/2001/

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Description: "Photograph of more than eighty employees of Biggs Boiler Works Co. lined up on three railroad flat cars to illustrate the length of a huge vulcanizer the Akron firm had just completed for the Johns-Manville Co. plant in Port Union, Ontario. The steel cylinder was one of the two longest ever shipped by Biggs. It measured 146 feet in length, 90 inches in diameter, and weighed 115,000 pounds. Because of its length and the necessity for avoiding curves, a special route to its destination had to be worked out."

Additional Description: "They're Making 'Em Big at Biggs Boiler / to Kuebler. 146 Ft. Long Cylinder at Biggs Boiler / 1-19-53 / They're Making 'Em Big At Biggs Boiler / More than 80 employees of Biggs Boiler Works Co. line up on three railroad flat cars to illustrate the length of a huge vulcanizer the Akron firm has just completed for Johns-Manville Co. plant in Port Union, Ont. The steel cylinder is one of the two longest ever shipped by Biggs. It measures 146 feet in length, 90 inches in diameter and weighs 115,000 pounds. Because of its length and the necessity for avoiding curves, a special route to its destination had to be worked out. / Beacon Journal Photograph"

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
 

Hi Schuyler,
 
Is it possible that the process of adding securements is still unfinished and under way? The tie-down crew took a break and it was a good time for the photographer to get everyone together at lunchtime?
 
Claus Schlund
 
 

From: Schuyler Larrabee via groups.io
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!
 

What appears to me to be amazingly minimal tie-downs for that load.  A hoop, not even tight, over the two end cars?

 

Schuyler

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Chaparro via groups.io
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2020 4:27 PM
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Subject: [RealSTMFC] You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!

 

You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!

A 1953 photo from the Akron-Summit County Public Library:

https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/ABJarchives/id/2001/

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Description: "Photograph of more than eighty employees of Biggs Boiler Works Co. lined up on three railroad flat cars to illustrate the length of a huge vulcanizer the Akron firm had just completed for the Johns-Manville Co. plant in Port Union, Ontario. The steel cylinder was one of the two longest ever shipped by Biggs. It measured 146 feet in length, 90 inches in diameter, and weighed 115,000 pounds. Because of its length and the necessity for avoiding curves, a special route to its destination had to be worked out."

Additional Description: "They're Making 'Em Big at Biggs Boiler / to Kuebler. 146 Ft. Long Cylinder at Biggs Boiler / 1-19-53 / They're Making 'Em Big At Biggs Boiler / More than 80 employees of Biggs Boiler Works Co. line up on three railroad flat cars to illustrate the length of a huge vulcanizer the Akron firm has just completed for Johns-Manville Co. plant in Port Union, Ont. The steel cylinder is one of the two longest ever shipped by Biggs. It measures 146 feet in length, 90 inches in diameter and weighs 115,000 pounds. Because of its length and the necessity for avoiding curves, a special route to its destination had to be worked out. / Beacon Journal Photograph"

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

Schuyler Larrabee
 

Entirely possible, and also possible that all those folks were standing in front of a lot of blocking next to/below the Vulcanizer.

 

Schuyler

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 11:11 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!

 

Hi Schuyler,

 

Is it possible that the process of adding securements is still unfinished and under way? The tie-down crew took a break and it was a good time for the photographer to get everyone together at lunchtime?

 

Claus Schlund

 

 

From: Schuyler Larrabee via groups.io

Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 10:35 AM

Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!

 

What appears to me to be amazingly minimal tie-downs for that load.  A hoop, not even tight, over the two end cars?

 

Schuyler

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Chaparro via groups.io
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2020 4:27 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!

 

You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!

A 1953 photo from the Akron-Summit County Public Library:

https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/ABJarchives/id/2001/

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Description: "Photograph of more than eighty employees of Biggs Boiler Works Co. lined up on three railroad flat cars to illustrate the length of a huge vulcanizer the Akron firm had just completed for the Johns-Manville Co. plant in Port Union, Ontario. The steel cylinder was one of the two longest ever shipped by Biggs. It measured 146 feet in length, 90 inches in diameter, and weighed 115,000 pounds. Because of its length and the necessity for avoiding curves, a special route to its destination had to be worked out."

Additional Description: "They're Making 'Em Big at Biggs Boiler / to Kuebler. 146 Ft. Long Cylinder at Biggs Boiler / 1-19-53 / They're Making 'Em Big At Biggs Boiler / More than 80 employees of Biggs Boiler Works Co. line up on three railroad flat cars to illustrate the length of a huge vulcanizer the Akron firm has just completed for Johns-Manville Co. plant in Port Union, Ont. The steel cylinder is one of the two longest ever shipped by Biggs. It measures 146 feet in length, 90 inches in diameter and weighs 115,000 pounds. Because of its length and the necessity for avoiding curves, a special route to its destination had to be worked out. / Beacon Journal Photograph"

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

George Courtney
 

I cannot see this shipment on my 39" radius curves in S scale.  28.6 in HO scale.

mvlandsw
 

There cannot be any blocking between the cradles that carry the load on the outer flatcars as the load must pivot on them.
Mark Vinski

Schuyler Larrabee
 

Yes, of course, that’s understood.  But there may have been blocking on the end cars that is concealed by the long line of people.  The load spanned over the middle flat without touching it.

 

Schuyler

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of mvlandsw
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 10:58 PM
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] You Can Model This Scene With Just Three Flat Cars And A Lot Of People!

 

There cannot be any blocking between the cradles that carry the load on the outer flatcars as the load must pivot on them.
Mark Vinski