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916  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Updating old time boxcars (sort of) on: April 16, 2016, 04:43:53 PM
Also, those cars are custom painted and decaled as part of a specialty line, all Down South Dixie railroads,  offered by my friend's LHS in Gulfport Mississippi.  He runs a few off every year to sell at regional train shows.  There's about 10 or 12 or so such cars, I think I have them all.
917  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Updating old time boxcars (sort of) on: April 16, 2016, 04:37:14 PM
If the Bach Man doesn't mind me saying ....... old Model Die Casting 36' boxcar kits from years ago, they still turn up on eBay and at train shows.  There were stock cars and reefers too, all look more modern with Andrews trucks.  I've seen prototype pictures of such cars with Bettendorf trucks, and tried them on one of these cars, but to me the Andrews trucks look better because they are bulkier and the ones I used, Accurail, let the car ride a liittle lower and lose the high water pants look that the archbars gave.
918  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Steam effects on: April 14, 2016, 05:25:54 PM
Like smoke, the physics of condensing steam can't be scaled down to look realistic on small scale models.  

I did once run an 18" gauge (if I remember right)  live steamer, and at that size the real steam looked great.  The pop valves, the cylinder cocks, the whistle, the whole thing was the height of cool.  The injector overflows dripped water and you fired it with real coal with a miniature shovel.

That engine was really pretty big. . You sat on the tender and looked over the cab roof , and hauled a 6 or 7 car train full of kids,  it was one of the most fun things I've ever done.
919  Discussion Boards / HO / Updating old time boxcars (sort of) on: April 13, 2016, 05:57:23 PM
I've always liked these 36' wood boxcars but they always seemed a little old for my 1940s layout.  I also thought that these models sat oddly high on the archbar trucks .  So I tried putting Andrews trucks on one, with the results below, much more suitable to occasional use on my road ..... Even though the lettering style and roads are really a little early.



Archbar trucks, not the first type of truck but an early type,  were prone to failure in several ways and after 1900 began to be replaced by others not quite so stick-built.  Andrews trucks were an interim type between archbar and the fully cast types like bettendorfs that we are more familiar with.

Here is an interesting article about freight car trucks...

920  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Mantua 41 foot flat car with pipes with die cast under frame on: April 10, 2016, 11:22:55 PM
The MWRR car has the die cast underframe.  It means good and heavy.  It also means I had to mount new coupler pockets to the underframe with Walthers Goo, you can't drill pot metal.  The car came with the deck just like you see.  I painted it but have yet to weather it.  I replaced one broken stirrup with a scale one which really looks good, need to do the rest.

There were plenty of prototypes for 42' steel fish belly flatcars.  If yours has some kind of cast on cradling for a load, in real life it would have been constructed on a plain deck on a one time basis for the load, it would not have been a specialty car.  The reason something is cast on with the model is because it was a train set car.  You can modify the car back to a plain deck for a project.  I'd use wood scribed siding and weather it down.

The trucks are not original to the car but are the same 60s vintage as the car, die cast frames with real springs.  They also were survivors from the junk box so I honored the car with veteran trucks, although the wheel sets are new.
921  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Mantua 41 foot flat car with pipes with die cast under frame on: April 10, 2016, 06:51:01 PM
This is probably a similar car.

It is one of two survivors from my very early model railroad days before 1966.  It never actually ran back then, it was painted a horrible day glo yellow with screaming red UP lettering, I think someone with a train set gave it to me.  The junk box it was in was the only survivor of 41 years of moving, a flood, and a fire.  When I started up again in 2007, I opened the box and found it.  Paint, decals, and better stirrups and brakewheel make it a passable model, but the most precious one too, freighted with years of memories.
922  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Mantua 41 foot flat car with pipes with die cast under frame on: April 10, 2016, 05:58:05 PM
923  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 50 Ton Climax on: April 07, 2016, 09:50:10 PM
Take it back to the shop and make them fix it.  The polarities  have been crossed.  DC is a simple fix.
924  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum 4-4-0's - Being discontinued? on: April 04, 2016, 07:33:40 PM
The Spectrum 4-4-0 is probably the last time around with near-brass quality separately applied detail and a relatively  full sound package.  I have 9. Just in case. 

I'm a dying breed, those that grew up over 50 years ago craving unattainable maxed-out-detailed brass steam engines  while running lumps of lead that sort of looked like steam engines, with cast on detail.  The Spectrum line as it was 5 or 7 years, in its golden age, ago let us finally live the brass-level detail dream.  Plus, unlike brass engines, their performance was and still is flawless. 

Now we are back to reduced detailing and cast on piping.  I know that fine detail is costly, but I am willing to pay for it, and I did, and would continue to.

I have my engines and don't need any more.  But I know that some will really miss the opportunity to get Spectrum steam engines the way they used to be.
925  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann 4-6-0's re-released, why are they no longer Spectrum models? on: April 02, 2016, 11:01:27 PM
Get the Spectrum Baldwin 4-4-0 with separately applied applied  detail and a quite fully featured sound package while you can........... I have 4 and also 5 of the Richmond ones.
926  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Big plans - first locomotive bash on: April 02, 2016, 10:56:01 PM
So many of those 4-4-0 engines in the 19th century were so alike that they could have been a catalogue model.  Don't forget that the name of the 4-4-0 type was "American 'Standard' ".
927  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Big plans - first locomotive bash on: April 02, 2016, 04:26:47 PM
This is the picture I mean, j3a.
928  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Big plans - first locomotive bash on: April 02, 2016, 10:56:21 AM
When I look at the prototype 4-4-0 link, the photo I mean to show is a big photo at the top of the page of a Louisiana Southern engine, obviously long out of service and still with a wooden cab, spotted next to a shop building. And when I open that link on the forum, that is what I see.  It may not be what you see........

I couldn't find any web photos of very similar MP  engines on the  NO&LC and the St.LB&M in the 30s but those are what I am aiming for.

The MP 953 was freshly shopped in May 1948 in Kingsville Texas for another 5 years service on a branch with a bridge made of toothpicks. The morning it came out of the shop, the yard crew ran it head on into an inbound freight and destroyed it.  I cannot find a photo of it to post here, but rest assured, it was a beyond beautiful piece.

Google T&NO 216.  That engine survives to this day although "Steamtown" in all its wisdom, after buying it, did not respect it and butchered it trying to backdate it, when as it was in 1965 it was a perfectly preserved 1900 rebuild of an 1880s engine, exactly what I am doing.  It worked a sugar mill about 6 miles from my old home and we regularly visited it after it was out of service but before "Steamtown" hauled it out.
929  Discussion Boards / HO / Big plans - first locomotive bash on: March 30, 2016, 09:59:52 PM
I've always really liked 1880's 4-4-0's as modernized at the end of their lives in the 1920's and 1930's.  They were usually by then long since bumped down to branch line and short line service - right up my alley.  The Spectrum 4-4-0 is too modern for such a locomotive.

So.  I've started a plan to turn this-

Into this-

It doesn't look very hard to do.  Replace the headlight, shorten the stack, put on a better bell and whistle, add an air pump and paint and you have a 90 percent good model.
930  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Black smoke vs white smoke on: March 30, 2016, 02:19:44 PM
With an oil burner, heat waves are a perfect fire.
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