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"Shawmut coal train."
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Balto&NY
Topics: 73   Replies: 126
posted on Dec 16, 2018:


Lehigh Valley fielded a number of these 40' 40 ton capacity double-sheathed box cars into the 1950's. They were mainly dedicated to hauling bagged flour out of mills in Buffalo NY. Eight hundred bags of flour at 100 lbs. each was a full load. LV and other railroads accessing flour mills shipped to wholesale dealers and jobbers who in turn supplied small, locally owned bakeries in cities towns and villages nation wide. By the end of the 1950's, large commercial bakeries supplying supermarkets were absorbing the small bakery trade. Flour was largely being shipped in bulk, with covered hoppers.


It could be that Lehigh Valley built these cars with left-opening (or 'Wrong-Way") doors, to assure their use in this dedicated work. Cars carrying bagged flour had to be clean, weather tight and not be available to loads that might imperil the transport of flour, which until the mid-1950's was mainly shipped in cloth bags. Multi-layered paper bags for flour were being introduced by then.

The model was scratch-built in styrene, also using an Intermountain "Viking" roof and modified Intermountain AAR underframe. The flour bag load is modeled with pieces of Chiclets gum, suitably treated with Testors Dull Coat to assure no creeping insect critters would be munching on them. The load only fills the doorway, since a full load of Chiclets would greatly overload the car. Pieces of 1"x 1" insulating foam strip fills the interior and holds the load in place. A piece of brown paper bag and some baking powder adds some detail.

EdB - who grew up as a baker's son in the 1940's and 50's.
The "Wrong-way Door" box car
Richard E
Topics: 71   Replies: 32
posted on Nov 8, 2018:



A set of brand new Alco FAs is being serviced at the Lincoln Park fuel racks. This is normally EMD territory and the hostlers are familiar with Alcoâ??s steam power but are all curious about their diesels.
Brand New FAs
Richard E
Topics: 71   Replies: 32
posted on Oct 25, 2018:



A Shawmut Russian Decapod Heading to Kessler No. 2 with a train of empty hoppers. The will pick full loads and head north to Hornell NY.
Shawmut coal train.
Balto&NY
Topics: 73   Replies: 126
posted on Sep 8, 2018:


B&O "Speedliner" RDC number 1961 slows upon crossing Highway 5, for a stop at Rossiter Junction on the Baltimore & New York Railway.
West Bound Local
Balto&NY
Topics: 73   Replies: 126
posted on May 17, 2018:

They are back! Well, that Mercury convertible hauling New Moon trailer is not a train, but in the "Long, Long, Trailer movie it was referenced as such when 'Nicky" was learning to handle the rig.
This is a repeat entry. It was posted for August 2017 but this site closed from August to late October, so no votes were cast or counted.
So, I thought I would try it again. I'm hoping some of you will also post photos for June 2018!
The trailer is scratch built in styrene and hauled by a 1954 Mercury Sun Valley, since a '53 (used in the movie) was not available. The car and trailer wear accurate California tag numbers.
The rig has just passed over the Baltimore & New York main line grade crossing on Highway 5, on its way to a new adventure.


"Think of it as a train - 40' of train!"
Balto&NY
Topics: 73   Replies: 126
posted on Apr 25, 2018:

Back when coal was king - heating homes, buildings and for small businesses like my father's bakery in the 1940's and 50's were the customers. Local coal dealers had dump pits with silos or, a dump trestle. Anthracite was the main coal used in the northeastern US, dug from mines in NE Pennsylvania. Coal dealers stored it in various sizes such as egg, pea and buckwheat. When a carload was delivered it had to be carefully spotted where that size coal was to be dumped. Each bay of a dealer's coal dump trestle usually held a specific size of coal. Not good to mix them up!

Spotting the drop
jdcrawler
Topics: 45   Replies: 64
posted on Apr 10, 2018:

This will be a crew car to go with the crane that I just finished.
It will have a small cabin on one end with tool boxes along the sides in front of the cabin.

I'm using a short base made out of aluminum from an old Lionel tender for the frame of the flat car that the cab will be mounted to.




The deck for the flat car is made from a sheet of styrene that has grooves in it to represent boards.




Searching thru my collection of trucks, I found this pair of old lief spring archbar trucks that will be perfect for it.




The are mounted on the underside of the flat car.




The end sills and couplers are mounted on each end.




These caboose steps will be mounted on one end to make it easier for getting on and off the car.




The area is cut out on each side of the deck where the steps will go.




Then the steps are mounted in place.



The cab is going to be built out of 1/8 inch plywood.
I've cut the opening in one of the sidewalls for a window and I'm machining the edges to make the opening square using a 1/16 diameter end mill.




When all of openings are cut out of the side panels, they are then glued together.




The sidewall of the cab are all glued to the floor.




Gluing the roof on the cab.




Strips of plastic and wood are glued to the edges of the roof to trim it out.
Plastic " L " trim is glued on the corners and strips of plastic are glued to the sides for the bracing.
Small nails are put in to represent the carriage bolts that hold the trim and bracing strips on.
The doors and windows are all glued in place.






The walkways have been added to the roof of the cab.




Making the railing for the end of the car is next on the list.
The holes are being drilled into the end sill for mounting a piece of brass angle that the railing will be attached to.




Here I am using a small hand drill to hold the tap for putting threads in the holes for 00-90 screws.
These screws are only .040 diameter and I have to be very - very careful when tapping the holes in the pot-metal end sill.
The piece of brass angle is to the top right in the photo and the two screws that I'll be using to fasten it in place are at the tip of the pencil.




Here is how the brass angle fits on the end sill.




The two halves of the railing are bent to shape and the piece of brass angle is soldered to the bottom ends of the railing.




Then the center supports are soldered onto the railing.




The finished railing is mounted on the end sill.




Here I'm soldering a piece of brass angle to the back side of the ladder so I can fasten the ladder onto the end sill.




The bottom of the ladder is fastened on with a small screw and the top is fastened on with two small nails.
The two hand rails are mounted on top of the foot board to finish the mounting of the ladder.




The brake wheel has been mounted on the opposite side of the railing.






Using a small end mill for making the hole for the mounting stub on the smokestack that I'm using for this.




The smokestack is pressed into the hole in the roof.




The ladder on this end of the cab has also been mounted in place and the two hand rails are fastened onto the foot board on the roof.





Here is the finished crew car.














I set the crew car and the crane outside and took a couple of photos.





MOW crew car
  


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