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Richard E
Topics: 74   Replies: 34
posted on Mar 15, 2019:

Reporting for work at the Lincoln Park roundhouse
Lincoln Park Roundhouse
Topics: 46   Replies: 65
posted on Mar 13, 2019:

I've had this old beat-up, O-scale tender laying around for awhile and I decided to finally see if I could do something with it.

The old paint has already been stripped off and this is what I'm left with.

There is a lot of solder showing where the top of the fuel tank was mounted.

There is also a lot of solder and scratch marks on the back of the tender.

I've decided that the top panel of the tender needs to be replaced so I un-soldered all the the pieces of the tender.

I cleaned and polished the two side panels and made a new top panel from a piece of thin sheet brass.

The pieces are then soldered back together.

A piece of rectangle tube is soldered to the inside of each side panel to stiffen them.
The top of the tender is fastened to the frame with a single screw in the center so I made up a center brace with a threaded hole to attach it to the frame.

This is how it looks so far.

Instead of soldering the top of the fuel tank back on, I soldered two pieces of scrap copper inside it and drilled and threaded a hole in each piece so it can be fastened to the tender with two screws.

I'm drilling small holes in the mounting brackets for the tool box and the rear light.

I drilled holes in the back of the tender and used small brass nails to mount the toolbox and the light.

The brass nails are then soldered on the inside so there is much less chance of having excess solder showing on the outside.

Originally, the opening for filling the water tank was the same size as the fill tube for the fuel tank.
I have a correct size water hatch cover but it is just a thin casting that sits on top of a flat surface so I need to make an extension for it.

I cut out a piece of thick brass to make the extension out of.

The sides are rounded to match the shape of the water hatch cover.

Then the bottom of the extension is milled off at an angle to match the slope on the back of the tender.
The extended water hatch is fastened to the back of the tender with two screws.

The hand rail stanchions are mounted on the side and the railing is put on.

Here is the finished tender.

Salvaging a brass slopeback tender
Topics: 75   Replies: 127
posted on Mar 8, 2019:

Perishables were fruits and vegetables shipped in iced refrigerator cars. Many such cars ran coast to coast, handled as priority freight at near passenger schedule speeds. In this scene, a freshly shopped PRR 2-8-2 (a visitor's loco) rolls toward Bay Bridge on the Baltimore & New York with a train of refrigerator cars.

OK, I put in a photo for April. Who else will join me?
Perishables Enroute to Market
Topics: 75   Replies: 127
posted on Jan 24, 2019:

The bus making a stop briefly interrupts late afternoon traffic on Shore Road in Edgewater. Over head on the Baltimore & New York Ry., Pullmans roll by in a west-bound B&O train.
Bus Stop on Shore Road
Richard E
Topics: 74   Replies: 34
posted on Jan 13, 2019:

The Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh's Pittsburgh Flyer has just arrived at the Garfield Depot.
Pittsburgh Flyer
Richard E
Topics: 74   Replies: 34
posted on Dec 27, 2018:

Lehigh & Hudson River Alcos C420 and an RS-3 deadheading across the Kessler Viaduct on their way to pick up their coal train for New England Factories
L&HR Alcos
Topics: 75   Replies: 127
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

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