Intro to US freight car fleets, or: what should be modelled?

Re: Intro to US freight car fleets, or: what should be model

Postby Marquette » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:45 pm

Arseny: not a problem! Gimme a little bit to put some info together for you on the DSS&A in the 1950s. The cool thing about the 1950s is that you can have steam and diesel together (that's why it's often called the "transition era"). Among other things I'll check if they still had any passenger service in the mid 1950s, and I'll make a post here like I did a while back about the Lake Superior & Ishpeming. I haven't seen the Maisto cars, but if they're anything like their freight cars, they're more like 1:130 than 1:120...

Alex: HAH. This would be inaccurate - there's a lot more that I DON'T know, than what I do know. ;)
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Re: Intro to US freight car fleets, or: what should be model

Postby Arseny » Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:25 pm

Marquette wrote:Arseny: not a problem! Gimme a little bit to put some info together for you on the DSS&A in the 1950s. /quote]

I'll wait :)

Marquette wrote:The cool thing about the 1950s is that you can have steam and diesel together (that's why it's often called the "transition era").


Yes. :) It's the first reason why I like the 1950s.

The secon reason - I have some automobiles for 1940s and 1950s...
I like the style of late 1940s - early 1950s...

Marquette wrote:I haven't seen the Maisto cars, but if they're anything like their freight cars, they're more like 1:130 than 1:120...


Yes, they are.

But I compared the tankers (the Maisto and the true-TT) - and they were almost the same.
But the passenger cars are non-proportional, too short - as it seems to me.
I'll try to make a photo.

...it's not neccessary to make a photo. :)
Here they are:

http://www.thortrains.net/kidstoys/131tren3.html
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Re: Intro to US freight car fleets, or: what should be model

Postby Marquette » Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:51 am

The Maisto tank cars are okay, since tank cars varied in size - length, diameter, dome size etc.
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Re: Intro to US freight car fleets, or: what should be model

Postby Arseny » Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:26 am

I like yellow "Delaware & Hudson four-bay hopper", this one:

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What is your opinion about it?
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Re: Intro to US freight car fleets, or: what should be model

Postby Marquette » Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:59 pm

Arseny: I've seen the 4-bay hopper in person. A 4-bay hopper is something we really need in TT, but the Maisto one sadly is very obviously 1:130 (or smaller?) - it looks far too tiny. :(
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Re: Intro to US freight car fleets, or: what should be model

Postby sd80mac » Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:12 pm

Marquette wrote:Arseny: I've seen the 4-bay hopper in person. A 4-bay hopper is something we really need in TT, but the Maisto one sadly is very obviously 1:130 (or smaller?) - it looks far too tiny. :(


You mean like the 100T quad hoppers the D&RGW had?

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Re: Intro to US freight car fleets, or: what should be model

Postby Marquette » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:15 am

Well, I'm more thinking of the earlier ones up to 80 tons or so that were around through the 1950s and 1960s, the types that started appearing in the early 1940s. Either way there's quite the variety of quad hoppers in reality, and none at all in TT...

Minor update: I'm in the midst of a massive bit of datacrunching for the next installments of my intro...
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Re: Intro to US freight car fleets, or: what should be model

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:07 am

I thought PVM made cast hoppers for tt?
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Re: Intro to US freight car fleets, or: what should be model

Postby Marquette » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:28 pm

PVM does have two hopper kits - but both are twins! 3- and 4-bay hoppers are much needed. (I've got work done as well on threads for those kits, outlining what prototypes can be modelled with them. I'll be posting that sometime this week.)
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Re: Intro to US freight car fleets, or: what should be model

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:05 pm

Hmmm, well those hoppers aren't exactly highly complex so if you guys want to get together some tech drawings and what not, I can whip out the CAD design for them.
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