Part 7 of the CFR periods 4-5 (1970 - 2000)
This part covers freight cars. Here is where it gets interesting for TT modelers, as there are quite a few models out there that can be modified into CFR cars. I browsed quickly the current Tillig product line-up and picked the closest matches and, in one case, gasp, an actual model. Please help me with filling in the gaps and with recommending better alternatives.
I included the most common cars that you could see on the network at the time, the cars that create the look and feel of the period. Please note that the photos are recent, so the cars either have been repainted to match the colour schemes and logos of the current freight operators, or they are in disrepair, on their way to the scrapyard.
- two-axle gondola with steel body and wood bottom. The paint on the real car in this photo is very faded, the model matches the actual colour better. Very good TT match is Tillig 14266.
- four-axle gondola car with steel walls and bottom. This car has the most unloading possibilities: The bottom drops open on both sides. The side walls have two double doors each. The bulkheads flip up for tipping. The couplers are built for rotary unloading. As a result, Eacs was the most common car on the CFR network of the period, with thousands of units ferrying all sorts of cargo. The side walls are curved. A good model does not exist but two are close. Tillig 15241 is an Eaos car with non-drop (probably wood) bottom and the sides are not curved but has the correct side panel arrangement. PMT 65351 has the walls curving correctly, but the doors are in the wrong location. Do you know a better match?
- four-axle open hopper car with gravity unloading. Unit trains composed exclusively of these cars move high-volume bulk cargo such as coal or ore. CFR operated a a coal transshipment terminal at the break of gauge with Ukraine, then Soviet Union. The coal arriving in broad gauge hopper cars was unloaded into normal gauge CFR Fals cars. The model here is way off, please help finding a better match.
- four-axle open hopper car with controlled gravity unloading. Discharge ports are located on both the sides of the car and along the centre, between the rails. Discharge gates are operated remotely with compressed air and the cars have a high-pressure compressed air header and connection hoses separate from those for the air brakes. These cars can unload while moving. They are used mainly to transport and distribute ballast for railway track construction and maintenance. Could not find a suitable TT model.
- two-axle boxcar with wood walls/floor and steel roof. These cars come in two variants: with and without brakeman's cabin. Good TT match is Schirmer 20321.
- two-axle high-volume boxcar with steel body and wood floors. Very good TT match is Tillig 17158.
- four-axle boxcar with steel body and wood floors. Lok-Schlosserei makes a very good, albeit expensive TT model.
- two-axle high-volume thermally insulated car without refrigeration unit. Very good TT match is Tillig 14691 .
- two-axle flat car with wood floor, low walls and folding stakes. Very good TT match is Tillig 14758.
- four-axle flat car with wood floor, low bulkheads, folding stakes and container pegs. Fits three 20-foot containers. Very good TT match is Tillig 15582.
- four-axle covered hopper car with gravity unloading. The movable roof and the discharge gates are operated pneumatically. Unit trains composed exclusively of these cars used to move mainly uranium ore. Could not find a decent TT stand-in.
- two-axle cement silo car with pneumatic cyclone unloading. Good TT match is Piko 47750.
- four-axle grain hopper car with gravity unloading. The cars allow transportation of any product in granular/pellet form. To avoid cross-contamination, the cars reserved for grains are marked "CEREALE" in large lettering on the sides. I am not sure about this TT model. The Tillig catalogue shows a drawing rather than a photograph of the model. The car is classified as Uacs and it seems to have some pipes underneath, making me think this is a four-axle cement silo. Please help me clarify this. How did grain hopper cars look on the DR/DB network of the period?
- four-axle tanker car with double insulated walls and steam heat tracing. This was the most common tanker on the network, there were thousands of them in service. Could not find a decent TT match.
- four-axle tanker car with, if I remember correctly, double insulated walls. And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, drum roll please: an actual TT model made by Tillig (art. #15468). Cue in the fireworks and the uplifting orchestral music.
More post to follow.